About Us

Green to the core!

Leading the way is second nature at Tafisa® Canada, owner and operator of North America’s largest particleboard manufacturing facility. Since its inauguration in 1992, the company has quadrupled its production, increased its employee base from 60 to 325 and firmly established itself as an industry leader.

Tafisa® operates out of the magnificent Mégantic region, where its seven-days-a-week manufacturing facility measures close to 71,000 square metres. Over the past 20 years, the company has invested more than $400 million to ensure continuous process improvements. Tafisa® is a subsidiary of the Sonae Industria Group.

Selling to both residential and commercial markets, Tafisa® has maintained a balanced share of business between Canada and the United States. Each week, more than 700 truckloads of wood fibre are transformed into 300 truckloads of finished products – particleboard or decorative panels.

Tafisa® conforms to the most stringent environmental standards and is an industry leader in recycling and sustainable development.

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Not just any start-up

The Tafisa® story began in 1992, with the financial investment of a Spanish company called Tableros de Fibras S.A.. Tafisa® has invested $400 million since 1992, making it the largest, most modern particleboard production facility in North America. 

Today, the plant measures 65,000 square meters (700,000 sq. ft.), the equivalent of approximately 11 football fields.

1992 1992

Investment from Tableros de Fibras S.A. and plant start-up

Inauguration of the 1st particleboard (PB) line and the 1st decorative panel (TFL) press

1992 1995

Tafisa® becomes a company of the Sonae Industria Group

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1995

1996

 

 

Inauguration of the 2nd TFL press

  1997

ISO 9001: 1994 Certification

2000 2000 Inauguration of the 2nd PB line and 3rd TFL press
1997

2002

 

 

ISO 14001: 1996 Certification

  2003 ISO 9001: 2000 Certification
2005

2005

 

Rewood project start-up (urban woodwaste recycling)

ISO 14001: 2004 Certification

  2006

Inauguration of the 4th TFL press

2007

2007

Relaunch of the 2nd PB line

2008 2008 Achieves FSC® Certification
2009 2009

ISO 9001: 2008 Certification

CARB Phase 1 compliant (California Air Resource Board)

2011 2011

Launch of CO2 campaign (carbon store)
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CARB Phase 2 compliant (California Air Resource Board)

2012 2012

OHSAS Certification 18001: 2007

Tafisa® celebrates 20 years atop the wood panel industry

2013 2013

Laureate of the prestigious Phenix Award for excellence in environmental protection and sustainability

Phenix

2014 2014

Rewood Technology
More than $20 million invested since 2005
Annual recycling capacity: 244,000 tons

2016 2016 Inauguration of the 5th TFL press
Capacity to produce 2 sizes, 2 sided embossed
and in-register texture (EIR)

 

2018 2018

Launch of our HPL Surforma® program

   

Production capacity: 514 million sq. ft. (910,000 m 3)
2 continuous PB lines | 5 TFL presses
330 employees | 24/7 production

PB: Particleboard 
TFL: Thermally Fused Laminate
HPL: High Pressure Laminate 

 

 

Visit our factory

 

Tafisa®Canada’s production facility in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, is the largest particleboard plant in North America.

Lac-Mégantic is strategically located in an area with a ready and sustainable supply of high-quality wood chips, wood shavings and sawdust, ensuring that our panels will always contain 100% recovered and recycled wood fibre. 

Our plant is certified ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015, and is among the most modern in the world. Stringent control systems help us meet Canadian Federal and Provincial plant regulations for air, water and dust emissions. 

We are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment our employees, contractors, customers, visitors and the communities in which we operate. Effective health and safety management are at the root of our core business principles, and drive all our objectives and decisions.

Our systematic approach is designed to...

  • Reduce and control risk with the aim of preventing incidents, injuries and occupational illnesses
  • Provide and maintain a safe plant and safe equipment
  • Achieve continuous improvement

To support this we...

  • Manage, supervise and lead by example
  • Set challenging internal objectives for health and safety, and publicly report on our performance
  • Emphasize individual responsibility and accountability for health and safety at all levels
  • Provide the necessary training, instruction, information and resources
  • Ensure that all contractors and suppliers manage health and safety in line with this policy
  • Measure, appraise and report on compliance with legal requirements, health and safety standards and procedures
  • Systematically evaluate and review the effectiveness of the policy and the health and safety management system

These efforts create a healthy and safe culture with which we aim to earn the confidence of employees, contractors, customers, shareholders and the public.

Vision

To be recognized as a sustainable world leader in the wood-based panels industry, consistently providing our customers with the best value products, upholding the highest standards of service and promoting responsible business and environmental practices.

Mission

Our aim is to deliver the full potential of wood-based panels for the benefit of our customers, shareholders, employees and society. We base our operations on sound corporate governance, continuously improving the efficiency of our operations, actively promoting innovation and providing a motivated, safe and fair working environment.

The global clout of Sonae Indústria

Tafisa® Canada is a subsidiary of Sonae Indústria, the largest private industrial group in Portugal today and one of the world’s largest manufacturers of composite wood and decorative panels. 

You are invited to visit Sonae Indústria’s website for more information.

Sonae Indústria is a multinational company producing chemical resins for panel production, high-pressure laminates, furniture components and flooring. As part of this global company, Tafisa® benefits from the design and production knowledge base of a worldwide network of engineers and manufacturing experts. 

Sonae Indústria is also recognized as a sustainable leader in the production of wood-based panels, consistently providing customers with the best value products, upholding the highest standards of service and promoting responsible business and environmental practices.

All Sonae Indústria operations are founded on sound corporate governance, continuously improving resource management and manufacturing efficiency, embracing eco-efficiency (as defined by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development), actively promoting innovation, and providing a safe, motivating and fair working environment.

Tafisa® shares Sonae Indústria's goal of developing new products and improved services while using fewer natural resources and producing less pollution along the entire value chain. In this way, eco-efficiency enables both the creation of added value and the reduction of environmental impact from economic activities.

Click here to view Values and Principles according to Sonae Indústria.