A new exhibit design featuring Southern Pine wall panels and a reception desk welcomed visitors to the recent Interzum show in southern China. During the four-day event, the American Softwoods (AMSO) exhibit was staffed by a delegation of 18 that included members of the Southern Pine Council and Softwood Export Council (SEC), along with AMSO China office staffers. This event was comparable to the 2015 show when nearly 68,000 visitors toured displays of some1300 exhibitors. Attendance is primarily wood product importers, wholesalers and furniture manufacturers. More than 500 attendees visited the display and 147 contacts were collected for later follow-up.
SFPA’s updated publication in Chinese, Southern Pine Lumber, was a popular handout, providing an overview of SP mechanical properties and design values. Other Chinese titles distributed included Southern Pine Lumber Export Grades, Guide to American Softwood Species and Pressure-Treated Southern Pine.
Nine SFPA member sawmills are recipients of the Sawmill Safety Award, recognizing outstanding safety records during 2015.
SFPA lumber manufacturer members are considered for the award based on information submitted regarding occupational injuries and illnesses. Safety performance is judged by how each mill’s safety record stacks up against facilities with comparable lumber output throughout the year. Division I includes sawmills that produce 50 million board feet or less annually; Division II sawmills produce 51 to 150 million board feet; and Division III mills produce more than 150 million board feet. The nine sawmills being honored this year:
Division I Ray White Lumber Company – Sparkman, Arkansas
Weyerhaeuser Company – Zwolle, Louisiana
Division II Deltic Timber Corporation – Ola, Arkansas
Interfor US Inc. – Eatonton, Georgia and Swainsboro, Georgia
Weyerhaeuser Company – Millport, Alabama
Division III Weyerhaeuser Company – Idabel,
Exports of Southern Pine lumber remained steady in February, amounting to 51.7 million board feet (MMbf), according to the latest reports from the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service. This volume represents a boost of 12% above the same month last year, contributing to a year-to-date increase of 23% when compared with the first two months of 2015. Offshore shipments during February roughly break down as follows: 28.3 MMbf dressed, 9.3 MMbf rough, and 14.1 MMbf treated lumber.
Softwood lumber imports to the U.S. skyrocketed in February, reaching 1.6 billion board feet (Bbf), up 68% from the volume imported during February of 2015. Imports from Canada alone recorded a 68% increase during February, totaling 1.56 Bbf; just over 90% of that volume was SPF. Through the first two months of this year, softwood imports are up 48% when compared with the same period a year ago.
SFPA members can find detailed monthly reports of Southern Pine exports and softwood lumber imports in the Members Only section at SFPA.org.