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Canfor to cut back sawmilling in Q4 due to supply challenges


November 2, 2018
By P&PC Staff

November 2, 2018 – Canfor Corporation has announced it will be scaling back its sawmill operations in British Columbia during Q4 2018 due to log supply constraints, log costs and current market conditions.

The curtailment is expected to reduce Canfor’s BC production output by approximately 10% throughout the quarter.

“We have made the difficult decision to curtail our BC sawmill operations over the fourth quarter due to log supply challenges following another difficult wildfire season, uncompetitive log costs and declining lumber prices,” says Don Kayne, president and chief executive officer. “We are working to mitigate impacts on our employees as much as possible.”

Lumber production will be reduced over the quarter through a decrease in operating days. This will be achieved through immediate short-term curtailments at some facilities, along with extended downtime at Christmas.

Canfor has 13 sawmills inCanada, with total annual capacity of approximately 3.8 billion board feet.