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Oriented Strand Board (OSB) Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2023-2028)

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  • 120 Pages
  • April 2023
  • Region: Global
  • Mordor Intelligence
  • ID: 4622745
The oriented strand board (OSB) market is projected to register a CAGR of more than 4% during the forecast period.

The market was negatively impacted by COVID-19 in 2020. Owing to the pandemic scenario, the construction works were put on hold during the government-imposed lockdown, which led to a decrease in the consumption of oriented strand boards (OSB). However, construction related to the healthcare sector has increased significantly due to the pandemic situation, and considering the post-COVID scenario, the overall construction industry is picking up pace, which, in turn, stimulates the demand in the OSB market in the coming years.

Key Highlights

  • In the short term, the market is likely to grow because OSB has useful properties and is becoming more and more popular as a substitute for plywood.
  • On the other hand, emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) like formaldehyde are likely to slow the growth of the market that was looked at.
  • Increasing applications of OSB in structural insulated panels and the recovering European construction industry are likely to act as opportunities in the future.
  • North America dominated the market across the world, with the largest consumption coming from the United States.

Oriented Strand Board Market Trends

Soaring Demand from the Construction Segment

  • Wood-based panels are crucial to the construction industry, providing high structural durability to roofs and floors, walls, beams, doors, staircases, etc. OSB panels provide a stronger and stiffer panel than other products used in similar types of construction projects. The material eliminates rings and knots, which makes it more uniform. OSB is engineered to have strength and stiffness equivalent to plywood.
  • Oriented strand boards are a cost-effective alternative for home construction. As per the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI), OSB costs USD 700 less than plywood for a typical 2,400-square foot home.
  • In several emerging economies in the Asia-Pacific region, the building and construction industry is doing well right now, while it has slowed down in countries in Europe, North America, and South America.
  • China is promoting and undergoing a process of continuous urbanization, with a 60% rate targeted by 2020. Because of urbanization and the desire of middle-class urban residents to improve their living conditions, more living space will be needed in cities. This will have a big impact on the housing market and lead to more furniture and building projects that use OSB.
  • As per the forecast given by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, China’s construction sector is expected to maintain a 6% share of the country’s GDP going into 2025. Keeping in view the given forecasts, the Chinese government unveiled a five-year plan in January 2022 focused on making the construction sector more sustainable and quality-driven.
  • The construction industry is India's second largest, and it makes up a big part of the country's GDP.During the spread of the pandemic, the Indian construction industry saw a big drop in growth. However, in 2021, both public and private investments in the sector went up sharply.In Q1 2022, the construction industry contributed USD 45,4 billion to the GDP, according to the Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation.
  • According to the Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos (INDEC), construction activity increased by 0.4% in May 2022, compared to the previous month. The accumulated index for the first five months of 2022 of the original series index shows a rise of 6.3% compared to the same period in 2021. In Argentina, about 25% of the construction industry is occupied by the commercial sector and 75% by the residential sector.
  • According to data from the US Census Bureau, between 2017 and 2021, the government spent a lot more on building homes for people.

Over the next few years, the OSB market is likely to be driven by the growing construction market in all regions.

North America to Dominate the Global Market

  • North America is one of the largest construction markets worldwide in which the United States has a benchmark of expenditures reaching around USD 1.4 trillion. Construction in the commercial and housing markets seemed to be strong again in most parts of the country.
  • While apartment construction remained elevated in the recent past, total spending is no longer climbing quickly. Single-family home construction slumped due to higher mortgage rates.
  • According to the Engineered Wood Association (APA), new home construction is the primary end use for the OSB industry in North America (especially the United States), accounting for more than 50% of the OSB consumption.
  • The United States boasts a colossal construction sector that plays a prominent role in commercial, industrial, institutional, residential, infrastructure, energy, and utility construction. The construction spending during January 2022 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of USD 1,677.2 billion. Further, construction spending in the United States rose 1.3% in February, as compared to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of USD 1.677 trillion in January of 2022.
  • The building and construction sector is the backbone of the Mexican economy. The increasing urbanization and public income levels are fueling the demand for construction in the country. The government bodies are responsible for most of the funds (around 68%) provided to the housing sector in Mexico. The government agencies, such as CONAVI (National Housing Commission), INFONAVIT, FOVISSSTE, and CFE, have been supporting the growth of the housing sector in the country.
  • The U.S. furniture market is the largest in the world, consisting of over 39,644 domestic and international businesses. Additionally, the growth in disposable income enabled more consumers to purchase new household furniture rather than readily available second-hand items.
  • All the above mentioned factors, in turn, are boosting the demand in the OSB market in the region.

Oriented Strand Board Market Competitor Analysis

The oriented strand board (OSB) market is consolidated in nature, with the top five players accounting for a significant portion of the global market. Some of the major players in the market include West Fraser, Louisiana-Pacific Corporation, Kronospan Limited, Georgia-Pacific Wood Products LLC, and Weyerhaeuser Company, among others.

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Table of Contents

1.1 Study Assumptions
1.2 Scope of the Report



4.1 Drivers
4.1.1 Desirable Properties of OSB
4.1.2 Growing Prominence of OSB, as a Substitute to Plywood
4.2 Restraints
4.2.1 Emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), such as Formaldehyde
4.2.2 Other Restraints
4.3 Porter's Five Forces Analysis
4.3.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers
4.3.3 Threat of New Entrants
4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services
4.3.5 Degree of Competition

5 MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size by Volume)
5.1 By Grade
5.1.1 OSB/1
5.1.2 OSB/2
5.1.3 OSB/3
5.1.4 OSB/4
5.2 End-user Application
5.2.1 Furniture Residential Commercial
5.2.2 Construction Floor and Roof Wall Door Column and Beam Staircase Other Constructions
5.2.3 Packaging Food and Beverage Industrial Pharmaceutical Cosmetics Other Packaging
5.3 Geography
5.3.1 Asia-Pacific China India Japan South Korea Rest of Asia-Pacific
5.3.2 North America United States Canada Mexico Rest of North America
5.3.3 Europe Germany United Kingdom Italy France Rest of Europe
5.3.4 South America Brazil Argentina Rest of South America
5.3.5 Middle-East and Africa Saudi Arabia South Africa Rest of Middle-East and Africa

6.1 Market Share (%)** Analysis
6.2 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players
6.3 Company Profiles
6.3.1 Coillte
6.3.2 EGGER Group
6.3.3 Georgia-Pacific Wood Products LLC
6.3.4 Huber Engineered Woods LLC
6.3.5 Kronospan Limited
6.3.6 KronoSwiss
6.3.7 Louisiana-Pacific Corporation
6.3.8 Norbord Inc.
6.3.9 Produits Forestiers Arbec Inc.
6.3.10 RoyOMartin Lumber Company
6.3.11 Sonae Industria SGPS SA
6.3.12 Tolko Industries Ltd
6.3.13 Weyerhaeuser Company

7.1 Increasing Application of OSB in Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS)
7.2 Recovering European Construction Industry

Companies Mentioned (Partial List)

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes, but is not limited to:

  • Coillte
  • EGGER Group
  • Georgia-Pacific Wood Products LLC
  • Huber Engineered Woods LLC
  • Kronospan Limited
  • KronoSwiss
  • Louisiana-Pacific Corporation
  • Norbord Inc.
  • Produits Forestiers Arbec Inc.
  • RoyOMartin Lumber Company
  • Sonae Industria SGPS SA
  • Tolko Industries Ltd
  • Weyerhaeuser Company