Uniboard invests $38.5 million to increase capacity and productivity at its Val-d'Or facility

Canadian Forest Industries Staff
July 31, 2018
By Canadian Forest Industries Staff
July 31, 2018 - Following the successful completion of a $53 million investment in Val-d'Or in 2017, Uniboard is pleased to announce an additional $38.5 million investment for its Val-d'Or facility and is in the second phase of a major upgrade project to build a world-class particleboard and thermally fused laminate (TFL) facility in Val-d'Or.



The goal of the project is to upgrade the fibre preparation device on the particle board assembly line at the Val-d'Ormill by integrating new technology that has yet to be used in North America.

This new round of modernization will focus on screening, sifting, milling and intermediary storage equipment which will lay the foundation for the following phases of upgrading the Val-d'Or press and finishing lines.

With the installation of new state-of-the art, innovative equipment, Uniboard is pursuing its vision of operational and product excellence for its Val-d'Or facility. The fibre quality of this region contributes to Val-d'Or's renowned history as being one of North American most appreciated particleboard substrates and decorative melamine panels (TFL) in terms of performance, machinability cost, weight, and colour.

"Uniboard Canada is a key economic player in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region. It generates hundreds of good-quality jobs and supplies its operations using raw materials from the region," said Guy Bourgeois, MNA for Abitibi-Est and Parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and Minister responsible for the Northern Plan.

The project's new dry preparation capabilities will substantially improve fibre processing efficiency and also involves a new building with state-of-the-art protection safety systems for our employees.

"We are building on 40 years of success in Val-d'Or and raising the bar again. We are taking the next step-up at Val-d'Orso that our customers throughout North America will continue to be well served for the next 40 years", stated James N. Hogg, president and chief executive officer of Uniboard. "This important modernization project confirms Uniboard's leadership position in the North American composite panel industry and allows Uniboard to further enhance its offering of engineered wood and value-added products."

Uniboard Canada employs 855 people in Quebec in its five mills located in the Abitibi‑Témiscamingue (two mills), Bas-Saint-Laurent and Laurentides regions, and in Laval, as well as at its head office, also in Laval. The company is Quebec's main manufacturer of reconstituted wood products and is a leading supplier for manufacturers of furniture, cabinets and construction materials.

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