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West Fraser Q1 sales and profits going strong
09 May, 2022
Leading global OSB and lumber manufacturer West Fraser has reported a boost in sales and earnings in Q1, compared to Q4, 2021.
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Roseburg particleboard and TFL plant invests in latest value-adding technology
Wednesday, April 20, 2022 Roseburg’s Missoula Composites plant has continued its long process of site investment into 2022 with the installation of new technology.
West Fraser completes acquisition of Georgia Pacific OSB mill in South Carolina
Tuesday, December 14, 2021 West Fraser Timber Co Ltd has completed the acquisition of Georgia Pacific’s idled OSB mill near Allendale, South Carolina.
North American panel producers join together in Climate Positive Now initiative
Monday, November 22, 2021 North American wood-based panels and surfacing producers are joining together under the Climate Positive Now banner to promote the sustainability benefits of decorative wood panels.
CPA vaccine mandate survey shows panel industry concerns
Monday, October 18, 2021 US wood panel manufacturers have expressed concern about potential production disruption coming from President Joe Biden’s proclamation stipulating mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations for all US companies with more than for 100 employees.
CPA cancels Fall Meeting due to increase in Covid cases
Thursday, September 23, 2021 The Composite Panel Association (CPA) has cancelled its Fall Meeting due to the increase in COVID cases and hospitalizations associated with the Delta variant.
Huntsman earnings up, boosted by higher MDI selling prices
Thursday, August 19, 2021 MDI producer Huntsman recorded increased revenues in its Q2, 2021 largely due to higher MDI average selling prices and higher sales volumes compared to the second quarter of 2020.
LP sales more than double as OSB business soars
Wednesday, August 18, 2021 Louisiana-Pacific Corporation reported a 142% increase in net sales for Q2, 2021 to US$1.3bn compared to the same period in the prior year.
Canadian formaldehyde rules published
Friday, July 16, 2021 Health Canada has published its final formaldehyde regulations for composite panels in the July 7 issue of Canada Gazette, according to the Composite Panel Association (CPA) in its latest newsletter.
Plans for first American wood fibre insulation board plant progressing
Tuesday, May 25, 2021 Plans to establish the first wood fibre insulation board plant in the US are moving apace, with equipment already transferred from Europe.
Composite Panels Trends Q1 commentary published by CPA
Friday, May 21, 2021 The first quarter edition of the Composite Panel Trends commentary is now available for members of the Composite Panel Association (CPA).
West Fraser acquisition of Norbord gets final court approval
Monday, January 25, 2021 West Fraser’s US$3.1bn takeover of Norbord has obtained final approval from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Commercial List).
New Composite Panel Association Board takes office
Friday, January 08, 2021 The Composite Panel Association’s (CPA) 2021 Board of Directors is now taking office.David Smith of Timber Products will serve as the 2021 CPA Board chairman with Steve Carroll of Arauco North America as vice chairman and Dan Beaty of Langboard as secretary/treasurer.
US furniture sales soar in September
Monday, December 07, 2020 US residential furniture manufacturers and distributors have been enjoying boom times of late, according to a study by consultants Smith Leonard.
WBPI launches Virtual Views event for panels industry
Monday, November 09, 2020 WBPI will be holding a virtual event on February 16, 2021 to look at how the international wood-based panels industry has adapted to the current pandemic and look at movements in furniture trends.
Egger plant goes into operation in the US
Friday, October 02, 2020 Egger’s first plant in North America – the new particleboard operation at Lexington, North Carolina – has produced its first board.
CPA welcomes new president
Friday, August 07, 2020 The Composite Panel Association (CPA) welcomed Andy O’Hare as its new president on August 3.
IWF 2020 is cancelled
Thursday, June 11, 2020 North America’s largest woodworking technology exhibition – the International Woodworking Fair (IWF) – has cancelled its show this summer due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
CPA to launch new safety spotlight initiative
Friday, June 05, 2020 To accompany the annual Safety Innovation Award, CPA is launching a new Safety Spotlight web page to showcase members’ safety issues and relevant solutions
Comments filed on EPA formaldehyde TSCA scoping document
Friday, June 05, 2020 The Federal Wood Industries Coalition (FWIC), which consists of 12 trade associations including The Composite Panel Association (CPA), has filed comments on Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) draft formaldehyde Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) scoping document.

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