End-Uses of Tropical Hardwood: Introduction

  • J. D. Brazier
Part of the Forestry Sciences book series (FOSC, volume 3)


In the opening section of this book, attention is drawn to the changes taking place in the supply of tropical hardwoods to the ECE countries. These are summarised as follows:
  1. (1)

    there has been a period of rapid growth in the utilisation of tropical hardwoods by the industrialised countries of the world,

  2. (2)

    whereas the volume of log imports is today at about the same level as 15 years ago, that of sawnwood has almost doubled in this time. In the same period, shipments of tropical hardwood plywood have increased many-fold, mainly as a result of production using South-east Asian timber,

  3. (3)

    there has been some shift in sources of supply, with an increasing contribution, particularly of sawnwood and plywood, from South-east Asia, mainly at the expense of Africa. Supplies from Latin America are modest, in comparison, though increasing.



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