Rotting wood: Volatile domestic construction markets will limit industry growth

The Lumber Wholesaling industry in Canada purchases lumber, millwork and engineered wood products in bulk for distribution to downstream users such as construction contractors, home improvement stores and hardware stores. Products are primarily used for residential construction and renovation projects, though they also have applications in nonresidential construction and are necessary inputs for furniture manufacturers. Over the five years to 2019, domestic construction markets have been volatile. Traditionally, because the industry is not significantly involved in manufacturing or transforming its products, its value added to the supply chain is limited, which helps to keep industry profit margins more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • As prices have risen and less competitive operators have exited the industry, this has enabled profit to rise slightly
  • The industry has historically had low profit margins
  • Residential housing markets are forecast to remain tepid
  • Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

    Lumber wholesalingLumber is the principal product distributed by this industry, accounting for an estimated 61.0% of total revenue in 2019. The majority of lumber in this segment has a thickness greater than 6.0 millimetres, although a small share of lumber is somewhat thinner. The industry primarily distributes finished lumber shaped along the edges or faces, including strips and friezes for flooring, although some lumber may be continuously shaped with no edges or faces. Lumber has expanded as a share of revenue over the past five years in response to increased demand and rising lumber prices.Engineered wood product wholesalingThis segment comprises several types of engineered wood products. Par...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Lumber Wholesaling Industry

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

  • Guaranteed supply of key inputs
  • Having contacts within key markets
  • Proximity to key markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Housing starts and Residential renovation expenditure in the Lumber Wholesaling industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Lumber Wholesaling Industry?

    This industry distributes a range of lumber, plywood, millwork and wood panel products to contractors, home improvement stores and hardware stores. The industry does not include wholesalers that distribute roofing and siding materials that are not made out of wood, nor does it include establishments that distribute timber and timber products, such as logs and pulpwood.

    Industry Products
  • Lumber wholesaling
  • Engineered wood products wholesaling
  • Millwork wholesaling
  • Industry Activities
  • Lumber wholesaling
  • Millwork wholesaling
  • Engineered wood product wholesaling
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Housing starts
  • Residential renovation expenditure
  • Value of nonresidential construction
  • Price of wood products
  • Demand from cement and concrete product manufacturing

  • Current Performance
  • Construction market activity
  • Purchase costs limit profitability
  • A fragmented industry
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Construction market activity
  • Uncertain lumber prices
  • Industry structure
  • Table: Lumber Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Lumber Wholesaling Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Homebuilders in Canada
  • Apartment & Condominium Construction in Canada
  • Hardware Stores in Canada
  • Commercial Building Construction in Canada
  • Remodelling in Canada

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Millwork in Canada
  • Sawmills & Wood Production in Canada
  • Wood Panelling Manufacturing in Canada

  • Products & Services
  • Lumber wholesaling
  • Engineered wood products wholesaling
  • Millwork wholesaling
  • Other
  • Chart: Lumber Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Retailers
  • Other wholesalers
  • Construction contractors
  • Wood product manufacturers
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Lumber Wholesaling Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitWagesPurchasesDepreciationMarketingRentUtilitiesOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Lumber Wholesaling

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Lumber Wholesaling Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Lumber Wholesaling 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 Lumber Wholesaling Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)
  • Purchases (2010-2024)
  • Profit (2010-2024)
  • Depreciation (2010-2024)
  • Marketing (2010-2024)
  • Rent (2010-2024)
  • Utilities (2010-2024)
  • Other (2010-2024)
  • Value of residential construction (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • An engineered wood product made from combining wood fibres, resins and adhesive agents. Common types include particleboard, medium-density fibreboard and hardboard.
  • Millwork
  • Woodwork that has been machined at a mill, including doors, windows, flooring and dimension stock.
  • Plywood
  • An engineered wood product consisting of thin sheets of wood, layered to varying thickness and widely used for flexibility and strength.
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