Money tree: Construction spending will continue to rise, buoying industry revenue

Sawmills and Wood Production industry performance relies heavily on sales to the residential and nonresidential construction markets. Over the five years to 2018, the number of new housing units and spending on home improvement projects increased tremendously. Stronger construction activity has bolstered demand for lumber and other wood products, raising industry revenue. Over the five years to 2023, revenue is forecast to rise at a more modest rate than the industry average over the past five years. As interest rates are expected to creep up over the next five years, new developments and construction projects will become less affordable, slowing demand for industry products...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Stronger construction activity has bolstered demand for lumber and other wood products
  • The price of lumber relates to demand from residential and nonresidential construction industries
  • The value of residential construction is the single largest indicator of downstream demand
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    There are low barriers to entry for the Sawmills and Wood Production industry. While generally low, start-up costs vary depending on the scale of operations. New businesses will need to secure an operational facility as well as sawmill equipment, such as a debarker, a head rig, a planer, a kiln and a wood chipper. According to the University of Maryland’s Agricultural Experiment Station, a portable sawmill can be obtained for as low as $5,000 when new (though these mills also require a truck to move them). Fully hydraulic mills suitable for start-ups (which load and turn logs and have a powered carriage feed drive) cost between $16,000 and $35,000. Labor is another important requirement for entering the industry. Typ...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Sawmills & Wood Production Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Sawmills & Wood Production Industry are

  • Ability to alter goods and services produced in favor of market conditions
  • Prompt delivery to market
  • Ability to alter mix of inputs in line with cost
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Value of residential construction and Housing starts in the Sawmills & Wood Production industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Sawmills & Wood Production Industry?

    Companies in this industry primarily saw dimension lumber, boards, beams, bolts, poles, shingles, siding and wood chips from logs. Industry operators also chemically treat lumber to preserve and protect it from fire, moisture, mold and insects. This industry excludes establishments that plane purchased lumber and manufacture shapes, veneer and engineered lumber products and cut and transport timber.

    Industry Products
  • Hardwood lumber
  • Softwood lumber
  • Wood chips
  • Wood product preservation
  • Industry Activities
  • Sawing hardwood logs
  • Sawing softwood logs
  • Preserving lumber with chemicals and resins
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Value of residential construction
  • Housing starts
  • Price of sawmill lumber
  • Prime rate
  • Trade-weighted index
  • Value of private nonresidential construction

  • Current Performance
  • Construction fuels demand
  • Exports and imports
  • Industry participation declines and profit responds
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Building up demand
  • Profit and participation rise
  • Exports keep growing
  • Table: Sawmills & Wood Production Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Sawmills & Wood Production Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Wood Paneling Manufacturing
  • Millwork
  • Lumber Wholesaling
  • Home Improvement Stores

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Logging
  • Organic Chemical Manufacturing
  • Plastic & Resin Manufacturing
  • Power Tools & Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Softwood lumber
  • Wood product preservation
  • Hardwood lumber
  • Other
  • Wood chips
  • Chart: Sawmills & Wood Production Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Residential construction and remodeling
  • Nonresidential construction and remodeling
  • Furniture manufacturing
  • Paperless trends
  • Substitute products

  • Major Markets
  • Lumber wholesalers
  • Exports
  • Millwork producers
  • Wood paneling
  • Pulp mills
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Sawmills & Wood Production Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesRent and utilitiesDepreciationOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Sawmills & Wood Production

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Sawmills & Wood Production Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Weyerhaeuser Co., Georgia-Pacific LLC,
  • Table: Weyerhaeuser Co. - financial performance
  • Table: Georgia-Pacific LLC - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Sawmills & Wood Production Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Sawmills & Wood Production Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Exports (2009-2023)
  • Imports (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Value of residential construction (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Gypsum Board
  • A board with a gypsum plaster core bonded to layers of paper or fiberboard and used instead of plaster or wood to make interior walls.
  • Hardwood
  • Wood from broadleaved trees used for construction, flooring, furniture and musical instruments.
  • Oriented Strand Board
  • Board composed of wood strands, bonded together in an arrangement that maximizes strength.
  • Particle Board
  • Manufactured in a similar way to oriented strand board, but with smaller wood shavings and chips for a less expensive, less durable product.
  • Pulpwood
  • Timber used for wood chips, oriented strand board and paper products.
  • Sawn Wood
  • Hardwood and softwood cut from logs and dried.
  • Softwood
  • Wood from coniferous trees that is resistant to water and used for millwork, building materials and furniture.
  • Stumpage Fee
  • The price charged by a landowner to companies or operators for the right to harvest timber on a plot of land.
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