Building Boards

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Increased construction activity due to an expected US housing market rebound will spark gains in demand for building boards in flooring, roofing, and wall sheathing applications.

US demand to rise 7.0% annually through 2017

Demand for building boards in the US is forecast to rise 7.0 percent annually through 2017 to 52.5 billion square feet, as measured on a 3/8 inch basis. Residential construction markets accounted for approximately half of total demand in 2012 (though that percentage is much higher historically), so increased construction activity due to an expected housing market rebound will spark gains. In particular, the housing market recovery will drive growth in demand for building boards in flooring, roofing, and wall sheathing applications. Rising residential improvement and repair activity will also contribute to demand, though to a lesser extent than gains in the new residential market.

Growth in construction market to outpace demand in manufacturing sector

Building boards are used in roofing, flooring, wall sheathing, cabinets, siding, doors and windows, interior paneling, and various other construction applications. Through 2017, the most rapid growth in building board demand is expected in windows and doors, subflooring, and roofing applications. Demand in all three applications will be strong due to the recovery in housing. Building boards are also expected to gain market share from solid wood in these applications, due to their generally lower cost and comparable performance.

Building boards are also used in manufacturing applications, such as furniture and fixtures, transportation equipment, and engineered wood products. Growth in demand for building boards in manufacturing applications is not projected to be as strong as that in construction applications. Among manufacturing markets, furniture and fixtures and engineered wood products are expected to post the fastest gains in building board demand. In furniture and fixture applications, demand will benefit from a nearly five percent annual increase in wood furniture shipments through 2017. The expected housing market recovery will increase demand for engineered wood products, such as I-joists, and thus for building boards used in their manufacture.

Oriented strand board to outpace softwood plywood

Softwood plywood and oriented strand board (OSB) account for the largest portion of board demand. Both products are structural boards, meaning they are approved for use in structural applications such as floor and wall sheathing. Through 2017, OSB is forecast to see much more rapid gains in demand than is softwood plywood. In 1992, OSB was certified by all model building codes in the US to perform as well as softwood plywood on a thickness-by-thickness basis. Since that time, OSB has gained share from softwood plywood in construction markets, as it offers the same performance at a lower price point.

Study Scope

This study analyzes the 37.5 billion square foot US building board industry. It presents historical demand data for 2002, 2007 and 2012, and forecasts for 2017 and 2022 by product (e.g., oriented strand board, softwood plywood, particleboard, medium density fiberboard, hardwood plywood, hardboard, insulation board), market (residential and nonresidential construction, manufacturing), application (e.g., roofing, subflooring, wall sheathing, cabinets, siding, furniture, transportation equipment), and region.

The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles 27 industry players such as Georgia-Pacific, Louisiana-Pacific, and Weyerhaeuser.

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  1. Building Boards

    $4,900.00

    1. 1 INTRODUCTION

      $104.00

    2. 2 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

      $109.00

      1. Table | BUILDING BOARD DEMAND (billion square feet - 3/8 inch basis)

    3. 3 MARKET ENVIRONMENT

      $2,355.00

      1. 3.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 3.2 Macroeconomic Environment

