Strong MDF market boosts panel shipments: CPA report
October 25, 2018 | 2:33 pm UTC
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LEESBURG, Va. -- Combined shipments of particleboard and MDF were 455 MMSF (3/4-inch basis) in September, nearly even with the same month in 2017, according to the Composite Panel Association. Year-to-date shipments rose 2.2 percent to 4.337 BSF compared to same period last year at 4.242 BSF, due mainly to the strong MDF market.

Particleboard shipments totaled 263 MMSF, down 1.4 percent from the September 2017 total of 267 MMSF. Year-to-date shipments were even with 2017 through three quarters at 2.531 BSF.

MDF shipments in September increased 2 percent to 192 MMSF compared to 188 MMSF the same month one year ago. Year-to-date MDF shipments were 1.806 BSF, 5.6 percent ahead of last year.

The Industry Snapshot Report is published each month and is available to members on CPA’s website.

Also, TFL shipments for the third quarter were up 5.9 percent at 333 MMSF compared to the same quarter in 2017. Year-to-date shipments through September were 981 MMSF, increasing 1.8 percent compared to the first nine months of last year. September shipments rose 5 percent to 105 MMSF, compared to 100 MMSF in the prior year. See http://www.compositepanel.org.

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