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ARAUCO North America Introduces Primed AraucoPly® Panels at the 2017 AWFS® Fair


LAS VEGAS — July 20, 2017 — There is much cause to celebrate since the first containers of AraucoPly® plywood made their way from Chile to the United States in 1997. Despite temporary setbacks caused by the economic downturn in 2008 and a wildfire that devastated one of its manufacturing plants in 2012, AraucoPly has made giant strides in growing its customer base throughout the United States and Canada.


Michael Vincent, Director of Import Panels – ARAUCO North America, noted that the U.S. and Canada now account for 40 percent of AraucoPly's worldwide sales. Vincent and his team, operating from ARAUCO North America's headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, coordinate sales and deliveries with two mills in Chile.


One of the main drivers for the growing demand in the U.S. and Canada for AraucoPly is its consistent high quality in terms of color, surface characteristics and core properties. The plywood panels are made from 100 percent Radiata pine, grown in the company's own FSC® certified, sustainably managed forests; and composed cores using exterior PF resins for flatness and stability.


Introducing Primed AraucoPly® Panels


As part of the anniversary, ARAUCO is introducing factory-primed AraucoPly panels at the 2017 AWFS Fair in booth 4609. Primed AraucoPly Siding, Beaded and Sanded products are offered with a consistent, full-coverage, prime on five sides (edges included) and a smooth, sanded back.


The primed option was introduced in response to growing market demand for the time-saving advantage of a factory-primed, wood surface.


The factory prime offers a superior base coat, compared to a spray-applied prime coat, because it uniformly covers and seals both the smooth and textured surfaces of the panel. AraucoPly's factory prime may also be preferred to hand-painted applications, because of the difficulty of manually back-brushing a consistent base coat into textured surfaces. Finish coats may be spray-applied, rolled or brushed with confidence.


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Prism TFL Expands North American Distribution


Also featured at AWFS, ARAUCO's Prism TFL collection has expanded its North American distribution of the exclusive Taction Oak collection. This oak's natural characteristics are captured and replicated using Embossed in Register (EIR) technology, resulting in a finished panel that rivals the look and feel of wood. Offered in five contemporary colors, Taction Oak coordinates with Prism Accentz neutrals. The Prism collection features more than 80 styles, including 59 exclusive designs, available through a growing number stocking distributors across the U.S. and Canada.


About ARAUCO North America


ARAUCO is committed to delivering the best possible service to customers throughout the U.S. and Canada. We are focused on our customers' success and provide excellence and innovation in all our efforts. The company manufactures a wide range of sustainable forest product solutions, including the industry's most-comprehensive selection of composite panels, premium plywood, millwork, lumber, and FSC-certified wood pulp.


ARAUCO produces composite panels at nine mills across the United States and Canada, and imports Arauco-branded plywood, pulp, moulding, lumber and other products through 12 major ports of call. These products are distributed to more than 2,800 destinations throughout North America. In late 2018, ARAUCO will open its 10th mill, at a new particleboard facility in Grayling, Michigan. The Grayling operation will be the largest "continuous" single-line particleboard press in North America.


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