2019 Multi-Client Study: North American Forest Market & Industry Rankings


Benchmarking and ranking timber markets provides critical insights for maximizing returns and developing strategic plans for timber-selling and wood-using businesses.



In Q3 2019, Forisk published a comprehensive analysis (Study) of North American timber markets and wood-using mills that ranks timber markets for investment and details current and historic mill 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 divides the U.S. South and Pacific Northwest into operable timber markets based on bottom-up analysis of softwood demand centers and wood flows. The research scores timber markets based on supply, demand, and economic criteria and assesses risk to timberland investors and wood consumers. View the Press Release here.

The Study also includes ten years of historical capacity and projections through 2021 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 receive the underlying Mill Database:

This includes location, capacity, current wood use, and product data on over 1,400 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. Forisk’s Mill Capacity Database includes softwood sawmills, hardwood sawmills, plywood plants, OSB mills, wood-consuming pulp/paper mills, and wood pellet plants located in the United States and Canada. Additions to the mill database since the 2018 release include: estimate of current wood use, recycled % for pulp mills, capacity timelines extended to 2021, and hardwood sawmill data.

The mill database and GIS information may be purchased separately from this Study, or as part of the full Study package. Click here to learn more about the Mill Database. 


Why Purchase this 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:

  • Ranking regions or markets for investment due diligence or capital expansions.
  • Profiling timber supply and upcoming changes in your operating areas or timber markets.
  • Remaining current on expected and announced mill expansions and greenfield projects that could affect your local 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.

Purchase Options:

  1. Multi-Client Report only (PDF)
  2. Mill Database and GIS Information for one region only (includes quarterly database updates)
  3. Full Mill Database and GIS Information for all regions – no report (includes quarterly database updates)
  4. Full Package: Multi-Client Report, full Mill Database, and GIS Information (includes quarterly database updates)

Details about the Mill Database available here.


Discount available for companies that subscribe to the Forisk Research Quarterly (FRQ).

Email Heather Clark (hclark@forisk.com) for the full Study prospectus, Mill Database information, order form, and pricing information.

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