(For beginner)HPL Plywood knowledge& Manufacturing Experience Part 1 : Introduction of HPL Plywood

Let’s talk about What is HPL and some general idea about the HPL Plywood,after this ,then will detail the Plywood production and quality standards from next few topics.

High pressure laminate is produced in a fusing process that gives an extra-hard decorative laminate. The surface, inner layers and backing layer are fused in a multiple step press operation, resulting in the most durable laminate construction.


These laminates are then bonded to the core board in a separate process with glue under heat and pressure.

HPL PLYWOOD ,it is kinds of fireproof plywood ,Plywood substrate laminated with HPL sheets on top and bottom face and back ,bonded with High Pressure Laminate (HPL) faces. The panels thickness will be 2mm thicker than the core because of the laminate and glue on each face.

Typical core options:

  • Tropical hardwood plywood
  • Lightweight poplar plywood
  • Birch plywood
  • Okoume (gaboon) plywood
  • Marine grade okoume plywood
  • Beech plywood
  • MDF (standard, fire retardant, moisture resistant, exterior, etc)
  • Chipboard (standard, fire retardant, moisture resistant, etc)

Laminate options:

  • Standard commercial laminates
  • Fire retardant laminates
  • Foodsafe laminates
  • Plastic coated steel

Alternative laminated products:

  • Coloured lacquered polypropylene plywoods
  • Continuous pressure laminate faced plywoods
  • Melamine faced plywoods

Overlay colour
Standard colours are white and grey. Others colours at customer’s request.


  • Furniture industry: kitchen and laboratory furniture components and worktops; furniture for shops;
  • Transport industry and construction: finishing works of walls and ceiling, surfaces where high resistance to wear and appearance are required.

Gluing classes 
Plywood is glued with waterproof phenol formaldehyde resin adhesive. Bonding is resistant to weather and boiling water. It meets requirements of the following standards:

EN 314 / 3rd class;
BS 1203 / H4 (previously WBP);
DIN 68705 Part 3 / type BFU 100.



Formaldehyde emission
In accordance with the standards EN 13986 formaldehyde emission meets the Class E1 requirements. Test method EN 717 Part 2.

Surface overlay
HPL is a high-pressure laminate. The core of HPL is thick phenol laminate with a decorative top layer impregnated with transparent melamine resin. HPL overlay is glued with D2, D3 or D4 class glues according to standard EN 204 requirements.

Standard sizes
1200 x 1220 / 2100 / 2420 /2440/ 2700 mm
1220 x 1220 / 2100 / 2420 / 2700/2440 mm
1250 x 1220 / 2100 / 2420 / 2700 mm/2440mm

1220mm×1830mm   (4’×6′);

1220mm×2440mm (4’×8′);

1220mm*3050mm   (4’×10′);

1220mm×3660mm (4’×12′);

1310mm×2800mm   (4.3’×8′);

1350mm×1830mm (4.5’×6′);

1525mm×3050mm   (5’×10′);

1525mm×3660mm (5’×12′)

1830mm×1830mm   (6’×6′);;

1830mm×2440mm (6’×8′)

1830mm×3050mm   (6’×10′);

1830mm×3660mm (6’×12′)
Cut to size panels, machining and processing up to ready furniture components in accordance with the customer’s requirements.

Standard thickness:
Plywood nominal thickness is 6.5, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, 35 mm.
To  Ply thickness the following should be added:

  • 2 x 0,6 mm (HPL thickness), if HPL is applied on both sides;
  • 0,6 + 0,25 mm (balance paper thickness), if  HPL is applied only on one side.

Size and right angle tolerance meets the standard EN 315 requirements.

Nominal thickness, mm 6,5 9 12 15 18 21 24 27 30 35
No. of 1.4 mm plies 5 7 9 11 13 15 17 19 21 25
Average actual thickness, mm 6,4 9,2 12,0 14,9 17,7 20,5 23,4 26,5 29,4 35,0
Lower limit, mm 6,1 8,8 11,5 14,3 17,1 20,0 22,9 25,8 28,7 33,6
Upper limit, mm 6,9 9,5 12,5 15,3 18,1 20,9 23,7 26,8 29,9 35,4
Parameter Tolerance
Length, width (mm) ± 0,5 mm/m
Right angle Max difference of diagonals 0,5 mm/m
Edge straightness ± 0,25 %



IN China,many  leading producers of wood-based decorative panels,Their expertise and equiptment, built up over decades, enables us to tailor cost effective products. Using red hardwood or white  face Grade  Plywood gives a panel that is strong and robust with excellent screw retention properities. The edge can be left visible and waxed, lacquered or painted. Some grain show through can happen on solid colours and especially gloss black. They can supply up to 3m long up to 30mm think. Where weight is not a concern this material makes an excellent furniture board for vehicle fit outs. The impact resistance and durability is ideal for commercial vehicles. Working with world’s main laminate producers including Abet, Arpa, Egger, Formica, Polyrey  and many Chinese companies’s brand such as Yongwei and Zhenghang ,Binbin ,TIANRUN ….many many good famous brands in Changzhou/Hangzhou and other cities . They  offer a massive choice of decorative surfaces. To give you a guide on: decors available; prices; leadtimes; panel specifications; see below. The “colour selector” shows our own brand range of laminates and Formica’s range.

They supply all forms of plywood with a high pressure laminate bonded to both sides or one only with a balancer to the reverse and also supply plywood with plastic coated steel faces in the same manner.

All these panels can be supplied in standard commercial panel sizes (e.g. 2440x1220mm, 3050x1220mm, 3050x1525mm, etc) and we can also cut & trim these panels to a particular required size to match your needs.


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