Nothing very positive for 2005

Laurie, Allan
February 2006
New Zealand Tree Grower;Feb2006, Vol. 27 Issue 1, p30
This article looks at market conditions faced by New Zealand's forest industry in 2005 and offers an outlook for 2006. Throughout the country sawmill closures have been common, land conversions primarily to dairying have increased, and anti-industry government policies have added to the industry's hard luck story. As the year drew to a close a sense of a better future has emerged. More reliable New Zealand lumber suppliers have began to fill some big orders with a few related to the damage caused by the tsunami in India. The unpredictable factors that will affect the industry in 2006 will be the exchange rate, international shipping costs and demand for wood and wood products. However, the domestic scene in South Island has remained flat in terms of prices and demand.


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