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06—05—2021

Australian-made Plywood

These days, more and more people are on the lookout for Australian-made products—and as a result, we often get asked about Australian-made ply.

While the vast majority of plywood is sourced from plantations and forests overseas, there is a small range of plywood that is grown and manufactured right here in Australia.

So which species of timber are used for Australian-made plywood?

Hoop Pine

Hoop Pine (Araucaria Cunninghamii) is a popular timber choice for a large range of construction and design applications including joinery, shelving, furniture, cupboards and flooring. A species that is native to Queensland, Hoop Pine is a versatile softwood that is widely grown in plantations. The attractive finish combined with the ease of use and availability make it a great choice for pressing into ply.

Radiata Pine

Radiata Pine (Pinus radiata) is a softwood that is often used in construction. Native to the central coast of California, it has been extensively planted across Australia and is a common and familiar sight in many backyards and parklands. It is also one of the most widely planted plantation species here, both for the use of timber in construction, as well as for Christmas trees! The workability, ready supply and aesthetically pleasing finish make Radiata Pine the go-to timber for many purposes including structural timber, flooring, furniture, sleepers, poles, posts, paper and of course plywood panels.

Australian-grown veneers

There are also some lovely species of Australian grown trees that are thinly sliced and used for timber veneers. Our Maxi Veneer panels are manufactured on a state-of-the-art pressing line onto Birch or MDF, then pre-finished with our hard wax oil system. This creates the beautiful warm look and feel of natural wood that adds ambience to any space.

The Australian grown timber species available in our Maxi Veneer range include:

  • Blackbutt (Eucalyptus pilularis): A durable hardwood originating from the east coast, it features an even texture that suits a range of applications including joinery, flooring and furniture.
  • Blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon): A medium hardwood tree found in the eastern states, the rich colouring and attractive grain makes Blackwood highly valued for its appearance and finish.
  • Jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata): A durable and beautiful hardwood that is endemic to the south-west corner of Western Australia, it is versatile and suitable for furniture, joinery and more.
  • Spotted Gum (Corymbia maculata): Endemic to eastern Australia, Spotted Gum is a premium hardwood valued for its durability, strength and unique aesthetics.
  • Tasmanian Oak ( delegatensis, E. regnans, E. obliqua): Three species of Eucalyptus are sold under the name Tasmanian Oak (Alpine Ash, Mountain Ash and Messmate) as all three hardwoods possess similar qualities and are highly suited to veneers.
  • Victorian Ash ( delegatensis, E. regnans): Two species are sold under this name, Alpine Ash and Mountain Ash, as both have similar characteristics and are also two of the tallest hardwood species in the world.

Australian-made plywood is out there

You can find Australian made plywood if you look, however, the variety is somewhat limited. The range of timber options available in to manufacture ply in Europe for example is much wider. Having said that, the Hoop Pine and Australian grown timber veneer products are high-quality, flexible and importantly, they look great!

Would you like to chat to our team about your upcoming project? Or find out more about our products? We’d love to hear from you! You can reach us on 1300 761 741.

Contact us for more information
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06—05—2021

Australian-made Plywood
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These days, more and more people are on the lookout for Australian-made products—and as a result, we often get asked about Australian-made ply.

While the vast majority of plywood is sourced from plantations and forests overseas, there is a small range of plywood that is grown and manufactured right here in Australia.

So which species of timber are used for Australian-made plywood?

Hoop Pine

Hoop Pine (Araucaria Cunninghamii) is a popular timber choice for a large range of construction and design applications including joinery, shelving, furniture, cupboards and flooring. A species that is native to Queensland, Hoop Pine is a versatile softwood that is widely grown in plantations. The attractive finish combined with the ease of use and availability make it a great choice for pressing into ply.

Radiata Pine

Radiata Pine (Pinus radiata) is a softwood that is often used in construction. Native to the central coast of California, it has been extensively planted across Australia and is a common and familiar sight in many backyards and parklands. It is also one of the most widely planted plantation species here, both for the use of timber in construction, as well as for Christmas trees! The workability, ready supply and aesthetically pleasing finish make Radiata Pine the go-to timber for many purposes including structural timber, flooring, furniture, sleepers, poles, posts, paper and of course plywood panels.

Australian-grown veneers

There are also some lovely species of Australian grown trees that are thinly sliced and used for timber veneers. Our Maxi Veneer panels are manufactured on a state-of-the-art pressing line onto Birch or MDF, then pre-finished with our hard wax oil system. This creates the beautiful warm look and feel of natural wood that adds ambience to any space.

The Australian grown timber species available in our Maxi Veneer range include:

  • Blackbutt (Eucalyptus pilularis): A durable hardwood originating from the east coast, it features an even texture that suits a range of applications including joinery, flooring and furniture.
  • Blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon): A medium hardwood tree found in the eastern states, the rich colouring and attractive grain makes Blackwood highly valued for its appearance and finish.
  • Jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata): A durable and beautiful hardwood that is endemic to the south-west corner of Western Australia, it is versatile and suitable for furniture, joinery and more.
  • Spotted Gum (Corymbia maculata): Endemic to eastern Australia, Spotted Gum is a premium hardwood valued for its durability, strength and unique aesthetics.
  • Tasmanian Oak ( delegatensis, E. regnans, E. obliqua): Three species of Eucalyptus are sold under the name Tasmanian Oak (Alpine Ash, Mountain Ash and Messmate) as all three hardwoods possess similar qualities and are highly suited to veneers.
  • Victorian Ash ( delegatensis, E. regnans): Two species are sold under this name, Alpine Ash and Mountain Ash, as both have similar characteristics and are also two of the tallest hardwood species in the world.

Australian-made plywood is out there

You can find Australian made plywood if you look, however, the variety is somewhat limited. The range of timber options available in to manufacture ply in Europe for example is much wider. Having said that, the Hoop Pine and Australian grown timber veneer products are high-quality, flexible and importantly, they look great!

Would you like to chat to our team about your upcoming project? Or find out more about our products? We’d love to hear from you! You can reach us on 1300 761 741.

Contact us for more information