Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Trading conditions in the Log Sawmilling industry have been volatile over the past five years. Industry revenue followed a downward trend until 2012-13 due to weak housing construction activity and declining sawn wood prices. A subsequent recovery in housing construction activity and sawn wood prices from 2013-14 onwards has contributed to an upturn in industry revenue in the second half of the five-year period. Overall, industry revenue is expected to decline by an annualised 4.4% over the five years through 2015-16, to reach $1.05 billion. After double digit falls in industry revenue in 2011-12 and 2012-13, the 2.0% decline expected in 2015-16 represents an improvement in the industry's performance... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter
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.
The production of sawn wood has increased over the past five years. Much of the increase was captured by New South Wales and Victoria, which saw the largest increase in sawmill activity... purchase to read more