The number of smaller-scale BC furniture manufactures has declined sharply over the past three decades. One reason for this historical trend is our unreliable wood supply system. Without access to timber at consistent levels of quality, quantity, and price, no manufacturing venture can remain viable. furniturelink suggests the following solution:
As a condition of their access to Crown timber, sawmills would set aside one percent of their output. This material would be quarter-sawn, clear-grade boards in four thicknesses (as required) and veneer cants.
The agency would make its materials available at cost on long-term, guaranteed-delivery/quality, fixed-price contracts, i.e., supply company X with Z thousand board feet per month for Y years (furniturelink suggests a minimum of 5 years).
In this way the agency would stimulate new value-created manufacturing ventures with minimal negative impact on established lumber suppliers.
New manufacturing ventures and expanding plants would have priority access to the materials.
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