Canada-headed forest industry major Canfor Corporation has announced that it is undertaking additional temporary reductions in production capacity due to the impact of COVID-19 on the price of lumber and demand.
Canfor is experiencing a significant decrease in customer demand due to the global impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has resulted in the difficult decision to take additional downtime in Canada. Our top priority continues to be supporting our employees through this challenging time. We are encouraged by the financial relief programs the provincial and federal governments are implementing to support all impacted workers, said Canfor Corporation President and CEO Don Kayne.
The following changes to Canfor’s operating schedule are in addition to the capacity reductions announced on March 26, 2020, and the company will continue to assess operating rates on a weekly basis and will adjust as needed in response to the rapidly evolving market conditions, changes in customer demand and the global COVID-19 response.
Effective April 13, 2020, Canadian lumber production will be curtailed by approximately 100 million board feet through to May 1, 2020, resulting in a total production run rate of approximately 30 percent. These reductions will be achieved by taking downtime at the majority of its British Columbia (BC) sawmills.
Canfor’s US and European operations in Sweden will continue to operate at less than full capacity with variable operating schedules and downtime, which will be adjusted to align production with market demand as required.
These reduced operating rates are expected to remain in effect through May 1, 2020, however as the global impacts of COVID-19 continue to evolve, there is the potential that further adjustments to operating plans may be required.