About Birch Plywood
Plywood in general is an engineered wood sheet material consisting of layers or strands of wood veneers attached together placing wood grains at 90 degrees to one another. Each layer of wood (or ply) is usually oriented with its grain running at right angles to the adjacent layer in order to reduce the shrinkage and improve the strength of the finished piece. Most plywood is pressed into large, flat sheets used in building construction. Other plywood pieces may be formed into simple or compound curves for use in furniture, boats, and aircraft.
There is usually an odd number of veneers, so that the grain on the outside plies runs in the same direction and so that the properties are balanced about the central veneer or core stock. The quality and durability of plywood depends on both the timber species and the adhesive used to bond it. Plywood may be made from hardwoods, softwoods, or a combination of the two. The main wood species used to produce European plywood are beech, birch, spruce, poplar, okoumé and pine.
Birch plywood can be treated or left untreated depending on a customer’s request or its usage. It can also be treated to make wood that is used for water-resistant interiors or waterproof exteriors. It can be sanded on both sides, one side, or left unsanded. It is very light in colour and has a smooth surface that is typically void of splinters or rough or jagged edges. Its surface could be also covered, film faced or laminated to meet different applications and requirements. Plywood without any additional coating or film is usually named “raw”.
Due to the natural properties of its main raw material, birch plywood is characterized by high strength, durability and stiffness properties. Having these characteristics, birch plywood is widely used in applications requiring high strength and rigidity.
Birch plywood is a multi-functional end product suitable for many applications. It is commonly used in the following industries depending on the grade and other quality characteristics:
Interior and external walls, inter-wall structures, floor covering, parquet flooring banks, steps of stairs, bottom roof deck, industrial and warehouse flooring, material of various structures, platforms, pedestrian passes and bridges, children playgrounds, etc.
Framework of cabinet furniture, working surfaces
Floor of trailers, vans, buses, containers, lining of trailer walls and ceiling, isolation panels for LNG ships
Packing of high- and low-quality
Advertisement stands, traffic signs and indicators