Forest Industry Data
From the "Down-Under" continent a special subscription service, providing a
quarterly package of detailed statistics, long range forecasts and summary information.
Trade and Media Services Ltd, brings to subscribers statistics on the Australian forestry
TMS is able to make available a review of the statistics and the full set of data in a
special package for subscribers.
Included are detailed figures on consumption, production, imports and exports of all
Australian forestry products.
This package is available on a quarterly basis.
December 98 update
Long-term projections are a new feature in the latest edition of the Australian Forest
Industry Data. The current edition of the AFID provides the quarterly statistics for the
three months to 31 December 1998, as well as long-term trends.
Examples of Key Data for the December 1998 Quarter are as follows:
A slow up in consumption became apparent in the December quarter of 1998 compared to
the September quarter. A 10 per cent drop in the consumption of total lumber reflected
quite a dip as the year ended.
The panels and boards sector showed a similar trend, with MDF
consumption dropping by 17 per cent in the December quarter, while particleboard
consumption also fell. The consumption of plywood remained static, however.
Production reflected the consumption trend, with the total production of lumber down by
just over 9 per cent in the December quarter 1998 compared to the September quarter.
The value of total imports of wood products into Australia fell by
nearly 6 per cent to A$721.7 million in the December quarter compared to the September
quarter. The value of imports for the calendar was $2,852 million compared to $2,562
million for the calendar year 1997.
After falling in the September quarter, the value of forest products exports rose by 18
per cent in the December quarter reaching $318.7 million. Total forest products exports
for the 1998 calendar year were $1,188 million compared to the $1,199 million of 1997.
In our long-term trend series, consumption grew throughout the calendar year in spite
of the impact of the Asian economic crisis. Production overall is also up throughout the
calendar 1998 year, although the 4 per cent increase in lumber production would tend to
indicate the rise has been balanced out by mill closures.
Projections are made on the basis of our historical trend information.
For example, sawnwood production is expected to rise sharply 1999 and 2020, while an even
steeper increase is expected in the production of panels and boards. The paper and
packaging sector is similarly expected to increase production.
Full details, including 70 plus pages of statistics are available in
the December Quarter 1998 Australian Forest Industry Data. Subscription inquiries to Trade
and Media Services Ltd, or please open the pdf file attached.
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