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Forest2Market Report Shows Changing Demand for Wood Fiber is Impacting Residuals Markets

By Forest2Market
As global consumer trends and demands continue to shift at an escalating pace, a new Forest2Market report shows that both structural and temporal market shifts in recent decades have impacted the markets for wood fiber residuals. The report, Changes in the Residual Wood Fiber Market 2004 to 2017, analyzes data from the US Forest Service, Forest2Market’s proprietary database of timber transactions and other scientific research to understand the relationship between the supply and demand of wood residual materials over a 14-year period.

Size Matters: New Southern Yellow Pine Sawmills Scale for Efficiency

By Bryan Beck
In 2012, things were pretty good for southern yellow pine (SYP) sawmills. Those that survived the US housing crisis and the Great Recession were making decent profits for the first time in years, most had their pick of the abundant timber supply, and the future looked pretty good. In that year, the average mill was producing about 125 million board feet and they were doing it in only about 60 hours per week, which was more volume than they had produced before, and in fewer hours. Many were bumping up against kiln drying constraints and couldn’t produce more lumber even if they were to run the standard 80 hour week. At that time, only a few mills in the US South were capable of producing more than 200 million board feet in a year.

The Technologies Defining New Southern Yellow Pine Sawmills

By Bryan Beck
With approximately 20 new sawmills expected to be completed between 2017 and 2022 and production capacity increasing by more than 25 percent, the southern yellow pine (SYP) lumber industry is changing rapidly. This blog post, the second in our series about the North American lumber trade, offers a preview of the key technologies these new SYP sawmills will employ.

2019 Economic Outlook: Hamstrung by Rate Hikes?

By Forest2Market
Citing a “strengthening” labor market and economic activity that has been “rising at a strong rate,” the Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee (FOMC) announced a 0.25PP hike to the federal funds rate (FFR) at the conclusion of its December 18-19 meeting. Materials accompanying the press conference suggest two rate hikes in 2019, a decrease from the September forecast that is consistent with gradually waning growth expectations.

Forest2Market Product Spotlight: Economic Analysis Tool

By Forest2Market
As we continue to add new features and functionality to the SilvaStat360 platform that are uniquely beneficial for participants in the forest products industry, our latest addition is the Economic Analysis tab that provides a full-spectrum view of the many economic indicators that affect the global wood fiber supply chain.

US Forest Industry Performance: December 2018

By Joe Clark
Total industrial production (IP) rose 0.6 percent in November (+3.9 percent YoY) after a downward revision (from +0.1 percent to -0.2 percent) to October’s reading. Manufacturing production was unchanged (excluding autos: -0.1 percent), mining output increased 1.7 percent, and the index for utilities gained 3.3 percent.

CLT and Engineered Wood Products Poised for Growth in 2019

By John Greene
With the recent passage of the Farm Bill, investment and commercial interest in cross-laminated timber (CLT) and other engineered wood products is poised to take off in 2019. The new bill authorizes the Timber Innovation Act, which was introduced in 2017 and incentivizes investment and R&D into these and other wood products that can support multi-level structures taller than six stories.

Forest2Market do Brazil Organizes International Event for Forestry Investors

By Marcelo Schmid
Forest2Market do Brazil is responsible for the technical organization of the first day of the "HDom Summit - Forest Leaders & Investors Meeting” that will be held on April 10 and 11, 2019 at the Blue Tree Premium Faria Lima Hotel in São Paulo, Brazil. The event is an international meeting of investors and forest managers where participants will discuss the current state of the forestry sector and ideas related to perspectives, innovations, competitiveness, new investment and the primary challenges for companies that manage forest assets.