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The Log Sawmilling market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.


Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Log Sawmilling industry has displayed strong growth over the past five years. However, this strong performance includes a period of accelerated growth in production and revenue, from the deep cyclical trough in 2011-12 through to a peak in 2014-15. This expansion phase was underpinned by improved demand conditions for timber products in the residential building market, and the depreciation of the Australian dollar, which has made local sawn wood products more competitive in export markets and against imports. The development of new wood-based building products with wider applications has also supported industry expansion over the past five years by allowing industry products to compete with steel and other substitute building materials...

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Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

Sawn wood can be segmented into softwood or coniferous (pine), and hardwood or broadleaved (eucalypt). Most 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

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. Saw..

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Industry Products

What is the Log Sawmilling Industry?

Industry firms operate sawmills and produce rough sawn timber, sleepers, palings and scantlings. The industry also includes resawn timber produced in the same establishments as sawmilling. Resawn timber that is manufactured after it has been sold to a specialist resawing operation is not included in the industry.

Industry Products
Sawn softwood
Sawn hardwood
Sawdust and offcuts
Industry Activities
Log sawmilling
Ground bark
Resawn timber from logs sawn at the same establishment
Rough sawn timber
Chemical preservation of rough timber or logs sawn at the same establishment

Table of Contents

About this Industry

Industry Definition
Main Activities
Similar Industries
Additional Resources

Industry at a Glance

Industry Performance

Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle

Products & Markets

Supply Chain
Products & Services
Demand Determinants
Major Markets
International Trade
Business Locations

Competitive Landscape

Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Basis of Competition
Barriers to Entry
industry Globalisation

Major Companies

Operating Conditions

Capital Intensity
Technology & Systems
Revenue Volatility
Regulation & Policy
Industry Assistance

Key Statistics

Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

Jargon & Glossary

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