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NHLA    

STRONG ROOTS. GLOBAL REACH           

 

 

  Mark Barford, CAE
Executive Director

 

The future of 
North American Hardwood Lumber

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Hardwood Lumber
Association – Memphis, TN

Mark Barford – Executive Director/CEO

 

Creators and protectors of the Hardwood Lumber Grading Rules used around the world for over 100 yrs.

 

1,200 members located throughout the world

 

7 Full time Field Inspectors including China

 

Inspector Training School – Memphis, TN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

NEW EQUIPMENT TAKES ITS PROGRAM TO NEW HEIGHTS

Introducing the new grading chain

The fall session which began September 7 is the first class to experience
the grading chain as part of the curriculum.

 

 

 

       

 

HARDWOODS 101

October 16-20, 2011 – Memphis and Pickwick, Tenn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Arabic saying:


“Those who claim to know the future are lying

  .. Even if by chance they are right!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STANDING MERCHANTABLE HARDWOOD TIMBER IN THE UNITED STATES (source: USDA -  Forest Service)


1950:  400 Billion Board Feet

TODAY:  One Trillion Board Feet

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

  

 Estimated Consumption of NA Hardwoods (source – Hardwood Market Report)

 

  1999 2011
 •     Total                         12.9 BBF     7.1 BBF    
 •     Pallets         34.9% 45.1% 
 •     Exports  9.3% 17.2% 
 •     Ties  5.5% 13.7% 
 •     Flooring    10.8% 7.2% 
 •     Cabinets    9.3% 5.6% 
 •     Millwork   10.1%  5.6% 
 •     Furniture     20.1% 4.6% 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Export of North American Hardwoods   (source – Weekly Hardwood Review)

 

  2001 2011
 •     Total                    1,200 MMBF     1,200 MMBF  
 •     Canada        385 238 
 •     China 160 500 
 •     Vietnam N/A 100 
 •     Mexico   79 96 
 •     Europe (top 3)   196 125 
 •    **Spain   76  15
     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Challenges Facing Hardwoods Future

 

•    # 1       Narrow margins

•    # 2       Custom orders

•    # 3       Equipment/personnel depreciated

•    # 4       Bad press - no promotion

•    # 5       Housing (?)

•    # 6       Pallets/Ties Changing (?)

•    # 7       World markets unreliable (?)

 

 

 

 

 George Soros, Billionaire:

“I know I am Bound to be wrong...

  and therefore am likely to correct my mistakes”

 

 

Hardwood Lumberman:

 “If I survived the last five years, I can survive anything"

 

 

 

 

 

MARK BARFORD, CAE

Executive Director

NHLA

 

• Remember the past

 Be realistic about the   present

 Optimistic about the   future

 

 

 

 

 

   
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