        $150.00

        1. Table | MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS (billion 2005 dollars)

      3. 3.3 Consumer Income & Spending

        $264.00

        1. 3.3.1 Personal Income & Expenditures

          $104.00

          1. Table | PERSONAL CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURES (billion 2005 dollars)

        2. 3.3.2 Consumer Financing

          $141.00

          1. Table | CONSUMER FINANCING ENVIRONMENT, 2002-2012

      4. 3.4 Demographic Trends

        $204.00

        1. Table | POPULATION & HOUSEHOLDS (million persons)

        2. 3.4.1 Population

          $108.00

        3. 3.4.2 Households

          $82.00

      5. 3.5 Building Construction Trends

        $787.00

        1. Table | BUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES (billion 2005 dollars)

        2. 3.5.1 Residential Construction

          $474.00

          1. Table | RESIDENTIAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES (billion 2005 dollars)

          2. Table | NEW HOUSING INDICATORS

          3. Table | HOUSING STOCK BY TYPE (million units)

          4. Table | RESIDENTIAL IMPROVEMENT & REPAIR EXPENDITURES (billion 2005 dollars)

        3. 3.5.2 Nonresidential Construction

          $218.00

          1. Table | NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES (billion 2005 dollars)

          2. Table | NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING STOCK (billion 2005 dollars)

      6. 3.6 Manufacturing Outlook

        $142.00

        1. Table | MANUFACTURERS' SHIPMENTS

      7. 3.7 Historical Market Trends

        $93.00

        1. Table | BUILDING BOARD MARKET, 2002-2012

      8. 3.8 Pricing Patterns

        $147.00

        1. Table | BUILDING BOARD PRICING (dollars per thousand square feet*)

      9. 3.9 Regulatory Environment

        $222.00

        1. 3.9.1 Timber Harvesting Restrictions

          $89.00

        2. 3.9.2 Emissions Regulations

          $82.00

        3. 3.9.3 Building Codes

          $82.00

      10. 3.10 World Building Board Overview

        $104.00

      11. 3.11 US Foreign Trade

        $191.00

        1. Table | BUILDING BOARD FOREIGN TRADE (million square feet - 3/8 inch basis)

        2. 3.11.1 Imports

          $82.00

        3. 3.11.2 Exports

          $82.00

    4. 4 OVERVIEW

      $323.00

      1. 4.1 General

        $147.00

      2. 4.2 Volume Outlook

        $120.00

        1. Table | BUILDING BOARD SUPPLY & DEMAND BY AREA (billion square feet - 3/8 inch basis)

      3. 4.3 Value Outlook

        $82.00

        1. Table | BUILDING BOARD SUPPLY & DEMAND BY VALUE (billion dollars)

    5. 5 STRUCTURAL BOARDS

      $765.00

      1. 5.1 General

        $87.00

      2. 5.2 Supply & Demand

        $82.00

        1. Table | STRUCTURAL BOARD SUPPLY & DEMAND (million square feet - 3/8 inch basis)

      3. 5.3 Oriented Strand Board

        $305.00

        1. 5.3.1 OSB Supply & Demand

          $121.00

          1. Table | ORIENTED STRAND BOARD SUPPLY & DEMAND (million square feet - 3/8 inch basis)

        2. 5.3.2 OSB Markets

          $82.00

          1. Table | ORIENTED STRAND BOARD DEMAND BY MARKET (million square feet - 3/8 inch basis)

        3. 5.3.3 OSB Capacity

          $82.00

          1. Table | ORIENTED STRAND BOARD DOMESTIC CAPACITY BY PRODUCER, 2012 (million square feet - 3/8 inch basis)

      4. 5.4 Softwood Plywood

        $292.00

        1. 5.4.1 Softwood Plywood Supply & Demand

          $82.00

          1. Table | SOFTWOOD PLYWOOD SUPPLY & DEMAND (million square feet - 3/8 inch basis)

