North America’s forest industry is more consolidated and globally competitive today because of the accelerated retooling of older mills and investments in leading technologies by firms following the Great Recession. With the exception of plywood, all forest industry sectors across geographic regions consolidated over the past ten years, according to a new study by Forisk.
Forisk’s North American Forest Industry Capacity study highlights key trends in capacity, ownership, and regional investments, along with mill-by-mill capacity projections through 2020. This research aggregates over 70,000 data points for nearly 1,700 wood-using mills in North America for softwood lumber, structural panels (OSB and plywood), pulp, and wood pellets by region across five North American geographies—U.S. North, U.S. South, U.S. West, Eastern Canada, and Western Canada. The underlying database includes mill-by-mill details on location, type, and species, with ownership and capacity data by year for 2008-2018 and estimates for 2019-2020.
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