Western U.S. sawmills produced 7.015 billion board ft. (bbf) of softwood lumber in the first six months of 2017, an increase of 1.1% from 6.939 bbf a year earlier, according to the latest data from the Western Wood Products Assn. (WWPA) of Portland, Oregon.
Coastal mills accounted for 4.305 bbf of the six-month total, up 1.8% from 4.229 bbf last year, while inland mills produced 2.450 bbf, up 1.4% from 2.416 bbf in the first half of 2016. California redwood production fell by 11.6% to 260 million board ft. (mmbf) from 294 mmbf.
Production in the month of June by Western U.S. sawmills was 1.257 bbf, a year-over-year gain of 4.2% from 1.206 bbf a year earlier, and up 1.4% from May’s output of 1.240 bbf.
Coastal mills accounted for 766 mmbf of June’s production volume, a year-over-year increase of 3.5% from 740 mmbf, and level with the previous month’s output of 767 mmbf. Inland mills in June contributed 438 mmbf, an increase of 4.7% from 418 mmbf in June 2016, and up 4.2% from 420 mmbf in May 2017.
California redwood production in June was 52 mmbf, a drop of 11.1% from last year’s 47 mmbf, and down 1.2% from 53 mmbf in May 2017.
Western softwood lumber inventories in June were down 2.6% from 1.173 bbf last year to 1.142 bbf.
Production as a percent of practical capacity was 83% in June, up from 82% in May and from 81% in June last year. The average production as a percent of practical capacity for the six months to June was 80%, down from 81% in the first half of 2016.