Planing ahead: Competition from substitutes and imports is expected to remain intense

Over the past five years, construction activity and the number of residential property transactions increased, which supported industry demand. Furniture manufacturing and wooden container manufacturing activity also increased over the past five-year period, which supported revenue and boosted demand because these are important markets for the industry. Technological advances, the introduction of new products and new revenue streams have also supported industry growth to some extent. However, rising import competition and growing competition from substitute products curtailed the industry's growth. Industry performance was also affected by volatility in the price of timber. Revenue is expected to increase at a compound annual rate of 2.6% over the five years through more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The fall in the value of the pound is likely to restrict growth in import penetration
  • Operators have been increasingly exposed to substitution from manufactured wood
  • Firms are expected to benefit from the National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The industry has a medium level of capital intensity. Applying wages as a proxy for labour and depreciation for capital investment, the industry has a capital-to-labour ratio of 1:3.5 in 2018-19. This indicates that for every £1.00 spent on capital, industry operators are expected to spend approximately £3.50 on wages. Conversely, for every £1.00 spent on wages, firms would spend £0.29 on capital. The investment requirement is moderate across all segments of the industry, although given the number of businesses that exited the industry over the past five years, there is likely to be a substantial supply of second-hand sawmilling equipment. Cap...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Sawmilling & Wood Planing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Sawmilling & Wood Planing Industry are

  • Ability to accommodate environmental requirements
  • Upstream vertical integration (ownership links)
  • Ability to expand and curtail operations rapidly in line with market demand
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from residential building construction and Demand from commercial building construction in the Sawmilling & Wood Planing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Sawmilling & Wood Planing Industry?

    Firms in this industry saw and plane wood in preparation for use in construction, furniture and unassembled flooring manufacturing, heating, power generation, fencing, pallets and as railway sleepers. Kiln drying timber and impregnating wood with preservatives and other chemicals activities are also included in the industry.

    Industry Products
  • Structural sawnwood timber
  • Joinery sawnwood timber
  • Hardwood timbers (veneers and furniture)
  • Fencing and outdoor timber
  • Timber for pallets and packaging
  • Industry Activities
  • Sawing, planing and machining wood
  • Drying of wood (naturally or in a kiln)
  • Impregnation or chemical treatment of wood with preservatives or other substances
  • Slicing, peeling and chipping logs
  • wooden railway sleepers
  • unassembled wooden flooring
  • wood wool, wood chip, wood flour and particles
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from residential building construction
  • Demand from commercial building construction
  • Demand from office and shop furniture manufacturing
  • Demand from wooden container manufacturing
  • Real effective exchange rate

  • Current Performance
  • Construction drives growth
  • Demand and developments
  • External competition
  • Current concerns
  • Market structure and profit
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Residential growth
  • Non-residential growth
  • Other revenue opportunities
  • Future challenges
  • Profit and market structure
  • Table: Sawmilling & Wood Planing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Sawmilling & Wood Planing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Veneer Sheet & Wood-Based Panel Manufacturing
  • Carpentry & Joinery Product Manufacturing
  • Wooden Container Manufacturing
  • Construction

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Forestry & Logging
  • Organic Basic Chemical Manufacturing
  • Pesticide & Other Agrochemical Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Structural sawnwood timber
  • Joinery sawnwood timber
  • Fencing and outdoor timber
  • Timber for pallets and packaging
  • Other
  • Hardwood timbers (veneers and furniture)
  • Chart: Sawmilling & Wood Planing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Timber wholesalers and merchants
  • Downstream wood product manufacturers
  • Exports
  • Direct sales
  • Residue for woodchips
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Sawmilling & Wood Planing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Sawmilling & Wood Planing

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Sawmilling & Wood Planing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    BSW Timber Ltd, James Jones & Sons Ltd,
  • Table: BSW Timber Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: James Jones & Sons Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Sawmilling & Wood Planing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Sawmilling & Wood Planing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Exports (2010-2024)
  • Imports (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Trees, such as pines and firs, that bear cones and have evergreen needle-like leaves. Conifers are the key source of softwood and are rich in resins.
  • Hardwood
  • This wood comes from broadleaf or angiosperm trees. The category includes wood from many different species. It may not be harder than softwood varieties.
  • Softwood
  • Wood that comes from coniferous trees.
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