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Forisk Multi-Client Study: North American Forest Industry Capacity

Comprehensive Analysis, Data and Rankings of North American Wood-Using Mills


The need to understand the key forest industry players and their status is paramount for maximizing returns and developing strategic plans for timber-selling and wood-using businesses. In Q3 2018, Forisk published a comprehensive analysis (Study) of North American wood-using mills to address the need by detailing current and historic capacity by firm and sector across North America, along with projected capacity levels by sector and region for the next two years.

Forisk’s Study includes ten years of historical capacity and projections through 2020 and firm and market-level rankings, with maps, for the following sectors across five regions in the United States and Canada:

  • Softwood sawmills;
  • Plywood plants;
  • Wood consuming pulp mills;
  • Wood pellet plants; and
  • OSB facilities.

Users of this Study can also receive the underlying data associated with the research. This includes location, capacity, and product data on 2,000 wood-using mills in North America, along with announced and planned capacity changes or greenfield mill construction over the next two years by firm, mill type and geography.

Why Purchase this Forest Industry Capacity Study?

This Study provides verified data and objective analysis to support strategic and operational plans for wood-using mills or timberlands in the U.S. and Canada.

Access this Study if you are interested in:

  • Strengthening your industry intelligence with detailed sector trends and mill data.
  • Tracking mill projects and capital investments that affect forest industry capacity over time, competition for wood raw material, and strategic plans and risk.
  • Ranking regions or markets for investment due diligence or capital expansions.
  • Remaining current on expected and announced mill expansions and greenfield projects that could affect your local wood raw material or timber markets over the next two years.
  • Understanding forest industry concentration and raw material competition in local markets.
  • Creating custom maps of mills located in your wood baskets or timber markets.

How this Study Supports Timberland Firms and Equity Investors:

This Study includes the data and research required to support the market-specific analysis of timber and wood markets required for acquisitions and divestitures (A&D) analysis at the portfolio or individual levels. The tracking and screening of forest industry capital investments and capacity support strategic planning and budgeting, helping firms prioritize markets and allocate capital. State-specific rankings and tracking of wood-using capacity support forest management and log marketing objectives. Current updates on capacity changes support the sector and market share analyses needed by industry analysts and shareholders.

How this Study Supports Wood-Using Firms:

This Study includes the data and research required to support the market-specific analysis of competition for wood raw materials required to support strategic planning and budgeting for executives and wood procurement managers. The tracking and screening of forest industry capital investments and capacity support strategy development, competitor analysis and risk management, helping firms prioritize capital within and across wood-using facilities in North America. Current updates on capacity changes support procurement and project planning, along with educating customers, suppliers and investors. Plan ahead for changes in wood demand and resource availability in your wood basin.

Want more information?

To learn more about or to purchase the Forisk Multi-Client Study: North American Forest Industry Capacity, please contact Brooks Mendell at or 770.725.8447.


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