The global sales for fiberboard ceilings witnessed a minor slowdown in the Covid-19 crisis as all the factories were closed and supply of only basic necessity goods was permitted. Since the lockdown has been lifted up to improve economic conditions, the manufacturing companies are trying hard to gain traction and attract customers globally through innovative launches and technological upliftments in 2021.
What are Key Fiberboard Ceiling Manufacturers Doing?
Major manufacturing companies including Kronospan Limited, Egger Group, Nordbord Incorporation, Kastamonu Entegre Corporation, Arauco Corporation, Duratex Corporation, YongLin Group, Robin Resources Corporation and Air Sea Containers Limited are investing in the establishment of strong distribution network to remain competitive in the market.
Adoption of business strategies like research and developments, new product launches, product approvals, patents and events, joint ventures, product innovations, partnership agreements, collaborations, digital marketing, mergers and acquisitions etc continues to be on the prime attention of leading players to emerge as a recognized and profitable business firm. Daiken Corporation, Dare Panel Group and Fantoni Spa are among the companies following all these strategies.
For instance, Arauco Corporation, a leading producer of wood products announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Prime Line Incorporation, a privately held firm manufacturing fiberboard ceilings and millwork products on 9th September, 2019. The acquisition was aimed at strengthening Arauco’s presence in the North American moulding industry with an integrated solution that enhances its ability to provide customers with value added products.
The 100,000 square foot facility includes three fully automated moulding lines with an installed annual capacity of 135,000 m3. The acquisition helped the company to create higher values for the customers through product diversification, expanded services and spply chain efficiencies.
Further, in January 2019, Arauco Corporation announced that it has completed the purchase of Masisa’s industrial assets in Mexico which involves two industrial complexes located in Durango and Zitacuaro. The operation considers an investment of $ 160 million and positions Arauco as the world’s second largest producer of wood panels with an annual 10 million square meters. In terms of production, both facilities combined have three particleboard lines with an annual installed capacity of 339,000 square meters, an MDF panel line with an annual capacity of 220,000 square meters, melamine laminate lines with an annual installed capacity of 309,000 square meters, a chemical plant that produces resin and formalin and treatment lines. Within this acquisition, the company is extending its presence in the North American panel market where it is seeing favourable signs of a rising trend regarding these types of products for the furniture and home industry.
Evolution of Fibreboard Ceiling Market
Fiberboard ceilings have been gaining increasing attraction in the recent years for aesthetic purposes as well as to improve the performance of an existing ceiling. Fiberboard ceilings come in variety of sizes, patterns, color, and edge details. Some of the advantages such as resistant to water and scratch, great ability to reflect light and excellent sound absorption properties are directly influencing the demand for fiberboard ceilings. In addition, installing fiberboard ceilings offers hygienic solutions as they are moisture resistant and prevent the growth of bacteria and molds. This has led to increase in the adoption of fiberboard ceiling across various infrastructural sectors.
Mass urbanization in emerging economies coupled with improved residential and commercial infrastructure is likely to drive demand for fiberboard ceilings. Fiberboard ceilings are made of softwood flakes, plant fibers, wood chips, and other recycled materials which meet the growing demand for sustainable solutions, and in turn accelerates market growth.
Although the fiberboard ceilings market is expected to expand at significant rate in the coming years, disadvantages associated with strength, durability, and time taken to install may create hindrance in the market growth. Emergence of various advanced materials for ceiling tiles may further confine the growth of fiber ceilings market.
Lack of Molding Property: Opportunities Abound for Fiberboard Ceiling Manufacturers
Improved lifestyle has led people to adopt enhanced infrastructure for both commercial and residential sector. Ceilings are central to the interior design and an avenue through which particular space can be crafted to improve its look.
Thereby, to bring aesthetic appearance, people are opting for dropped ceiling for their buildings, in which fiberboard tiles are widely utilized. This trend is likely to boost sales of fiberboard ceilings. In addition, dropped ceilings act as heat insulation for air controllers as well as are used to install lights and to conceal electrical and other networking cables.
Owing to low price, easy availability, wide range of patterns, size, and shapes demand for fiberboard ceilings is high. To install fire sprinkler heads, HVAC diffusers and lighting system fiberboard tiles are crucial. These factors are influencing growth of the global fiberboard ceiling market.
Designers and architectures have been searching for a solution to make the ceiling plan more monolithic and less constrained by fiberboard ceiling panels. To accommodate this need acoustical ceilings plays an important role however, fiberboard ceiling panels cannot be molded to any shape. This has resulted into shifting the focus from fiber board ceiling to acoustical ceilings.
Sustainability and Environmental Conservation: Key Focus Area for Fibreboard Ceiling Manufacturers
Environmental conservation issues as well as adaption of green trend is likely to influence adoption of fiberboard ceiling tiles as these are manufactured by breaking hardwood and softwood. Additionally, medium density fiberboards are weak compared to real wood. Therefore, there are increased chances for breaking, cracking or splitting under large stress. Due to these factors people are opting for metal ceilings instead of fiberboard ceilings.
Metal ceilings have been largely utilized in Australian commercial developments, especially in projects with passive chilled beam cooling system. Architecture firms such as Architectus and Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp utilized metal ceilings to facilitate passive chilled beam system.
Metal panels are stronger and less prone to breaks and cracks. Metal ceilings are cost effective and flexible of design. Different look can be created by designing the underlying support in curving structures or by making various heights. Due to these factors metal ceilings are way better than fiberboard ceilings.
Owing to very low cost particle boards had gained traction in the fiberboard ceiling market. In addition, these are pre-laminated and light-weight fiberboards, thereby are easy to install however, particle boards are very weak compared to all other ceiling types.
Apart from being low on strength, these are prone to get damaged due to humidity and moisture. These boards cannot support heavy weight, thereby sprinkler diffuser, HVAC units are hard to install in these type of fiberboards.
All these limitations has led people to adopt other type of ceiling material that are durable and strong, causing decrease in demand for fiberboard ceiling tiles.
Due to disadvantages of fiberboard ceilings, demand has been declined significantly. Some companies are on the way to shut down their production facilities. A ceiling manufacturer in Pennsylvania has recently made an announcement of shutting down of its St. Helens plant. This is likely to cause 14 mechanical technicians, 20 board mill technicians and 30 fabrication technicians to lose their jobs.
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