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    Author(s): J. Bejune; R. Bush; Philip A. Araman; B. Hansen; D. Cumbo
    Date: 2002
    Source: Pallet Enterprise. 22(9): 26-37.
    Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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    This study investigated wood use trends in the U.S. pallet and container industry. The report estimates new wood use by pallet and container manufacturers, assesses wood pallet recovery and uses for recovered material, and identifies trends in new and recovered wood use by the industry. A census of the U.S. pallet and container industry was attempted and data were collected via a nationwide mail survey. The following are highlights of the study.
    • Approximately 67% (4.41 billion board feet) of solid wood material utilized in the production of pallets and containers in 1999 was hardwoods.
    • Nearly one-third (2.13 billion board feet) of solid wood material used by the pallet and container industry in 1999 was softwoods.
    • An estimated 289 million square feet of wood panels was used in the manufacture of pallets and containers in 1999.
    • Approximately 299 million pallets were recovered by the industry in 1999.
    • Pallet and container manufacturers continue to purchase and utilize mixed hardwoods more than any other species or species group.
    • Increased use of softwood parts represented the largest change in solid wood consumption, from 254 million board feet in 1995 to 610 million board feet in 1999.
    • While softwood plywood continues to be the most utilized panel product in the industry, oriented strand board (OSB) consumption increased from 30 million square feet in 1995 to approximately 77 million square feet in 1999.
    • Recovered wood use among pallet manufacturers increased from nearly 2.3 billion board feet in 1995 to approximately 4 billion board feet in 1999.

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    Bejune, J.; Bush, R.; Araman, Philip A.; Hansen, B.; Cumbo, D. 2002. Recycling behind most growth in pallet production. Pallet Enterprise. 22(9): 26-37.

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