Monday, January 3, 2011

Wood prices in the Middle East remain stable over past six months

Wood prices in the Middle East remain stable over past six months

Danube Building Materials seeks to address increase in demand for wood as many construction projects are set to be completed

January 03, 2011

Danube Building Materials, the leader in construction, building materials and shop fitting industries, has announced that wood prices in the Middle East have remained stable over the past six months. According to statistics released by Danube Building Materials, wood prices began to stabilize starting the third quarter of 2010 and have remained stable ever since. Danube notes that the price for Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF) has been USD 285 per CBM, while the Malaysian Hardwood Plywood was priced at USD 495 per CBM.

According to Danube, the pricing for Film Face Plywood was pegged at USD 375 per CBM, and the Meranti Wood pricing saw an increase of 0.67 per cent from USD 750 to USD 755 per ton. The price of American Ash Wood meanwhile saw a 1.2 per cent decrease and was priced at USD 825 per CBM. The price of European Beechwood increased by 1.19 per cent, from USD 550 to USD 555. On the other hand, African Teak Wood called Iroko has been priced at USD 1,100 per CBM.

“We believe that the stabilisation of wood prices coupled with the current regional market situation where several construction projects are nearing completion, will considerably boost demand for wood. Danube is well-positioned to capitalise on this demand and cater to the diverse requirements of this dynamic market with our broad range of high quality products,” said Rizwan Sajan, Chairman, Danube Building Materials.

The company recently announced that in the next five years, it plans to list itself in Saudi Arabia and the UAE for an initial public offering (IPO). This decision was taken, following the significant growth it had achieved in recent years in terms of geographical expansion and achievement of revenue targets. Danube Building Materials also revealed that it is also open to dual listing in both countries, as part of its aims to secure AED 2.5 billion to AED 3 billion in total revenues in the next three to four years.

“An IPO listing can spur regional growth for Danube and help us become more profitable through optimum use of the revenue generated. Meanwhile, we will remain focused on consolidating our presence in the GCC region, and look to replicate the success we have achieved in the UAE across key regional markets,” concluded Sajan.

About Danube Building Materials FZCO
Established in 1993, Danube Building Materials FZCO provides more than 25,000 products in stock and in-house value added services in all of its 17 showrooms across the UAE. The company operates from its head offices – a 285,000 square foot facility in Jafza north and a 365,000 square feet base in Jafza south, which houses its logistics centre, kiln drying facility, factory and warehouses. From a small trading firm, Danube has grown into one of the largest building materials company in the region, with 25 branches worldwide - 17 in the UAE, one in Saudi Arabia, two each in Bahrain and Oman and three in India, in addition to procurement offices in China and Canada. Danube has a team of 1000 people working from strategic locations in across the Emirates, including Jebel Ali, Deira and Abu Dhabi. The company has been and is currently involved in major projects across the UAE, Oman and Bahrain, including Emirates Hills, the Burj Al Arab, Shangri-La Hotel, Grand Hyatt, Motor City, Burj Dubai, Dubai Airport Terminal 3, Yas Island, Reem Island, Saadiyat Island, and Al Raha Beach Hotel, among others.

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