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The Hardwood species used in imported exterior plywood are sourced from sustainable forests internationally. Exterior plywood has many applications including boats, furniture fabrication and door skins.

AC Exterior Hoop Pine Plywood (DesignerPly)                  Standard:   AS/NZS 2271
Appearance Description Grade Thickness Length x Width   (mm)  Applications
exterior---ac-exterior-hoop-pine-plywood AC Exterior hoop pine plywood with ‘A’ bond exterior glue suitable in marine applications, shopfitting and cabinet making. Stable Hoop Pine construction with high appearance grade face and lesser grade back. Gunnersen's DesignerPly (Hoop pine) provides an excellent substrate for high quality exterior paint.
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‘A’ face
‘C’ back
F17
6.5mm
9.5mm
11.5mm
19mm
2400 x 1200
2400 x 1200
2400 x 1200
2400 x 1200
Marine
Cladding
Walls
Ceiling
Furniture
BB Exterior Hoop Pine Plywood (DesignerPly)                                   Standard: AS/NZS 2271
Appearance Description Grade Thickness Length x Width (mm)
 Applications
exterior---bs-exterior-hoop-pine-plywood BB Exterior hoop pine plywood with ‘A’ bond exterior glue suitable in marine applications, shopfitting and cabinet making. Gunnersen's DesignerPly (Hoop Pine) construction makes a stable plywood with closed grain veneers which is good for a quality painted finish.
pdf Technical Data

‘B’ face
‘B’ back

F17

4mm
6mm
9mm
12mm
15mm
17mm
19mm
25mm
2400 x 1200
2400 x 1200
2400 x 1200
2400 x 1200
2400 x 1200
2400 x 1200
2400 x 1200
2400 x 1200
Furniture
Walls
Cladding
Roof lining
Ceiling
BC Exterior Hoop Pine Plywood  (DesignerPly)                               Standard: AS/NZS 2271
Appearance Description Grade Thickness Length x Width (mm)
 Applications
 exterior---bs-exterior-hoop-pine-plywood BC Exterior hoop pine plywood with 'A' bond exterior glue suitable in marine applications, shopfitting & cabinet making. Hoop Pine construction with 'B' face and 'C' back makes a stable plywood with the closed grain veneer which is good for a painted finish on one side.
pdf Technical Data
 ‘B’ face ‘C’ back
F17
9mm
12mm
15mm
18mm
2400 x 1200
2400 x 1200
2400 x 1200
2400 x 1200
Furniture
Walls
Roof lining
Cladding
BC Imported Exterior Radiata Plywood
Appearance Description Grade Thickness Length x Width (mm)
 Applications
exterior---bs-exterior-hoop-pine-plywood BC Imported Exterior Radiata Plywood - BC Exterior Radiata pine plywood using ‘A’ bond glue with a high quality ‘B’ face suitable for painting with ‘C’ grade back. Check local branch for availability.
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‘B’ face
‘C’ back

3.2mm
9mm 12mm 15mm

18mm

2440 x 1220
2440 x 1220
2440 x 1220
2440 x 1220
2440 x 1220

Furniture
Walls
Roof lining
Cladding
 CD Exterior Radiata Plywood
Appearance  Description  Grade  Thickness  Length x Width (mm)  Applications
structural---cd-plywood  CD Exterior Radiata pine plywood using ‘A’ bond glue with a ‘C’ face and ‘D’ back.
pdf Technical Data
 ‘C’ face ‘D’ back  7mm
9mm
12mm
15mm
18mm
25mm
2400 x 1200
2400 x 1200
2400 x 1200
2400 x 1200
2400 x 1200
2400 x 1200
Furniture
Walls
Roof lining
Cladding
BB/CC Exterior Hardwood Plywood
Appearance Description Grade Thickness Length x Width (mm)
 Applications
exterior---bbcc-exterior-plywood Exterior hardwood plywood using ‘A’ bond/WBP glue line. Both hardwood faces are sanded to produce a durable surface ideal for exterior, exposed applications. ‘BB’ faces may have small filled and sanded imperfections. ‘CC’ back may have rough patches and filled splits. Colour varies from dark red to light blonde ‘BB’ face
‘CC’ back
3.6mm
3.6mm
6mm
9mm
12mm
15mm
18mm
2440 x 1220
3050 x 1220
2440 x 1220
2440 x 1220
2440 x 1220
2440 x 1220
2440 x 1220
Beams
Cabinetry
Furniture
Building
Roofing
Bins, boxes, crates
Hoardings
Bracing
Walls

