Housing & Sawnwood Consumption Crunch Still to Come

In March 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic gripped the global economy, there were 15,386 new dwellings approved in Australia, a reduction of just 0.8 percent on February and 2.0 percent higher than in March 2019. It now seems certain that had the pandemic not impacted confidence in the latter part… Read More

Panel and EWP Imports fall again [Subscribers Only]

Led by a 41.7% decline in Particleboard imports, all of Australia’s main panel and EWP imports declined over the year-ended February. The details are discussed below, and can be analysed specifically on the Wood Market Edge dashboard on SilvaStat360.   Annual particleboard imports fall 41.7% Australia’s annual particleboard imports continued… Read More

Annual sawn softwood consumption down 15.0% to 3.368 million m3 [ Subscribers Only]

Australia’s estimated apparent Sawn Softwood consumption for the year ended February 2020 totalled 3.368 million m3. Compared to the previous year ending February 2019, this represents a 15.0% decrease in annual consumption. Production (where domestic sales are the proxy measure) for the year was down a calculated 4.6% to 2.895… Read More

IndustryEdge Moving to SilvaStat360, Forest2Market’s Online Delivery Platform

VICTORIA, Australia & CHARLOTTE, N.C., March __ 2020 – Today, Forest2Market and IndustryEdge announce a partnership formed to bring IndustryEdge’s Australian wood market commentary, analysis and data to SilvaStat360, Forest2Market‘s online business intelligence platform. The partnership will combine IndustryEdge’s Wood Market Edge publication and underlying data with Forest2Market’s SilvaStat360 cloud-based… Read More

Australia’s growing CLT market

The February 2020 announcement from Timberlink Australia that it would invest in a state-of-the-art Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) and Glue Laminated Timber (Glulam) facility in the Green Triangle (South Australia and Victoria) indicates the growing market for engineered wood products. An increasingly important element of mid-rise residential buildings in Australia,… Read More

Australian woodchip export deliveries: 372,506 bdmt (e) in November 2019

November saw total deliveries of Australian woodchips fall to an estimated 372,506 bdmt, with all deliveries headed into China and Japan. Deliveries to China accounted for 71.7% of the total in November, with Japan receiving the remaining 28.3%. Our provisional view is that deliveries in December will return to trend,… Read More

2020: Freight Costs Will Rise

2020 will see higher global freight costs, especially for containerised goods. A swathe of factors is converging to see higher freight costs apply to nearly all global routes, with the longest routes – like those from Europe to Australia – likely to see sharply higher costs. Information supplied to customers… Read More

Why Record Log Exports from South Asia are Under Pressure

Combined exports of softwood logs from New Zealand and Australia totalled 26.4 million cubic meters (m3) in the 2018-19 financial year. Total exports from the two countries lifted 9.5% compared to the prior year, in line with the 10.5% per annum increases recorded over the decade since 2009. When diving… Read More

Stink Bug Pain Spreads to 32 Countries for 2019-20

Rapid expansion of the infestation of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) in Europe and North America has plagued global trade over the 2018-19 risk season, as many importers of wood and paper products have experienced. In response, Australian authorities have announced the 2019-20 BMSB risk season will see 32… Read More

Where housing heads next… Presentation to Frame & Truss Manufacturer’s Association

Gold Coast, Australia Australia’s population growth will drive the next stage in Australia’s housing market, no matter what level of net migration Australia has, and most of the development will be in free-standing houses. Those are the main take-outs from IndustryEdge’s recent presentation to the bi-annual national Conference of the… Read More

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