The Composite Panel Association (CPA), founded in 1960, represents the North American composite panel industry on technical, regulatory, quality assurance and product acceptance issues. CPA General Members include 30 of the leading manufacturers of particleboard, medium density fiberboard and hardboard. Together they represent more than 92% of the total manufacturing capacity in US, Canada and Mexico. Associate Members include manufacturers of decorative surfaces, furniture, cabinets, and doors and mouldings, as well as laminators, distributors and equipment suppliers.
CPA brings together the complete value chain affiliated with the composite panel industry and its members are committed to product advancement and industry competitiveness. CPA is a vital resource for both producers and users of industry products. As an accredited standards developer, CPA writes and publishes industry product standards. It also participates in the standards development work of ANSI, ASTM and others, sponsors product acceptance activities and works with government agencies and model building code bodies.
CPA also conducts product testing and third-party certification programs, including the Eco-Certified CompositeTM (ECC) Standard -- a voluntary industry standard developed by CPA for composite wood panels made with particleboard, MDF, hardboard, and engineered wood siding and trim.
Outreach and education are also focal points of the CPA. The Association publishes industry performance data, produces a series of technical bulletins and develops publications to inform key audiences about the attributes of industry products.
The Composite Panel Association is an approved provider of Continuing Education Courses for the American Institute of Architects. CPA has developed courses for architects and designers to learn about the benefits of sourcing wood-based composite panels and decorative surfaces.
United States, Canada and Mexico