ALEXANDRIA, VA -- A new voluntary "Product Standard for Imported Rotary Cut Wood Veneer and Platforms," was recently unanimously approved by the International Wood Products Association Board of Directors.

This standard supersedes the IHPA “Product Standard for Imported Wood Veneer and Platforms” released in May 2000.

“It was time to do an overhaul,” said Bronson Newburger, vice president of Clarke Veneers and Plywood, who chaired the IWPA Veneer committee. “Taking into account that veneer faces continue to be thinner and thinner, we realized that adjustments to the standard had to be made.”

The new specifications establish minimum acceptable requirements for each grade, and reflect the current trend in the way veneers are being produced and used in veneer and plywood markets. “It’s a better explanation of what mills need to know in order to satisfy customers’ demand, and what users can expect from suppliers.” added Newburger.   While the product standards are advisory, and compliance is voluntary, their consistent application is encouraged.

The IWPA Grade "Product Standard for Imported Rotary Cut Wood Veneer and Platforms (IWPA-2010)” is available from the IWPA online store at (Downloads are free for IWPA Members; $15 for non-members). 

Read the International Wood Products Association's press release.

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