China imported logs and lumber for a record nine billion dollars in 2013, with North America, Russia and New Zealand being the major suppliers.
Technological innovations are changing the face of Canada's trucking industry, and will continue to do so as long as the industry is willing to embrace change.
There’s a cautious optimism within the industry that though the recovery has been slow, the U.S. economy will continue to recover.
Consolidation continues as market starts to recover, says Wood Markets.
The cut-to-length logging for pulp done by Peter W. Graham Contracting Ltd. was put on hiatus in mid-2011.
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Mar. 12, 2014 - The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is calling for enhanced shipping capacity and a "right-sized" transportation infrastructure to ensure all sectors can get their goods to market to support jobs and growth. In response to the federal government's announcement about short-term measures to help farmers transport their grain, FPAC is calling for a broader long-term fix to ensure Canada's reputation as a reliable supplier of goods. "The forest products industry is one of the sectors now facing downtime and lost revenue because of the lack of an adequate transportation system in this country," says the President and CEO of FPAC, David Lindsay. "Canada's prosperity depends on exports yet we often can't ship our products to market in a timely fashion." He notes that the grain industry in Canada exports $21 billion of product each year while the forest products industry exports $28.5 billion. "We have made tremendous strides into new markets such as Asia, and this has supported jobs and growth, especially in rural Canada," says Lindsay. "However our export agenda is being constrained by insufficient transportation capacity. The forest sector is counting on expanding export markets to help it reach Vision2020 and its ambitious goal of generating an additional $20 billion in economic activity by the end of the decade. FPAC remains open to working with transportation carriers and others especially in the resource sector to find solutions to the lack of adequate shipping capacity. "Together we can find ways to right-size the transportation system so that Canada is considered an efficient and reliable global supplier," says Lindsay. "That means investment in capacity, enhanced remedies for poor service and a focus on greater competitiveness."
Mar. 6, 2014, Pointe-Claire, Qué.– FPInnovations and HiTech Communications have signed a distribution agreement that authorizes the Newfoundland-based company to serve as the sales agent for the FPDat and FPTrak product line in Newfoundland and Labrador as well as in Nova Scotia. In addition to distributing FPDat and FPTrak, HiTech Communications will also provide local technical support and installation services. This agreement will offer an advantage for end users in these two Atlantic Provinces as they will benefit from local points of contact. FPDat is a unique, rugged, on-board computer developed, at the request of the forest industry, by FPInnovations through research projects supported financially by the Transformative Technologies Program (TTP) of National Resources Canada (NRCan). FPDat collects and analyzes data directly from forest equipment such as feller-bunchers, harvesters, skidders, and forwarders, as well as other mobile heavy machinery in the energy and construction sector. FPDat informs operators and managers in real- time on various parameters such as utilization, treated areas, GPS track logs, productivity and the causes of downtime. More than 300 FPDat units are already in use across Canada with additional specialized features continuously being developed, such as the Transport and the Grader modules. The FPTrak web- based service provides data hosting and a reporting interface for information generated by the FPDat. "Competition in the forest products industry is driven, in part, by fibre costs. By creating opportunities to reduce fiber costs through optimized operations, FPDat holds the potential to increase the competitiveness of traditional industries," explained Peter Lister, Vice President, Forest Operations and Wood Products of FPInnovations. "We are very proud to add FPDat to the collection of products and services we provide to our growing customer base", says Murray Caines, President of HiTech Communications. Distribution agreements with service providers located in the other provinces are also being explored to extend FPDat's deployment in other regions of Canada.
Mar. 12, 2014, Vancouver - West Fraser has acquired Travis Lumber Company's sawmill and lumber manufacturing operations based in Mansfield, Arkansas. Travis Lumber has operated at the site since 1988 and the mill produced more than 100 million board feet of lumber in 2013. West Fraser plans to invest additional capital in the mill to expand annual production capacity to approximately 150 million board feet. "We are delighted with this growth opportunity in the U.S. South and we welcome our new employees to the West Fraser organization," said Ted Seraphim, West Fraser's President and CEO. West Fraser currently owns and operates two sawmills in Arkansas as well as sawmills in neighbouring Texas and Louisiana.
