Still improving significantly after massive drops last year, for year-to-date 2021 softwood lumber production volumes in the United States and Canada jumped yet again. Sawmill capacity utilization rates in the United States and in Canada also increased, yet again.
For January to June 2021 softwood lumber production in the US was up by another +5.3% from the first six months of 2020, says the latest issue of the Western Wood Products Association’s monthly Lumber Track. US lumber production volumes were 19,033 mmfbm compared to January to June of 2020 when it was 18,075 mmfbm.
Looking at the month of June against May 2021, US softwood lumber production rose to 3,208 mmfbm in June 2021 compared to 3,137 mmfbm in May 2021, which is a +2.3% improvement.
Meanwhile there was an increase of +1.9% from June 2020 when it was 3,147 mmfbm.
Softwood lumber production in Canada stayed on its trend of recovering for January to June 2021, up +12.8%, to 12,564 mmfbm, compared to the first six months of last year when it was 11,139 mmfbm.
Specifically in British Columbia — which accounts for 50% of Canadian lumber manufacturing and sales — sawmill production volumes for January to June 2021 grew by +20%, to 4,989 mmfbm, compared to the same time last year when it was 4,154 mmfbm.
North America Softwood Lumber Production, Sawmill Capacity Utilization, WWPA: June 2021
US sawmill production as a per cent of practical capacity for the first six months of this year grew by +2%, to 86%, compared to the same time in 2020 when it was 84%, said the Western Wood Products Association’s monthly Lumber Track.
Still improving greatly from last year, Canadian sawmill production as a per cent of practical capacity again jumped in January to June 2021, to 84% compared to one year ago when it was a disastrous 75%.