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The Woodstock Consortium acts on behalf of producers of birch plywood (complainants and supporting producers) who together represent an overwhelming majority (60%) of the total EU production of birch plywood.

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Plywood in general is an engineered wood sheet material consisting of layers or strands of wood veneers attached together. 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 strength. Most plywood pressed into large, flat sheets is 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 known as the ‘core stock’. The quality and durability of plywood depends on both the timber species and on 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 and okoumé.

Birch plywood can be treated or left untreated depending on a customer’s needs or its usage. It can also be treated to make wood that is used for water-resistant interiors or water-proof exteriors. It can be sanded on either or both sides 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 referred to as “raw”.

Due to the natural properties of its main raw material, birch plywood is characterized by higher strength, durability and stiffness properties compared to other types of plywood. Having these characteristics, birch plywood is widely used in applications requiring this higher strength and rigidity.

Birch plywood is a sustainable multi-functional end product suitable for many applications. It is commonly used in the following industries:

Construction

Interior and external walls, inter-wall structures, floor covering, parquet flooring banks, steps of stairs, roof deck undersides, industrial and warehouse flooring, material of various structures, platforms, pedestrian passes and bridges, children’s playgrounds, etc.

Furniture manufacturing

Framework of cabinet furniture, working surfaces, structural and decorative furniture parts.

Transport Industry

As a floor or lining in trailers, vans, buses and, for example, isolation panels for LNG transport ships.

Packaging

Packing applications of all levels of design and quality.

Other

Advertisement stands and traffic signs are another common usage.