Strong MDF market boosts panel shipments: CPA report

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.