Door Skin Exterior Hardwood (Melapi) Plywood               Standard: AS/NZS 2271

Appearance Description Grade Thickness Length x Width (mm)
 Applications
exteiro---door-skin-exteiro-plywood Door skin exterior hardwood (Melapi/ Hersawa) plywood using ‘A’ bond glue. BB faces may have small imperfections that are filled and sanded making it ideal for painting. ‘CC’ back may have rough patches and filled splits. ‘BB’ face
‘Cc’ back
3.6mm
3.6mm
3.6mm
3.6mm
3.6mm
3.6mm
3.6mm
3.6mm
2052 x 832
2052 x 932
2052 x 1032
2135 x 932
2135 x 1220
2440 x 932
2440 x 1220
2745 x 1220
Door skin
Overlay Exterior Hardwood Plywood                                 Standard: AS/NZS 2271
Appearance Description Grade Thickness Length x Width (mm)
 Applications
exterior---overlay-exterior-hardwood-ply Overlay and Better (OVL/BTR) grade exterior hardwood plywood using ‘A’ bond glue. Made using many veneers creating higher stress grade plywood. It is an appearance grade plywood that is suitable for Paper Overlay applications OVL/BTR OVL/BTR
3.6mm
6mm
9mm
12mm
12mm
15mm
18mm
3050 x 1220
2440 x 1220
2440 x 1220
2440 x 1220
3050 x 1220
2440 x 1220
2440 x 1220
Paper overlay interior finish
eLite Hardwood Plywood
Appearance Description Grade Thickness Length x Width (mm)
 Applications
exteriro---lightweight-exteriror-hardwood-wbp Lightweight plywood made from low density hardwood veneers and ‘A’ bond (WBP) glue line to produce exterior plywood suitable for many applications such as in the transport industry OVL/BTR
BB/CC
9mm
12mm
15mm
18mm
2440 x 1220
2440 x 1220
2440 x 1220
2440 x 1220
Trailer flooring
Cladding
Coated Lightweight Exterior Hardwood Plywood
Appearance Description Grade Thickness Length x Width (mm)
 Applications
exterior---coated-lightweight-exteior-hardwood-plywood Lightweight exterior hardwood plywood. One side is coated with a durable polyurethane micro coating to protect against the elements in applications such as caravan flooring. 'A' bond (WBP) glue line. Polyurethane micro-coating

BB/CC back
12mm
2440 x 1220

Caravan floors
Marine
Cladding
Walls
Ceiling
Furniture

 

Container Ply Flooring Exterior Hardwood
Appearance Description Grade Thickness Length x Width (mm)  Applications
exterior--container-ply-flooring Exterior hardwood plywood made for container flooring. A durable plywood made with ‘A’ bond glue for resistance against weathering and moisture

‘D’ face

‘D’ back

28mm
2440 x 1220
Container flooring
           

Please note each state carries different stock so please contact your local Gunnersen Branch for availability

Technical

For more information, please download the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS).

pdf MSDS Coated Lightweight Exterior Hardwood Plywood 221.05 Kb

pdfFormaldehyde Emission Classifications

pdf exterior_plywood-austral 27.05 Kb

pdf super_e0_austral_certificate 338.88 Kb

 pdf exterior_radiata_ply-arauco 13.77 Kb

 pdf msds_non_structural_exterior_plywood 22.72 Kb

 pdf msds eLite 201 Kb

 pdf Aracuo Brochure 2.2 Mb

 pdf Arauco Fire Test 37 Kb

IMPORTANT: Do not use oil based products on Hoop Pine plywood.  Please visit www.australply.com.au for more finishing guidelines.

PRODUCT WARNING: Austral Plywoods will not be involved in future disputes for end users using oil based finishes on our plywood.

The above caption now appears on all invoices and delivery dockets. There are a number of warnings on our website and EWPAA website.

Our recommendation is Dulux Intergrain UltraClear UV Non Yellowing Water Based Polyurethane.

