Canadian Forest Service Publications

An Examination of Oriented Strandboard and Medium Density Fibreboard Production in British Columbia. 1994. Columbia Engineering International Ltd. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Pacific Forestry Centre, Victoria, BC. Working Paper WP-OI-94.04, copublished by BC Ministry of Forests.

Year: 1994

Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 3564

Language: English

Series: Working Paper WP (PFC - Victoria)

Availability: PDF (download)

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Panelboards represent a growing segment of the wood products industry. There are currently five board plants operating in B.C.; three particleboard, one oriented strandboard (OSB) and one hardboard. There is substantial raw material available for additional panel board plants in B.C. and with growing timber and fibre supply shortages of all types in other producing regions, B.C. is becoming an attractive prospective location. This study examines basic cost data, capital and operating, as well as price projections, and financial returns for the feasibility of producing OSB and medium density fibreboard (MDF). Wood supply and costs as well as transportation costs of products are evaluated in selected regions and product and limitations to development are identified. The results indicate that there is a viable opportunity for establishing both an OSB and a MDF plant in B.C.