Crickmay has had a long association with the timber industry in South Africa. This has given us an understanding of the challenges and we have responded with industry-wide projects and initiatives such as supply and demand studies, the initiation of the Forestry Contractor Productivity Initiatives and the co-development of the Road Transport Management System (RTMS).
To help growers and contractors understand the cost escalations in the forestry sector Crickmay developed a specific index for the industry, equivalent to the national Producer Price Index (PPI) and the Consumer Price Index (CPI). This index is known as the Forestry Cost Index (FCI).
The founder of Crickmay, David Crickmay, established the consulting-based company in 1985, benchmarking a handful of independent sawmills’ financial results against each other. Today the company benchmarks approximately 80% (based on production volume) of the softwood structural sawmill sector of South Africa. The tool used to benchmark the sawmills, the Intermill Comparison, is produced on a quarterly basis and compares the participating mills’ key costs and sales information on a Rand/m³ basis, against the most profitable mills. This helps mills identify areas of opportunity and improvement.
Crickmay also produces a monthly publication known as the SA Lumber Index, primarily for the sawmilling industry, which provides aggregated information aimed at assisting sawmills identify areas in which they can improve their efficiency to remain competitive in the national and international markets.