Industry insiders soon expect a large increase in the supply of 2-6mm thickness HDF/MDF. The majority of new projects were initiated in provinces with existing heavy concentrations of MDF capacity, such as Sichuan, Guangdong, Hebei, Shandong, Anhui and Jiangsu. The completion of these projects is expected to greatly increase the demand for raw materials in these and neighbouring regions and could trigger a major round of industry consolidation.
Industry sources indicate that Guangdong Weihua Corporation has officially become the largest fibreboard producer in China, now with more than 1 million m3/year of production. After in-process capacity projects are completed, Weihua’s capacity is expected to reach 1.28 million m3 by the end of 2008.