        2. 5.4.2 Softwood Plywood Markets

          $118.00

          1. Table | SOFTWOOD PLYWOOD DEMAND BY MARKET (million square feet - 3/8 inch basis)

        3. 5.4.3 Softwood Plywood Capacity

          $82.00

          1. Table | SOFTWOOD PLYWOOD DOMESTIC CAPACITY BY PRODUCER, 2012 (million square feet - 3/8 inch basis)

    6. 6 NONSTRUCTURAL BOARDS

      $1,579.00

      1. 6.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 6.2 Supply & Demand

        $82.00

        1. Table | NONSTRUCTURAL BOARD SUPPLY & DEMAND (million square feet - 3/8 inch basis)

      3. 6.3 Particleboard

        $289.00

        1. 6.3.1 Particleboard Supply & Demand

          $82.00

          1. Table | PARTICLEBOARD SUPPLY & DEMAND (million square feet - 3/4 inch basis)

        2. 6.3.2 Particleboard Markets

          $143.00

          1. Table | PARTICLEBOARD DEMAND BY MARKET (million square feet-3/4 inch basis)

        3. 6.3.3 Particleboard Capacity

          $82.00

          1. Table | PARTICLEBOARD DOMESTIC CAPACITY BY PRODUCER, 2012 (million square feet - 3/4 inch basis)

      4. 6.4 Medium Density Fiberboard

        $336.00

        1. 6.4.1 MDF Supply & Demand

          $82.00

          1. Table | MEDIUM DENSITY FIBERBOARD SUPPLY & DEMAND (million square feet - 3/4 inch basis)

        2. 6.4.2 MDF Markets

          $144.00

          1. Table | MEDIUM DENSITY FIBERBOARD DEMAND BY MARKET (million square feet - 3/4 inch basis)

        3. 6.4.3 MDF Capacity

          $82.00

          1. Table | MEDIUM DENSITY FIBERBOARD DOMESTIC CAPACITY BY PRODUCER, 2012 (million square feet - 3/4 inch basis)

      5. 6.5 Hardwood Plywood

        $293.00

        1. 6.5.1 Hardwood Plywood Supply & Demand

          $82.00

          1. Table | HARDWOOD PLYWOOD SUPPLY & DEMAND (million square feet - 3/4 inch basis)

        2. 6.5.2 Hardwood Plywood Markets

          $128.00

          1. Table | HARDWOOD PLYWOOD DEMAND BY MARKET (million square feet - 3/4 inch basis)

        3. 6.5.3 Hardwood Plywood Capacity

          $82.00

          1. Table | HARDWOOD PLYWOOD DOMESTIC CAPACITY BY PRODUCER, 2012 (million square feet - 3/4 inch basis)

      6. 6.6 Hardboard

        $227.00

        1. 6.6.1 Hardboard Supply & Demand

          $82.00

          1. Table | HARDBOARD SUPPLY & DEMAND (million square feet - 1/8 inch basis)

        2. 6.6.2 Hardboard Markets

          $97.00

          1. Table | HARDBOARD DEMAND BY MARKET (million square feet - 1/8 inch basis)

        3. 6.6.3 Hardboard Capacity

          $82.00

          1. Table | HARDBOARD DOMESTIC CAPACITY BY PRODUCER, 2012 (million square feet - 1/8 inch basis)

      7. 6.7 Insulation Board

        $184.00

        1. 6.7.1 Insulation Board Supply & Demand

          $82.00

          1. Table | INSULATION BOARD SUPPLY & DEMAND (million square feet - 1/2 inch basis)

        2. 6.7.2 Insulation Board Markets

          $107.00

          1. Table | INSULATION BOARD DEMAND BY MARKET (million square feet - 1/2 inch basis)

        3. 6.7.3 Insulation Board Capacity

          $82.00

          1. Table | INSULATION BOARD DOMESTIC CAPACITY BY PRODUCER, 2012 (million square feet - 1/2 inch basis)

      8. 6.8 Other Fiberboard

        $135.00

        1. 6.8.1 Other Fiberboard Supply & Demand

          $82.00

          1. Table | OTHER FIBERBOARD SUPPLY & DEMAND (million square feet - 1/2 inch basis)

        2. 6.8.2 Other Fiberboard Markets

          $82.00

          1. Table | OTHER FIBERBOARD DEMAND BY MARKET (million square feet - 1/2 inch basis)

        3. 6.8.3 Other Fiberboard Capacity

          $82.00

