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Medium Density Fiberboard Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Standard MDF, Moisture Resistant MDF, Fire Resistant MDF), By Application (Furniture, Construction, Interior Decoration), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2023 - 2030

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  • Number of Pages: 104
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Report Overview

The global medium density fiberboard market size was valued at USD 39.76 billion in 2022 and is expected to register a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.9% over the forecast period. Medium density fiberboard (MDF) is commercially known as MDF panels or MDF products. The market growth is attributed to the rising product consumption in the construction, furniture, and interior decoration sectors. Low product cost and the availability of several varieties of application-specific panels, are some of the factors that are likely to compel manufacturers to opt for these products in construction and furniture applications. The demand for MDF products is anticipated to increase due to their superior qualities, including their high strength and durability as well as resistance to moisture and fire, during the forecast years. Additionally, technical innovations and improvements in the production process have resulted in the manufacturing of these products with superior durability and extended lifespan. Superior adhesion techniques with low-emission formaldehyde-based resins have surged product innovations in the industry.

U.S. Medium Density Fiberboard Market Size, by product, 2020 - 2030 (USD Billion)

The U.S. dominates North America's medium density fiberboard market, accounting for the highest revenue share in terms of consumption, owing to the increased penetration of the product in the residential sector, with an increasing number of single-family houses as well as the strengthening of residential replacement market across the country. Moreover, major companies in the U.S. are increasingly opting for smart wood packaging products to meet strict guidelines laid by government bodies regarding the safe storage of food products over a long duration, as well as to improve medical compliance rates.

MDF panels are used in a variety of production processes in the construction sector, including siding, flooring, window, and door panels. In the aforementioned applications, these panels could take the place of conventional building materials like cement, glass, plywood, and plastic. The demand for MDF panels is therefore expected to increase throughout the forecast period along with the expansion of the building industry.

Government initiatives to increase residential development, along with population growth and rising urbanization, are projected to fuel demand for wooden furniture. The demand for furniture is anticipated to increase as a result of remodeling and renovation projects brought on by improving living standards. The development of office spaces and corporate buildings in emerging nations has impacted the demand for wood furniture as a result of the expansion of the service sector.

Product Insights

Standard medium density fiberboard led the market and accounted for the largest revenue share of 80.2% in 2022. Standard MDF products have a range of applications in the construction and furniture industries. Rising demand for these products for use in furniture, floor, and cabinet manufacturing is expected to drive market growth during the forecast period. Recovery of the construction industry in Europe, coupled with rapid growth in the residential and commercial building & construction sectors in Asia Pacific, is expected to positively impact the market in the coming years.

Moisture-resistant MDF is engineered to resist elevated levels of moisture, humidity, and occasional wetting. These products exhibit similar physical characteristics & workability as standard products. Moisture resistant MDF products are used in various applications, including sink bases, dishwasher enclosures, laboratories, and laundry areas, among others. These products are usually dyed in green color for identification purposes.

Fire resistant MDF is expected to be the fastest-growing market segment, with a CAGR of 7.8% during the forecast years. These are manufactured by homogeneous incorporation of flame-retardant additives during the production process. The European Union has developed the “Euroclass” classification system to determine and standardize the fire resistance of these panels. This classification system consists of seven classifications ranging from A1 to F, determining the different levels of fire resistance of various types of wood-based panels. Most fire resistant MDF panels are manufactured with Class B and Class C fire resistance.

Type Insights

E1 medium density fiberboard led the market and accounted for the largest revenue share of 78.5% in 2022 and is also expected to be the fastest-growing segment with a CAGR of 7.1% during the forecast years. E1 MDF boards have found widespread adoption across the globe owing to strong regulatory support. E1 MDF boards are manufactured by using phenol-formaldehyde resin as a binding material. This type of MDF emits about 90% less formaldehyde than the E2 type MDF. Additionally, manufacturers are using melamine and hexamine as formaldehyde scavengers to further reduce the emission levels.

E0 MDF is manufactured using polymeric methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (pMDI) resin. This particular type of MDF gives out zero levels of formaldehyde during the product lifecycle. The adoption of stringent formaldehyde emission norms in countries such as the U.S., Canada, Japan, Denmark, and Austria is proving to be the primary factor driving the global demand for these products.

E2 type is manufactured using urea-formaldehyde as the primary binding material. Various scientific studies have indicated that the products made from E2 MDF continue to emit formaldehyde fumes for a prolonged period. As a result, the product is finding a lesser adoption rate among developed countries across the world. However, the low costs associated with these products are driving product demand in underdeveloped countries.

Application Insights

The furniture segment led the market and accounted for the largest revenue share of 60.4% in 2022 and is expected to advance at the fastest CAGR of 7.0% during the forecast years. MDF panels find wide application scope in furniture, as they are lightweight, well-finished, and durable as compared to traditional wood. Unlike glass, these panels can be used to manufacture sturdy and durable interior decoration items, which is expected to have a positive impact on the market growth over the next ten years.

Global Medium Density Fiberboard Market share, by application 2022 (%)

Rising demand for modular furniture for living rooms and bedrooms is expected to drive the demand for these panels in the forecast period. Increasing product demand to manufacture residential and commercial furniture, ready-to-assemble (RTA) products, and small accent pieces is expected to boost market growth in the forecast period.

