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Title: An investigation of hardwood plywood markets. Part 1. Architectural woodworkers

Author: Forbes, Craig L.; Jahn, Larry G.; Araman, Philip A.;

Date: 2001

Source: Forest Products Journal. 51(3): 17-24.

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: This is the first part of a two-part study investigating markets for hardwood plywood. North American architectural woodworkers were surveyed to better understand the structure and use ofwood-based panels in the industry. A questionnaire was mailed to a sample of U.S. and Canadian architectural woodworkers. The sample consisted of members of the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) and the Woodwork Institute of California (WIC). The response rate, adjusted for bad addresses, was 31 percent. The average architectural woodworker purchased $283,000 of panel materials in 1997, and $111,000 of hardwood plywood. Of total panel purchases, hardwood plywood (including all substrates covered with a hardwood veneer) represented 37 percent, followed by melamine-coated board (21%), raw particleboard (17%), and high-pressure laminate (8%). The Northeast region represented 38 percent of total hard-wood plywood purchases by architectural woodworkers followed by the Midwest (20.4%); the Southeast (14.9%); the West (9.1%); and the South Central (8.3%). Of the hardwood plywood purchased, 37 percent was particleboard core, 33 percent veneer core, and 24 percent medium density fiberboard core. Sixty-three percent of total hardwood plywood was premium grade, followed by custom (25%), and paint grade (7%). Red oak was the predominant face species used (31%), followed by maple (17%), cherry (16%), birch (10%), and mahogany (9%). Eighty-two percent of the faces were constructed of sliced veneer. Nearly 4 percent of total hardwood plywood purchases were of pre-finished plywood. This number was expected to increase to nearly 7 percent by the year 2000. The most important hardwood plywood attribute as perceived by architectural woodworkers was absence of delamination ofveneers, fol-lowed by absence of defects showing through face, on-time delivery, absence of warp, and orders shipped correctly.

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Forbes, Craig L.; Jahn, Larry G.; Araman, Philip A. 2001. An investigation of hardwood plywood markets. Part 1. Architectural woodworkers. Forest Products Journal. 51(3): 17-24.


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