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North America: 2010 softwood lumber production rose 12%

16.06.2011 − 

After tumbling 20% in 2009 - following on several other years of decline after mid-decade - North American softwood lumber production finally rallied in 2010 and posted a somewhat modest overall increase of 12% to 111.1 million m³. The increase was led by Canada, where production jumped 17% to 52.1 million m³. The Canadian increase was evenly distributed across both British Columbia and Eastern Canada, but 2010 production in British Columbia of 27.0 million m³ continued to slightly exceed that of Eastern Canada (25.1 million m³) just as it had in 2009. Canada’s overall share in total North American softwood lumber production thus rose a little to 46.9 (2009: 44.5) %. Meanwhile, total softwood lumber production in the US climbed just 7% with slow growth in the US South holding down the national total.

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