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

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Growing demand for medium density fiberboard has allowed suppliers to increase prices, which has lowered buyer negotiation power. 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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MDF prices are forecast to grow faster due to continued rising demand from construction.

Medium density fiberboard (MDF) has a buyer power score of 2.9 out of 5, reflecting moderate negotiating conditions for buyers. MDF price movements depend largely on residential and nonresidential expenditure levels, as well as private spending on home improvements. These drivers have exhibited strong growth over the three years to 2014, boosting demand for MDF. According to IBISWorld procurement analyst Jesse Chiang, “growing demand for MDF has allowed suppliers to increase their prices, lowering buyer negotiation power.” Rising prices are restraining buyer power because buyers are less able to delay contractual decisions with prices increasing continuously. Instead, buyers must negotiate contracts to lock in lower prices. Prices are forecast to grow substantially over the three years to 2017, which will continue to reduce buyer power in the coming years.

Price increases for inputs such as lumber also led to price growth for MDF, limiting negotiation flexibility for suppliers that struggled to maintain profitability. As a result, buyers have had fewer opportunities to arrange favorable deals and negotiate lower prices. Additionally, moderate market share concentration and product specialization have created a tougher purchasing environment for buyers. “Large, vertically integrated operators have significant market power, while moderate product specialization reduces buyers' ability to locate suppliers capable of satisfying their specific product requirements,” says Chiang.

Nevertheless, buyers do have some considerable advantages. The high availability of substitute goods ensures that buyers are not forced to accept major concessions in their contracts because of their ability to switch to other suppliers that distribute alternative building materials. Secondly, low switching costs limit suppliers' ability to charge higher prices. Lastly, despite high demand driver volatility, volatility in prices for MDF products has been low. This factor has benefited buyers by making inventory planning and budget forecasts easier. The top four vendors in the market are Louisiana-Pacific, Weyerhaeuser, West Fraser Timber, and Plum Creek Timber.

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IBISWorld Procurement Report Key Topics

This report is intended to assist buyers of medium density fiberboard (MDF). MDF is an engineered wood product made of a mixture of wood fibers, resin and wax. MDF 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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