Diversification of the forest industries : role of new wood-based products

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Hurmekoski , E , Jonsson , R , Korhonen , J , Jänis , J , Mäkinen , M , Leskinen , P & Hetemäki , L 2018 , ' Diversification of the forest industries : role of new wood-based products ' , Canadian Journal of Forest Research , vol. 48 , no. 12 , pp. 1417-1432 . https://doi.org/10.1139/cjfr-2018-0116

Title: Diversification of the forest industries : role of new wood-based products
Author: Hurmekoski, Elias; Jonsson, Ragnar; Korhonen, Jaana; Jänis, Janne; Mäkinen, Marko; Leskinen, Pekka; Hetemäki, Lauri
Contributor organization: Department of Forest Sciences
Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
Forest Bioeconomy, Business and Sustainability
Forest Economics, Business and Society
Date: 2018-12
Language: eng
Number of pages: 16
Belongs to series: Canadian Journal of Forest Research
ISSN: 0045-5067
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1139/cjfr-2018-0116
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/275483
Abstract: This study identifies new wood-based products with considerable potential and attractive markets, including textiles, liquid biofuels, platform chemicals, plastics, and packaging. We apply a mixed-methods review to examine how the position of the forest industry in a given value chain determines the respective production value. An assessment is provided as to the degree to which these emerging wood-based products could compensate for the foreseen decline of graphic paper markets in four major forest industry countries: USA, Canada, Sweden, and Finland. A 1%-2% market share in selected global markets implies a potential increase in revenues of 18-75 billion euros per annum in the four selected countries by 2030. This corresponds to 10%-43% of the production value of forest industries in 2016 and compares with a projected decline of graphic paper industry revenue of 5.5 billion euros by 2030. The respective impacts on wood use are manifold, as many of the new products utilize by-products as feedstock. The increase in primary wood use, which is almost entirely attributed to construction and to some extent textiles markets, would be in the range of 15-133 million m(3), corresponding to 2%-21% of the current industrial roundwood use in the selected countries.
Subject: bioeconomy
forest industry
new wood-based products
value chain
4112 Forestry
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by
Usage restriction: openAccess
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