Demand for Cost-effective and Environmentally Friendly Wood Products to Drive the Global Engineered Wood Products Market Through 2020, Says Technavio

Technavio’s research study segments the global engineered wood market into the following regions:

The production of engineered wood products in EMEA is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 29% over the forecast period. The engineered woods products market increased remarkably in EMEA since 2005. Currently, most of the production in Europe is consumed within the region. The consumption of glulam is expected to double between 2016 and 2020. The majority of the glulam in the region is produced in Germany, Austria, and Finland.

Most of the produce is sold in regional markets. However, Finland exports almost 65%-70% of its produce to Japan. Italy was the largest importer during the 2000s. However, the imports have declined in the recent years owing to the economic downturn.

The primary markets are in Central Europe. These markets are projected to grow well during the forecast period, and many sawmills have already participated in extending their finger-joining capacity in the recent years.

The production of engineered wood products in North America is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 26% by 2020. The construction of non-residential buildings in the Americas has grown considerably since 2010 and an estimated 35% of the construction is wood framed making the US, one of the major markets for Canadian forest products. Moreover, the residential construction segment in North America is foreseen to grow rapidly as the US housing market is recovering from its prolonged slump.

Canada is one of the leading producers and exporters of softwood lumber. Softwood lumber almost accounts for 25% of the Canada’s forest product exports in terms of value. The US is the chief export market for Canada, where softwood lumber is used to build houses.

The production of engineered wood products in APAC is predicted to grow at a CAGR of approximately 25%. The construction market in APAC is developing fast, owing to factors such as increased per capita disposable income which has resulted in an increase in spending on housing and furniture.

Although the price of American timber is rising in some markets due to the growing demand, the volatility of prices of regionally-grown timber especially in China poses a challenge to the wood producers in APAC. Further, substitutes such as plastic laminates and foils, which are similar to wood, are likely to intensify the threat. The non-wood flooring sector is also gaining popularity. “Manufacturers are focusing on providing the products regionally, rather than exporting,” says Chandrakumar.

The top vendors in the global engineered wood products market highlighted in the report are:

Technavio analysts employ primary as well as secondary research techniques to ascertain the size and vendor landscape in a range of markets. Analysts obtain information using a combination of bottom-up and top-down approaches, besides using in-house market modeling tools and proprietary databases. They corroborate this data with the data obtained from various market participants and stakeholders across the value chain, including vendors, service providers, distributors, re-sellers, and end-users.