THE world’s lightest plywood is now available in the UK for the first time and is immediately proving popular with a vast range of users, from luxury yacht and motorhome builders through to packaging manufacturers and furniture producers.
The product, known as Banova Plus, is being sold exclusively by the UK’s leading supplier of timber and construction materials, Arnold Laver which operates 13 strategically located depots. It features an innovative design that combines a balsa core with lightweight hardwood surfaces, to create a product that typically weighs half as much as conventional plywood, whilst being just a strong and robust.
In addition, Banova Superflex is an extremely flexible variation of the product that features a textile layer that can be easily formed to create curved shapes.
Banova is manufactured by German company 3A Composites GmbH, using FSC certified wood from responsible sources, and features low emission values. Both the Plus and Superflex products are available in a variety of thicknesses from 9mm to 50mm and formats that range from 1220mm x 2440mm up to 1220mm x 3050mm.
Terry Palmer, Category Director from Arnold Laver, says: “Banova is almost an optical illusion because it’s hard to fathom how such a solid product can weigh so little, whilst still being robust. It’s also easy to process, without requiring any special tools or equipment, and offers a consistent surface quality. As a result, it’s ideal for any scenario that requires a high quality, natural looking product that is strong and crucially, very lightweight.
“We’ve already seen it successfully used to make exhibition stands, sculptures, mobile advertising boards, theatre sets, cargo crates and all types of lightweight furniture. It’s also the ideal material for suspended lighting rafts, like those often found in high-end restaurants and hotels, because it can be easily fitted to ceilings and places little strain on mechanical fixing systems, as well as looking extremely stylish.
“In addition, it can be combined with scratch resistant surfaces, printed onto and even laminated, so it lends itself to an endless range of possibilities. There’s nothing else like it on the market, so it’s a fantastic addition to the innovative and vast product range that Arnold Laver is renowned for.”
For further information about Banova, call your local Arnold Laver depot or visit www.laver.co.uk