EWP pro­duc­tion de­clines fur­ther

Australasian Timber - - NEWS -

North Amer­i­can pro­duc­tion of en­gi­neered wood prod­ucts (EWP) de­clined again in the first quar­ter of 2015. In spite of a cus­tom­ary sea­sonal re­vival com­pared to the pre­vi­ous quar­ter, pro­duc­tion vol­umes of LVL and I-joists were down year on year. The weak­en­ing trend al­ready seen in the fourth quar­ter of 2014 has there­fore con­tin­ued. While the rea­son quoted for pro­duc­tion cut­backs at the end of 2014 had been pri­mar­ily the slow re­cov­ery of the busi­ness sit­u­a­tion in new res­i­den­tial build­ing and ad­just­ments to stock, the weak start to 2015 has been partly blamed on the cool weather pre­vail­ing in most of the east­ern fed­eral states. North Amer­i­can LVL pro­duc­tion has de­clined year on year by 3%. A moder­ate mi­nus of 1% in the USA is con­trasted by a sharp fall of 17% in Canada.

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