Wood harvesting or logging involves felling, extraction, processing and loading of trees or logs on to trucks. Wood has been used for hundreds of years or more, both as a construction material and fuel. In addition, wood is also used to manufacture furniture, engineered wood products, sports & recreational equipment, arts & paintings, among others.
The wooden logs are further used to produce wood materials such as plywood and wood-plastic composites. Plywood is manufactured from thin sheets of wood veneer. Plywood is the most widely used wood product due to its inexpensiveness, flexibility, workability and reusability. As it shows great resistance to splitting, twisting, shrinkage and cracking, plywood is used as a substitute product for plain wood. The different types of plywood are softwood, hardwood, tropical and decorative plywood. The plywood market is primarily driven by increasing demand from the housing market.
Engineered wood products are being preferred for environment-friendly flooring due to their sustainability, aesthetics, durability and eco-friendliness. The three different types of engineered wood products are I-beams, glulam and laminated veneer lumber. I-beams dominate the overall engineered wood product market.
The market is witnessing increasing adoption of wood-plastic composites that are made of wood fibres and plastic materials. In automotive industry, wood-plastic composites help in improving a vehicle’s fuel efficiency by reducing its overall weight. Apart from its application in automobile components manufacturing, wood plastic composites are also used in construction & building sector due to their high resistance to fading, staining and scratching. Polyethylene wood plastic composites, which are majorly used in construction industry, holds the largest share in the global wood-plastic composites market. However, polyvinyl chloride is expected to witness the fastest growth in the market, due to its increased use in window and decking applications.
The wood harvesting industry is mainly driven by increased construction works, rising demand from automotive industry and stringent environmental regulations. However, forest degradation, deforestation and illegal logging are some of the challenges faced by wood harvesting industry.ASDReport.com has a good collection of reports covering various topics related to wood harvesting market.