As the paper industry, the timber industry as well is exposed to raw material prices and increasing competition for timber wood. The global economic situation is highly affecting demand and thus market prices due to the close relation to the building industry. The timber industry is characterized by a large number of small- and medium-sized, privately owned companies and few larger players.
In addition to securing raw material sources, success factors in this industry depend on either operational excellence to serve the highly commoditized market segments, or an extension of the value chain. Forward integration and marketing focus on the end customer is a continuing trend to capture a higher value-add.
StepChange supports companies in this sector to increase their competitiveness through cost reduction, supply chain integration and definition of market strategies.