Cross-Laminated Timber, LVL, Glulam, and other Structural Laminates

Cross-Laminated Timber, LVL, Glulam, and other Structural Laminates

 A bridge made of engineered wood; specifically, cross-laminated timber! Even Madison’s hadn’t expected such anon-traditional application of forest products as a building material. Researchers at South Dakota State University’s J Lohr Structures Lab have tested the strength of a glulam bridge as part of a push to give counties and towns more options when designing new bridges or replacing old ones. BRIDGES MADE FROM GLULAM Glulam is making its way from buildings to bridges, becoming a cost-effective, viable and sustainable…

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New Paper Product Category Standards

New Paper Product Category Standards

FPInnovations, in collaboration with The American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA) and the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), announced Thursday it has developed a Product Category Rules (PCR) for North American market pulp, paper and paperboard products, tissue, and containerboard manufacturers. This PCR allows North American pulp, paper, tissue, and containerboard manufacturers to communicate the environmental footprints of their products in compliance with international standards. Standardizing Paper Product Categories FPInnovations announced Thursday it has developed a Product Category Rules…

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Strong Softwood Lumber Prices Plus Duties for Canada : 3Q 2017

Strong Softwood Lumber Prices Plus Duties for Canada : 3Q 2017

The 3Q 2017 issue of Madison’s Forest Pulse is almost ready to be sent to subscribers! Don’t miss out on this vital and timely information. Much is being made of current high softwood lumber prices, as opinions abound about the near-future supply-demand balance. Forestry has been a seller’s market from the very beginning of this year, and all signs point to continued, ongoing strong wood demand in the US for real building projects. This week Madison’s takes a look at…

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Update on Immediate Loss to Merchantable Timber Supply due to Wildfires: British Columbia

Update on Immediate Loss to Merchantable Timber Supply due to Wildfires: British Columbia

Kamloops, British Columbia — right there in the middle of sawmill country for western North America — area directors in the Cariboo Regional District were given a briefing Monday on the estimated timber losses industry is facing in light of this summer’s devastating wildfire season. Reasonable expectations are that the immediate loss to merchantable timber supply for other regions and operators will be similar: “estimated that the fires impacted close to one year of the British Columbia provincial annual allowable…

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North America Wildfire Update: November 2017

North America Wildfire Update: November 2017

Word is starting to come out of the important fibre supply basket for British Columbia softwood lumber producers about how much of the immediate timber that was expected to be harvested has been damaged by the devastating wildfires this season. North America Wildfire Damage Update: November 2017 At the latest meeting between British Columbia municipalities and the province, Quesnel mayor and council agreed to take a message to Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development (FLNRO&RD) Minister Doug Donaldson’s…

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BC Softwood Lumber Export, Canada – US Sawmill Capacity

BC Softwood Lumber Export, Canada – US Sawmill Capacity

BC export of forest products by value are up 0.4 per cent for 2017 year-to-date September compared to the same period in 2016 ($10.49 billion vs. $10.45), said the Competitiveness and Innovation Branch of the British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development Monday. Exports of softwood lumber by value is down -5 per cent, while volumes are down -15 per cent. BC SOFTWOOD LUMBER EXPORTS BC export of forest products by value are up 0.4…

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US Construction Job Openings: September 2017

US Construction Job Openings: September 2017

The open position rate (job openings as a per cent of total employment) for September softened to 2.8 per cent. On a smoothed twelve-month moving average basis, the open position rate for the construction sector held steady at 2.6 per cent, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) and NAHB analysis, released Tuesday. US Construction Jobs: September 2017 The overall trend for open construction jobs has been increasing since the end of…

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US Housing Market Update: Aug and Sept 2017

US Housing Market Update: Aug and Sept 2017

The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller US National Home Price Index, reported Tuesday, had a 6.1 per cent annual gain in August, up from 5.9 per cent in the previous month. The 10-City Composite annual increase came in at 5.3 per cent, up from 5.2 per cent the previous month. The 20-City Composite posted a 5.9 per cent year-over-year gain, up from 5.8 per cent the previous month. On Wednesday, the US Census Bureau said construction spending during September 2017 was estimated…

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North America Forest Products Movement Update: August 2017

North America Forest Products Movement Update: August 2017

The latest data, some released just Wednesday by Statistics Canada, show a glowing picture of improving conditions for North America’s forest products industry. Most of the data encompasses January to August 2017, providing solid information on the economic state of Canadian and US log and lumber products and their movement so far this year. Headline may as well read: “US Log Exports to China Skyrocket, But Let’s Blame Canada” Most striking is the sharp increase in US coniferous log exports…

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