Industry: the timber industry worries about its future in the face of exports

Industry: the timber industry worries about its future in the face of exports

The wood industry is launching a major petition to save the French sawmill. France exports its timber to China, and as a result, sawmills are worried about their future.

Industry: the timber industry worries about its future in the face of exports

Hundreds of logs are ready to be detailed. 30,000 cubic meters of French oak logs pass through a family sawmill in Charente. The pace could be increased, according to the manager, provided she has access to the raw material. “There, we are witnessing more than 33% of the national oak harvest which goes directly to export, without any transformation, no added value.“, Regrets Mathilde Joselet.

4,200 companies mobilized

About a hundred employees work with wood in this sawmill, select it and cut it. The older ones, like the interns, are concerned about the situation. Professionals are mobilizing. To react at the top of the state, a petition has been launched. 4,200 companies have already signed, to protect a sector that employs nearly 400,000 people.