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WOOD BASED PANELS & BOARDS: North-South relationships forged for panel and board growth


The August edition of the Southern Hemisphere Forest Industry Journal features the annual Southern Hemisphere Wood Based Panels and Boards Survey
A key finding is the new relationships that are being built between the wood based panels and boards producers of the Northern Hemisphere and their counterparts in the Southern Hemisphere.
Companies from the South are seeking access to capital and markets, while their Northern counterparts seek new investment opportunities and wood resources.
Summaries are provided of country-by-country performance and details are provided of company developments.

SIDE-BAR: Are you ready for the Year 2000 - the Y2K bug and timber markets.





  • Alto Parana is building a new sawmill, with a production capacity of 240,000 cubic metres per annum.
  • Perez Companc is launching one of the country’s largest sawmills, in Misiones
  • A Forestry Law to boost plantation development has been sanctioned by the government.


  • Brazilian firm Klabin is joining Boise Cascade in an important new sawmilling and marketing project.


  • Arauco is adding a new sawmill to boost capacity even further.

 New Zealand:

  • Fletcher Challenge is hoping to merge its Southern Hemisphere operations into Fletcher Canada.
  • A controversial native logging scheme on the West Coast has received government approval.


  • Rayonier is managing a new venture between Forestry Tasmania and a Boston-based investment company.
  • Timber retailer Gunns Ltd is expanding its hardwood lumber interests.
  • A Japanese power company has entered a plantation agreement with State Forests of NSW.
  • The organisers of AusTimber 2000 are expecting a big crowd of overseas visitors at the forestry expo to be held in Albury, NSW, in March 2000.

South Africa:

  • Sappi Ltd is welcoming the upward movement in pulp prices, and is expecting sales to improve domestically.
  • The leasing to private enterprise of State forestry assets, including the 332,000 hectares of Safcol forests, is expected soon.



The demand v. supply theory is being given new life as markets wake up from the dark days of the Asian economic crisis.  We include our Market View survey of key sawmilling companies.


The Southern Hemisphere Pine Price Index is the average of all prices for pine lumber across the main forestry countries of the South.  Available to subscribers.



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