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 Products Chapter
Sawn wood can be segmented into softwood or coniferous (pine) and hardwood or broadleaved (eucalypt). A high proportion of industry product is sawn softwood and hardwood, with some revenue generated from 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, dry sawn timber and other timber.
Sawn softwood is the largest product segment for the industry. Sawmilling companies acquire plantation softwood from logging companies to produce rough sawn timber. In 2013-14, approximately 62.5% of industry revenue and 76.1% of sawn wood volume are expected to be from sawn softwood... purchase to read more