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Log Sawmilling in Australia: Market Research Report

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Log Sawmilling Market Research Report | ANZSIC C1411 | Apr 2016

Dead wood: Industry market share concentration has fallen due to the exit of two major players

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.

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Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 11-16
Annual Growth 16-21
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Trading conditions in the Log Sawmilling industry have been volatile over the past five years. Industry revenue followed a downward trend until 2012-13 due to weak housing construction activity and declining sawn wood prices. A subsequent recovery in housing construction activity and sawn wood prices from 2013-14 onwards has contributed to an upturn in industry revenue in the second half of the five-year period. Overall, industry revenue is expected to decline by an annualised 4.4% over the five years through 2015-16, to reach $1.05 billion. After double digit falls in industry revenue in 2011-12 and 2012-13, the 2.0% decline expected in 2015-16 represents an improvement in the industry's performance... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

States with larger populations tend to support greater activity in log sawmilling as supply is linked to demand from the building construction industries. However, sawmills also closely follow their key raw material: wood. As a result, sawmills are commonly found in logging areas, of both old-growth and plantation forests. Therefore, most establishments, employment and production are found within north-east New South Wales, western and eastern Victoria, various parts of Queensland, much of Tasmania and south-west Western Australia.

The production of sawn wood has increased over the past five years. Much of the increase was captured by New South Wales and Victoria, which saw the largest increase in sawmill activity... purchase to read more


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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 that is produced in the same establishment as a sawmilling operation. 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 sawmillingGround barkShook Resawn timber from logs sawn at the same establishmentRough sawn timberChemical preservation of rough timber or logs sawn at the same establishment

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