With a growing fibre deficit in the Asia region, Africa must be part of the global increase in wood products demand’s solution. In April this year, Margules Groome opened its first office in Africa to better service the African and international clients interested in the opportunities the continent offers.
Driven by a strong wood demand from China, Australia’s exports of softwood logs have surged by 146% to a shipped volume of 3.7 million m3 in 2016. Margules Groome considers that this trend has the potential to be a major game-changer that domestic sawmilling industry players should prepare for.
Margules Groome remote sensing and GIS analysis team has the potential to deploy the latest development of the space-based earth observation industry potential and assist in the sustainable management of forest resources, mapping of changes resulting from harvesting operations or natural disturbances, verification of net stocked area, assessment of plantation site suitability, terrain analysis, training, or other GIS support services.
In 2017 global wood pellet market continues its advancement through developments and challenges. Margules Groome sees Japan and South Korea continuing their wood pellet demand expanding. Moreover, based on the announced co-firing capacity developments, the potential for pellet price stabilisation and growth is a practical possibility. Australian bio-energy future has potential and it’s currently under discussion.
What do we know about the origins of the CLT and Glulam that currently satisfies the market in Australia? Is CLT being imported from New Zealand? How will the CLT and Glulam market develop in the future?
Margules Groome argues that a better understanding of industry movements, cost competitiveness and future log supply is needed.
In 2016, timber production along with log and wood product exports reached heights few had predicted. Looking forward, one question to be answered is “Has domestic softwood timber production reached a peak and if yes what’s next for the Australian wood industry ?”
Is the market for mass timber building products expanding ? Will it be a lengthy process or will it happen quickly ?
Following on from the discussion started in the Q4 2016 edition of Margules Groome newsletter, severe winter conditions affecting Europe lead to a surge in wood pellet demand across the continent, thus good news for exporters.
Margules Groome participated in and presented at the 4th WoodChem & WoodTech conference held in Bali on 7 & 8 December 2016
There is an ongoing global demand for affordable furniture and cabinetry. Particle board (PB) is a reconstituted wood panel product that has benefited from this demand. Medium density fibreboard (MDF) is another reconstituted wood panel which shows an even stronger demand growth. For some applications, MDF has succeeded to partially replace hardboard and particle board.