    7. 7 MARKETS

      $2,255.00

      1. 7.1 General

        $100.00

        1. Table | DEMAND FOR BUILDING BOARDS BY MARKET (billion square feet - 3/8 inch basis)

      2. 7.2 Construction Markets by Application

        $1,111.00

        1. Table | CONSTRUCTION MARKETS FOR BUILDING BOARDS BY APPLICATION (billion square feet - 3/8 inch basis)

        2. 7.2.1 Roofing

          $149.00

          1. Table | ROOFING MARKET FOR BUILDING BOARDS BY PRODUCT (million square feet - 3/8 inch basis)

        3. 7.2.2 Subflooring

          $99.00

          1. Table | SUBFLOORING MARKET FOR BUILDING BOARDS BY PRODUCT (million square feet - 3/8 inch basis)

        4. 7.2.3 Wall Sheathing

          $91.00

          1. Table | WALL SHEATHING MARKET FOR BUILDING BOARDS BY PRODUCT (million square feet - 3/8 inch basis)

        5. 7.2.4 Cabinets

          $143.00

          1. Table | CABINET MARKET FOR BUILDING BOARDS BY PRODUCT (million square feet - 3/8 inch basis)

        6. 7.2.5 Finish Flooring

          $92.00

          1. Table | FINISH FLOORING MARKET FOR BUILDING BOARDS BY PRODUCT (million square feet - 3/8 inch basis)

        7. 7.2.6 Siding

          $153.00

          1. Table | SIDING MARKET FOR BUILDING BOARDS BY PRODUCT (million square feet - 3/8 inch basis)

        8. 7.2.7 Windows & Doors

          $112.00

          1. Table | WINDOW & DOOR MARKET FOR BUILDING BOARDS BY PRODUCT (million square feet - 3/8 inch basis)

        9. 7.2.8 Interior Paneling

          $94.00

          1. Table | INTERIOR PANELING MARKET FOR BUILDING BOARDS BY PRODUCT (million square feet - 3/8 inch basis)

        10. 7.2.9 Other Construction Applications

          $84.00

          1. Table | OTHER CONSTRUCTION MARKETS FOR BUILDING BOARDS BY PRODUCT (million square feet - 3/8 inch basis)

      3. 7.3 Construction Markets by End Use

        $403.00

        1. Table | CONSTRUCTION MARKETS FOR BUILDING BOARDS BY END USE (billion square feet - 3/8 inch basis)

        2. 7.3.1 Residential

          $165.00

          1. Table | RESIDENTIAL MARKET FOR BUILDING BOARDS BY HOUSING TYPE & SEGMENT (billion square feet - 3/8 inch basis)

        3. 7.3.2 Nonresidential

          $163.00

          1. Table | NONRESIDENTIAL MARKET FOR BUILDING BOARDS BY BUILDING TYPE & SEGMENT (million square feet - 3/8 inch basis)

      4. 7.4 Manufacturing Markets

        $640.00

        1. Table | MANUFACTURING MARKETS FOR BUILDING BOARDS BY APPLICATION (million square feet - 3/8 inch basis)

        2. 7.4.1 Furniture & Fixtures

          $185.00

          1. Table | FURNITURE SHIPMENTS (billion 2005 dollars)

          2. Table | FURNITURE & FIXTURE MARKET FOR BUILDING BOARDS BY PRODUCT (million square feet - 3/8 inch basis)

        3. 7.4.2 Transportation Equipment

          $82.00

          1. Table | TRANSPORTATION EQUIPMENT MARKET FOR BUILDING BOARDS BY PRODUCT (million square feet - 3/8 inch basis)

        4. 7.4.3 Engineered Wood Products

          $102.00

          1. Table | ENGINEERED WOOD MARKET FOR BUILDING BOARDS BY PRODUCT (million square feet - 3/8 inch basis)

        5. 7.4.4 Material Handling Equipment

          $103.00

          1. Table | MATERIAL HANDLING MARKET FOR BUILDING BOARDS BY PRODUCT (million square feet - 3/8 inch basis)

        6. 7.4.5 Other Manufacturing

          $82.00

          1. Table | OTHER MANUFACTURING MARKETS FOR BUILDING BOARDS BY PRODUCT (million square feet - 3/8 inch basis)

    8. 8 REGIONS

      $1,602.00

      1. 8.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 8.2 Regional Demographic & Economic Trends