Mar. 3, 2014 - Worksafe BC has recommended charges be laid in connection with the fatal explosion at a Prince George sawmill in April 2012. The explosion at Lakeland Mills killed 43 year-old Alan Little and 46 year-old Glenn Roche and occured shortly after a similar explosion in Burns Lake. Similar charges were also recommended after the Burns Lake incident but the charges were dropped after the Crown determined the investigation was flawed. For information on the Burns Lake report, go to http://www.woodbusiness.ca/sawmilling/worksafebc-releases-report.
Mar. 12, 2014 - The Forest Products Association of Canada expressed its support for the free trade agreement reached between Canada and Korea as the sector continues to pursue expanded markets in the Asia-Pacific region. "The hundreds of communities across Canada who depend on a strong forest products industry benefit from a strong export agenda," said the President and CEO of FPAC, David Lindsay. "The signing of this deal will help the forest products industry continue to diversify its markets. We encourage the government to continue advocating for more open international relations, freer trade and the necessary infrastructure to support a strong export agenda." This deal will make Canadian wood products much more competitive with the elimination of duties that range from 1-10%. It will also help to prevent discriminatory practices affecting Canadian wood products entering Korea based on production methods or other factors. Last year, the Canadian forest sector exported more than $500 million worth of wood, pulp and paper products to South Korea, making it Canada's fourth largest export market. Over half of those products came from western Canada. Pulp currently makes up the largest portion of forest products exported to South Korea. "As part of our Vision2020 initiative, the industry aims to increase its revenue through new markets and innovations," says Lindsay. "This trade deal expands our access to the Asia-Pacific region which provides excellent market opportunities for our industry's traditional and transformed products." A robust trade agenda, including ongoing marketing and promotion partnerships with our embassies and trade offices, as well as a reliable transportation and infrastructure system throughout this vast country, will help the Canadian forest products industry reach its Vision2020 goal of adding $20 billion to Canada's economic activity.
Mar. 12, 2014 - Tembec has closed the sale of its pulp mill and related assets located in Chetwynd, British Columbia to Paper Excellence Canada Holdings Corporation for a nominal amount. The mill had been shut down since September 2012. Approximately 80 employees are included in the transaction. Tembec acquired the pulp mill in 2002 from Louisiana-Pacific Canada Pulp Co. and Louisiana-Pacific Ltd.
Mar. 4, 2014, Moncton - You are encouraged to attend our Spring Meeting and 95th AGM being held April 2 - 3, 2014 in Moncton, NB. As in previous years, the program will offer a wide variety of timely updates and practical information along with the opportunity to reconnect with your fellow colleges. Our program would not be complete without the contractors' roundtable on equipment maintenance and repair, the awards luncheon, our Log a Load for Kids fund raiser, and much more. First time attendees will get a 56% on the full member registration fee - newbies pay only $125 (taxes included) for the entire meeting. Mark Your Calendars!Delta Beauséjour, Moncton, NBApril 2 - 3, 2014
Mar. 3, 2014, Vancouver - Canfor Corporation has entered into a letter of intent with Groupe Lebel to sell the Daaquam sawmill located in Saint-Just-de-Bretenières, Quebec. The transaction is expected to close at the end of March, 2014 and is subject to customary closing conditions, including the execution of a formal agreement. The Daaquam mill produced 120 million board feet of lumber in 2013. Don Kayne, CEO of Canfor said, "Daaquam was sold because it was not core to our Western Canadian operations. Groupe Lebel is a well-respected company and Daaquam is a good strategic fit for it. We wish Groupe Lebel and all the employees of the Daaquam mill good luck in the future." The proceeds of sale of the Daaquam sawmill and working capital combined with the sale of other associated properties related to Daaquam to other third parties are expected to amount to approximately $25 million.
Mar. 12, 2014 – Georgia-Pacific Wood Products has launched an app for their structural panel products to deliver content in a convenient, on-demand, and easy-to-read format. The GP Panel Guide app is a free download, available in the App Store for iPad and iPhone, and the Google Play Store for Android devices. "We recognized an industry need for more concise, complete information regarding structural panel products, and this app was created to meet that need," said Jeff Key, senior manager of marketing communications for Georgia-Pacific. "This app is perfect for answering customer questions and helping with product selection in the store aisles, on the job site, in the dealer yard, or at home." The simple, colorful GP Panel Guide app is divided into two sections: Applications and Products. The Applications section introduces colorful dots indicating where each product should be used on a home, while the Products section allows users to navigate by brand. Within each product information area, users will find a short product summary followed by links to product specifications, installation tips, warranty information, product sustainability facts, and third-party certification information. Finally, there is a section on how to read an APA grade stamp, which is the stamp put on nearly all Georgia-Pacific structural panel products and is the manufacturer's assurance that the product is manufactured to industry standards. "We believe the installation instructions we've included can help cut down on common mistakes that may lead to call backs. We've also enhanced the offering with short, easy-to-understand videos," continued Key. "We want our customers to have the information they need, when they need it, and in a format that is easy to navigate and understand. We feel like this app delivers."
