Composite Panel in Furniture - A Changing Consumer Perception

By Karen Koenig | Posted: 05/12/2013 3:00PM


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.


About the Author

Karen M. Koenig

Karen M. Koenig has more than 25 years of experience in the woodworking industry, including visits to wood products manufacturing facilities throughout North America, Europe and Asia. As Editor-in-Chief of Woodworking Network magazine (formerly Wood & Wood Products), Karen’s primary responsibilities include spearheading the writing, editing and coordinating of the editorial content of the publication, along with the Red Book resource guide and the Red Book online source and supply directory ( She is also a frequent contributor to other Woodworking Network online and print media. She can be reached at or Google+.

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