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Phenolic Ply

Phenolic Ply

A phenolic resin impregnated film is pressed on both surfaces of the board under high pressure and temperature, smooth on one surface and a textured pattern is pressed onto the other. This imprinted wire mesh pattern improves slip resistance characteristics.

What is Phenolic Ply and why use it?
All panels are edge sealed, usually with acrylic paint, to minimise moisture penetration. These film faced plywood panels have improved resistance to abrasion, moisture penetration, chemicals, insects and fungi. They have a smooth, hygienic, easy to clean surface. Our stock sheets are normally dark brown but other coloured panels are available to order, prices on application. Panels can also be supplied with heavier films than the usual 120 g/m2 film.

We have purchased phenolic ply from China which looks very good but the ply veneers are invariably a softwood/hardwood combi, eucalyptus or poplar, and the construction quality isn’t the same standard as European plys. We now buy Russian or Latvian phenolic ply with a birch core, the quality has proved much better.

Flight case made from phenolic ply


Applications for phenolic ply
We sell a surprising amount of phenolic ply, our regular customers are mainly using them for van linings, trailers and horse boxes, bases on industrial trolleys and flight cases. Other uses include formwork, interior design, furniture, shop fitting and joinery.

Phenolic ply is widely used out doors but the colours are not totally UV resistant and may fade over time when exposed to strong sunlight. We normally keep 9mm, 12mm and 18mm in stock, thinner sheets tend to flex and the film cracks providing less protection to the ply veneers.

How about cheaper Phenolic Ply?
Well, yes, we can get you cheaper phenolic ply but we don’t see the point in selling a product that is 20% cheaper but doesn’t do the job. We have historically bought some phenolic ply which looked very good until one of our clients got it into the workshop and started cutting it into smaller sections for trailers.

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