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Adding Value to Australia's Forest Products

Industry Commission inquiry report

The Industry Commission inquiry report, Adding Value to Australia's Forest Products, was signed on 15 September 1993.

The report contains the findings of the Industry Commission public inquiry, in response to a request from the Commonwealth Government, to examine the potential for adding further value to Australia's forest products in the woodchip, sawn timber, plywood and panel, pulp, paper and paper packaging industries.

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Contents

Preliminaries
Cover, Copyright, Signing Page, Contents, Abbreviations, Terms of Reference, Overview, Findings and Recommendations

PART A - BACKGROUND INFORMATION

1 Introduction

2 International Perspective
2.1 Forest resources
2.2 Industry characteristics
2.3 Trade in forest products

3 Australia's Forest Products Industries
3.1 Size and significance
3.2 Industry structure
3.3 Major products

PART B - INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIVENESS

4 Market Performance
4.1 Australia's participation in trade
4.2 Wood products
4.3 Paper products
4.4 Influence of non-price factors on competitiveness
4.5 Conclusions

5 Comparative Cost Structures
5.1 Underlying determinants of cost competitiveness
5.2 Basis of cost comparisons
5.3 Wood products
5.4 Paper products

PART C - IMPEDIMENTS TO IMPROVED COMPETITIVENESS

6 Wood Supplies
6.1 Sovereign risk
6.2 Improving the efficiency of Australia's forestry agencies
6.3 Compensation payments by government
6.4 Private wood supplies
6.5 Government export controls

7 Government Provided Services
7.1 Land transport
7.2 Port and shipping services
7.3 Energy supplies

8 Other Impediments
8.1 Management and labour issues
8.2 Project and environmental approval processes
8.3 Government measures to encourage paper recycling
8.4 Building codes, product standards and quality assurance

PART D - POTENTIAL FOR DEVELOPMENT

9 Prospects For Development
9.1 Strengths and weaknesses
9.2 Opportunities and threats
9.3 Summary

10 Improving Performance
10.1 Initiatives by companies to improve performance
10.2 Role of government

APPENDICES

A Inquiry participants

B Trends in Australia's forest products industries

C Trade opportunities in forest products in the Asian region

D Potential competitiveness of wood products

E Competitiveness of paper products

F Australia's forest resources

G Quantifying the effects of impediments in the forest products industries

H Demand trends

I Research and development

J Assistance to forest products industries

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