Wood cost is the factor that often determines the competitiveness of a pulp manufacturing plant. This cost typically varies between 40-65% of the total cash cost depending on product grade. In 2009, the average wood fiber cost was 54% of the total production cost worldwide. Tracking wood fiber costs is essential when making decisions for investments in manufacturing facilities within the forest sector.
The approximately 24 pages publication is unique because it covers both the pulpwood market and the rapidly expanding biomass market in North America. The report has consistently provided comparable updates of softwood and hardwood prices, average and range, for all major markets in North America. Prices are reported for wood delivered to consuming plant as a range and average price in comparable units; metric tonnes and green tons.
Wood fiber costs and market developments are tracked in all the key markets:
- Lake States
- South East
- South Central
- British Columbia
- Maritime Provinces
*A subscription includes a hard copy mailed each quarter and online access to download the issue in PDF format as well as access to back catalogue to 2007.