Forecasters struggle for accuracy as U.S. Housing Starts grew steadily in 2015

Forecasting housing starts has been elusive, but it is critically important as new residential construction represents one of the largest consumption segments for lumber and panels January 20, 2016 — Vancouver, BC The US Census Bureau & the Department of Housing & Urban Development released its December and total 2015 statistics on new residential starts […]

Global Malaise in Demand coupled with Rising Production Stalls Price Movement in North America

New WOOD MARKETS five-year forecast calls for continued volatility as North American and global lumber markets continue to recover and grow In WOOD MARKETS’ new five-year forecast, the short-term outlook is that North American and global economies, as well as softwood lumber and panel markets, are all forecast to improve, but at a much slower […]

Report Card: Forecasts from 2014 vs. 2015 Anticipated Results

Forecasts from 2014 vs. 2015 Anticipated Results Preview to WOOD MARKETS 2016: The Five-Year Outlook – North America Wood Products Forecasting is a difficult business and the WOOD MARKETS teams works hard to make sure its forecasts are grounded from the outset. Here is our preliminary report card on how we expect to do on […]

Highest global sawmilling earnings are being achieved by mills located in the U.S. South and now Russia

2015 Global Cost Benchmarking Report on delivered softwood log and sawmilling costs in 32 countries and regions profiles huge changes in earnings, creating global winners and losers when currency exchange rates are factored in. WOOD MARKETS’ biennial global benchmarking survey has continued to place the U.S. South as the highest margin sawmill region in North […]