Protecting our employees through robust health and safety policies and practices is essential to our operations. A clean, healthy and safe work environment leads to strong safety records which is good for our employees and good for our business.
Being responsive, committed and dedicated coupled with creating customer value through innovative technologies, superior quality and outstanding service is the driving force behind our customer experience.
Innovation is about finding creative solutions that make a difference and inspire us to always stay one step ahead.
Respect occupies a central place at Uniboard. It means, in our view, consideration for our employees. Respect in everyday life translates into respectful interpersonal relationships and protection of the integrity of each worker. We want to promote the development of each individual by providing them with a pleasant and favourable work environment.
We support an entrepreneurial work environment that allows employees to maximize their contributions and achieve their professional goals. We respect and value collaboration and teamwork to realize opportunities that drive performance towards company objectives.
Our business strategy is driven by a clear set of goals and action plans which are both vigorously and consciously acted upon. Responsibility, cost control and continuous improvements are at the center of our operating philosophy.
Our environmental policy is based on the sustainable use of natural resources and has been implemented with the health and well-being of our employees, customers and community in mind. Our environmental auditing program, product certifications and world class leadership in the development of green products are hallmarks of our stewardship program.
Innovation and modern European production technology were brought to North America when Uniboard opened the first fully integrated particleboard and TFL manufacturing facility in 1982. Located in Sayabec, Quebec, the Sayabec mill started with a state-of-the-art particleboard line and two TFL presses. Total production capacity at the time was 130 million square feet of particleboard and 60 million square feet of TFL.
Uniboard acquired a particleboard mill in Val d’Or, Quebec to significantly increase its production capacity. The Val d’Or acquisition adds 200 million square feet of raw particleboard.
Uniboard opens Canada’s first MDF mill with North America’s first continuous MDF press in Mont-Laurier, Quebec, putting the facility at the leading edge of technology. Mont-Laurier capacity adds 50 million square feet of MDF product to Uniboard’s portfolio.
Uniboard furthers its vertical integration with the construction of Unires in Val d’Or to manufacture resins for its panel operations.
Uniboard invests $120 million in a new MDF manufacturing plant. The MDF mill at La Baie, Quebec becomes the first North American facility to use a 10’ wide, 111.5’ long continuous MDF press, establishing Uniboard as the leader in the North American MDF arena. Total capacity is approximately 150 million square feet of MDF per year.
Uniboard developes the first Synchronized/EIR technology, a world first in laminate pressing technology.
Uniboard improves its Sayabec facility with the installation of a 10’ wide continuous particleboard press and a 5th TFL press. The new particleboard line adds approximately 300 million square feet of additional capacity of raw particleboard and approximately 50 million square feet of TFL products.
Uniboard has invested in a melamine press at its Val-d’Or mill, significantly increasing its value-added product offering and TFL leadership position. The addition of the TFL press adds approximately 50 million square feet to Uniboard’s TFL annual capacity and provides a one-stop shop concept for its customers.
Uniboard continues to lead the industry on the innovation forefront: an investment of $6 million to modernize TFL press #3 in Sayabec, doubling its capacity and increasing its flexibility to produce Uniboard’s line of signature TFL finishes; the first commercial launch of synchronized EIR panels produced at our Laval, Quebec facility; and the launch of NU Green Soya®, one of the most environmentally friendly panel products in the world.
Uniboard announces an investment of approximately $90 million for three of its manufacturing facilities ranging from a $53 million investment in new dryer technology at its Val-d’Or mill to a $24 million investment at its Sayabec facility for the TFL press #6 capable of deep double-sided synchronized technology and a $8 million investment in microwave technology at its Mont-Laurier facility. These investments will all come to fruition by early 2017.
Uniboard completes the most innovative product launch in the North American TFL arena at the IWF trade fair: it launched its second Synchro/EIR finish, Riviera Oak, with a deep embossed texture called Sequoia. and a linen plate called Calico, a ''1st'' for a North American TFL manufacturer. The new finishes are complemented by 17 new colour additions to the Uniboard TFL palette making Uniboard’s line the most comprehensive TFL product in North America as a result of our $25 million investment in press #6 in our Sayabec facility.
The second phase of a major modernization project begins at Uniboard's Val-d'Or plant. An additional investment of $38.5 million will boost the plant’s competitiveness and is focused mainly on screening, sifting, milling and intermediary storage equipment.
Uniboard announces a new investment of $18 million in the development and modernization of its Mont-Laurier plant. The investment will enable a new configuration of the company’s wood fibre dryer, which features innovative technology in support of clean air and greenhouse gas reduction. The new process significantly reduces the company's CO2 emissions, while increasing the plant's production capacity.
Following a $17 million investment, Uniboard is starting up its new No. 7 press, a high-performance TFL and HPL press featuring a high level of automation and precision. The investment is in line with Uniboard's strategy and vision regarding the design, differentiation and growth of its laminated products.
Particleboard, laminated particleboard and laminated MDF
Particleboard, laminated particleboard and laminated MDF
Located on the eastern tip of Quebec, the Sayabec mill is Uniboard®’s largest particleboard manufacturing facility. The facility produces multiple grades,thicknesses and sizes of particleboard melamine panels and has an annual production capacity of more than 435 million square feet (650 000 m³), 5/8 inch basis.
Located in Western Quebec, the Val-d’Or mill is positioned in close proximity to many of Quebec’s major logging companies. The facility produces multiple grades, thicknesses and sizes of particleboard as well as value-added melamine panels and has an annual production capacity of 226 million square feet (400 000 m³), ¾ inch basis.
Located in Southern Quebec, just north-west of Montreal, the Mont-Laurier MDF mill is well positioned to service markets across Ontario, Quebec and Northeastern U.S.A. This facility produces multiple grades, thicknesses and sizes of MDF/HDF panels with an annual production capacity of 220 million square feet (150 000 m³), on 5/8 and 3/4 basis.
Resin and formaldehyde
Located in Val-d'Or, the Unires mill specializes in the production of different types of glue and resin that enables the manufacture of the panels.
Uniboard's Head Office is located in Laval, on the North Shore of Montreal, Quebec.