NEW MELAMINE PRESS INSTALLED AT UNIBOARD’S VAL-D’OR PLANT
Laval, September 11th, 2009 — Uniboard Canada Inc.’s management is proud to announce an investment of over $2 million, with the addition of a new melamine press at its Val-d’Or plant.
James N. Hogg, President and CEO of Uniboard, outlines that the acquisition of this press is perfectly aligned to Uniboard’s business strategy of increasing their sales of value added products in the marketplace. The new press reinforces Uniboard’s position as the leader in the North American market of thermofused melamine panel.
Gilles Lépine, Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing, sees this as very good news for Uniboard’s customers: “The flexibility of this new equipment, will allow Uniboard to take advantage of its key markets in Quebec, Ontario and the North Eastern USA providing a distinct competitive advantage over various competitors.”
The new melamine press will create synergies with the existing production set-up of Val-d’Or’s particleboard, renowned in the industry for its superior quality. This major investment allows the Val-d’Or plant to diversify its productivity and increase its product portfolio to include value added products destined for the furniture industry as well as kitchen and bath cabinetry. The investment will create 16 new jobs in Val d’Or.
Uniboard Canada Inc. has worked on the implementation of this investment project for over a year. We especially acknowledge the contribution of Canada Economic Development and Investissement Québec in supporting the financing of this project.
About Uniboard (a subsidiary of Pfleiderer AG)
Uniboard is a leading North American manufacturer of engineered wood products, with installed capacity of over 900 million square feet of raw particleboard, high density and medium density fiber board, of which over 50% is converted into value added melamine and laminated flooring products. Uniboard reports annual sales at over $550 million CDN and Uniboard employs over 1,000 people. Its products are sold to retailers, distributors and finished goods manufacturers, which cater to the kitchen cabinet industry, the furniture industry, the renovation and construction industries, as well as to the floor covering industry. Uniboard is the largest supplier of thermofused melamine panels in North America.
Contact: Don Raymond, Vice President Marketing, (514) 682-5240, ext. 122999/11/09