Australia: Can pulp logs make structural timber?

Wednesday 27 Apr 2022

One of Australia's largest timber-producing regions will explore using low-value wood fibre in engineered products to address the nation's growing structural timber deficit crisis.

The Green Triangle forestry industry, spanning parts of western Victoria and the Limestone Coast in South Australia, has received a $1.3 million federal grant to explore the creation of new wood products using softwood and hardwood pulp.

The project comes amid the ongoing export log ban by China and structural timber shortages faced by homebuilders, renovators and the construction sector.

A report by Forest and Wood Products Australia claims demand for new housing will climb from 183,000 new dwellings per year to 259,000 by 2050.

This is expected to drive an increase of almost 50 per cent in the demand for sawn softwood.

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Source: ABC News

Photo credit: The housing construction boom, along with a drop in timber imports, is driving a major shortage of structural timber.(Supplied: Australian Forest Products Association)

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