LAHTI, FINLAND -- A furniture-grade, formable plywood developed by UPM Plywood will be introduced at the Interzum Fair in Cologne Germany, May 25-28.

According to UPM, at the core of its new layered wood composite is a special adhesive film which allows the plywood to be formed after manufacturing. The forming process is initiated by heating the plywood boards then bending them to the desired shape. As the plywood cools down, it maintains the shape and its original strength properties, making it well suited for bent-wood furniture and other end uses, UPM said.

Finnish furniture manufacturer Isku plans to be the first to take formable plywood into use in mass production. The company has also been a partner for UPM in applying the new technology to furniture manufacturing.

”By using the formable plywood instead of traditional form pressing technology, we can simplify and enhance our production and make stronger and more durable products easier than before. Easy formability of the plywood allows furniture designers to explore whole new opportunities. The stability and accurate formability of the new plywood will also decrease production loss significantly," said Kari Soljamo, product development director at Isku.

UPM Plywood employs approximately 2,600 people. The company operates six plywood mills and two veneer mills in Finland, a plywood mill in Russia and a plywood mill in Estonia.

Read more about UPM's formable plywood.

Posted by Rich Christianson

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