The EWPAA is a member association for manufacturers of engineered wood products, particularly plywood, laminated veneer lumber (LVL), particleboard and medium density fibreboard (MDF). We also represent a number of solid timber processors. From our office and testing laboratory, based in Brisbane, Australia, we support our membership throughout Australasia, including Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Papua New Guinea.
On behalf of our members, we coordinate a market development program which involves the following aspects:
- Product Certification and Testing
- Standards Development
- Education & Training
- Research & Development
- Market Maintenance
- Technical Promotion
The range of products manufactured and merchandised by our members includes the traditional interior, exterior and marine plywood products, as well as a wide range of modern engineered wood products. This encompasses structural plywoods used for formwork, residential and commercial flooring, wind and earthquake bracing, and feature cladding; and LVL, particleboard, MDF, hardboard and I-beam products used in both commercial and residential structures.
The EWPAA began in 1934 as the Queensland Veneer and Plywood Board, which was focused on administrative issues facing the veneer and plywood industry at the time. The association developed a national focus in 1939, when it became known as the Australian Plywood Board.
The association became more involved in market development activities and so changed its name in 1966 to the Plywood Association of Australia (PAA), a name many people still recognise today.
As the membership base grew to include manufacturers outside Australia and the association’s focus also grew to include products other than plywood, the name was changed to the Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia (EWPAA).