The objective of the Woodworking Industry Development Cluster is to strengthen the international competitiveness of the Estonian wood industry and the organizations participating in the cluster.
Estonian timber companies export a wide range of different product groups, among which the most prominent include sawn and planed timber, pre-fabricated structural details for homes, furniture, modular buildings etc.
UPM-Kymmene Otepää AS is one of the fifteen partners in the Woodworking Industry Development Cluster and is part of the international UPM Corporation, with head office situated in Finland. The company’s main field of activity in Estonia is veneer and plywood production. With manufacturing sustainable and innovative products in 12 different countries, UPM leads the integration of bio and forest industries into a new, innovation-driven future. For UPM Corporation, this is captured in one word – Biofore. It means versatile use of recyclable and renewable wood biomass, combined with innovation, efficiency and responsibility.
Veneer and plywood have a long history in converting forest resources into value added products. Veneer is a thin slice of wood made by rotary cutting or slicing of the log. Plywood is a wooden panel composed of thin cross-bonded veneers glued together. In the article, the manufacturing process of both veneer and plywood is described.