Metsä Wood offers new formwork plywood panels for concrete elements

Metsä Wood’s new formwork birch plywood panels, called Metsä Wood DURAForm (Image: Metsä Wood)

Metsä Wood has expanded its range of formwork panels with an alternative called Metsä Wood DURAForm, a composite surfaced birch plywood panels that are reportedly maintenance-free and can be used up to “200 times”, to help achieve a top-quality sophisticated result in concrete construction.

Formwork systems are indispensable when it comes to concreting walls, giving the cast concrete its form and allowing for quick and economical implementation of a project.

Additionally, concrete formwork is heavily stressed during use at construction sites. In this context, the hard scratch-resistant composite surface of the Metsä Wood DURAForm elements makes cleaning and later reuse of the panels easy.

The quality and processing of the formwork panels used is a decisive factor for reliable and attractive results. Produced from high-strength birch plywood, the Metsä Wood DURAForm formwork panel line offers minimal deflection, even with wide spans.

Despite its low weight, Metsä Wood DURAForm demonstrates especially high strength. Due to the design and structure, the panels allow for considerably leaner and resource-saving formwork structures and easy handling on-site.

The improved crack resistance and reduced chipping, even when fastening using nails, contribute to a high-surface quality. Since they can be reused up to 200 times, the Metsä Wood DURAForm panels can be resource-friendly beyond their lifecycle, in line with the principles of a sustainable circular economy.

Metsä Wood DURAForm thus aims to provide system formwork manufacturers, formwork system rental companies and users a recognisable cost advantage compared to other formwork panel materials, and to ensure smooth concrete surfaces in a range of applications in an affordable manner not only in high-end architectural projects.

“Selecting the right formwork panels is often one of the greatest difficulties you encounter when producing a concrete surface, especially when a top-quality smooth finish is a goal. The top-quality Metsä Wood DURAForm panels are super easy to process and later reuse. Even if nails are used for fastening, the panel surfaces can be easily restored to their original condition,” said Marc Juste, managing director at Müller Holzgroßhandel.