The Wolstenholme Advantage
Wolstenholme International offers more than 30 years of experience in importing Baltic Birch plywood from our mills in Russia and brings the vast resources that Russia has to offer, to your door. Our warehouse facilities are strategically located to offer, just-in-time shipments to any area of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. We strive to offer every option of thickness, grade, and dimension made available in Baltic Birch, from our warehouse inventory, in order to reduce lead times to your facility.
Traditionally, Baltic Birch has been the primary choice of plywood for use in:
- Drawer box construction
- Engineered flooring
- Architectural plywood platforms
- Hardwood upholstered furniture frame
- Juvenile furniture
- Die Boards
- Laser cut plywood
- RV / Trailer industry
- Speaker cabinets
- ATA Flight cases
- Concrete form / shoring panels
The European Edge
Russian Birch plywood is uniquely manufactured with multiple plies of Birch veneer, used uniformly, throughout the panel. Each layer of birch veneer is peeled at 1.3mm or 1.5mm thickness giving the panel a multi-ply edge that is both aesthetically attractive and offers unmatched strength and stability. Birch plywood from Russia has been available in the United States for over fifty years, and still today, goes by the trade name of Baltic Birch. Historically, only available in 5’x5′ sheets, today Russia has expanded production to include numerous other formats, such as 4’x8′ and 10’x5′ and 10’x4’.
Russia currently has an estimated 22% of the world’s forest cover and more forest area than any other country in the world. Today Russia makes up only 6% of all plywood imported to the United States. The market for Baltic Birch plywood in the United States has seen continuous year to year growth, as it replaces traditional plywood options currently available to woodworkers especially where, strength, stability, and quality are required.
Excessive Formaldehyde emissions from plywood products have become an important issue with consumers and new legislation has been passed on both state and federal levels. We have worked very closely with our manufactures in Russia to ensure that we are on the leading edge of this safety matter. Our Baltic Birch suppliers in Russia were the first to become certified as CARB and the more recent EPA TSCA Title VI emissions standards. While all of our 5×5 mills are currently Phase 2 certified, our 4×8 panels go one step further, and in addition to being CARB2 certified, these 4×8 and 10×5 Baltic Birch panels contain no added urea formaldehyde and certified as NAF/ULEF.