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Quarterly Newsletter
Sep 2017

Australian and New Zealand CLT market potential

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What is the market potential for CLT in Australia? There is continuous strong interest in Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) in Australia/New Zealand and around the world.

New CLT facilities plans have been announced and some are getting ready to start-up production in APAC region. Which markets would those new CLT producers target?

Margules Groome’s view is that the CLT market potential in Australia is hard to define. Part of the reason is the absence of longer-term historical trends as the use of CLT for domestic consumption only started in 2012. Based on the observation that most of the decline in apartment approvals in Australia comes from the 8+ storey buildings, CLT is well placed to take advantage of the 4, 5 and 6 storey apartments sub-sector which still looks promising.

Quarterly Newsletter
Sep 2017

Particleboard and Laminates Market Opportunity and Challenges

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Well established products such Oriented Strand Board (OSB), Parallam (PSL) or Laminated Strand Lumber (LSL) in the European and North American markets are yet to attract the attention of the Australian wood processing sector.

Australian reconstituted wood panels producers and consumers remain consistent with their traditional products (Particleboard (PB), Medium Density Fibre (MDF) and Low-Pressure Laminates (LPM) products). Over the past 18 months we saw proposals for new capacity developments and acquisitions. Margules Groome’s view is that with new players will come more efficient production and potentially new products, new business models and improved value chains. There are also strong indications that the ANZ as well as regional market dynamics will start to change.

Quarterly Newsletter
Sep 2017

Wood Pellet Market Update

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The global wood pellet market continues its development with volumes and prices oscillating in Europe driven by seasonality and traditional fuels cost. Over the past 5 years, total global pellet production increased by 58%, reaching 28.6 million metric tonnes.

Oceania and Africa still produce less than 1% of global demand, however there are signs that this will change.

In APAC region South Korea’s pellet imports reached 2.1 million m3 (year ending July 2017) a growth of 30% compared to the previous year, with prices on an upward trend, growing at 2%. Over the same period, Japanese wood pellet imports totaled 397 000 m3, a 13% increase compared to 2016 but with prices down by 8%.

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