In a report from the newspaper El Territorio published today, referents from the forestry-industrial sector of the province indicated that “in many sawmills there is an oversupply of wood, even more so for those intended for internal repairs in the houses.” In some stores they estimate to receive machimbre, one of the most requested products, in the next 30 days. They assert that the rebound, in many cases, reaches 70% within the domestic market – missionary and the country – values that had not been recorded since February, prior to the coronavirus pandemic.
Source: The Territory
MISSIONS (7/14/2020) .- Representatives of the forestry-industrial sector pointed out that there is a “good present” in the domestic market, which would add to sustained sales to the foreign market of forest products. Wood added new destinations such as Mexico, Costa Rica and Colombia. In terms of exports, they ensure that the outlook is stable and that 20% of local production is destined abroad, with China and the United States being the main shipping points.
The demand for wood also includes the request for more personnel to carry out activities within the production chain. And, at the same time, the investment index within sawmills grows, with the aim that forestry-industrial production gains greater added value.
The sector is waiting for the return of construction, both public and private, in the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area (Amba) to recover all the land lost within the domestic market as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic.
Full work and over-demand are some of the concepts that summarize the present of the wood industry in the province. The consultant for forestry-industrial companies Ronald Vera considered that many businessmen in the field were taken by surprise by the sales boom that many sawmills currently have. “There is full production at all plants in Misiones and Corrientes and for most industrialists it is difficult to diagnose this sales boom, because many were preparing for a terrible scenario due to the pandemic, but there was an opposite effect and that marks a way, that the local industry is not going wrong, “he said in dialogue with El Territorio.
Dry, planed, classified boards, machimbres, panels and moldings are some of the products that sustain the current demand within the domestic market, explained who is also an agricultural engineer.
“Everything that has to do with the wood used for civil construction, roof structure and cladding moves. Today what is machimbre is completely overdemanded, “he warned.
“There is a sustained demand in the corralones, which consume and request wood from the area. The scenario is optimal, despite the fact that the context is not favorable due to the pandemic and that this led to the standstill continuing in other parts of the country, such as Buenos Aires and Córdoba, which until now have not fully reactivated public and private construction. . But once that recovers, the demand for missionary wood will be even higher, “said Vera.
The good present that the industry is going through led to a large part of the companies seeing that the rest of the year will be positive. “There is a consumption boom and the Misiones lumber sector is preparing strongly to supply that demand. Not only with investments, but also with equipment and training. All these elements will be key to mark the future of the activity, “he said.
Vera emphasized that the return of the cargo train, which returned to operation after two years without working, will be key in the reactivation within the domestic market, even more so to supply other districts of the country by rail.
For his part, Guillermo Fachinello, head of the Association of Forest Producers, Industrialists and Merchants of Misiones (Apicofom), said that “we industrialists are not able to cope” as a summary of the present activity in the red land.
“We are oversold, working full-time and with a long-term ordering scheme, between 30 and up to 40 days. We were the first to go out to work and we are the ones with the most work, both in packaging and on pallets for the food industry, ”he said.
As for the reasons that led to the increasing demand for wood in the province, he stated that it is closely linked with confinement, “because people spend more time in houses, and are dedicated to making arrangements or to smaller constructions, which are those that allowed the economy to be mobilized, not only from Misiones, but from Corrientes and Entre Ríos, which are in a similar situation as the province. ”
In this sense, he added that many hardware stores and corralones work a lot and were out of stock as a result of the rise in purchases. Fachinello also stressed that the price is economical within the local and international market.