Manufacturing

Waste not, want not.

West Fraser uses more than 95 per cent of each harvested tree – whether it is turned into a wood product, panel, pulp, paper and other products or used in a bioenergy system.

West Fraser aims to attain the best value from every log entering one of our operations. To achieve the maximum recovery from every tree entering our mills, we use scanning technology to determine what the idea mix of wood products that can be made from each log.  

Virtually every part of a log will find a use within our operations: sawdust and shavings can be used in our medium density fibreboard (MDF) plants, or transformed into fuel and energy to run the mill. Wood chips and the wood cores from our plywood and veneer operations are used in our pulping operations. Even the heat, steam and gases that develop during our manufacturing processes can be captured to provide energy to our mills.

By innovating our production process, increasing our recycling and using more of the wood residuals created during the manufacturing of our lumber, panels and wood products, we are reducing waste and the materials that may previously have been sent to landfills.