U.S. OSB to benefit from rising demand

U.S. OSB to benefit from rising demand, but severe excess capacity is expected to dampen gains in operating rates and prices until 2011 at the earliest. Softwood plywood and OSB outlook calls for modest gains, but still heavily dependent on U.S. economy and housing starts recovery ….. read more.

U.S. softwood to rise slowly in 2010

U.S. softwood lumber demand and prices poised to rise slowly in 2010 but gaining momentum in 2011 as demand climbs – price surges to follow! Softwood lumber outlook calls for gains as the U.S. economy and housing starts to recover slowly and steadily – but still some risks ahead … read more.

China still importing huge volumes of Russian logs

China still importing (and requiring) huge volumes of Russian logs and lumber China’s domestic wood consumption is closely coupled to Russian imports; supplying nearly 85% of China’s total softwood log imports in 2008 and through 2009 …. read more.

U.S. South Achieves Best Earnings

U.S. South’s ‘average’ softwood sawmills achieve the best North American earnings results North American results show earnings at Eastern Canada sawmills were the worst, Western Canada sawmills were in the middle of the pack, but U.S. sawmills are considered the winners in a terrible year …. read more.