Operating Schedules for Western Canadian Canfor Sawmills
Canfor Corporation is announcing the continuation of reduced operating schedules at its Western Canadian sawmills due to the ongoing global supply chain challenges. The company has been operating at approximately 80% of production capacity since late March 2022.
In addition, the company will be implementing two weeks of rotating downtime across its primary sawmills in July and August, which will help align production capacity with the sustainable timber supply and transportation availability. The company will use this downtime to complete maintenance projects and other site activities to help mitigate the impact on employees.
These capacity reductions are expected to result in an incremental impact of approximately 275 million board feet by the end of August and the 100 million board feet reduction previously announced on March 30th.
“The global supply challenges are continuing to significantly limit our ability to transport products to our customers, and our inventory levels remain very high. We are working to bring our inventory levels back into balance by reducing our production while also working to meet the needs of our customers,” said Don Kayne, President and CEO of Canfor.
The Western Canadian sawmills are anticipated to resume normal operating schedules following their respective summer downtime. The company will continue to assess and adjust operating schedules as supply chain conditions evolve.