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Sept 2015

Supply chains

The supply chain for our Radiata Pine is struggling with global issues. The trade in export logs is in the doldrums currently with low prices meaning many forests are slowing down the log harvest. The prices for pruned logs is good, not great but most all other log grades are poor and in most cases negative. The impact for us is higher costs for Clear Radiata Pine.

Waverley Sawmills new Boiler in background , foreground low log stocks a problem

Installing the heat and pre drying gear for the Waverley Sawmills timber drying kilns

The same is true for a number of other timbers we handle, notably Western Red Cedar, and Iroko. Western Red Cedar demand has seen prices double in the 2005, in NZ dollar terms. We are struggling to get all we want in some sizes. The issues revolve around the changing face of relative exchange rates that has seen the exports to the USA are now giving Canadian exporters a 30% gain, whereas the NZ exports are fairly constant. We have a large investment in Western Red Cedar and have strong suppliers but the issue is that there is not enough to go around.

4 x 6 CAD Cost Price Analysis Per FBM

Log stocks are low and demand for high grade Cedar high..

High Grade Western Red Cedar logs at one of our suppliers sawmills on Vancouver Island.

Iroko supply is similar in that it is struggling to keep up with the demand from around the World. This imbalance between supply and demand is causing prices to rise.

400x100 Cedar for Salute Construction to use in new Westgate Shopping Centre at the mill .

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