Wood panels: plywoods

  • J. C. F. Walker


About 60% of all processed roundwood is used as timber, and between two-thirds and four-fifths of this is used for building material, packaging and furniture (Table 11.1). In mature economies the demand for sawnwood is increasing only slowly. This reflects the urbanization of society and the parallel trend from detached residential housing to more compact townhouses and condominiums. Consumption is further depressed by substitution: the use of the concrete slab floor instead of a suspended timber floor, and the use of wood panels rather than timber in flooring, in wall panelling and in ceilings. Improved construction methods have reduced the volume of timber per dwelling. Indeed in many developed countries sawn timber consumption per head of population is declining but a gradual population increase has prevented a decline in total consumption.


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