Values of lumber, pulp and paper, and panelboard manufactured by Alberta Forest Products Association (AFPA) members totalled approximately $2.7 billion for 2013, the AFPA released Friday. The value of production was up $335 million or 14 per cent from 2012. Part of the increase can be attributed to new members who joined the AFPA in 2013.
AFPA 4Q 2013
Alberta Forest Products Association-member companies produced 3.2 billion board feet of lumber in 2013 with a value of $1.2 billion, the agency said Friday. Part of this production came from the secondary manufacturing sector. Total production volumes increased 227 million board feet, or 7.6 per cent, from 2012, while values increased $264 million, or 29 per cent.
For 4Q 2013, production totalled 771 million board feet with a value of $298 million. Compared to 4Q 2012, lumber production was up 25 million board feet, or 3.4 per cent, and values increased $56 million, or 23.3 per cent. Compared to 3Q 2013, production volume dropped by 84 million board feet, but stronger prices caused values to increase by $8 million, or 2.7 per cent.
AFPA-member panelboard operators produced 1.1 billion square feet of 7/16 inch equivalent product in 2013, valued at $362 million. Production increased from 2012 by 18 million square feet, or 1.6 per cent, and values were up $21 million, or 6.3 per cent.
For 4Q 2013, panelboard production was 283 million square feet with a value of $85 million. Compared to the 4Q 2012, production was up 5.6 million square feet, or 5.6 per cent, but values declined by $5 million, or 5.9 per cent. In comparison to 3Q 2013, production increased by 6 million square feet or 2 per cent and values were up by $2 million or 1.8 per cent.