marine plywood

Marine Plywood

BS 1088 marine plywood

Marine Plywood was originally made for the manufacture of marine craft but is increasingly used in building construction, in extreme weather, and in general construction work where durability is required. Whilst it offers no greater strength or stiffness than WBP plywood, the use of durable wood veneers and a Class 3 glue bond means that Marine Plywood offers a higher level of resistance to biological attack and provides greater moisture resistance.

Factory use selected hardwood veneers and thickness face veneers to make the marine plywood. The plywood can be structural and non-structural. It has very low formaldehyde emission and can endure extremely humid weather.

Best marine plywood is made with 100% Okoume veneers and can meet with BS1088 standard. Furniture, building and the maritime industry is the main customer for marine grade plywood.

Marine Plywood Brands


poplar marine plywood

Poplar Marine Plywood
Density 520-550 KGS/M3


hardwood marine plywood

Hardwood Marine Plywood BS 1088
Density 600-700 KGS/M3


gaboon okoume bs1088 marine

Lightweight Marine Ply BS 1088
Density 480 KGS/M3

Product Specification

Thickness4mm, 6mm, 9mm, 12mm, 15mm, 18mm, 21mm, 25mm, 30mm, 35mm
Core VeneerEucalyptus, Pine, Birch, Poplar, Okoume
Face VeneerOkoume, Bintangor, Beech, Pine, Birch
AdhesivePhenolic Bond, WBP Bond, A Bond
Formaldehyde EmissionsE0, CARB P2, JAS ★ ★ ★ ★
DensitySoftwood Core – 550 kgs/m3
Hardwood Core – 650 kgs/m3
Moisture ContentBelow 12%
MOQ50 Cubic Meters
StandardEN324:1993, EN314:2006, BS1088:2003, BS1088:2018, AS/NZS 2272:2006

BS 1088 Marine Plywood Standards

Phenolic Glue

The glue used in marine plywood must be waterproof. It ought to be phenolic A-bond. Otherwise, it won’t be marine. The glue must pass a stringent test that shows it won’t de-laminate under water boiling.

Minimum Core Gaps

Core gaps must be avoided as much as possible. Gaps create a path for water to sneak into the board and ruin the ply. So voids must be absent if plywood is classified as marine grade.

High-Grade Veneer

Both side faces and core veneers must be of high quality as well. This helps the appearance and endurance to extreme conditions.

Where are marine plywood used?


What is the difference between WBP Plywood and Marine Plywood?

Marine plywood are all WBP plywood. But WBP plywood are not necessarily marine plywood. The core of WBP plywood can be marine grade or just ordinary grade.

When should I use marine plywood?

Marine plywood is highly priced. It can do the most job that requires plywood. That means you can only use marine plywood for your projects when you have enough budget. Cheap priced marine plywood doesn’t exisit.

What type of glue is used in the marine ply?

We use phenolic WBP glue or Melamine WBP glue for the marine plywood production.