What we make and how it’s made.

Plywood is an engineered wooden sheet consisting of thin layers, or strands, of wood glued 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 shrinkage and improve the overall strength of the sheet.

Most plywood once pressed into large, flat sheets is used in the construction industry. Other plywood may be formed into simple or compound curves for use in furniture making, boat making, and even in aircraft.

There is usually an odd number of plies in a sheet, so that the grain you see on the outside runs in the same direction on both sides and so that the properties are balanced about the central layer known as the “core stock”.

Both quality and durability of plywood depends on the timber species used in making plywood 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 plywood in Europe are beech, birch, spruce, poplar and okoumé.

Woodstock Consortium members make Birch plywood. This can be treated or left untreated depending on customer needs . For example, birch plywood can be treated to make wooden sheets used for water-resistant interiors or water-proof exteriors. It can be sanded on either one or on both sides, or left unsanded.

Birch is particularly light in colour and characterised by a smooth surface typically void of splinters or rough or jagged edges. Birch Plywood sheets can 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. Therefore it is valuable for many applications requiring higher strength and rigidity.

Above all Birch plywood is not only a m multi-functional but also a sustainable product suitable for many applications. It is most commonly used in the following industries:


Interior and external walls, inter-wall structures, floor covering, parquet flooring banks, steps or stairs, roof deck undersides, industrial and warehouse flooring, the base material in various structures such as platforms, pedestrian passes and bridges or even children’s playgrounds.

Furniture manufacturing

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

Transport Industry

As a floor or lining in trucks, trailers, vans, railway carriages buses or, for example, as isolation panels for LNG transport ships.


Packing applications of all levels of design and quality.

Other significant but less frequent uses include…

Bill boards and notices, or traffic and other signs of all types.