North American particleboard, MDF and hardboard shipments fell 25% in December to 404 million ft2 (3/4in basis), compared to 542 million ft2 a year earlier, according to data from the Composite Panel Association in Leesburg, Virginia.
For the whole of 2008, shipments were 6,899 million ft2, 14% lower than in 2007.
Particleboard shipments fell 17%, and MDF shipments were down 9% for the year, while hardboard shipments were 11% lower in 2008.