Feb. 13, 2014 - Following four years of mostly flat production (2009–2012), in 2013 North American non-structural panels began what is expected to be a long and steady recovery. The following article is summarized from WOOD MARKETS 2014–2018, our outlook report for MDF and particleboard, and contains an update detailing recent developments. Demand trends Since the majority of MDF and particleboard is purchased by manufacturers of products used in home and office interiors (e.g., furniture, cabinetry, flooring), the steady recovery in U.S. housing and R&R (repair and remodelling) markets has led to greater panel demand. On average, North American consumption of both MDF and particle- board increased in 2013: and• Total U.S. and Canadian MDF consumption is estimated to have risen by 5% in 2013 — from 2.5 billion sf (3/4" basis) in 2012 to 2.6 billion sf in 2013; and• Total U.S. and Canadian particleboard consumption is estimated to have risen by 7% in 2013 — from 3.0 billion sf in 2012 to 3.3 billion sf in 2013. While U.S. housing construction increased in 2013, Canadian housing slowed. This resulted in approximately a 6% decrease in Canadian particleboard consumption, offset by a 4% increase in MDF consumption, for an overall non-structural panel decrease in Canada of 2% from 2012 to 2013. Outlook The forecast for non-structural panel producers contains a mixture of sun and cloud for 2014 and 2015. Consumption is forecast to expand slowly as the housing and renovation markets strengthen. With operating rates generally well below 80%, there is substantial room for production increases before the potential for supply shortages begins to put substantial pressure on prices. WOOD MARKETS' forecast calls for a continued slow rise in prices of 3%–4% per year; rising fibre and resin costs are expected to keep a lid on margin increases. Capacity reopenings (if any) will likely be limited to niche products, such as thin MDF. For more details on Wood Market's outlook for 2014-2015, go to www.woodmarkets.com.
Feb. 25, 2014, Guelph - Cherry Forest Products is the sole distributer of Novawood Ash Decking products in North America effective January 1st, 2014. Novawood, an FSC certified company based out of Turkey, is internationally accredited and specializes in the manufacture of Thermowood products. Thermowood Ash is an all natural, decking material alternative. Thermowood is the name given to lumber which has been thermally modified with high temperatures, water vapour and pressure. This process provides superior dimensional stability allowing for unlimited landscaping opportunities. As an added benefit to the process, the colour of the wood becomes homogeneous throughout the boards allowing for a more uniform absorption of stain than other woods. Thermowood Ash Decking is produced from sustainable forests and is more stable and durable than other wood species. It is 30% more fire resistant and 25% more acoustic and heat insolated than normal lumber, not to mention completely insect infestation, and biologically, safe. Cherry Forest Products is FSC certified and has been producing grade lumber, cut to size products, and custom ripped planks for over 30 years. They have also expanded into producing sliced veneer from their logs in the last 10 years. Cherry Forest Products ships to a vast majority of hardwood users in Europe and here in the local market, and have developed an excellent reputation for quality production and sustainable forestry. For more information contact Dennis Reid at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.cherryforest.ca
Feb. 3, 2014 – Marwood Ltd., a secondary wood products manufacturer in Atlantic Canada has gained financial support from the provincial and federal government to expand operations and create 20 new full-time jobs. The provincial government is providing a $1.2 million repayable loan and the federal government is providing a repayable investment of $500,000 through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. "The expansion project involves the construction of a new wood scanning and optimizing plant, and the purchase of specialized wood scanning technology as well as trimming equipment to improve production efficiency," says the Operations Manager. The move will increase wood recovery and productivity and make the mills more competitive in its export markets. The remanufacturer primarily uses rough shorts from local sawmills and specilizes in pressure treating.