        $480.00

        1. 8.2.1 Population Patterns

          $126.00

          1. Table | POPULATION BY REGION (million persons)

        2. 8.2.2 Economic Outlook

          $120.00

          1. Table | GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT BY REGION (billion 2005 dollars)

        3. 8.2.3 Construction Activity

          $84.00

          1. Table | CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES BY REGION (billion 2005 dollars)

        4. 8.2.4 Housing Trends

          $118.00

          1. Table | REGIONAL HOUSING INDICATORS (thousand units)

      3. 8.3 Regional Demand for Building Board Products

        $1,051.00

        1. Table | BUILDING BOARD DEMAND BY REGION (billion square feet - 3/8 inch basis)

        2. 8.3.1 Northeast

          $203.00

          1. Table | NORTHEAST DEMAND FOR BUILDING BOARDS BY SUBREGION & PRODUCT (million square feet - 3/8 inch basis)

        3. 8.3.2 Midwest

          $243.00

          1. Table | MIDWEST DEMAND FOR BUILDING BOARDS BY SUBREGION & PRODUCT (million square feet - 3/8 inch basis)

        4. 8.3.3 South

          $301.00

          1. Table | SOUTH DEMAND FOR BUILDING BOARDS BY SUBREGION & PRODUCT (million square feet - 3/8 inch basis)

        5. 8.3.4 West

          $240.00

          1. Table | WEST DEMAND FOR BUILDING BOARDS BY SUBREGION & PRODUCT (million square feet - 3/8 inch basis)

    9. 9 INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

      $4,643.00

      1. 9.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 9.2 Industry Composition

        $101.00

        1. Table | US BUILDING BOARD REVENUES FOR SELECTED COMPANIES, 2012 (million dollars)

      3. 9.3 Market Share

        $207.00

      4. 9.4 Vertical & Horizontal Integration

        $82.00

      5. 9.5 Product Development

        $99.00

      6. 9.6 Manufacturing

        $91.00

      7. 9.7 Marketing

        $125.00

      8. 9.8 Distribution

        $82.00

      9. 9.9 Mergers & Acquisitions

        $91.00

        1. Table | SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES

      10. 9.10 Cooperative Agreements

        $82.00

        1. Table | SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS

      11. 9.11 Company Profiles

        $3,673.00

        1. 9.11.1 Ainsworth Lumber Company Limited

          $183.00

        2. 9.11.2 Blue Ridge Fiberboard Incorporated

          $82.00

        3. 9.11.3 Boise Cascade Holdings LLC

          $123.00

        4. 9.11.4 Canfor Corporation

          $82.00

        5. 9.11.5 Celulosa Arauco y Constitución SA

          $255.00

        6. 9.11.6 Collins Companies Incorporated

          $82.00

        7. 9.11.7 Columbia Forest Products Incorporated

          $273.00

        8. 9.11.8 Hood Companies

          $88.00

        9. 9.11.9 Hoover Treated Wood Products Incorporated

          $115.00

        10. 9.11.10 Huber (JM) Corporation

          $169.00

        11. 9.11.11 Hunt Forest Products Incorporated

          $82.00

        12. 9.11.12 International Paper Company

          $262.00

        13. 9.11.13 Koch Industries Incorporated

          $216.00

        14. 9.11.14 Louisiana-Pacific Corporation

          $223.00

        15. 9.11.15 Martin (Roy O.) Lumber Company LLC

          $163.00

        16. 9.11.16 Norbord Incorporated

          $132.00

        17. 9.11.17 Plum Creek Timber Company Incorporated

          $126.00

        18. 9.11.18 Potlatch Corporation

          $82.00

        19. 9.11.19 Rosboro Lumber Company

          $104.00

        20. 9.11.20 Roseburg Forest Products Company

          $237.00

        21. 9.11.21 Scotch Plywood Company Incorporated

          $82.00

        22. 9.11.22 SierraPine Limited

          $153.00

        23. 9.11.23 Stimson Lumber Company Incorporated

          $82.00

        24. 9.11.24 Timber Products Company

          $142.00

        25. 9.11.25 Tolko Industries Limited

          $92.00

        26. 9.11.26 Westlam Industries Limited

          $82.00

        27. 9.11.27 Weyerhaeuser Company

          $127.00

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