The definition of “lumber” is changing, with more companies making it clear they can buy lumber that can be processed into timber, and less clear what the difference is between that type of lumber and a type called “laminated timber.”
The Department of Justice recently asked U.S. lumber producers to update their definitions of lumber to reflect changes in the global market.
That update is expected to be released later this year.
The new definitions are based on two studies that were published last year, the first by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the second by the American Association of Concrete and Concrete Pipefitters (AAPC), which both have members in the U.K. and Germany.
The two studies say the use of “lamination” as a term for processed timber is now limited to a “small number of mills.”
“In a small number of factories in the United States, the process can take place under conditions that make it very difficult to distinguish between a processed timber product and an unprocessed product,” the report states.
“This process also reduces the amount of the material that must be transported for the mill to process the material.”
The NAM and AAPC say they want to update the definition to “include all timber products that are used in manufacturing,” which would include “all products from which a finished product is produced.”
“The purpose of the updated definition is to ensure that we do not unnecessarily stigmatize a class of products that is essential to our economy,” the AAPC said in a statement.
“The use of ‘lamination’ as a shorthand term is misleading, because the term can include any type of processing, from small to large, and does not necessarily reflect any specific process that the product is processed through.”
The APC said that the definition needs to be updated “to provide the clarity needed to enable consumers to make the right decisions when buying lumber.”
A spokesman for the American Concrete Association (ACAA), which represents manufacturers and wood suppliers, said it was not aware of any changes to the definition of what constitutes a lumber product.
“As a lumber supplier, we believe that the American Board of Conifers, the trade association for the U .
Concrete Industry, is the sole authority for the use and definition of ‘lumber,'” he said in an email.
“ACAA does not have an official position on whether the use or definition of lumber is correct, but we believe it is the only correct term for what we do and have done for over 40 years.”
The lumber industry says it has made “significant improvements” in the way it processes lumber in recent years.
The APA says the new definition will provide “further clarity and assurance to our customers, partners, and stakeholders” about the difference between the two types of lumber.
“We believe the updated definitions will provide clarity and confidence for both our lumber and concrete customers and suppliers, who are constantly working to improve their processes,” the APA said in its statement.
The government said it will publish the updated lumber definition in a future issue of its Quality Standards Review, which reviews products and standards for the timber industry.