The Brazilian Association of Mechanically-Processed Timber Industry (ABIMCI) published its 2016 Sectoral Study in early November 2016. The sectors covered in the study include plywood, sawnwood, wooden doors, mouldings and wooden flooring.
This study reports that 57% of the jobs in the forest and wood based industry sectors are in the processed wood industries and that most of the industries are SMEs producing a wide range of products mainly for the domestic market.
The study provides information that can be used in a practical way by industries, government and authorities to assess business strategies and public policy plans that contribute to the sector’s development.
According to ABIMCI’s evaluation the data show that, despite difficulties caused by domestic economic crisis and some challenges in the world timber markets, the Brazilian industry continues to develop and is gaining ground in international markets.
The timber sector has expectations for growth in the domestic housing market which can grow significantly.
According to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) the housing deficit in Brazil exceeds 5.8 million homes.
Among the priorities of ABIMCI are the need to expand product certification, work on improvement and development of technical standards, contribute to the improvement of Brazilian wood exports, defend the interests of the sector and promote sustainable practices and transparency.