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According to market research, construction sector is the main downstream industry for the plywood market, thus plywood market dynamics of the medium term will be shaped by the factors influencing this industry, such as paces of economic growth, dynamics of investments and consumer spending.
Global plywood market dynamics for the medium term is likely to stay optimistic. Following increasing urbanization in Asia and housing starts growth in the U.S., the performance of the market is forecast to slightly accelerate, with an anticipated CAGR of +2.0% for the five-year period from 2015 to 2025, which is expected to lead the market volume to 176 million cubic meters by the end of 2025.
The Asian countries are characterized by growing population and economic growth developing paces. China, as the global leader in plywood production and consumption, notably affects the market growth prospects. In China, new types of construction in healthcare, education and social infrastructure, retail and other consumer end-markets are forecast to have a significant growth possibility due to shift to a consumer and services driven economy as well as due to a cancellation of Chinese one-child policy. However, the drop in Chinese construction puts dynamics of demand for construction and household sectors products, especially in residential construction at risk. Nevertheless, in the nearest term, China will overtake the U.S. as the largest construction market.
It can be argued that the EU is a promising market for foreign suppliers of plywood. The growth in the construction and furniture sectors have heightened the demand for plywood. In 2016, the total volume of construction is estimated to grow by approx. 2%, the most extensive increase being forecast in Central and Eastern Europe. Factors ranging from improved disposable income, low interest rates and the European Commission’s plans for investment, have, as expected, contributed to the modest overall increase with regard to investment into the construction sector. The key consuming countries in the EU are Germany and the UK. Consumption in the EU Member States is characterized by a high share of imported products. In the medium term, the recovery of the EU’s economy will generate increased levels of plywood consumption in the region.
The U.S. is world second major consuming country and a net importer of plywood. However, the market volumes are much smaller than those of the Southeast Asian market. Driven by the current economic recovery in the U.S., the construction and household sector as a whole is expected to continue an upward consumption trend over the next six years. Strong employment growth is one of the main drivers that may lead to new income growth, providing a solid base for consumer spending. Another motive is easy credit availability, which creates big-ticket spending for end-use products, residential housing, and non-residential construction that in turn will influence growth in demand for plywood.
Fast paces of construction over the recent years made Brazil to become one of the significant countries in global plywood production and consumption. However, the outlook for the Brazilian economy cannot be defined as highly positive: excessive bureaucracy and current political turbulence anticipates Brazilian economy and investment, which puts at risk the future of Brazilian economy in the following decade. Demographic situation in Brazil worsened, which can result in stagnation in construction demand in the long-term period, which means lower consumption of construction materials and household appliances in the medium term.
Consumption of plywood in other Latin American countries remains relatively low, minimizing Brazil’s chances to boost exports to the neighboring countries. According to the forecasts of the region’s economic development, only negligible growth is expected – from -0.7% to 2.5% in the period from 2015 to 2018. Naturally, the outlook reveals modest prospects of market development in the region.
Russia is a major producer and consumer of plywood, due to its rich resources base and relatively high rates of growth in terms of consumption and the housing construction sector over the past ten years. The current crisis, however, the fall in household income and the high interest rates, are stifling consumer demand for housing and household furnishings; these factors are also having an impact on investment into the construction sector and the development of the timber and wood-processing industry. The current economic conditions in Russia heighten the risk of a contraction in plywood consumption in the medium term. A significant growth in consumption is not anticipated in other CIS countries, due to their strong economic ties with Russia.
The construction industry of South Africa is expected to continue its expansion from 2016 to 2025, with growth stimulated by investments in residential, infrastructure, and energy projects.
Investment in social housing projects will add to acceleration of the industry as well. The government plans to build 1.5 million houses by 2019 to solve the problem of housing deficit. The industry’s output value in real terms is forecast to keep only a modest growth approximately 2% over the forecast period. Labor union strikes, a power crisis, high youth unemployment and a weak currency are among hazards, which are affiliated with South Africa’s construction industry forecast.
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Companies mentioned in the report:
LAMINEX GROUP PTY LIMITED, Duratex S/A, LALSONS PLYBOARD PRIVATE LIMITED, Norbord Inc., Unilin BVBA, Roseburg Forest Products Co, Pfleiderer Holzwerkstoffe GmbH, Columbia Forest Products Inc., Dongwha Enterprise Co. Ltd., EIDAI CO. LTD., WOOD ONE CO. LTD, Arauco do Brasil S/A, KRONOSPAN HOLDINGS LIMITED, NODA CORPORATION, UPM-Kymmene Wood Oy, Xinle Veneer Group.
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