Thousands of panel mills told to shut down in China

Nearly 3,000 wood-based panel enterprises in Hebei province have been told to cease production, affecting over 10,000 jobs.

Some have been required to re-tool to meet environmental requirements while others have been encouraged to relocate to their original home provinces, such as to Shandong Linqing, Liaoning Benxi, Xinjiang Yanqi and Hebei Xunxi.

The affected enterprises were found to be emitting pollutants which had contaminated surrounding farmland. The closures will make it possible to rehabilitate around 2,700 hectares of farmland.

Source: ITTO