Lumber Market:

  Coming into Focus: China’s Demand for Wood, Forest Products Nearly Doubles - Spurred by surges in domestic demand, China’s appetite for wood and forest products continue to grow, and this trend is having an impact on global wood markets.   (4/2/2018)

  Thinking Ahead–Letter from Chaille: It’s All About the Lumber - Pallet Enterprise publisher explains how proper lumber sortation and inspection are key for advanced automation and robotics.   (10/5/2017)

  Coming into Focus: SYP Prices Top 12-Year High - Prices are being buoyed by a number of trade-related dynamics that are coinciding, according to economists.   (6/1/2017)

  DOC Issues Countervailing Duty on Canadian Softwood Lumber - The U.S. Department of Commerce has determined that Canadian producers are receiving subsidies ranging from 3.02% to 24.12%.   (5/1/2017)

  Letter from Ed: Pallet Industry Lumber Markets Undergoing Changes – Covered by the Pallet Profile and Recycle Record - Pallet Enterprise president requests readers to participate in softwood lumber pricing survey to possibly add pricing east of the Rockies in Pallet Profile market report.  (2/1/2017)

  Coming into Focus: Will Hardwood Markets Shrug Off Recent Anomaly? - Researchers analyze trends in hardwood market and question if future trends will follow the same patterns.  (2/1/2017)

  2014 Story of the Year: New Normal Spells Long-term Supply Problems - Story of the Year: The raw material landscape has forever changed. Price spikes in 2013 are confirmed by a new normal in 2014 that spells long-term shifts in the raw material supplies of low-grade lumber and pallet cores.   (1/1/2015)

  Market Update: Looking Forward – What Trends Are Saying about 2015 - Market analyst, Jeff McBee, looks at trends for 2015 and what we can expect from both the hardwood and softwood lumber markets.   (1/1/2015)

  The International Hardwood Lumber Market and Potential Impacts on Your Bottom Line - Going Global: Increasingly international trends are impacting local hardwood prices, USDA economist, Bill Luppold looks at the changing face of the global market and its potential to impact your bottom line.   (12/1/2014)

  Letter from Ed: Mission Critical – Staying on Top of Lumber Market Changes - Pallet Enterprise founder explores the recent changes in the low-grade lumber market and unveils an exciting new feature for the Pallet Profile covering softwood lumber markets in the East.   (12/1/2013)

  Global Timber Specialist Offers International Market Perspective - Forest products expert shares his thoughts on the Asian housing boom, the Euro zone crisis and the impact of global forest product demand on North America markets.  (10/1/2012)

  A Comparison of Pallet Cants and Grade Lumber Price Trends - An economist with the U.S. Forest Service looks at the factors that influence the availability and prices of pallet cants and how cant prices have compare to grade lumber price, both historically and at current.   (9/1/2012)

  Crosstie Market Stays Strong - Crosstie Market Update: After a very strong year for crosstie demand in 2011, the loss of a tax credit could cause demand to drop back to 2010-2011 levels although track infrastructure investment continues thanks to expanded drilling operations.  (4/1/2012)

  Forest Sector Reeling During Economic Downturn - Economic Downturn Impact: Industry researchers analyze the economic health and industry capacity of the forest products sector after the recent economic downturn. Changes have taken place that could have longstanding ramifications for sawmill capacity.   (3/1/2012)

  Clever Video Touts Benefits of Wood Products - Clever Video Touts Benefits of Wood Products   (2/1/2012)

  Lumber Industry Forecast: Outlook or Look Out – Reading Trends for 2012 - More of the same dismal results appears to be in the crystal ball for the next few years according to industry analysts.  (12/1/2011)

  Hardwood Exports Help Bolster Sawmill Industry Amid U.S. Downturn: International Trade Expert Shares Views on the Future of U.S. Hardwoods - International lumber expert, Michael Snow, executive director of American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) discusses the growing global market for American hardwoods and the future of the industry.  (8/1/2011)

  Raising $$ to Save Domestic Wood Markets: Hardwood Industry Marketing & Checkoff Initiative - Seeking to take back its market, the U.S. hardwood lumber industry considers a checkoff program as well as a new branding initiative launched by industry leaders that focuses on the benefits of hardwood products.   (4/1/2011)