The rise in consumer demand for green products, owing to an increasing environmental awareness is likely to hamper the demand for plastic products in construction applications. As wood-based products are bio-derived and recyclable, they are expected to witness significant demand in construction applications over the forecast period.

These products are widely gaining traction in interior decoration applications owing to product durability and fine carving ability. The products are used widely for making decorative boards and large-size walling applications. Product innovations by multinational companies in the market have introduced enhanced quality MDF products that can resist water and fire up to a certain extent. Moreover, players are engaged in the production of veneered and pre-laminated medium-density fiberboards to cater to the increasing interior decorative applications in residential and commercial spaces.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific dominated the market and accounted for a revenue share of 61.2% in the global demand in 2022 and is expected to progress at the highest CAGR of 7.5% during the projected period. Regional government initiatives to implement RFID sensors in wood packaging products, coupled with the strengthening economy of countries such as China, India, and Japan, are expected to boost the demand for these panels in the forecast period. The rising demand for sustainable furniture products is also anticipated to fuel market growth over the upcoming decade.

Medium Density Fiberboard Market Trends, by Region, 2023 - 2030

Various regulations for wood-based panels have been issued in North America. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in coalition with the Composite Panel Association (CPA), has laid down the standards for formaldehyde emission during the manufacturing process. Formaldehyde is emitted into the atmosphere when wood products are burned and are hazardous to the personnel on inhalation. The U.S. OSHA and NIOSHA have mandated the panel manufacturers to provide protective gear to employees to safeguard them from the aforementioned hazard.

The demand for the product is primarily driven by the growth of the furniture and construction industry. Germany was one of the key markets for wood-based panels and accounted for 10% of the overall demand, as the country is one of the major markets in Europe for these application industries. The furniture industry in Europe is fueled by the increased interest of consumers in home décor and willingness to spend on luxury furniture. In addition, the growing construction industry is expected to drive the furniture market, which will further propel the demand in the forecast period.

Increased spending by the government on infrastructure and rising demand for affordable housing, construction, & furniture solutions in the region is expected to drive the market over the next decade. A favorable approach by governments in the region towards the sector is prompting industry participants to undertake large-scale construction projects. The region has a well-established construction sector, wherein these panels are used on a large scale. Demand for luxurious, aesthetically appealing, and high-end furniture units in the region’s hospitality sector as well as from household consumers, is expected to further propel the market growth over the forecast period.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The global market is characterized by the presence of a large number of players, with established names leading the market trends. The majority of these companies focus on forward integration by providing their products directly to end-users across different industry verticals. Some of these companies also use an established distribution and sales network to connect with their customers across regions easily.

Dongwha Group manufactures MDF panels with decomposed wood into fiber that is used in furnishing applications. The company also offers latex-free products, which are eco-friendly and can be utilized in several applications. Dongwha Group also manufactures moisture-resistant and lamination-grade wood-based panels for furniture manufacturing. Some prominent players in the global medium density fiberboard market include:

  • Dongwha Malaysia Holdings Sdn. Bhd.

  • Kronospan Limited

  • Dare Panel Group Co., Ltd.

  • EGGER Group

  • Norbord Inc.

  • Kastamonu Entegre

  • Georgia-Pacific


  • West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd.

  • Nag Hamady Fiber Board Co.

Medium Density Fiberboard Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2023

USD 42.10 billion

Revenue forecast in 2030

USD 67.64 billion

Growth rate

CAGR of 6.9% from 2023 to 2030

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2018 - 2021

Forecast period

2023 - 2030

Quantitative units

Volume in thousand cubic meters, revenue in USD million, and CAGR from 2023 to 2030

Report coverage

Volume & revenue forecast, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Product, type, application, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Central & South America; Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; Mexico; Germany; U.K.; Spain; Italy; France; Russia; China; Japan; India; Brazil; Argentina; Saudi Arabia; UAE; Egypt

Key companies profiled

Dongwha Malaysia Holdings Sdn. Bhd.; Kronospan Limited; Dare Panel Group Co., Ltd.; EGGER Group; Norbord Inc.; Kastamonu Entegre; Georgia-Pacific; ARAUCO; West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd.; Nag Hamady Fiber Board Co.

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Global Medium Density Fiberboard Market Report Segmentation

This report forecasts revenue and volume growth at the global, regional & country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2018 to 2030. For this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global medium density fiberboard market report based on product, type, application, and region:

Global Medium Density Fiberboard Market Report Segmentation

  • Product Outlook (Volume, Thousand Cubic Meters; Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Standard MDF

    • Moisture Resistant MDF

    • Fire Resistant MDF

  • Type Outlook (Volume, Thousand Cubic Meters; Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • E0 MDF

    • E1 MDF

    • E2 MDF

  • Application Outlook (Volume, Thousand Cubic Meters; Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Furniture

    • Construction

    • Interior Decoration

  • Regional Outlook (Volume, Thousand Cubic Meters; Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • U.K.

      • Germany

      • Spain

      • Italy

      • France

      • Russia

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • Japan

      • India

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

      • Argentina

    • Middle East & Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

      • UAE

      • Egypt

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