Bainbridge Island, WA (PressExposure) May 16, 2012 -- FRA has welcomed news that timber producers in British Columbia, Canada, are slowly returning to profitability after major damage from Pine Beetles over the past few years.
Forestry Research Associates (FRA) has welcomed news that timber producers in British Columbia, Canada, are slowly returning to profitability after major damage from Pine Beetles over the past few years.
The news has come courtesy of industry analysis from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The firm has recently held its Global Forest and Paper Industry Conference in Vancouver, outlining how the industry is seeing a return to its previous good fortune.
The analysts claim that the industry in the region is set to return to profitability by the end of this year or early next year. A spokesperson for PwC said, "It's a combination of events driving it, but it's probably a long, slow process rather than a big bang."
"The trend is in the right direction," he added. FRA is a research and analysis consultancy specialising in forestry and timber investments. It's analysis partner, Peter Collins explained, "We have always had faith in Canada's forestry industry because the demand for timber just keeps growing."
He added, "Emerging economies such as China and India, are demanding more and more raw materials to allow them to continue to grow. Meanwhile, the US real estate market is picking up and more houses will need to be built, using timber, in the coming months and years."
FRA claims that all this will lead to an increase in the demand for timber while a shortage in supply keeps prices growing. It is this trend that also leads FRA to support forestry investments as a good option for those who are looking for a way to diversify their investment portfolio. "Investing in plantation projects, such as the sustainable teak and eucalyptus plantations run by firms like Greenwood Management, can bring balance to a portfolio while generating very healthy returns for anyone interested in alternative investments."