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November 2012

Supply Chain

Supply – in general not a lot of change in the supply situation.  There is one overiding change we see, and that is the growth in use of timber which are not TROPICAL HARDWOODS. The growth in market share for temperate hardwoods as well as the growing market for "modified timbers" is FANTASTIC.  The temperate hardwoods are generally from a much more "well managed" source and the "modified timbers" are all "well managed " as well. So the supply and demand for tropical hardwoods is seeing many changes.  We are obviously thrilled at the positive growth in sales for Accoya as an alternative to Tropical hardwoods, and this is one example of the changes taking place. American Hardwoods are also rapidly growing market share. The same is not true of the many tropical hardwoods which come from a range of good to bad sources. How do you choose, well its not clear and or easy and many in the supply chain do not tell the WHOLE story.
There are however three supply chains we are seeing with some notable change and are worthy of discussion:

Vitex ( and other species)from the Solomon Islands which are facing severe shortages as well as questionable legal and sustainable supply. The source we had all been hoping to support ( local Solomon Island communities) has proven extremely frustrating and difficult to manage and monitor. So some troubling questions arise, we and others are still debating the viability and veracity of the community supply. We ( distributors) want to grow a community supply but its the reliability of this supply and the infection of logs from log exporters that is of concern. Log export logs contaminate the supply chain and are in not necessarily legal and or sustainable.

Western Red Cedar from British Columbia (BC) in Canada has been in over supply for sometime (years)  and we have mentioned that at some point this would have to change.  The past Northern summer was a long hot one that caused a long fire season and constrained logging in the forests of BC. The sawmills have seen log shortages and one miller told me that they ran of logs a first for them. The supply pipeline for lumber is therefore very thin. Log prices have risen and lumber prices are now rising as well, reflecting more demand than supply. Will this continue? All depends on demand and how well the major suppliers control the supply. The indications are strong that indeed we are off the bottom and will see more increases in the next little while. Let’s hope it’s not quite like the last bull run where prices surged some 30% in the space of 12 months, then fell off.

Australian Hardwoods in terms of supply are being variously affected by environmental and market forces which are re shaping the supply chain. In Tasmania the supply is in a total mess. Tasmania Forestry has over estimated log availability and then on top of this environmental pressures have led to a huge drop in the log volumes available. In terms of the NZ market the main supplier for years was Gunn’s and with the break up and final demise of the company the supply is a trickle of what it once was. Prices are starting to rise appreciably and are likely to rise further. There is no ongoing supply of the Joinery and Furniture sizes ( 40 and 50mm) we consume here in NZ, so the market will need to adjust to Victorian Ash and or other species. The supply of Victorian Ash is good and for the forseeable future a readily available supply seems assured. It would be remiss however not to note that the resource even in Victoria is State Government owned and with financial losses being made by the State owned forestry Department and environmental pressures the future is by no means certain.  As we have noted previously the widely available and cheap American Hardwoods (especially US White Ash and White Oak) are finding a ready market here in NZ.

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