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 Products Chapter
Sawn wood can be segmented into softwood or coniferous (pine), and hardwood or broadleaved (eucalypt). The majority of industry revenue is generated from sawn softwood and hardwood, with some revenue attributable to sawdust and offcuts. Sawn wood, or roundwood, from the industry is then processed by downstream industries into other wood products, such as structural green sawn timber and dry sawn timber.
Sawn softwood is the industry's largest product segment. Sawmilling companies purchase plantation softwood from logging companies to produce rough sawn timber. Sawn softwood is favoured by downstream industries that use softwood timber as an intermediate input due to the shorter maturing period for softwood compared with hardwood... purchase to read more