Trans­for­ma­tion of China’s wood panel en­ter­prises

Australasian Timber - - NEWS -

China’s pro­duc­tion of wood prod­ucts, es­pe­cially wood-based pan­els, has in­creased rapidly in re­cent years. Ac­cord­ing to statis­tics from the China Tim­ber and Wood Prod­ucts Dis­tri­bu­tion As­so­ci­a­tion (CTWPDA) out­put of wood-based pan­els rose 5% to 315 mil­lion cu­bic me­tres in 2017. Of the to­tal, out­put of ply­wood, fi­bre­board and par­ti­cle­board was 182 mil­lion cu­bic me­tres, 67 mil­lion cu­bic me­tres and 35 mil­lion cu­bic me­tres re­spec­tively. 2017 out­put of par­ti­cle­board surged over 30%. How­ever, most of wood-based panel en­ter­prises are fac­ing huge chal­lenges re­sult­ing from their low level tech­nol­ogy, over­ca­pac­ity, in­ad­e­quate raw ma­te­rial sup­ply, en­vi­ron­men­tal re­stric­tions and fierce com­pe­ti­tion not to men­tion ris­ing tariff bar­ri­ers.

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