Ev­ery­one’s ‘herd’ about this spe­cial­ist ply­wood man­u­fac­turer

Australasian Timber - - PLYWOODS -

BRIS­BANE-BASED Aus­tral Ply­woods ac­tu­ally started out as a dairy farm when in 1925 they be­gan pro­duc­ing but­ter boxes for their dairy busi­ness. This grew into more uses for ply­wood un­til the busi­ness be­came just a ply­wood mill.

The re­source has changed greatly over the years, from sourc­ing North Queens­land hard­woods and nat­u­ral growth hoop pine from South East Queens­land to present day plan­ta­tion hoop pine.

In 1986, the cur­rent own­ers (the Matthews and Clark fam­i­lies) bought Aus­tral Ply­woods from the Fox­wood group, a sub­sidiary of Email. In the late 80’s, early 90’s, when plan­ta­tion hoop pine for­est be­came a sus­tain­able re­source Aus­tral went to 100% hoop pine plan­ta­tion logs as their only re­source.

“From the mid 1990’s, Aus­tral changed di­rec­tion from a mainly small struc­tural mill try­ing to com­pete with the big boys to an ap­pear­ance grade mill mar­ket­ing to­wards a dec­o­ra­tive ro­tary peel ply­wood for walls, ceil­ings and cab­i­netry work,” ex­plained Aus­tral Sales and Mar­ket­ing Man­ager Gary Holmes, a man who has notched up more than three decades with the busi­ness.

“This proved suc­cess­ful late in the 1990’s, sup­ply­ing around 25,000 sheets of ap­pear­ance grade ply­wood into the 2000 Olympic Games venues.

“It was then that Aus­tral Ply­woods firmed its place as a lead­ing pre­mium grade ply­wood mill in Aus­tralia,” he said.

Aus­tral Ply­woods has sup­plied many high pro­file projects.

“One of our favourite projects was the Mel­bourne Recital Cen­tre. The con­cert hall is re­garded as acous­ti­cally per­fect, mainly due to the qual­ity of hoop pine ply­wood.

Then there was the Bris­bane

Supreme Dis­trict Courts -- 12,000 sheets of “A” grade hoop pine ply­wood was used for wall lin­ing, seat­ing and fur­ni­ture.

“This project was where hoop pine mul­ti­ply be­came a sought-af­ter ply­wood for ap­pli­ca­tions that need su­pe­rior edge de­tail,” Gary said.

In re­cent years, Aus­tral Ply­woods has seen the need for pro­tec­tion of ply­wood when used in ex­te­rior ap­pli­ca­tions.

“We in­tro­duced pre-fin­ished Ari­aply and En­dura­panel, which have a unique coat­ing sys­tem where the pan­els are dipped into the colour that con­tains a preser­va­tive, en­sur­ing the pan­els are com­pletely sealed.

“Both prod­ucts are the only ply­wood prod­ucts that have a seven year war­ranty on the coat­ing that it will not mould or craze,” he added.

“Our re­source is 100% plan­ta­tion grown Hoop Pine, sourced from HQPlan­ta­tions in south east Queens­land. Our prod­ucts have Chain of Cus­tody cer­ti­fi­ca­tion un­der Aus­tralian Stan­dards AS 4707:2006. The Aus­tral Ply­woods Chain of Cus­tody, linked to the Aus­tralian Forestry Stan­dard (AFS), was awarded through an in­de­pen­dently au­dited process car­ried out by the En­gi­neered Wood Prod­ucts As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­trala­sia (EWPAA).

“Man­u­fac­tur­ing to Aus­tralian/

New Zealand stan­dards, we main­tain a process qual­ity con­trol sys­tem in com­pli­ance with the EWPAA-JASANZ prod­uct cer­ti­fi­ca­tion scheme. Our A-Bond prod­ucts have a Su­per E0 rat­ing, the low­est formalde­hyde emis­sion rat­ing ob­tain­able.”

Sec­ond gen­er­a­tion joint CEO’s Stu­art and Scott Matthews are com­mit­ted to main­tain­ing the high qual­ity prod­ucts and ex­cel­lent cus­tomer ser­vice Aus­tral Ply­woods is renowned for.

No pun in­tended but ... the cream re­ally has come to the top!

Stu­art and Scott Matthews (joint CEOs) and Gary Holmes (Sales and Mar­ket­ing Man­ager).The photo was taken inside the Bris­bane Supreme Court where 12,000 sheets of Aus­tral’s spe­cial­ist hoop pine was used.

The acous­ti­cally bril­liant Mel­bourne Recital Cen­tre.

The sander.

The lathe where the logs are peeled.

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