LEAD TIMES

Current lead times for Austral Plywoods are as follows:
A-C Exterior and Interior is approx 10 weeks
Marine is 6 - 8 weeks
B-B is 6 - 8 weeks
B-B Multiply is approx 6 weeks
Please check on B-C and B-D options in exterior and interior, ex stock
We also have some 18x12 and 24x9 on the floor from cut backs

The strongest, lightest, most versatile utility and decorative product made from a renewable resource, plywood is kilo for kilo stronger than steel. Plywood was the first type of engineered wood to be invented. It is made from thin sheets of wood veneer, called plies or veneers. These are stacked together with the direction of each ply’s grain differing from its neighbours’ by 90° (cross banding). The plies are bonded under heat and pressure with strong adhesives, usually phenol formaldehyde resin, making plywood a type of composite material. Laminating an odd number of plies (3, 5, 7...) reduces warping while increasing the number of plies increases the resistance to shearing forces. A common reason for using plywood instead of plain wood is its resistance to cracking, shrinkage, twisting/warping, and its general high degree of strength.

BENEFITS OF PLYWOOD
Renewable Resource - A natural product from a renewable resource.
Beautiful - Preferred because of its warmth and natural markings.
Strength - Unique cross-layered structure makes it kilo for kilo, stronger than steel.
Efficiency - Uses more of the log than timber.
Versatility - Can be bent and formed to meet various sizes and shapes.
Durability - Long-lasting and good resistance to damage.

TYPES OF PLYWOOD
Plywood can be broadly classed as either ‘Exterior’ plywood or ‘Interior’ plywood. Veneer quality, glue type and timber species are the major contributing factors that determine the application of a plywood panel.

VENEER QUALITY
Plywood is classified according to grades, which are based on face and back veneer quality. The Engineered Wood Products Association of Australia (EWPAA) grading standards are as specified in the following table.

a-grade a-grade a-grade a-grade a-grade a-grade
Grade A Grade S Grade B Grade C Grade D Grade PG
Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description:
A high quality appearance grade veneer suitable for clear finishing. An appearance grade veneer which permits natural characteristics such as knots as a decorative feature subject to agreement. An appearance grade suitable for high quality paint finishing. A non-appearance grade with a solid surface. All imperfections such as knot holes or splits are filled. A non-appearance grade with permitted open imperfections. Limited number of knots and knot holes up to 75mm wide are permitted. A non-appearance grade that has open imperfections such as holes, knots, splits and rough grain.
Applications Applications Applications Applications Applications Applications
Textured exterior cladding
Interior wall lining
Interior ceiling lining
Furniture & joinery
Decorative applications
Interior wall lining
Interior ceiling lining
Furniture & joinery
Concrete formwork
Primary sheathing
Signs
Engineered components
Concrete formwork
Gussets Roof decking
Flooring Sub sheathing
Bins, boxes & crates
Stressed skin panels
Hoardings
Structural components
Beams & portals
Roofing Bracing
Utility buildings
Temporary security
covers
Pallets Fillets & liners
General packaging
Crates

 

Most local plywood conforms to the PAA standard with imported plywood in compliance with other grading standards such as:

BB/CC grade which conforms to the Japan Plywood Inspection Corporation (JPIC) standard. BB/CC grade plywood has a good face that may have small
imperfections that are filled and sanded. ‘CC’ back may have rough patches and filled splits.
Overlay and Better (OVL/BTR) is more of an appearance grade plywood that conforms to the International Hardwood Product Association (IHPA) that uses
more veneer in construction to produce higher stress grade plywood.


GLUE BONDS
Glues used to bond veneers together are an element that influences the application of the plywood. Common glues are as follows:

‘A Bond’ (WBP) - a waterproof glue line produced from phenolic resins (WBP -Water Boil Proof adhesive) that will not deteriorate under extreme conditions. It is readily recognisable by its black colour. Type A bond is specified in AS/NZS 2272 for marine plywood.

‘B Bond’ - produced from melamine fortified urea formaldehyde resin and suitable for limited exposure.

‘C&D Bond’ – is produced from urea formaldehyde resin and suitable for interior use only.


Application 

EXTERIOR PLYWOOD
PROJECT A Bond B Bond
Barns & Sheds x
 
Boat Hulls    
Boxes and Crates    
Bracing    
Caravans & Mobile Homes x
 
Carts & Wheel-barrows x
 
Ceilings    
Cladding x
 
Cubby Houses  x    
Dog Kennels x  
Doors & Door Skins x x
Exterior Wall Cladding x  
Floors (General)    
Formwork    
Furniture (General) x x
Interior Wall Lining    
Letterbox x  
Musical Instrument    
Outdoor Furniture (General) x  
Packaging    
Partitions & Screens    
Platforms & Ramps    
Roofs    
Scaffold'g x  
Shelving x x
Signboard & Billboards x  
Table Tops x x
Toys    
Truck & Trailer Floors    
Wall Cabinets    
 
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