As summer came on the sawmills across North America continued to recover manufacturing volumes from the dramatic drops of one year ago. For January to July production increased, however comparing just June to July 2021 there was a drop. Sawmill capacity utilization rates in the United States and in Canada also fell somewhat.
For January to July 2021 softwood lumber production in the US improved by +3% from the first seven months of 2020, says the latest issue of the Western Wood Products Association’s monthly Lumber Track. US lumber production volumes were 22,060 mmfbm compared to January to July of 2020 when it was 21,424 mmfbm.
Looking at the month of July against June 2021, US softwood lumber production was 3,020 mmfbm in July 2021 compared to 3,213 mmfbm in June, which is a decrease of -6%. There was a drop of -9% from July 2020, when it was 3,349 mmfbm.
Last month’s update here: https://madisonsreport.com/2021/09/23/north-america-softwood-lumber-production-sawmill-capacity-utilization-wwpa-june-2021/
Canadian softwood lumber production continued the trend of improvement seen so far this year. For January to July 2021, Canada sawmill manufacturing was up +10%, to 14,322 mmfbm, compared to the first seven months of last year when it was 13,010 mmfbm.
Specifically in British Columbia — which accounts for 50% of Canadian lumber manufacturing and sales — sawmill production volumes for January to July 2021 grew by +16%, to 5,741 mmfbm, compared to the same time last year when it was 4,931 mmfbm.
North America Softwood Lumber Production, Sawmill Capacity Utilization, WWPA: July 2021
US sawmill production as a per cent of practical capacity for the first seven months of this year grew by +1%, to 86%, compared to the same time in 2020 when it was 85%, said the Western Wood Products Association’s monthly Lumber Track.
Still improving greatly from last year, Canadian sawmill production as a per cent of practical capacity again jumped in January to July 2021, to 82% compared to one year ago when it was a disastrous 75%.