A manufacturer in Saxony claims that the absence of Russian timber is hurting business.
According to a Saturday article in the newspaper Bild, a manufacturer of Christmas decorations in the German state of Saxony may cease operations as a result of sanctions on Russian timber.
The business in question specializes in “schwibbogen,” or traditional candleholders made of carved wooden arches decorated with Christmas themes.
The company, which has been making these decorations for 30 years, reportedly noticed a decline in warehouse stock after the EU ban on Russian timber and wood products went into effect earlier this year.
The owner of the business, Katja Taulin, told the news source that she had to raise prices due to a shortage of supplies because, contrary to her company’s usual practice, work is now only done on a special order basis.
Since the summer, we have stopped importing Russian birch plywood, which had a 93% market share before the sanctions. Like all of our coworkers, we have spent months attempting to determine how to replace Russian wood. But it is useless,” Paulin said, pointing out that the quality of the raw materials substitutes for Russian is inappropriate.
“I have no idea what will happen next. We and our nation are being hurt by these sanctions, Taulin continued.
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