Medium Density Fiberboard Procurement Category Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld

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Over the past three years, prices for medium-density fiberboard have grown moderately due to greater construction activity, higher spending on home improvements and rising lumber and resin prices. For these reasons and to help procurement professionals make better buying decisions faster, business intelligence firm IBISWorld has added a report on the procurement of Medium-Density Fiberboard to its growing collection of procurement category market research reports.

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Medium density fiberboard price growth will will pick up as demand from the construction sector increases substantially.

Medium-density fiberboard has a buyer power score of 2.9 out of 5, reflecting a moderate level of buyer negotiating power. Buyer power has declined over the three years to 2013 due primarily to rising market share concentration. Medium-density fiberboard price movements depend largely on residential and nonresidential expenditure levels as well as private spending on home improvements. According to estimates from market research firm IBISWorld, these drivers have exhibited strong growth over the past three years, boosting medium-density fiberboard prices and lowering buyer negotiating power.

In addition, the price increases for inputs such as lumber and resin also led to market price growth, consequently limiting pricing flexibility for medium-density fiberboard suppliers, who struggled to maintain profitability. As a result, buyers have minimal opportunities for arranging favorable deals and negotiating lower prices. Moderate market share concentration and product specialization have also created a negative environment for buyers. Large, vertically integrated operators have significant market power, according to IBISWorld, while moderate product specialization reduces the ability of buyers to locate suppliers capable of satisfying their specific product requirements. Current major suppliers include Georgia-Pacific Corporation, Weyerhaseuser Company, Boise Cascade Company and West Fraser Timber Co.

Factors keeping buyer power at a moderate level include a high availability of substitute goods, which ensures that buyers are not forced to accept major concessions in their contracts because of their ability to switch to other suppliers. Second, low switching costs limit suppliers' ability to charge higher prices. Last, despite high demand driver volatility, volatility in prices for medium-density fiberboard products has been low. This factor has increased buyer power and made inventory planning and budget forecasts easier. If budgets allow, buyers should obtain contractual agreements for bulk purchases. And long-term contracts can lower the negative effects of higher future prices by locking in current lower prices. In addition, suppliers will be more willing to include favorable terms because of the assured income they receive with contracts. For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Medium Density Fiberboard procurement category market research report page.

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This report is intended to help buyers of medium-density fiberboard (MDF). MDF is an engineered wood product that does not have knots or grain patterns, making it easy to work with in many building applications. Due to its strength and comparatively low cost, furniture manufacturers use MDF as a substitute for hard wood products. Both manufacturers and wholesalers supply MDF.

Executive Summary
Pricing Environment
Price Fundamentals
Benchmark Price
Pricing Model
Price Drivers
Recent Price Trend
Price Forecast
Product Characteristics
Product Life Cycle
Total Cost of Ownership
Product Specialization
Substitute Goods
Quality Control
Supply Chain & Vendors
Supply Chain Dynamics
Supply Chain Risk
Competitive Environment
Market Share Concentration
Market Profitability
Switching Costs
Purchasing Process
Buying Basics
Buying Lead Time
Selection Process
Key RFP Elements
Negotiation Questions
Buyer Power Factors
Key Statistics

About IBISWorld Inc.
IBISWorld is one of the world's leading publishers of business intelligence, specializing in Industry research and Procurement research. Since 1971, IBISWorld has provided thoroughly researched, accurate and current business information. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, IBISWorld’s procurement research reports equip clients with the insight necessary to make better purchasing decisions, faster. Headquartered in Los Angeles, IBISWorld Procurement serves a range of business, professional service and government organizations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit or call 1-800-330-3772.

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