Feeling chipper: Industry revenue surges due to strong demand in export markets

The Wood Chipping industry has performed strongly over the past five years as exports to China surged. Due to stringent regulations, the industry comprises a small number of forestry-associated companies that produce woodchips, mostly for export markets. The industry also includes smaller firms that operate next to sawmills and convert their residue into woodchips. The major players are either integrated forest companies or plantation managers that have expanded into logging and wood chipping.Hardwood woodchip exports to China’s and Japan’s pulp, paper and paperboard manufacturers are the main source of revenue for the Wood Chipping industry. Strong growth in Chinese demand for woodchips has greatly benefited industry firms...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The industry has performed strongly over the past five years as exports to China have surged
  • Consolidation has occurred as larger players have acquired smaller companies to boost growth
  • Greater use of plantation logs should alleviate some environmental concerns around the industry
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    Entry to the industry for new firms is restricted mainly by the requirements stipulated by each Regional Forest Agreement. This limits the number of operators permitted to log and produce woodchips from native Australian hardwood resources. If a new entrant can successfully lobby government to be included in this process, they need the infrastructure in place to be able to efficiently access sea distribution to East Asian export markets. This is not common among most Australian companies, although some foreign multinational firms have the ability to meet such financial and market requirements.New entrants must also comply with environmental regulations, which impose an additional establishment cost. The...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Wood Chipping Industry

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

  • Output is sold under contract - incorporate long-term sales contracts
  • Guaranteed supply of key inputs
  • Economies of scale
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Volume of wood harvested and Domestic price of timber in the Wood Chipping industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Wood Chipping Industry?

    Industry firms produce softwood and hardwood woodchips. Most of these woodchips are exported to China and Japan, with a smaller proportion used in Australia’s paper and paper products manufacturing industries.

    Industry Products
  • Softwood woodchips
  • Hardwood plantation woodchips
  • Hardwood native woodchips
  • Industry Activities
  • Hardwood (broadleaf) woodchip production
  • Softwood (coniferous) woodchip production
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Volume of wood harvested
  • Domestic price of timber
  • Trade-weighted index
  • Availability of plantation trees
  • Demand from pulp, paper and paperboard manufacturing

  • Current Performance
  • Industry revenue surges
  • Employment and establishments
  • International trade
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Industry controversies
  • Revenue and profit
  • Employment and enterprises
  • International trade
  • Table: Wood Chipping Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Wood Chipping Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Pulp, Paper and Paperboard Manufacturing
  • Paper Stationery Manufacturing

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Log Sawmilling
  • Water Freight Transport
  • Water Transport Terminals

  • Products & Services
  • Hardwood plantation woodchips
  • Softwood woodchips
  • Hardwood native woodchips
  • Chart: Wood Chipping Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Exports to China
  • Domestic manufacturers
  • Exports to Japan
  • Other export markets
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Wood Chipping Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Wood Chipping

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Wood Chipping Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    New Forests Pty Limited, ABP Finance Pty Limited, Mitsui Bussan Woodchip Oceania Pty Ltd, Midway Limited, WA Plantation Resources Pty Ltd,
  • Table: New Forests Pty Limited - financial performance
  • Table: ABP Finance Pty Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Mitsui Bussan Woodchip Oceania Pty Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Midway Limited - financial performance
  • Table: WA Plantation Resources Pty Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Wood Chipping Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

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

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Wood Chipping Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Exports (2009-2023)
  • Imports (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Woodchip Volume (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Hardwood used for fine, virgin paper.
  • Coniferous
  • A softwood that is more suitable for newsprint, tissue and cardboard, and includes pine, fir and cedar.
  • Woodchip
  • Chips of wood used in paper and cardboard manufacturing, and as a heating and power source.
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