Eucalypt Plantations for Solid Wood Products in Australia – A Review. ‘If you don’t prune it, we can’t use it’
This review explores influences and impediments to profitably process plantation hardwood resource over time. For this study, solid wood products include natural rounds, sawn timber and veneer products but exclude products reconstituted from wood chips or fibre. Significant eucalypt plantations exist around the world and some are being milled for solid wood products. However, Australia does not currently have a solid wood products industry that profitably processes plantation eucalypts.
The report found the vast majority of the current hardwood plantation estate will not produce logs suitable for a profitable solid wood products industry.