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Title: Review of wood-based panel sector in United States and Canada

Source: General Technical Report FPL-GTR-99):45 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.

Author(s)Spelter, H. N.; McKeever, D. B.; Durbak, I.

Publication Year: 1997  View PDF »

Category: General Technical Reports

Abstract: Structural and nonstructural panels have been the fastest growing sector among wood products for the past two decades. The recent spate of plant construction and drop in product prices indicate slower growth and consolidation in the next 2 years. Growth in demand is unlikely to catch up with projected capacities until the next century, unless attrition of some existing capacity reduces industry growth. Among structural panels, costs of production are lowest for oriented strandboard, but there is a wide range among plants. Plywood costs are lowest in the U.S. South and highest in the West. Thus, the contraction of western plywood is likely to continue. Overcapacity also looms for nonstructural panels (particleboard and medium density fiberboard), but engineered structural wood products show opportunities for growth.

Keywords: Panels; Forest products industries; Economics; Particleboards; Fiberboards; Plywood; Laminated wood; Markets; Prices; Costs; USA; Canada; Laminated veneer lumber

File size: 811 kb(s)

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RITS Product ID: 16519
Current FPL Scientists associated with this product (listed alphabetically)
McKeever, David B.
Research Forester
Spelter, Henry N.
Economist (Volunteer)

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