IIDEXCanada 2017
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Partner Profile: All About Upper Canada Forest Group

Partner Profile: All About Upper Canada Forest Group

IIDEXCanada is excited to welcome back Upper Canada Forest Products (UCFP) for the second year as a show partner.

As a leading North American lumber distributor, UCFP's customer-centred and value-driven approach is why for 30 years this Canadian company has grown significantly and is recognized throughout North America for its specialty wood products and decorative surfaces for the architectural woodworking, commercial and residential furniture, and cabinet-making industries.

What trends do you see emerging for 2018?

We see a huge future in Textured Thermally Fused Laminates (TFL). The technology supporting this product category is getting better every day and manufacturers are utilizing it to develop new textures for the end user. Improved technology for manufacturing plates is creating more realism in the patterns and woodgrains available. The "print on demand" approach to designing and manufacturing wood panels is becoming more popular as designers have more options at their fingertips to bring their visual imaginations to life with this new technology. If they can design the panel, we can print it.  

What kind of products do you see emerging in your marketplace?

We are seeing a market shift that is moving away from stone and towards wood products. The warmth of wood has remained an enduring attraction for thousands of years. We recognize that people want real wood and real wood texture.

Tell us about Upper Canada Forest Products’ philosophy to sustainability.

Environmental Responsibility:  When it comes to our commitment to the environment, actions truly speak louder than words. We source woodworking materials that are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) certified, Eco-Certified Composite (ECC), California Air Resources Board (CARB) and LEED compliant. Our products have won several environmental awards too and our buildings are powered by Bullfrog Power. To help with community initiatives, our outdated samples and supplies are recycled at organizations like the Arts Junction and the Creative Zone where they can be used for primary school art projects. 

Tell us something interesting about Upper Canada Forest Products that many people might not know.

Upper Canada Forest Products recently supported Toronto's Downtown Yonge BIA and Ryerson University's partnership to create new designs for parklets–opportunities to use existing parking spaces to extend the sidewalk and improve public spaces. The parklet and greenery project is a temporary structure that extends the sidewalk to include benches, outdoor furniture, landscaping and other outdoor amenities. The added space provides pedestrians with a place to sit, rest, and enjoy the surroundings. Accoya wood, provided by Upper Canada Forest Products, was chosen as the primary material for the project. It is the world’s leading high-performance wood used in some of the most extreme climates and applications.

What was the inspiration behind your latest product/service line?

Our most recent product expansion to the products we currently offer is Egger’s TFL, laminates and degebanding. These high-quality European products are becoming more popular in the North American market. The Egger Decorative Collection 2017–2019 provides a holistic  system so that designers, customers and end users can choose from a large selection of combinations to create their vision. 

What is one of the most interesting projects your products have been specified for to date?

One of our most interesting projects that we are thrilled to be a part of is the rejuvenation of the Senate Chamber in Ottawa. The time-honoured quarter-sawed white Oak from Frank Miller is being used to help restore parts of the Senate Chambers to their original beauty. 

Rendering of the Senate Chamber within the Government Conference Centre.
Image source: Public Services and Procurement Canada

Above image: Downtown Yonge BIA and Ryerson University Toronto-area parklet partnership.  
Image courtesy of Upper Canada Forest Group