Panels & Furniture Asia Jul/Aug 2019

PANELS & FURNITURE ASIA • Issue 4 • July / August 2019 MARKET REPORT 19 MALAYSIAN WOOD- BASED PANELS - A DIVERSITY OF CHOICE T he wood-based panel industry in Malaysia consists of plywood and veneer mills, and plants manufacturing Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF), particleboard, blockboard and Oriented Strand Board (OSB). Developed over the years, these mills are capable of providing a consistent supply of wood-based panels for overseas and local markets. Malaysian plywood, MDF, particleboard, blockboard and OSB are reputed for their consistent quality and durability. The country has been a leading manufacturer and exporter of high quality panel products for more than 50 years. Wood-based panels have proven to be efficient and economical, with greater homogeneity and stability across large surface areas. These panels are widely used for concrete formwork, laminated and engineered flooring, and furniture manufacturing. They are also used for interior decorations as panelling and partitioning. Specialised panels are available for external applications. PLYWOOD – A MULT I -USE WONDER The types of plywood produced by Malaysia include common veneer face plywood, decorative plywood, overlaid plywood including printed paper and polyester plywood, phenolic film-faced plywood, plywood for concrete formwork and container flooring, and marine plywood. The popular Malaysian timbers used for the production of plywood are Bintangor, Dark Red Meranti, Kelempayan, Kembang Semangkok, Keruing, Mengkulang, Mersawa, Nyatoh, Rubberwood, Sepetir and Yellow Meranti as well as Oil Palm (mainly as core veneers). Plywood