Splintering: Industry revenue is set to fall as demand from house construction declines

IBISWorld’s Log Sawmilling market research report is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.


Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The development of new wood-based building products with wider applications has supported growth
  • Increased M&A activity among mid-size industry firms has reduced industry enterprise numbers
  • Margins are expected to widen over the period as timber prices increase and firms boost productivity

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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 Investment Chapter

    The Log Sawmilling industry has a medium degree of capital intensity. While the adoption of automated production techniques is gradually lifting the level of capital intensity for most firms, labour remains the crucial input to sawn wood production. IBISWorld estimates that, on average, industry firms will allocate $4.58 on labour for every dollar spent on capital in 2016-17.

    Industry employment has been drastically reduced over the past decade, while investment in plant and machinery by the major players has increased. As a result, the industry's capital intensity has increased over the five-year period, leading to rising labour productivity. The..

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    Additional Insights for the Log Sawmilling Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Log Sawmilling Industry are

  • Proximity to key markets
  • Supply contracts in place for key inputs
  • Access to the latest available and most efficient technology and techniques
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from house construction and Demand from timber resawing and dressing in the Log Sawmilling industry impact industry performance..

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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 Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from house construction
  • Demand from timber resawing and dressing
  • Demand from non-residential building construction
  • Domestic price of timber
  • Volume of wood harvested

  • Current Performance
  • Industry performance
  • International trade
  • Industry structure
  • Shift to plantation timber
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Revenue and participation
  • Profit
  • International trade
  • Table: Log Sawmilling Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Log Sawmilling Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Wood Chipping
  • Timber Resawing and Dressing
  • Timber Wholesaling

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Electricity Distribution
  • Forestry
  • Logging

  • Products & Services
  • Sawn softwood
  • Sawn hardwood
  • Sawdust and offcuts
  • Chart: Log Sawmilling Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Resawn and dressed industries
  • Woodchipping and wood product manufacturers
  • Timber wholesaling companies
  • Export markets
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Log Sawmilling Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Log Sawmilling

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Log Sawmilling Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Carter Holt Harvey Building Products Pty LimitedHyne & Son Pty Limited
  • Table: Carter Holt Harvey Building Products Pty Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Hyne & Son Pty Limited - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Log Sawmilling Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Log Sawmilling Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Exports (2008-2022)
  • Imports (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
  • From broadleaved trees, hardwood is often used for construction, flooring and furniture.
  • Roundwood
  • Timber that is not squared off by sawing or hewing, which can be used for poles.
  • Sawnwood
  • Wood that has been produced by sawing lengthways or profile-chipping.
  • Softwood
  • From coniferous trees, softwood is used for newsprint, tissues, cardboard, furniture, millwork and some building components. Wood types include pine, fir and cedar.
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