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Canadian lumber producers come out on top


March 14, 2005
By Pulp & Paper Canada

A ranking of Canada’s top 30 lumber producers has put Canfor, West Fraser Timber and Abitibi-Consolidated in first,…

A ranking of Canada’s top 30 lumber producers has put Canfor, West Fraser Timber and Abitibi-Consolidated in first, second and third place, respectively. The companies were ranked in terms of their production. The results, published in the Logging & Sawing Journal as well as WOOD Markets Monthly, confirmed that most Canadian companies increased output, while others added capacity, built new mills, or acquired other companies.

Western Canadian sawmills increased production by 9% in 2004 compared to 2003. More BC Interior mills operated three shift sin order to take advantage of the increasing supply of mountain beetle-attacked timber, a problem that also prompted the construction of expansions and new sawmills to contend with the surplus. Eastern Canadian mills didn’t do quite as well, due to constricted wood supplies and tougher operating conditions.

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