The Composite Panel Association’s December Industry Snapshot Report indicates that North American composite panel shipments of particleboard and MDF totaled 5.511 BSF for the year 2016, a slight decrease of 0.9 percent below 2015.
The group of 300 largest North American cabinet, millwork, furniture and fixture manufacturers recorded a fifth consecutive year of sales expansion in 2016, in the initial report from the FDMC 300 - the annual statistical recap of wood manufacturing firms' sales performance. The list is published annually by FDMC magazine.
Wood pellets are playing a key role in decarbonizing electric power generation, as the world works to replace fossil fuels. Global trade in pellets has doubled since 2012, with U.S., Canadian, and European producers all playing a roles, according to a new study by RISI.
Highlighted in the infographics are the top Canadian provinces for wood products manufacturing, average annual wages per industry, average hourly earnings for cabinetmakers by region, and a listing of Canada's top trading partners.
Highlighted in the infographics are the top U.S. states for wood products manufacturing, average annual wages per industry, and hourly earnings per job description. Worker shortages are a top concern for wood manufacturing firms.
The residential furniture industry continues to display slow, but steady signs of improvement, with the year-to-date figures from Smith Leonard’s Furniture Insights showing a 1% gain in new orders over the first 8 months of 2015, and shipments holding about even. We also continue to see a number of manufacturers expanding and/or reshoring, particularly on the upholstered side, due in part to a desire for fast delivery and customization.