Knock on wood: Domestic and international demand for lumber will boost the industry

The Sawmills and Wood Production industry in Canada has experienced strong revenue growth over the five years to 2019. The industry has experienced complicated operating conditions due to the lingering effects of the mountain pine beetle infestation in British Columbia merchantable pine in the region by the end of 2017. The industry has experienced strong demand from key downstream customers such as the US housing market. The total Canadian fibre harvest has grown slightly since 2014, although it is still nowhere near its peak years prior to the mountain pine beetle epidemic. In response, many operators have pursued acquisitions to boost their total wood supply to increase production...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$20bn
Annual Growth 14-19
6.4%
Forecast Growth 19-24
Profit
Employment
42,958
Businesses
1,145

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Rising nonresidential construction and renovation expenditure will bolster domestic demand for lumber
  • Overall housing starts have been volatile in Canada
  • The majority of revenue will continue to be generated by sales to export markets
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    There are moderate barriers to entering the Sawmills and Wood Production industry in Canada. Start-up costs vary by the scale of operations, but new businesses need at least one facility with sawmill equipment to operate. Essential machinery includes a debarker, a head rig, a planer and a kiln. A new company must also hire specialized workers able to operate saw machines. Workers' compensation insurance can be a substantial cost for new companies with little money to spare. Operators will also need to secure access to timber land capable of providing them with enough raw wood to mill and hire logging companies to harvest the timber.Once a new business enters the industry, barriers to success are higher. Gai...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Sawmills & Wood Production Industry

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

  • Prompt delivery to market
  • Upstream vertical integration
  • Access to the most efficient sawmill technology and techniques
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Canadian effective exchange rate index and Housing starts in the Sawmills & Wood Production industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Sawmills & Wood Production Industry?

    This industry manufactures a range of wood products, including boards; rough, dressed or dimension lumber; fuelwood; timber; poles; and ties, from logs and bolts. The industry also includes establishments that preserve wood.

    Industry Products
  • Softwood lumber
  • Hardwood lumber
  • Wood chips
  • Wood product preservation
  • Industry Activities
  • Sawing and planing hardwood logs
  • Sawing and planing softwood logs
  • Preserving or treating lumber with chemicals and resins
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Canadian effective exchange rate index
  • Housing starts
  • Value of nonresidential construction
  • Residential renovation expenditure

  • Current Performance
  • Strong export markets fuel demand
  • Canadian markets
  • Industry consolidation
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Demand from export markets
  • Domestic markets
  • Lingering complications from the mountain pine beetle epidemic
  • Industry landscape
  • Table: Sawmills & Wood Production Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Sawmills & Wood Production Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Wood Panelling Manufacturing in Canada
  • Millwork in Canada
  • Lumber Wholesaling in Canada
  • Wood Pulp Mills in Canada

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Construction Machinery Manufacturing in Canada
  • Logging in Canada
  • Organic Chemical Manufacturing in Canada
  • Plastic & Resin Manufacturing in Canada

  • Products & Services
  • Softwood lumber
  • Wood chips
  • Wood product preservation
  • Other
  • Hardwood lumber
  • Chart: Sawmills & Wood Production Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Exports
  • Lumber wholesalers
  • Wood panelling producers
  • Millwork producers
  • Wood pulp mills
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Sawmills & Wood Production Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesDepreciationRent and utilitiesOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Sawmills & Wood Production

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Sawmills & Wood Production Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Canfor Corporation, West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd., Resolute Forest Products Inc., Western Forest Products Inc.,
  • Table: Canfor Corporation - financial performance
  • Table: West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. - financial performance
  • Table: Resolute Forest Products Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Western Forest Products Inc. - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Sawmills & Wood Production 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 Sawmills & Wood Production Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Exports (2010-2024)
  • Imports (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)
  • Canadian-dollar Effective Exchange Rate Index (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Softwood Lumber
  • The primary kind of lumber produced by the industry. Softwood lumber includes pine, spruce, fir and other coniferous trees.
  • Stumpage
  • The fee associated with timber tenures. Stumpage rates vary by the value of the tract and are usually determined at tract auctions.
  • Timber Tenure
  • A licence granted by provinces that enables certain tracts of timber land to be harvested for a certain length of time.
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