The Industry Information section provides a look at overall industry structure, current
conditions, key players, future developments, as well as background perspective on the
The following document provides industry information for SIC 2493.
Particleboard is created from wood splinters, shavings, and sawdust that are bonded
together under pressure and heat, using resins and adhesives. The primary markets for
particleboard include furniture, cabinets, and doors…
Background and Development:
The first market opportunities for commercial fiberboard began with the chemical
industry’s development of high strength resins. In 1997, shipments of particleboard and
medium density fiberboard were estimated at $4.2 billion. In 2007, the market had
increased to $23.2 billion, due to improved…
North Carolina remains the leading producer of reconstituted wood products. The Asian
furniture market is the primary target for U.S. exports…
Really Large Board, Inc. is the largest producer of medium-density fiberboard, a
reconstituted wood product. The company’s sales in 2007 totaled $53 billion…
Although employment in the industry has declined steadily during the 2000s, there are an
estimated 30,000 people employed in the reconstituted wood products industry, led by the
states of North Carolina and Oregon…
The Key Processes section provides an introduction to the basic manufacturing
processes used within the industry, including important technology and equipment. This
description is limited to manufacturing companies or divisions employing one or two key
processes to produce their products.
Advanced technology and processing have improved the quality of fiberboard. These include
innovations in wood preparation, resin recipes, press technology, and panel sanding techniques.
Innovations in press technology have shortened overall pressing cycles, while anti-static
technology has also contributed to increased belt life during the sanding process.
Producing fiberboard begins with the selection and refinement of the raw materials, most of
which are shavings and chips reclaimed from sawmills and plywood plants. The raw material is
first cleaned of any metal impurities using a magnet. Next, the material is separated into large
chunks and small flakes. Flakes are separated into sawdust and wood chip piles…