RUSSIAN BIRCH (Betula Pendula/Pubescens. Known as Baltic Birch as well) grown in cold environment of Russia possesses excellent strength properties with beautiful white fiber which makes Russian Birch Plywood far superior than Birch plywood manufactured in other parts of the world.
To start, Baltic birch is a plywood product native to the northeastern region of Europe around the Baltic Sea. It’s manufactured for European cabinetmaking. This begins to explain the product’s odd sheet size of 5’x5′ (more about this at bottom).
Birch plywood (betula spp.) is a hardwood plywood that is widely known for its panel strength, grain texture, durability, and ease of finishing. Where are the sources of Birch Plywood? Birch trees, which are deciduous, are the source of the plywood panels.
Baltic Birch. Russian birch plywood is a uniquely manufactured birch plywood that uses multiple ply’s of birch veneer throughout the panel. The resulting Baltic birch plywood has a void-free core. Inner plies are solid birch veneer, cross-banded, and laminated with an exterior grade adhesive.
Russian/Baltic Birch Plywood. Baltic Birch, also known as “Russian Birch”, is an imported plywood that is light in color.Baltic Birch is typically manufactured as a multi-ply product, having more plies(or layers) than standard domestic plywood.
Plywood is strong, its surface durable, easy to work with and easy to handle. The plywood panels withstand rough handling, wear and tear, humidity and bruising. Metsä Wood birch plywood is made of cross-bonded 1.4 mm thick birch veneers.
Aircraft grade plywood, often Baltic birch, is made from three or more plies of birch, as thin as 1 ⁄ 64 inch (0.40 mm) thick in total, and is extremely strong and light. At 3 ⁄ 8 inch (9.5 mm) thick, mahogany three-ply "wiggle board" or "bendy board" come in 4 by 8 feet (1.2 m × 2.4 m) sheets with a very thin cross-grain central ply and two thicker exterior plies, either long grain on the sheet, or cross grain.
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Baltic Birch Plywood Sheets are not a specific species of birch, but is a general designation of plywood from Russia and nearby Baltic states (such as Finland). As with any natural wood product, quality can be variable. However, Baltic Birch plywood is generally regarded as being of higher quality than standard birch plywood.
Russian Birch plywood is uniquely manufactured with multiple ply’s of Birch veneer, used uniformly, throughout the panel. Each layer of birch veneer is peeled at 1.3mm or 1.5mm thickness giving the panel a multi-ply edge that is both aesthetically attractive and offers unmatched strength and stability.
Birch plywood is manufactured by Vyatsky Plywood Mill (Kirov, Kirov Oblast). In 2017, a new modern plant will be launched, for manufacture of hi-tech birch plywood. The overall annual production volume of Vyatsky Plywood Mill and Kirovsky Plywood Mill will amount to 181,000 m3.