Submitted by robyns on Tue, 12/15/2020 - 19:05
Industry News Update December 15, 2020

At KCMA, we’re committed to bringing you the latest news in the cabinet manufacturing industry. Here’s a look at what’s happening:

Be Aware: The Upcoming EPA Compliance Deadline for Laminated Product Producers Requires Action

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On March 22, 2024, producers of laminated products made with urea-formaldehyde (UF) resins will become subject to all the requirements applicable to hardwood product producers under the EPA’s rules on formaldehyde in composite wood products, 40 C.F.R. Part 770 (the Rule). KCMA members should consider taking action now to prepare for this compliance deadline. There are four strategies to consider. Click below to learn more.

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NKBA 2021 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends

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The National Kitchen & Bath Association 2021 Design Trends Research is predicting that the COVID-19 pandemic will have a lasting impact on kitchen and bath design. As homeowners spend more time at home, kitchens and primary bathrooms will be larger, the volume of outdoor living projects will increase significantly and there will be a need for easy-to-clean surfaces, flexible living spaces and seamless technology integration. Design preferences in both kitchen and bath categories will continue to be more contemporary and transitional in style, with the added influence of a new leading trend of natural/organic materials.

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Vietnam’s Exports of Wood Products Increases Again

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The Vietnam Administration of Forestry reports that the country exported more than $9.6 billion worth of wood and wood products during the period of January-October 2020. That is an increase of 12.4% annually. The key customers included China, the European Union, Japan, South Korea and the United States. 

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Canada Probes Extent of Injury Cause by Dumped Chinese Decorative Plywood

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The Canadian International Trade Tribunal has initiated an inquiry to determine whether the dumping and subsidizing of decorative and other non-structural plywood exported from the People's Republic of China have caused or threatened to cause injury to Canadian plywood producers. This comes on the heels of the Canada Border Services Agency's October 23rd preliminary determinations that many sources of Chinese plywood panels are being sold into Canada below normal market value.

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