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Canfor curtailing production capacity at all BC sawmills

In Canada, forest products major Canfor Corporation (Canfor) has announced it will be curtailing operations at all British Columbia (BC) sawmills, except WynnWood during the summer period citing very poor lumber markets and the high cost of fibre, which are making the operating conditions in BC uneconomic.

Canfor will be curtailing operations at all British Columbia (BC) sawmills, except WynnWood during the summer period citing very poor lumber markets and the high cost of fibre (image courtesy Canfor).

According to a statement, the majority of mills will be curtailed for two weeks or the equivalent, with extended curtailments of four weeks at Houston and Plateau, and six weeks at Mackenzie. The curtailments are scheduled to run from June 17 through July 26.

The curtailments are due to very poor lumber markets and the high cost of fibre, which are making the operating conditions in BC uneconomic. The curtailments will reduce Canfor’s production output by approximately 200 million board feet by the end of July.

Following the previously announced closure of Vavenby in July, Canfor will have 12 sawmills in Canada, with a total annual capacity of approximately 3.55 billion board feet.

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