Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Production within the Log Sawmilling industry has decreased over the five years through 2013-14, with a particularly large fall in 2010-11 as housing construction levels dropped significantly. Sawn wood demand generally follows the cycles of the housing construction sector, which is Australia's largest timber purchaser. Over the five years through 2013-14, output volumes are estimated to have decreased an annualised 1.9%, with revenue expected to decrease an annualised 6.0%.
IBISWorld estimates that during 2013-14 the industry will record revenue of $1.2 billion, up 3.8% for the year. This is expected as sawn wood volumes increase and demand for wood products rises due to growth in housing construction activity for the year... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter
Tasmania and the states with larger populations tend to support greater activity in log sawmilling as supply is linked to demand from the building construction industries. However, sawmills also closely follow their key raw material: wood. As a result, sawmills are commonly found in logging areas, of both old-growth and plantation forests. Therefore, most establishments, employment and production are found within north-east New South Wales, western and eastern Victoria, various parts of Queensland, much of Tasmania and south-west Western Australia.
Although production of sawn wood decreased across Australia in the past five years, declines were smaller in New South Wales and Victoria, which account for the bulk of softwood plantations... purchase to read more