SAN DIEGO - A panel of experts discusses changing consumer preference for the demand and use of particleboard and MDF in furniture during the Spring Composite Panel Association meeting held  May 5-7 in San Diego, CA.

Participating on the panel were (in speaking order): Bernard Fuller, president, Cambridge Forest Products Associates; Cormac O’Carroll, director/Global Wood Practice, Poyry Management Consulting (UK); Urs Buehlmann, associate professor, Department of Sustainable Biomaterials, Virginia Tech; and Greg Lewis, vice president of Wood Panels, Forest Economic Advisors LLC. The panel was moderated by Kelly Shotbolt, vice chairman of the CPA and president of Flakeboard.

Nearly 250 people, including representatives from more than 100 composite panel manufacturers and industry suppliers, attended the biannual CPA meeting.