The Malaysian Plywood Manufacturers’ Association was established on 5th August 1965. Unlike most other associations and societies, the MPMA was registered under the Companies Ordinances(1940-46) as a Company Limited by Guarantee. The Association is governed by the Companies Act(1965) and its status as a company is being maintained.
When the MPMA was initially formed, it included Members from Singapore as well. In fact the founder Members were four from Malaysia and three from Singapore.
It is of interest to note that though there were Singapore mills represented in the Association, it was known as a “Malaysian” association. Consequently, on 15th January 1966, the name was changed to “The Malaysian and Singapore Plywood Manufacturers’ Association”. But the name was changed again on 23rd September 1967, this time back to “The Malaysian Plywood Manufacturers’ Association” due to the separation of Singapore from the Federation of Malaysia.
With the approval of the Registrar of Companies, the name of the Association was changed on 5th April 1991 from “The Malaysian Plywood Manufacturers’ Association” to “The Malaysian Panel-Products Manufacturers’ Association” as our members felt that the change was appropriate as the plywood trade was closely inter-linked with those of other panel products. With the change, MPMA would be able to represent the interests of the panel industry as a whole.
The prime objective for which the MPMA was first formed was the promotion of the manufacture and use of plywood in the country as well as abroad. This basic aim has not altered over the years. There is still need for collective efforts towards encouraging the wider usage of plywood, veneer and related products amongst consumers in Malaysia and those in the various overseas markets.
The second important objective is to provide a common platform for the plywood and panel products manufacturers to get together to discuss common problems and to seek solutions of mutual interest. In other words, the objective is towards closer co-operation amongst the mills.
The types of plywood produced include common veneer face plywood, decorative plywood, overlaid plywood including printed paper and polyester plywood, phenolic film-faced plywood, plywood for concrete formwork and container flooring, and marine plywood.
Plywood is available in sizes such as:
·1.220 x 2.440m (4’ x 8’)
·0.915 x 2.135m (3’ x 7’)
·0.915 x 1.830m (3’ x 6’)
·1.830 x 2.440m (6’ x 8’)
·Common thickness ranges from 3mm to 25mm in 3 to13 plies.
·Urea Formaldehyde (UF) for Moisture Resistant (MR) grade
·Phenol Formaldehyde (PF) or Phenol Resorcinol Formaldehyde (PRF) for Water and Boil Proof (WBP) grade.
·Low concentrations of formaldehyde formulations ensure compliance with emission level requirements such as E0 and E1.
·Malaysian plywood is produced in compliance with internationally recognised standards such as ISO, JAS, BS, CARB and EN.