MDF import substitution is advancing in Mexico with three plants now fully operational

5 August 2019

The three new MDF plants installed in Mexico by Proteak, Duraplay and Masisa - now Arauco - since 2016 are now fully operational and the process of import substitution of MDF panels in the Mexican market has advanced.

According to industry estimates, 90.5% of MDF consumed in Mexico was previously imported – mainly from Chile and Brazil – and as a result, logistic costs represented a significant percentage of the price paid by distributors.

This, together with low per capita consumption and a high comparative usage of solid wood in the furniture manufacturing industry, explains why the Mexican MDF market was perceived as very under-developed in comparison to countries such as Brazil, Chile and Argentina.