Hardwood woodchip exports to Japan's paper manufacturers are the main source of revenue for the Wood Chipping industry. Despite declines in Japan's economic health in the past five years, these large paper producers are the industry's largest clients. Japan has invested heavily in forestry plantations in Australia and controls a large proportion of domestic plantation areas.
The March 2011 Japanese tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster had major negative effects on the Australian Wood Chipping industry's exports for the later months of 2010-11 and throughout 2011-12.
Firms in the industry produce softwood and hardwood woodchips. The majority of these woodchips are exported to Japan, with a smaller proportion used in Australia's paper and paper products manufacturing industries.
The report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecast, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.