Particleboard Shipments Rise in November; MDF Falls

Posted by Rich Christianson | Posted: 12/23/2013 6:40PM


LEESBURG, VA - North American shipments of particleboard and MDF for November rose 1.4% to 401 MMSF (3/4” basis) compared to 396 MMSF the same month a year ago, according to data collected by the Composite Panel Association (CPA).  Year-to-date shipments are 6.1% ahead of 2012 at 5.037 MMSF compared to 4.746 MMSF.

Particleboard shipments increased 5.1% to 248 MMSF (3/4” basis) compared with 236 MMSF in November 2012, but decreased 14.3% from last month. Year-to-date particleboard shipments were ahead of 2012 by 8.4% at 3.068 MMSF.  November MDF shipments fell 4.1% to 153 MMSF (3/4” basis), compared to 159 MMSF the same month one year ago, and down 13.8% from last month. Year-to-date MDF shipments were up 2.8% compared to 2012 at 1.970 MMSF.

TFL Shipments Increase 6.8%
Shipments of thermally fused laminate (TFL) in November were 98 MMSF, up 6.8% compared to 92 MMSF in November 2012, but dropped nearly 15% from last month. Year-to-date shipments totaled 1.193 MMSF, up 4.4% over the same period last year. Shipments are extrapolated based on data from 69.6% of the U.S. industry and 76% of the Canadian industry.


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Rich Christianson

Rich Christianson is Associate Publisher and Editor at Large of Woodworking Network. During his 25+ years covering the wood products industry, Rich has toured hundreds of manufacturing plants throughout North America, Europe and Asia. His reporting has covered everything from the state of the industry and impact of wood imports to technology and environmental issues. In his current capacity he is responsible for editing the daily Woodworking Network Update newsletter and coordinating events including the annual Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo and Canada’s biennial Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo. He can be contacted at or follow him on Google+.

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