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Industry Performance Reports

The Composite Panel Association compiles and publishes the most definitive industry performance reports on wood-based composite panels produced in North America.  Monthly and annual reports provide data on industry shipment and downstream market activity of particleboard, medium density fiberboard, hardboard, engineered wood siding and trim and  thermally fused melamine as well as mill-specific safety performance.  For questions about CPA's Industry Economic Reports, please contact Lori Thoden

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Monthly CPA Reports

Industry Snapshot 

Published monthly, this report includes shipment and capacity data provided directly from producing member companies to provide current industry capacity utilization rates and eight year historical shipment comparisons for particleboard, MDF, hardboard and engineered wood siding and trim. Shipments are extrapolated based on overall data received from 97% of the total manufacturing capacity of CPA members in North America.

TFL Monthly Shipments Report 

The Thermally Fused Laminate (TFL) Shipments Report (formerly TFM) compares monthly and yearly shipment and capacity utilization data of companies collectively representing 86% of industry lamination capacity in the US and Canada.

Safety Report 

The Safety Report offers monthly and year-to-date incidence rates by CPA member plants. OSHA considers an incident (i.e. an injury or illness) to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing injury or illness. The plants included in the Safety Report are listed in order of increasing year-to-date incidence rates. Access is restricted to members submitting safety data.

Particleboard and MDF Commentary 

The Commentary is published by Fastmarkets RISI monthly and permits the CPA to re-publish the Commentary on a quarterly basis as a benefit to members and includes economic analysis of the North American Particleboard and MDF Markets.

Annual CPA Reports

North American Capacity Report 

The North American Capacity Report summarizes the active production capacity of particleboard, MDF, hardboard and engineered wood siding and trim plants in North America, as reported by producers. The annual report also provides a listing of plants scheduled to expand, new facilities slated to open and plant closures (either intact and capable of being restarted or permanently closed and dismantled). A map of the North American composite panel manufacturing facilities is also integrated into the report.

North American Shipments and Downstream Market Report 

The North American Shipments and Downstream Market Report is published annually for the wood-based particleboard, medium density fiberboard, hardboard and engineered wood siding and trim industries in the US and Canada. It includes data from manufacturing operations that use multi-opening and continuous presses, raised panel platen presses and extrusion technology.

The report analyzes composite panel shipments by substrate type, thickness category and value added category by country of origin. It includes tables and graphs to illustrate production and emission characteristics as well as historical summary of shipments by substrate and value of shipments.  The report also provides an overview of downstream applications and pathways to market for North American composite panel shipments and final product destinations.

TFL Annual Shipments Report 

The Thermally Fused Laminate Shipments Report is the only industry report providing detailed information on TFL lamination (previously called thermally fused melamine or TFM) of composite panel substrates in the US and Canada. This report summarizes data on a calendar-year basis for shipments. Participating companies collectively represent 86% of industry lamination capacity. Non-participant data is based on estimated capacity and the overall capacity utilization among participants. A North American map is included in this report showing locations of TFL manufacturing facilities.

Special Reports

Composite Panel Industry Trends Commentary

CPA is publishing a series of articles titled Composite Panel Trends written by industry veteran Jim Buffington. The quarterly commentary reviews composite panel industry performance as related to other relevant economic indicators.

Composite Panel Industry Economic Report 

The “Economic Impact of US and Canadian Composite Panel Mills” report was published by Forest Economic Advisors (FEA) in September 2016.  Funded by CPA, the report details the direct, indirect and induced economic impacts of CPA-member composite panel manufacturing mills in the US and Canada for 2015.

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