May 28, 2010
See, I don’t actually know here if it’s those polished wood floors catching the low wintertime sun and filling one with “memories of a childhood” long since lost, or else actuating a synapse somewhere in a gen X’er that says hey I don’t know what that’s about….but it makes me feel “homely” …………that makes beautiful NZ natural wood so attractive.
To that end it seems that its not just Kiwis that are participating in this resurgence of the naturally grown vertically sustainable product…..…it seems that it’s our cousins up in South East Asia that are also just as excited.
As long as I have been posting, I’ve postulated why the heck don’t we do the processing of the raw product here and then ship finished goods offshore to make extra profit – let alone the extra employment that would naturally be created by the process thus. But no, like Brazil we’ll just keep exporting the raw product…………though up until recently we here in Nelson did have one of the worlds largest MDF plants. That plant was doing exactly what I suggested – adding value to wood and shipping it offshore, usually utilizing the back loading of car-carriers to Nelson. All that wood seemed to be going to one place – Japan. However I’ve been informed this year that China is opening a new similar type of plant/factory each month…..so the metrics don’t quite stack up the same now.
Well Statistics NZ report today that we’ve just been doing all too well at this task.
Lately if you lived in Nelson, you didn’t have to look far too see that expansion in the logging trade, there’s been quite an increase in job adds for more Log Truck drivers, and most of the transport companies have activated double shifts for their vehicles to keep up with the demand. Its interesting to see that the demand side of the equation has returned to certain parts of the world.