Canadian Forest Service Publications

Secondary manufacturing: The reality behind the opportunity. 1997. Wilson, W.R. Pages 1-11 in Proceedings of Quality Lumber Drying in the Pacific Northwest, October 6-8, 1997, Kelowna, B.C. Forest Products Society, Madison, WI.

Year: 1997

Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 4994

Language: English

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Secondary manufacturing has become a central commercial forestry objective in timber producing jurisdictions. This objective is supported through public sector interventions such as input price supports, export restrictions and promotions, direct and indirect subsidies, product and market research, and institutional reforms. The rationale for this commitment includes employment, economic activity, trade earnings, and environmental protection interests from the various sector stakeholders. This paper provides a definition of secondary manufacturing, discusses the basis for the stakeholder commitment, examines the strengths and challenges to, and identifies some opportunities to expanding secondary manufacturing.

A case study of the British Columbia secondary manufacturing industry is used to illustrate the strengths, challenges and opportunities. Emerging supply restrictions in British Columbia have encouraged stakeholders to explore increased secondary manufacturing. Research completed by the Canadian Forest Service has produced accurate measures of trends in the structure and significance of this industry.