Canadian Plastics

High demand for wood fibre

Based on a market study conducted by Kline & Company (Little Falls, NJ), growth in demand for wood and agricultural fibre used as plastic additives ranges from 15 to 20 percent in automotive applicati...

October 1, 2000   Canadian Plastics



Based on a market study conducted by Kline & Company (Little Falls, NJ), growth in demand for wood and agricultural fibre used as plastic additives ranges from 15 to 20 percent in automotive applications, to 50 percent or more in selected building products, making the materials one of the fastest growing types of polymer additives.

The study estimates the North American market for natural fibres in plastic composites at 400 million lb., three-quarters of which is wood fibre. Wood fibre used in composites usually ranges in size from 40 to 400 mesh, and is used at loading levels of 30 to 70 percent by weight. Composite decking is typically made from HDPE or LDPE combined with 40 to 60 mesh wood fibre, while window and door profiles are usually 80 to 200 mesh wood fibre compounded with PVC.

Current price of wood fibre, according to the report, averages about 10 to 15 cents a pound, making it comparable to low-priced additives such as calcium carbonate. The report states that growth in demand is expected to be so large that availability of wood fibre might become a problem.

For more information contact Kline & Company at 973/435-3389.


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