Thanks to the economic benefits, rubber is no longer unknown to the Vietnamese. They are commonly grown in huge quantities in southern Vietnam with the primary purpose being to provide rubber latex and timber. Rubber plywood is another amazing application that is growing into the most popular engineered wood. Read the text below for more information.
About Rubber Plywood
What rubber plywood is?
Rubber plywood is produced from rubber panels about 1.7mm thick, cut from tree trunks using the rotary peeling method. Then, they are classified and bonded together with specialized glue, forming finished rubber boards.
The standard size of rubber board is 1220mm x 2440mm, or 4ft x 8ft. Like other types of plywood, the thickness of rubber panels also varies from 5mm – 25 mm, depending on the needs and purposes of users.
Rubber plywood production process
Rubber boards have to go through a quite strict production process, requiring high standards from harvesting to finishing. At ADX, each step of the process is performed by experienced staff with the support of modern equipment. That’s why our products satisfy both domestic and demanding foreign partners.
- Harvest wood
Wood material is harvested from FSC-certified forests, helping to protect natural forest resources. For rubber wood boards, the trees tend to be cut down after many years of exploitation and are no longer capable of producing latex. After that, the wood will be sawed into pieces and brought to the factory for further processing.
- Peel wood into veneer
The gathered wood will be pre-processed, with the bark removed, and then peeled into thin, 1.7mm veneers.
- Sort and dry
After being sliced, the boards will be classified based on the number of defects in the board. They will then be put into a heat dryer to balance the board’s moisture, helping to limit mold and termites.
- Sew and spread glue
Before being layered, the thin veneers will be sewn together to form a large wooden panel according to the required size. Plastic thread is used in this step to help it easily melt when put in a heat dryer. Then, the worker will apply a thin glue layer to two board surfaces to prepare for the next step.
- Lay-up the veneers
Based on the customer’s needs, workers will layer the veneers according to the appropriate structure, including LVL, LVB, and LVD. Each arrangement will produce boards with different outstanding advantages, serving specific purposes. The number of veneers is usually an odd number and depends on the thickness of the finished wood.
- Press the core
After laying up the veneers, the cold and hot press steps occur. Under appropriate pressure, temperature, and glue bonding layers, they are pressed tightly together to create a wooden core of the appropriate size.
- Repair defect and sand the core
Following pressing, the board is left to cool down before further processing. Then the boards are sanded and repaired for defects in the wood core. For customers who only require panels without an additional surface, the board is finely cut and finished at this step. Usually, people will use plywood cores to make sofa frames or hidden sides of furniture to save money while ensuring quality.
- Apply and bond the surface
Both sides of the board will be covered with a surface layer according to the customer’s requirements. Each type of surface will have its own advantages and disadvantages, suitable for each project. The popular ones are melamine plywood, laminate, natural veneer, and film.
- Cold and hot press the surface
The entire board is once again put into a cold and hot press to increase the bond. As a result, the finished board maintains structural strength and stability, providing better quality.
- Trim and finish
The final step is to repair the surface, if any, and cut the finished product.
What makes Rubber Plywood stand out?
Rubber board inherits the outstanding characteristics of natural wood, including flexibility, sturdiness, and less shrinkage. In addition, the wooden panels go through a strict production process, helping to optimize the final board’s quality. That is why this raw material is widely used in a variety of fields.
In order to increase aesthetics as well as protect the core, rubber plywood is often covered with many types of surfaces. Among them, natural veneers such as poplar and birch or artificial coatings like melamine, laminate, film, UV paint, etc. are the most common.
Thanks to that, rubber engineered wood has a number of outstanding advantages, including:
- Durable, good pressure resistance, long lifespan
- Waterproof ability
- Health safety
- Environmental friendliness
Potential of the Rubber wood
Vietnam is currently one of the countries with the largest rubber plantations, accounting for about 7% of the world’s rubber growing area in 2012, according to Wikipedia. This industrial tree has a high economic value for people not only because of its latex but also because of the vast amount of wood it offers.
Make use of material resources
Rubber trees are well-known for their primary importance in the production of latex. When perennially growing trees are no longer able to produce latex, they are harvested and used to make plywood or boards such as MDF, MFC, and so on. Rubber plantations are then used to serve in a variety of fields, enhancing the value of Vietnamese industrial crops.
Generate income for workers
The economic value brought is not only for tree farmers but also for workers producing rubber plywood at factories in Vietnam. Thanks to that, workers have a consistent source of income. Engineered wood is generally a material that improves the quality of life for both manufacturers and consumers.
Create high-end products for multiple fields
Plywood is regarded as a high-quality engineered board source, with applications ranging from manufacturing to building to transportation and maritime. Rubber plywood manufacture and application contribute significantly to the overall growth of several fields due to its advantages of hardness, solidity, and long life. For example, in furniture, rubber wood provides safe, quality, and beautiful products. In construction, it is used as formwork to help ease construction, save money, reduce material loss, etc.
Positioning Vietnamese products in the global market
Plywood is not a new type of board, but in the past, very few factories in Vietnam could produce high quality products despite possessing large sources of planted forest.
However, today, thanks to the support of advanced machinery technology, a number of large factories in our country are able to create products of extremely high quality. Plywood originating in Vietnam has become one of the major supplies all around the world, considered to be of outstanding quality, sturdy, and durable.
Rubber Plywood price
Rubber boards are frequently used to improve the quality of projects in manufacturing, building, and interior design. Rubber board is quite popular not only within the country but also abroad due to the benefits of gorgeous colors and good wood quality. Becoming one of our country’s leading exporters of plywood.
The price of rubber board also depends on many factors, including: type of glue, type of surface, size, thickness, season, transportation,… Please contact ADX directly for advice and help as soon as possible to acquire an appropriate price as well as the best discount. In addition, you may find a plywood price list here!
|Size 1220mm x 2440mm
The article above is a simple overview of rubber plywood, a valuable type of wooden board from Vietnamese industrial plants. ADX Plywood provides high-quality boards using licensed raw wood sources and ISO compliant procedures. If you have any questions or issues about this product, please contact us so that our consulting team can assist you as soon as possible!
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