Australian Ply

Australian Ply

Australian Formply

Formply is structural grade plywood with a High Density Overlay (HDO) impregnated and bonded to the faces of the plywood.  This HDO or phenolic film gives the Formply durability and allows the formply to be used many times over and it also provides quality off form surface finishes in accordance with the guidelines defined in AS3610.

All Australian made Formply is EWPAA certified to AS 6669 – 2007.

Manufacturing Standard AS/NZS 6669 – 2007
Veneer Species Pine or Hardwood
Dimensions 2400 x 1200, *1800 x 1200 (*only available in 17mm)
Thicknesses 12 & 17mm
Veneer Bond Phenolic Formaldehyde Type “A” Bond
Stress Grade F!!*, F14, F17* & F22* (available upon request)


Australian Tougue & Groove Flooring

Tongue & Grooved plywood flooring is all-purpose waterproof structural plywood used for domestic, commercial and industrial buildings. It is made to Australian Standards AS/NZS 2269 and provides a complete flooring system for both wet and dry areas. Veneers are bonded together using type “A” Bond giving a permanent waterproof glueline.

Structural Tongue and Grooved plywood flooring offers the designer and builder superior strength and stiffness, dimensional stability, superior impact resistance and easy workability combined with high levels of cost effectiveness when compared to other timber and wood based panels.  Tongue and Groove plywood flooring can be treated upon request.

For further information on Commercial and Industrial Flooring – Structural Plywood.

 Manufacturing Standard AS/NZS 2269
 Veneer Grades “B” or “C” face / “D” back
 Veneer Species Pine or Hardwood
 Dimensions 2400 x 1200
 Thicknesses 15, 17, 19, 21 & 25mm
 Veneer Bond Phenolic Formaldehyde “A” Bond
 Approx density 650 kg/m3
 Stress Grade F11, F14, F17 & F22 in bending
 Sanding “B” & “C” face only, “D” face unsanded

Australian Structural

Structural Plywood manufactured to AS/NZS 2269

Plywood-Structural is suitable for use in all permanent structural applications. A permanent Type A phenolic resin is used to bond the individual timber veneer. The Type A bond is distinctly dark in colour and is durable and permanent under conditions of full weather exposure, long term stress, and combinations of exposure and stress.

Structural plywood is manufactured from a range of softwood and hardwood timber species. These timber species may not be durable when used in weather exposed situations. In exposed applications, structural plywood must be preserved treated to ensure it last its full service life and surface finished to minimise surface checking.

EWPAA branded structural plywood is manufactured under a rigorous product quality control and product certification system ensuring a quality controlled engineered panel of known and consistent physical and mechanical properties. For assured performance structural plywood should be branded with the “EWPAA Tested” stamp.

The engineering properties of structural plywood are tabulated in both AS/NZS 2269 and AS 1720.1. Structural plywood engineering properties are given for eight standard stress grades of F7,F8,F11,F14,F17,F22,F27 and F34.

ID Code: the veneer arrangement within structural plywood is required to establish the section properties of a particular plywood assembly. The information can be established from the plywood identification code. The ID code gives the following data: the normal plywood thickness, the face veneer thickness multiplied by 10, and the number of piles in the assembly.
For example, the ID code 17-24-7 describes a 17 mm thick plywood with face veneer thickness of 2.4 mm and seven veneer layers. Standard constructions for structural plywood are detailed in AS/NZS 2269 (and various other EWPAA literature).

Structural plywood can be economically specified with appropriate face and back veneer qualities to suit the specified application. For example typical specifications are: for plywood bracing where appearance is not important and the prime consideration is structural performance. DD grade; for tongue and grooved structural flooring requiring a solid face, CD grade; and for preservation treated external cladding also acting as structural bracing AD or BD grade.

For further information regarding on Structural Plywood Wall Bracing.

Australian Interior

Interior Plywoods manufactured to AS/NZS 2270

Intended for use in non structural interior application where a high quality aesthetic finish is required. Typical applications include internal wall panelling furniture and fitments, interior door skins and ceiling linings. Interior plywood must not be used in exposed, wet or damp conditions.

Interior plywood to AS/NZS 2270 may have either a type C or type D bond. Both bonds are not durable under full exposure to weather or to wet or damp environments. These bonds are, however, durable under fully protected interior non structural environments.

Type D bonded interior plywood is satisfactory for interior applications under normal conditions of humidity. Type C bonded plywood should be used in high humidity interior environments which may occur locally in areas such as bathrooms or generally in the tropics.
Interior plywood is a non structural plywood and must not be used in structural applications.

Two face veneer grades are produced for the exposed faces of interior plywood: A grade designed for clear finishing and B grade designed for painting.

Interior plywood should be branded with the “approved interior EWPAA plywood” stamp.

Australian Exterior

Exterior Plywood manufactured to AS/NZS 2271

Intended for use in non structural, exterior application where a high quality aesthetic finish is required. Typical applications include ceiling and wall linings, exterior door skins, hoarding, signs and non structural claddings.

Exterior plywoods to AS/NZS 2271 may possess either a permanent Type A bond or a less durable Type B bond melamine urea formaldehyde bond. Type A bonded exterior plywood must be specified for applications involving long term full exposure. Type B bonded plywood can be specified for semi-exposed applications or when the maximum exposure time totals less than two years.

All permanently exposed Type A bonded exterior plywood should be treated against fungal attack and the surface should be finished with paint or water repellents to minimise mechanical surface checking.
Exterior plywoods are non structural plywood and must not be used in structural applications.

Two face veneer grades are produced for the exposed faces of exterior plywood: A grade designed for clear finishing and B grade designed for painting.

Exterior plywood should be branded with the “approved exterior EWPAA plywood” stamp.

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Australian Marine

Marine plywood Manufactured to AS/NZS 2272

Plywood – Marine is a purpose built structural plywood, intended for use in hulls of boats and other marine applications and also in aircraft construction. It has a permanent Type A Phenolic bond and is manufactured from selected species based on density, bending strength, impact resistance and surface finishing characteristics.

None of the marine species are naturally durable and preservative treatment of marine plywood used in some marine environments.

Preservative treatment of marine plywood can be either carried out in a treatment plant prior to sale or in situ. In either situation the protection is an envelope treatment and all cut edges should be re-treated in situ.

As most preservation affect resorcinol bonding, advice should be sought from adhesive and preservative manufactured if gluing of preservative treated plywood is intended.

Marine plywood to AS/NZS 2272 is made from selected species and therefore has known and consistent structural properties. The assigned stress grade of plywood manufactured to AS/NZS 2272 is F14.

Marine plywood to AS/NZS 2272 has two A grade faces and a Type A bond. In the Australian / New Zealand Standards grading system it therefore has a grading of AA-A bond.

Note that marine plywood manufactured to BS 1088, as imported into Australia, does not have predictable structural performance and must not be substituted for AS/NZS 2272 marine plywood. For assured performance marine plywood should be branded with the ‘EWPAA Tested’ marine plywood stamp.

“If your project does not have a motor or a sail you don’t need marine ply”