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 Key Buyers Chapter
Traditionally, most enterprises in the industry have been hardwood mills, which operate on a small scale. However, the structure of the industry has evolved, with vertically integrated forest products companies developing new mills based on plantation softwood. These mills are technologically advanced and capital intensive. As a result, the major players increased their share of the industry in the years through 2009-10. However, the market share of the largest companies has declined in subsequent years, with several larger companies divesting forestry, logging and sawmilling activities, and with revenue declines due to lower housing construction levels... purchase to read more