Australasian Timber

Factors affecting veneer pricing

- TERRY FRANKLIN President Timber Veneer Associatio­n of Australia / NZ

WHY does oak, a standard veneer in appearance, have such a broad range of price points on panels? Let’s not forget features such as pin knots, figure, small bundle runs and single bundles, all useful in some purpose but all available at different price points.

How the raw material is imported into Australia also has an impact on price, one option is as bundles that are converted to veneer sheets on a project-by-project basis by local manufactur­ers, and a second option are veneer sheets produced overseas in a range of grades.

Imported layons are less expensive but can have inconsiste­ncy, especially if you are trying to match different length panels and the veneer itself can be thinner than the standard 0.5mm thickness supplied by American and European producers.

Your local panel layer may also require surcharges for sequence matching, end matching or special layups as this takes time and effort to assemble veneers in matching runs and can affect the price of the panels.

So, if you draw from the above indicators, a large log producing 50 matching faces with a light colour, central structure and free of defects will be more expensive than 50 sheets produced from smaller grade logs, showing colour variation and possibly having an occasional feature in the grain that have come from imported layons.

Both products have their place in the market but it is unrealisti­c to compare the price and quality of veneer panels in American oak or European oak, produced from imported layons, to panels produced from veneer leaf to specificat­ions requiring sequence and book end matching, without considerin­g the above guidelines and the end use.

TVAA members are striving to produce a broad range of timber veneer panels to the highest quality as demanded by Designers, Architects and Furniture makers and selection of the right veneer option (in any species) is essential for any project to have a successful outcome.

TVAA members welcome discussion regarding your project and can offer the best options to achieve your vision, all you need to do is ask!

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