Marine Plywood AS2272 & BS1088

REAL Marine Plywood

Marine Ply raw edge with referance

Marine Plywood, there are 2 grades

With certified Marine Plywood there are only 2 types available in Australia. There are the Australian Standard AS2272 grade, and British Standard BS1088.

With the top quality Australian AS2272 grade, it is tested and graded under the PAA (Plywood Association of Australia) or as it is now called EWPAA Engineered Wood Panels Association of Australia. They have very strict testing and verification procedures that must be followed with independent testing by EWPAA also. You are assured that this plywood does meet the AS2272 standard.

With British Standard BS1088 there is no testing required to verify that the plywood is being manufactured to the correct quality standards, so when you see a very cheap ply saying it meets the BS1088 if probably does not.  We at MultiRack only use suppliers we can know will supply quality plywood to the BS1088 standard.

AS2272  and BS1088 Marine Ply
What is available and what we stock in Mackay

AS2272 Australian Marine ply
Only stockest in Queensland with over 100 sheets in stock

Standard size is 2400 x 1200mm (Only size we stock)
Available against order  2700 x 1200 (small minimum order quantity)
….  with 2440 x 1220  &  2745 x 1220 large minimum order quantity
Thicknesses Available  1.5, 3.0, 4.0, 6.5, 9.5, 12.5, 16, 19, 25, 32mm
What we stock in Mackay   4.0, 6.5, 9.5, 12.5, 16, 19mm
4mm $98.50, 6.5mm $140.30, 9.5mm $186.70, 12.5mm $235, 16mm $282.50, 19mm $334

BS1088 British Standard Marine Ply
Standard size is 2500 x 1220mm (Only size available)
Thicknesses Available  4, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18mm
What we stock in Mackay   4, 6, 12, 18mm
4mm $39, 6mm $64, 12mm $114, 18mm $159

What we stock
Marine Ply AS1172 300x300 IMG_6433

Australian Standard AS2272

To the left is a picture of Marine Ply made to AS2272 from Austral Plywood, They are the only manufacturer of marine ply that complies with Australian Standards.

This Plywood is made from Hoop Pine that is grown in plantations that are FSC compliant.

Marine plywood has long been known as the “Rolls Royce” of plywood, and for good reason.  It is a high performing product, suitable when “only the best will do”.  Constructed using the highest grade veneers (face and core veneers), it is manufactured from selected species based on density, bending strength, impact resistance and surface finishing characteristics. Marine plywood manufactured to AS/NZS 2272 – 2006 has a permanent Type A phenolic bond. Austral Marine Plywood is manufactured using plantation Hoop Pine, a designated marine specie.  (From Austral Plywood web site)
For mote information on AS2272 marine ply click on this link to Austral Plywood  http://www.australply.com.au/products/standard/austral-marine

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Australian Standard AS2272 Verification

To the left is a compliance stamp for Marine Ply made to AS2272 from Austral Plywood, They are the only manufacturer of marine ply that complies with Australian Standards.   In the picture you can read all the relevant information about this ply.
A . Manufacturer  “Austral Plywood”
B.  Veneer Grade     AA  only grade allowed under AS2272
C.  Glue,  “A Bond” – this is marine glue,  Austral use a Phonolic type Marine
Also “E0”  this is the formaldehyde emission rating for this glue. “0” is lowest rating
D.  Mill Number  “412”   Austral Plywood mill number with PAA
E.  Stress Grade (strength)  “F17”  the larger the number the stronger it is.

See next picture below for another stamp that is used by Austral Plywood, both are valid and show compliance to AS2272 Australian Marine Ply.

Austral AS2272 new stamp-300-300

Australian Standard AS2272 Verification
Alternate stamp

To the left is another compliance stamp for Marine Ply made to AS2272 from Austral Plywood, both are valid stamps.
“Super E0”  is the lowest formaldehyde emission grade you can get

AS2272 Marine Ply
Where is it made?

We only buy all AS2272 ply from Austral Plywood, the only manufacturer of marine ply that complies with Australian Standards. They have a factory in Brisbane that opened in 1925.  We have been buying from Austral since 1981.

Austral manufacture a wide range of panel products, specialising in marine plywood and appearance grade plywoods. Their plywood has been used in a number of high profile projects, including the Brisbane Supreme & District Courts, Perth Arena and Melbourne Recital Centre.

UntAS2272 where made
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BS1088 Plywood

The picture on Left is Marine Ply made to BS1088. This ply is made from 100% Eucalyptus Hardwood with a type A bond Marine Glue, this makes it very strong and with the hardwood timber veneers it is very durable. It also has a beautiful grain so would look great with clear finish in furniture.

We at Multirack only buy from reputable suppliers that only sell plywood that meets BS1088 and also FSC Chain of Custody (Forest Stewardship Council) for responsibly managed timber harvesting and processing.

We can access these low grades of non compliant BS1088 ply, but rest  assured if buying from us we will never buy or sell these low grade and cheaper ply that does not meet BS1088.

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BS1088 Verification

This compliance stamp is for Marine Ply made to BS1088. It is from 1 of our British Standard plywood suppliers. BS1088 ply is NOT manufactured in Australia.

Be aware that not all plywood stamped with BS1088 meets the standard.

We at Multirack only buy from reputable suppliers that only sell plywood that meets BS1088 and also FSC Chain of Custody (Forest Stewardship Council) for responsibly managed timber harvesting and processing.

We can access these low grades of non compliant BS1088 ply, but rest  assured if buying from us we will never buy or sell these low grade and cheaper ply that does not meet BS1088.

Warning about Marine ply

I am disappointed that major hardware stores are still falsely labeling plywood as “marine ply” when it is NOT marine ply. To be called marine ply it must meet either British Standard  BS1088  or  Australian Standard AS2722.  You can check if the ply is what they are claiming, have a look on the rear of the sheet, if it is real marine ply it will have the stamps in ink on the rear of the sheet, see the information above.
And they are also charging you a inflated price for this so called Marine Ply.
Marine ply fool
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FSC
Forest Stewardship Council

Chain of Custody certification is important for our future,  We at Multirack and all our suppliers only source timber that meets this standard. It demonstrates the importance we place on the responsible management of forests that supply our company. By customers choosing our products, they are supporting responsibly managed timber harvesting and processing, which is vital for the future of the Worlds forestry and wood product resources.

For more information go to this web site  https://au.fsc.org/en-au

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Building or repairing a Boat

It is extremely important that if you are Building or Repairing a Boat or other structure and it specifies a Grade of Marine ply to use, you must use that grade, your life may depend on it if you hit a reef or object in the water.

With Australian Standard Marine AS2272 it have penetration properties that are designed to greatly reduce the size of a hole in the unfortunate event of hitting a object.

“Marine plywood has long been known as the “Rolls Royce” of plywood, and for good reason.  It is a high performing product, suitable when “only the best will do”.  Constructed using the highest grade veneers (face and core veneers), it is manufactured from selected species based on density, bending strength, impact resistance and surface finishing characteristics. Marine plywood manufactured to AS/NZS 2272 – 2006 has a permanent Type A phenolic bond. Austral Marine Plywood is manufactured using plantation Hoop Pine, a designated marine specie.”  (from Austral Plywood web site  http://www.australply.com.au/products/standard/austral-marine  )

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Ply Cut to Size

At MultiRack we offer a cutting service for plywood we sell.  We have a German Altendorf sliding bench saw for accurate cutting of your ply needs.
There is a charge for all cutting. We can only cut a sheet completely through, we cannot do half width or lengths cut with this saw bench.

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