The forest products industry is complex and hyper-changeable. To successfully play in this universe, you need advice, data, and an overview from an unbiased, details-obsessed, independent source. Economic forecasts, lumber, timber, panels and other wood products – this is FEA.
If a tree falls in the forest, we not only hear it – we follow it, analyze it and track it.
Whatever’s happening along the forest supply chain, from planting to felling to final use, we’re watching it, regionally, nationally, internationally. FEA people seek out every forestry detail, are obsessed with economics, trends and providing clients with deeply-rooted advice that informs their important decisions.
Why we’re here
We formed FEA when we recognized a need in the industry for impartial, exhaustive analysis, accessible data and customized consulting. FEA analysts come from all areas of the timber industry – when they talk, industry listens.
FEA markets our knowledge and data through analytical products that cover the forest product industry. These include Monthly Advisors and newsletters for near-term analysis, the Quarterly Forecasting Service for a longer-term outlook and an extensive historical database, as well as the industry's only comprehensive, up-to-date, mill-level capacity reports, categorized by sector.
In their second quarter earnings report, Norbord announced that due to accelerating demand for OSB in North America, that they will be resuming a limited operating schedule, starting sometime in August, on Line 1 of its two-line Cordele, Georgia OSB mill.
IS YOUR ORGANIZATION READY FOR THE COMING BUILDING REVOLUTION?
The American building community of developers, architects, engineers, contractors and building construction firms are currently facing a multitude of challenges that require urgent attention. The scale and scope of these challenges will force change at a revolutionary rather than an evolutionary pace. Marginal improvements and refinements aren’t going to cut it any longer, since many of the current challenges facing the sector will almost certainly continue to get worse rather than improve. Moreover, although this article mainly focuses on the domestic front, these challenges are by no means confined to the United States. In fact, many of them are more pressing abroad, in both advanced and emerging economies.
Are you ready for the revolution?
FEA has revised historical particleboard trade volumes for the US and Canada to separate value-added product, primarily thermally fused laminate (TFL), from raw particleboard totals. Until now, we have presented both raw and value-added product as particleboard trade volumes in our historical data and forecasts. Separating the two will improve our analysis of the particleboard market and allow us to examine the TFL market on its own.
We will present these revised numbers beginning with our January 2019 monthly and Q1 2019 quarterly forecasts.
In my previous Spotlight, I reviewed the challenges facing the Federal Reserve (Fed) over the next few years. The primary goal for the Federal Reserve is to maintain a healthy financial system that allows for sustainable trend economic growth with moderate inflation (the goal is 2% or less for the price deflator for consumer expenditures less food and energy).
IWBC 2019 will showcase the future of construction. The event will bring the world’s top integrated, offsite, wood-based, automated construction innovators together with developers, architects, engineers, planners and others interested in game-changing approaches to construction.