The latest Wood Markets annual survey of the “top 20” Canadian and U.S. lumber producers shows that West Fraser Timber has retained its title of being North America’s largest softwood lumber producer in 2011 with 4.91 billion board feet (bf; or 7.8 million m3 net). The company was also Canada’s largest producer while Weyerhaeuser was the largest U.S. lumber producer in 2011 and North America’s second largest lumber producer with 3.56 billion bf.

These and other highlights were released recently in the March issue of Wood Markets Monthly International Report that was researched by the consultants at International Wood Markets Group, Vancouver B.C.

“With North American lumber production in 2011 increasing a modest 5.2% over 2010, the Wood Markets survey provides further evidence that the fledgling lumber market recovery that started in 2010 has continued to build on itself in 2011, albeit slowly,” commented Peter Butzelaar, Wood Markets Vice-President.

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