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Madison’s Announces . . . BC Coastal Log Prices: Monthly

Madison’s Announces . . . BC Coastal Log Prices: Monthly

The information tool for your forest management and investment planning decisions. Our *new* monthly log price report is tailored to provide you with vital data about prices of various species and grades of British Columbia coastal logs, for Canadian and international markets, at your fingertips in a timely manner. Order our PRE-PUBLICATION sale and be the first to use this exciting new data set! PRE-PUBLICATION SALE: SAVE MORE THAN 15% ON THE REGULAR PRICE of $1,175 Order now and save!…

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Short Week In Canada Kept Pressure Up for Higher Lumber Prices

Short Week In Canada Kept Pressure Up for Higher Lumber Prices

A persistent lack of stable supply together with ongoing hot demand served to keep western Canadian dimension framing softwood lumber prices high, even as many other species/regions experienced price drops this week. In support of the WSPF R/L price resistance to softening was erratic straight lengths (or specified lengths) prices, most sizes of which flew up between $25 and over $100 this week. Eastern Canadian lumber prices mostly remained flat, except 2×4 #3/Utility, which jumped $20. This provided confirmation of…

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Biomass Supply Chains as Support of a Bioeconomy

Biomass Supply Chains as Support of a Bioeconomy

Writes Mahmood Ebadian, of the Biomass and Bioenergy Research group at University of British Columbia, ( https://biomass.ubc.ca ) one of the primary barriers to the utilization of agricultural and forest residues in Canada is lack of established supply chains that are capable of meeting target biomass costs and quality specifications of bio-conversion technologies. In a special report obtained by Madison’s this week, Ebadian details solutions to these resource utilization barriers. Why we need transition in biomass supply chains to support…

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Canada Residential Building Permits: January 2018

Canada Residential Building Permits: January 2018

New housing construction investment in Canada totalled $4.4 billion in January, up +9.4% compared with January 2017. Investment was up for all dwelling types, said Statistics Canada Wednesday. Spending rose in eight provinces, led by Quebec (+$139.1 million), British Columbia (+$128.3 million) and Alberta (+$82.6 million). The increase in Quebec was driven by investment in apartment building construction. Canada Construction Investment: January 2018 In British Columbia, year-over-year gains were posted for all dwelling types, with single homes (+$52.3 million) and apartments (+$52.1 million) accounting for the majority of…

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Lumber Market Waffles on Price Points as Sales Take a Pause

Lumber Market Waffles on Price Points as Sales Take a Pause

Last week some sources found that lumber prices were still inching up. Others said sawmills were holding firm on price lists as they worked through extended order files, while wholesalers and secondary suppliers offered discounts to move wood. Lumber futures were soft, with brisk trading of the May contract on moderate volumes. In reality there were big price differences between species, between mills, between destinations. A huge lumber convention in Montreal, QC, and Spring Break across North America served to…

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Madison’s Heating Wood Pellet Report: January 2018

Madison’s Heating Wood Pellet Report: January 2018

The latest data, for full year 2017, on Canadian and US residential heating wood pellet exports is now out. Also, to November 2017 numbers for US and Canadian pellet production, sales, and prices as well as competing home heating fuel prices are now out.   Don’t miss out on this vital and timely information regarding demand for sawmill residuals — kiln-dried wood chips and sawdust — and projections of demand for wood pellet production feedstock this year.  

Southern Pine Softwood Lumber Prices Skyrocket, March Futures Closes Up $14

Southern Pine Softwood Lumber Prices Skyrocket, March Futures Closes Up $14

The sense of astonishment was unabated throughout the North American softwood lumber market last week, even as a brief respite in buying — due to sheer sticker-shock on the part of customers — allowed sawmills to catch up on yawning order files and to ship out wood purchased weeks ago. While long-delayed rail cars started to appear, a chronic lack of these continued to plague lumber producers. Prices were mercurial; there is really no other way to describe it. Southern…

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US Building Materials Prices Continue Recent Increases: Feb 2018

US Building Materials Prices Continue Recent Increases: Feb 2018

Prices paid for building materials in the US increased across the board in February, according to the latest US Producer Price Index (PPI) release by the Bureau of Labor Statistics said the National Association of Home Builders Wednesday. The indices for softwood lumber (+5.6%), gypsum products (+4.2%), OSB (+3.1%), ready-mix concrete (+0.4%), and inputs to residential construction less labour (+1.0%) all increased. The percentage increase in softwood lumber prices (not seasonally adjusted) was the biggest since 2012, according to PPI…

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North America Softwood Lumber Production, WWPA: Full Year 2017

North America Softwood Lumber Production, WWPA: Full Year 2017

Elsewhere, softwood lumber production in Canada stayed flat in 2017 compared to the previous year, said the Western Wood Products Association’s monthly Lumber Track Thursday, at 28,334 million board feet versus 28,335 million the previous year. However, in British Columbia lumber production fell by -4.5 per cent, to 12,950 million board feet from 13, 559 million in full year 2016, while that of Quebec grew +4.1 per cent, to 15,384 million board feet last year compared to 14,775 million in…

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