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11—02—2021

The Origins of Ply: Source, Manufacture and Design

If you’ve worked with our pre-finished plywood panels before, or have seen them firsthand in one of our completed projects, you’ll appreciate the quality and versatility of the product – and understand just how far they’ve come. From their raw timber origins, to their manufacture in Melbourne, to the stunning architectural statements in homes, community spaces and workplaces across Australia.

The wide range of shapes, styles and finishes available is a testament to the flexibility and beauty of ply – and the endless design possibilities make it a material of choice for architects looking to complete their unique and show-stopping designs.

So to give you an insight into the life and times of this amazing product, in this article we’ve mapped out a brief overview of the journey of ply; from its origins in a faraway forest to the stunning finished product that you see today.

Raw timber origins

Our plywood panels are crafted from a wide range of timber, including birch, blackbutt, fir, oak, pine, poplar, spotted gum and walnut. The different timbers vary in their characteristics which allows us to create a range of plywood panels to suit every need.

We source the materials used to create our panels from a small network of timber suppliers that we have handpicked for the quality of their timber to be sure of a superior product. The timber is mostly sourced from Finland, Russia and the Ukraine, and always from FSC® certified plantations.

Transformed into ply

Once the trees are chosen and felled, they are taken to the mill where the timber is transformed through a process of debarking, cutting and immersion in water. It is then put through a peeler lathe to create a sheet of veneer, before being sorted into grades and dried, ready to be glued and pressed. Once they have been pressed, the sheets are cut to the right size and sanded as specified for their grade. They are then shipped to Australia, ready for pre-finishing and machining as required.

Manufactured in Melbourne

We manufacture all of our plywood panels in our modern and fully-equipped Melbourne warehouse. Each panel is made to order and to exact standards. This includes cutting to size, CNC cutting, pre-finishing and moulding. We are set up to create both standard and customised plywood panels as well as various decorative ply products, to suit a broad and exciting range of design needs.

Transformed into a masterpiece

While our panels look fantastic in their own right, we do love a project that allows us to show the world the endless design potential and flair of our plywood panels too. We have the capabilities to turn a stock standard panel into a wall or ceiling masterpiece!

Some examples of projects where the impressive handiwork is a real highlight include:

From humble beginnings, to the beautiful spaces they are used to create today, our ply is sustainably sourced and created into endless opportunities here in Melbourne. As we continue to work closely with leading architects to further extend the boundaries of what is possible with plywood, we can’t wait to see what is around the corner!

If you’d like to discuss your design ideas or find out more about how plywood can enhance your next project, we’d love to chat. Contact our friendly team on 1300 761 741 today!

Contact us for more information
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11—02—2021

The Origins of Ply: Source, Manufacture and Design
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If you’ve worked with our pre-finished plywood panels before, or have seen them firsthand in one of our completed projects, you’ll appreciate the quality and versatility of the product – and understand just how far they’ve come. From their raw timber origins, to their manufacture in Melbourne, to the stunning architectural statements in homes, community spaces and workplaces across Australia.

The wide range of shapes, styles and finishes available is a testament to the flexibility and beauty of ply – and the endless design possibilities make it a material of choice for architects looking to complete their unique and show-stopping designs.

So to give you an insight into the life and times of this amazing product, in this article we’ve mapped out a brief overview of the journey of ply; from its origins in a faraway forest to the stunning finished product that you see today.

Raw timber origins

Our plywood panels are crafted from a wide range of timber, including birch, blackbutt, fir, oak, pine, poplar, spotted gum and walnut. The different timbers vary in their characteristics which allows us to create a range of plywood panels to suit every need.

We source the materials used to create our panels from a small network of timber suppliers that we have handpicked for the quality of their timber to be sure of a superior product. The timber is mostly sourced from Finland, Russia and the Ukraine, and always from FSC® certified plantations.

Transformed into ply

Once the trees are chosen and felled, they are taken to the mill where the timber is transformed through a process of debarking, cutting and immersion in water. It is then put through a peeler lathe to create a sheet of veneer, before being sorted into grades and dried, ready to be glued and pressed. Once they have been pressed, the sheets are cut to the right size and sanded as specified for their grade. They are then shipped to Australia, ready for pre-finishing and machining as required.

Manufactured in Melbourne

We manufacture all of our plywood panels in our modern and fully-equipped Melbourne warehouse. Each panel is made to order and to exact standards. This includes cutting to size, CNC cutting, pre-finishing and moulding. We are set up to create both standard and customised plywood panels as well as various decorative ply products, to suit a broad and exciting range of design needs.

Transformed into a masterpiece

While our panels look fantastic in their own right, we do love a project that allows us to show the world the endless design potential and flair of our plywood panels too. We have the capabilities to turn a stock standard panel into a wall or ceiling masterpiece!

Some examples of projects where the impressive handiwork is a real highlight include:

From humble beginnings, to the beautiful spaces they are used to create today, our ply is sustainably sourced and created into endless opportunities here in Melbourne. As we continue to work closely with leading architects to further extend the boundaries of what is possible with plywood, we can’t wait to see what is around the corner!

If you’d like to discuss your design ideas or find out more about how plywood can enhance your next project, we’d love to chat. Contact our friendly team on 1300 761 741 today!

Contact us for more information