Rates of production as percent of practical capacity for North American sawmills was 86% in the US for February 2017, compared to 84% the previous year and 86% for full year 2016, said the latest issue of the Western Wood Products Association Lumber Track May 8.
US AND CANADA SAWMILL CAPACITY UTILIZATION: WWPA
Capacity utilization of sawmills in Canada rose slightly to 92% from 91% in February last year, and compared to 90% for full year 2016.
US AND CANADA SOFTWOOD LUMBER PRODUCTION: WWPA
Softwood lumber production by US sawmills reached 5,285 million board feet (bbf) in the first two months of 2017, a gain of 1.7 per cent from 5,199 million board feet in the same period the previous year, according to the Western Wood Products Assocation’s monthly Lumber Track.
Canadian sawmills produced 4,674 million board feet of softwood lumber for Jan-Feb 2017, a gain of 1.4 per cent from 4,611 million board feet in the first two months of 2016.