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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 Key Buyers Chapter

Traditionally, most industry enterprises have been hardwood mills operating on a small scale. However, the structure of the industry has changed over the past five years due to vertically integrated forest product companies developing new mills based on plantation softwood. These mills are technologically advanced and capital-intensive.

The top four industry players are estimated to account for about 25.0% of annual industry revenue, with the largest firm accounting for about 10.0% of revenue in 2016-17 (Carter Holt Harvey Woodproducts Australia). The exit of Gunns and Elders from the industry in 2011-12 and 2012-13 respectively, has contributed to a significant decline in the industry's market share concentration over the past five years. Due..

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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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