Panels and engineered wood products


What are the problems faced by the industry in this area?
Fibre supply, cost, and raw material quality
Demographic changes and shortage of labour with skills needed for evolving manufacturing technologies
Lack of automation/robotization and other disruptive technologies and processes
Profit margins erosion, and limited manufacturing flexibility and agility


What does FPInnovations do to address the challenges?
Develop economically viable engineered wood products (EWP) from low-value wood and forestry and sawmill residues
Demonstrate value of digitalization and modelling, and decision-support tools for EWP
Demonstrate technologies to replace physical aspects of selected strenuous jobs
Demonstrate new process/technology to minimize fines
Develop next generation of fibre-based and multi-application engineered panels
Maximize performance of key EWP manufacturing processes

Goals & Impacts

What are the goals to reach and what are the impacts on members?
By 2023, demonstrate technologies for five non-traditional products
Improve manufacturing efficiency and leverage existing processing data
Improve resin efficiency; reduce panel density while maintaining panel performance