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    Author(s): Craig L. Forbes; Larry G. Jahn; Philip A. Araman
    Date: 2001
    Source: Forest Products Journal. 51(6): 25-31.
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Southern Research Station
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    This is the second part of a two-part study investigating markets for hardwood plywood. Part 1 dealt with architectural woodworkers. North American fixture manufacturers were surveyed to better understand the structure and use of wood-based panels in the industry. A questionnaire was mailed to a sample of U.S. and Canadian fixture manufacturers. The sample consisted of members of the National Association of Store Fixture Manufacturers (NASFM). The response rate, adjusted for bad addresses, was 20 percent. The average fixture manufacturer purchased $1.2 million of panel materials in 1997, and $244,000 of hardwood plywood. Of total panel purchases, medium density fiberboard (MDF) represented 28 percent, hardwood plywood (including all substrates covered with a hardwood veneer) represented 20 percent, melamine-coated board was 20 percent, raw particleboard was 15 percent, and high-pres-sure laminate was 11 percent. Of the hardwood plywood purchased, 47 percent was MDF core, 34 percent was particleboard, and 14 percent was veneer core. Sixty-four percent of total hardwood plywood was premium grade, followed by custom (27%), and paint grade (5%). Red oak was the predominant face species used (31%), followed by maple (24%), cherry (11%), birch (10%), and white oak (5%). Fifty-two percent of the faces were constructed of sliced veneer. Over 6 percent of the total hardwood plywood purchases was of pre-finished plywood. This number was expected to increase to 12 percent by the year 2000. The most important hardwood plywood attribute as perceived by fixture manufacturers was absence of delamination of veneers, followed by on-time delivery, orders shipped correctly, and shipment arrives in good condition.

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    Forbes, Craig L.; Jahn, Larry G.; Araman, Philip A. 2001. An investigation of hardwood plywood markets. Part 2. Fixture manufacturers. Forest Products Journal. 51(6): 25-31.

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