We are delighted to present the Summer 2018 Bidwells Timber Price Database.
Since the publication of our last report, which looked at standing conifer timber prices achieved in the six months to September 2017, the timber market has undergone perhaps the biggest period of change seen in decades.
Our last commentary (December 2017) stated that there were “current reports of supply shortages and increasing upward pressure on standing sales values” – this has proved to be something of an understatement as the latest set of results for October 2017 – March 2018 clearly demonstrate.
Returns from 79 transactions totalling over 742,000 cubic metres of coniferous timber, with a value to the grower in excess of £28 Million have been received and indicate (on average) significant price rises over the period. All signals are pointing towards prices having continued to increase since the end of March and there are still considerable supply pressures on timber processors.
It is always difficult to predict the future, given the influence which global demand and exchange rates have on domestic timber values, but the overall macro-economic situation (increasing demand and tightening supplies) suggests no reason to suspect a weakening of prices over the short term.
Good news for timber growers then, but possibly less so for many processors, and given the closely linked health dependence of each sector on the other, it can be in no-one’s best interests to see unsustainably high prices. The hope is therefore that what we have been seeing is a re-basing of timber values at levels which can be maintained in the long term.
Our thanks again to all who contributed information to allow production of this database and we hope readers derive some interest and benefit from it.
If you have anything you would like to discuss resulting from the publication please do not hesitate to contact us.