Wednesday , July 28 2021

Canfor announces temporary exclusion of BC. woodworking mills

The Canfor pulp and paper industry, Canfor, said it would temporarily suspend its activity in its BC. mills, relying on low wood prices and high fiber prices.

Prior to Christ, sawmills, with the exception of the WynnWood mill near Creston, will be closed for a week starting April 29. Two of the factories will also be closed for a second week in May.

Canfor manages 13 sawmills in British Columbia, most of which are located in the interior of the province.

Closing will affect more than 2,000 employees per hour.

In an e-mail, corporate communications director Michel Ward said the company regrets the impact that temporary closure will have on employees, their families and affected communities.

The Mayor of Clearwater County said closure would be difficult for locals working at the Vavenby sawmill, especially since the mill was closed for six weeks earlier this year.

"If we have several more [weeks] then it will become a bit difficult for the people, "said Merlin Blackwell.

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Harry Nelson, an associate professor at the University of British Columbia's Faculty of Forestry, says declining demand from the United States leads to a reduction in wood prices.

"It's like a double hit," Nelson said. "The cost of their core product has fallen, but costs have increased as crop yields are falling for many reasons."

Nelson says Canfor is likely to postpone waiting for the hopes that supplies will shrink and prices will begin to recover.

He predicts that the mills will be closed from a few weeks to several months, but acknowledges the fears that the mills are constantly stopping work.

"We have more capacity than the timber at the moment supports it, and can a part of the market constraint become a possible closure of a sawmill?"

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