Wood Panels

When the manufacturing line starts up at the BC plant housing JER Envirotech International Corporation, it makes the sound of a new opportunity emerging in the Province’s forest industry. It’s the opportunity developed by entrepreneurs who saw how waste could be recycled into a dynamic new product with worldwide demand.  
But the sound is also one of missed opportunities for BC’s growing mountain pine beetle wood waste.

Until Transports Quebec built a by-pass loop for tourists a few years back, you could drive through the picturesque village of St-Casimir, perched on the Sainte Anne River some 80 km west of Quebec City, and never know that the Columbia Forest Products (CFP) hardwood plywood plant existed. Even now that you’re forced to drive right by its gates, few would guess that the plant employs over 60 people in this community of 1,500, or that their future prospects are now brighter thanks to some groundbreaking green products, and recent investments in new technology.

As its staff sifted through the ashes on April 18, 2006, the future for Tafisa Canada’s particleboard plant in Lac-Mégantic, QC, must have seemed dim. The day prior a spark in a system serving Line 2 turned into an explosion, and then a rapidly spreading fire. In the end, Line 2, the newest line responsible for 65% of the plant’s output, was destroyed, and Line 1 would be out of service for two months. Only the company’s melamine lines were operating, but they would soon run out of in-house raw board to process.

While today’s world is demanding greener panel products, surprisingly much of the growth in the panel board market is being derived from Eastern European and Middle Eastern countries. And, it’s not always done traditionally.

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