  For Better, For Worse! What Will Happen to the Housing Market When Tax Credits Expire? - USDA economist explains what to look for in a housing recovery and how the market may react when federal tax credits expire this year.   (3/1/2010)

  Letter from Ed: Is the Hardwood Industry Going to Take a Stand? - Is the Hardwood Industry Going to Take a Stand?  (2/1/2010)

  Changes in the Hardwood Lumber Industry and Their Impacts on the Pallet Industry - Overview of the dramatic changes that have occurred in the hardwood industry, including analysis of recent data with an eye toward the future.   (2/1/2010)

  Customization & Sustainability – Wood’s Place in the House of the Future - A look at housing design trends and the role that wood will play in future housing design.  (10/1/2009)

  Bamboo: Green as Grass? - Bamboo: Green as Grass? Bamboo gains ground against hardwood thanks to its green message. But how green really is this grass from Asia?  (9/1/2009)

  Change Blows on the Hardwood Industry Winds - Changes in Hardwood Industry: In the past decades, the hardwood industry has gone through many changes that impact our pallet lumber supplies. This article puts an overview perspective on these changes.  (6/1/2008)

  Forest Economist Explains Housing Slump, Identifies Bright Spots and Biz Opportunities - Economic Outlook: Al Schuler, a research economist for the U.S. Forest Service, discuses changes in the forest products industry and potential opportunities; part one of a two-part interview.  (1/1/2008)

  Imports Overtake Forest Products Exports; Survey Shows Wide Impact: Virginia Tech Survey Shows Companies Responding, Adapting to Globalization - Globalization: Last year, the volume of imported forest products dramatically overtook the volume of exported forest products; survey shows the impact of globalization is far-reaching, but the industry is adapting and responding.  (11/1/2007)

  Market Update: Is Ohio River Valley Region Harbinger for Elsewhere? - The biggest factor in low-grade hardwood availability at the moment is unquestionably the hardwood grade market – or lack thereof  (7/1/2007)

  Sawmill & Treating Insights: Upgrading for Volume or Value? Brian Bond - Raw material quality continues to decline while at the same time logs are getting more difficult to obtain. Many mills are beginning to worry about the future log supply — not necessarily where the logs are going to come from, but who is going to harvest them and bring them to the mill.  (3/1/2007)

  Weekly Hardwood Review Indicates That Cooling Market for Railties Expected To Rebound in the Spring of 2007 - Railtie Market: Prices for railties are expected to decline moderately, according to the Weekly Hardwood Review (WHR), but if sawmills exercise discipline, tie purchases and prices should rebound in the spring.  (11/1/2006)

  What Do Regional Changes in Hardwood Production Tell Us About Future Competitiveness? - Dr. Bill Luppold provides analysis of recent decreases in hardwood production along with information related to species shifts.  (3/1/2006)

  Industry Analysts to Hold Market Conference - Raw materials cost increases impact the price of pallets and low grade lumber. Conference addresses future of the market. Experts say it could get worse.   (10/1/2005)

  Texas Lumberman Wins Big Buck Photo Contest - Winning Deer Bagged on Texas Ranch  (3/1/2005)

  Hardwood Flooring Market Runs in Cycles - Highlights from 2004 Articles  (1/3/2005)

  Hardwood Industry Should Take Cues from Cabinet Makers, Says Consultant - Industry Conference Focuses on Issues of Competition in Global Marketplace  (9/1/2004)

  Flooring's Impact on the Hardwood Market - Hardwood Flooring Market Runs in Cycles  (7/1/2004)

  Outlook Optimistic for Red Alder - Red Alder is on the rise in the Pacific Northwest, especially for the pallet industry.  (3/17/2004)

  Backlash Has Arrived In Hardwood Market - Quarterly review of pallet and low grade lumber markets.  (4/1/2003)

  Partners in Lumber Brokerage Take Client-Based Approach to Business - Precut International: Partners in Canadian lumber brokerage take a client-based approach to business as they serve the pallet and crating industry in the Northeast  (3/1/2001)