Due to lower short-term demand for oriented strand board (OSB), Louisiana-Pacific Corporation to reduce production by at least 100 million square feet in April. This reduction of almost a third of total OSB capacity is done through a combination of curtailments and reduced schedules.

For the month of April, Weyerhaeuser expects to reduce operating capacity by approximately 20% for lumber, 15% for oriented strand board, and 15% to 25% for engineered wood products through a combination of temporary mill curtailments and reduced shift postures.

Due to the closure of suppliers of critical components, Komatsu Forest will temporarily shut down its production of forest machinery at its factory in Umeå, Sweden. The company agreed with IF Metall on short-term work from April,13 through June, 21 for employees in production.

In order to focus on the ongoing safety and health of Interfor’s employees and as a result of the lumber market disruption, the company will further reduce sawmill production, which will total approximately 50 million board feet for the week of March 30, 2020.

The COVID-19 outbreak has negatively impacted global demand for forest products and disrupted supply chain networks. As a result, Canfor Corporation has implemented the following changes to its operating schedule. Effective March 30, Canadian lumber production will be curtailed by approximately 70 million board feet, o...

In response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic West Fraser is taking additional steps to respond to changing operating and market conditions. Effective March 30, lumber production at all British Columbia, Canada, sawmills will be curtailed for one week. Effective March 30, plywood production at the company’s Alberta P...

NorSask will be transitioning, on a temporary basis, to single-shift production by early April 2020. As soon as April 2020, NorSask cannot continue producing large amounts of lumber that it cannot sell into the United States housing market.

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak West Fraser is taking steps to protect its employees and respond to changing market conditions. Effective March 23, lumber production will be reduced at western Canada sawmills by approximately 18%, or 12 million board feet per week and lumber production at the company’s U.S. South ...

Interfor Corporation will implement a number of initiatives in order to adjust its business to operating conditions being impacted by COVID-19. Interfor will temporarily reduce production across its operations in British Columbia, the Pacific Northwest and the US South. These curtailments will initially be for a two-w...

U.S. boxboard production in February decreased 1% compared to February 2019. It was down 1% when compared to the same two months of 2019. The boxboard operating rate was 93.7%, essentially flat (+0.2 pts.) from February 2019 and up 1.3 points year-to-date.

The European Pallet Association’s (EPAL) total production and repair volume continued to increase in 2019 and reached 123 million EPAL load carriers. Compared to the previous year, this is an increase of 1%, or 1.2 million pallets more in 2019 (2018 total: 121.8 million).

DS Smith opens its first U.S. recycling plant in Reading, Pennsylvania. The new 43,000-square-foot plant utilizes the innovation and processes that have enabled DS Smith to globally manage more than 5.5 million tons of material for recycling annually and become a leader in its industry.

The pace of Canadian housing starts climbed in January from a month earlier on gains in Ontario and Quebec while starts declined in Western Canada. January saw a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 213,224 units started, up 8.8% from the 195,892 starts in December.