US gets affirmative vote on unfair trade of Chinese imports of cabinets

American Kitchen Cabinet Alliance has been successful in having tariffs applied to Chinese imports. Full press release here.

CKCA’s response:

The hard work of the AKCA has come to fruition.

Starting last Fall, the CKCA began research in Canada on this issue and was preparing a response.

The CKCA Board of Directors met on Thursday, March 26 to review the findings.

At this time, due to the current health crisis of COVID-19, which is a game changer for all industries with unknown economic fall outs, we will not be responding to this issue until we have come through the pandemic which is currently presenting unprecedented change for our industry.

See data below.

Note: The survey data in the second slide was conducted at the beginning of 2020 and was based on a national response rate. It is presented as an indication only at this time because the response rate to the survey was low.

Richelieu Trends and Innovations

CKCA Member Richelieu brings you more information to help with Design and Installation.               


Bring Nature into your designs! Bringing natural elements, such as wood and stone, into interiors remains one of the easiest ways to add texture to a space.  Richelieu takes you through a variety of different finishes, colors, patterns and applications.  Read full article. 

How to Plan a Lighting Installation Layout for a Kitchen in a Few Easy Steps! The ideal time to plan kitchen lighting is during a remodel, however it is possible to revamp it at any time thanks to Richelieu’s easy plug-and-play system. This article covers the layout installation for a kitchen, but can be applied to any project.

Revolutionary New PWR Drive® Wood Screws from Richelieu



Montreal—Renowned for providing comprehensive functional hardware solutions to cabinetmakers and woodworkers, Richelieu introduces three new revolutionary wood screws under the brand PWR DRIVE that have been specially designed for woodworkers and cabinet makers. HYBRID, CAB and WMX PREMIUM wood screws offer a perfect finish every time with no pre-drilling required.

These innovative screws feature a self-drilling point to avoid wood splitting. They are suitable for solid wood, hardwood, MDF and particle board. Use these screws to save time and achieve the perfect finish every time.

Access all the details and the full press release here


Upper Canada Launches NEW Website Feature!


At Upper Canada, we strive to deliver what our customers are asking for, and we push to be innovative and industry leading. This has lead us to expand and enhance our website, and we are proud to announce that we have made some exciting upgrades to answer the demands of our team and customers.

The NEW Browse By Swatch feature is an easy-to-use tool of our stocked colour collections in TFL and Solid Surface. With over 391 designs to choose from, our customers are now able to compare colours, see full sheet images and search for the exact colour they want, all in one place.

We are always looking to Deliver the Difference and improve the customer experience. Our aim with this new feature is to enhance our online experience by making it as easy as possible for customers to access our collections, download images for their projects and have all the information available at their fingertips.

Explore the NEW tool and find exactly what you need here: Search by colour, search by texture, search by collection – search your way!


Upper Canada is a proud sponsor of the CKCA.

CNC Automation announces alignment with VOLPATO



CNC Automation is proud to announce our alignment with a New World Class Supplier – VOLPATO Edge Finishing

Wood edge finishing
 is a complex operation that goes through several phases. This process can be complimentary to other processes such as milling, intended both as shaping of the profile and as rounding of the corners, sanding with an abrasive belt, brushing with abrasive wheels or brushes and, lastly, any polishing. Each of the phases that make up this process requires a particular tool, which is mounted on a special line machine, built according to the customer’s needs. VOLPATO now offers the production of custom built machines for edge finishing, which are made to customer guidelines and can guarantee their ability to obtain a high quality finished product.


AkzoNobel’s Wood Coatings business hails new dawn with 2020 Color of the Year

Media Release

Tranquil Dawn has been unveiled as AkzoNobel’s Color of the Year for 2020. The culmination of extensive trend research by experts around the world, it’s designed to capture the essence of what makes us human, as the dawn of a new decade arrives.

A delicate, fluid shade somewhere between green, blue and grey, Tranquil Dawn features in all four of the accompanying color palettes. They are used throughout the company’s paints and coatings businesses to inspire customers and make the task of choosing color easier.

Color experts from the company’s Wood Coatings business were heavily involved and worked closely with AkzoNobel’s global color and design team in order to develop on-trend selections for customers in various paints and coatings markets. One of the main areas of focus was translating the four related color palettes for wood customers to use with specific products. The four Wood Coatings palettes are called Upcycle, Hybrid, Classical and Evolve.


Photo courtesy: AkzoNobel


“A unified color and trend development process across AkzoNobel definitely helps us to successfully launch and leverage our own stories of trending color in the markets we serve,” explains Rob Haley, Color Trends Manager for the company’s Wood Coatings business. “We are able to use the Color of the Year and the accompanying palettes across all the wood segments of furniture, flooring, cabinetry and building products.”

Adds Heleen van Gent, Head of AkzoNobel’s Global Aesthetic Center – which leads the annual trend research: “Tranquil Dawn perfectly captures the 2020 mood of what makes us human. It’s reminiscent of the colors of the morning sky and encapsulates our desire to treasure our most human qualities, which we’ll need in the new decade we are entering. It’s an exciting and inspiring way for us to share our passion for paint with the world.”

Working with colors for wooden furniture, cabinets and flooring is an art which requires careful attention. Because unlike a wall paint – which usually involves applying color to a white surface to get a 100% match – a wood coating can also be applied to play and blend with its substrate. So the Wood Coatings business took the Color of the Year and its four accompanying palettes and carefully crafted different finishes for different products.

“Getting our customers excited about color and the latest trends is all part of what we do as a company that loves color, based on centuries of experience and expertise,” continues Haley. “The latest generation of new homeowners and designers are looking for dynamic new trends, such as mixing old objects with non-traditional colors, or mixing different styles. We want to empower them to express their personality and help transform their living spaces and working environments.”

For more information about the 2020 Color of the Year, visit the ColourFutures web page or follow #CF20 on social media.


About AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel has a passion for paint. We’re experts in the proud craft of making paints and coatings, setting the standard in color and protection since 1792. Our world class portfolio of brands – including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon – is trusted by customers around the globe. Headquartered in the Netherlands, we are active in over 150 countries and employ around 34,500 talented people who are passionate about delivering the high-performance products and services our customers expect. For more information please visit