Super Light Plywood Made from Balsawood Veneer

A balsawood based Banova Ply table

3A Composites Banova Ply, is a lightweight plywood made of balsa veneers. 3A Composites USA, which manufactures well-known Gator-Ply, Syn-Ply and Luxcell synthetic veneer lines, put its knack for adhesive bonding to work on this light yet strong material aimed at recreational vehicles, boat and yacht interiors, and other surfaces where weight makes a difference. It is manufactured by the 3A Composites Core Materials business unit.

Lightweight-yet-strong Banova Ply – which consists of adhesively bonded balsa veneers – is 50 percent to 70 percent lighter than conventional wood panels and offers high thermal insulation properties. Banova Ply is used in rigid panel construction and may be laminated with various facings – including Gator-Ply, Syn-Ply and Luxcell synthetic veneers.


An RV vanity using Banova Ply

As a quality homogenous plywood, Banova Ply can be processed easily with existing woodworking tools and joining techniques.

Banova Ply is sustainably produced by 3A Composites Core Materials business unit. As the world’s largest producer of balsa wood, 3A Composites owns and cultivates several thousand acres of Forest Steward Council® (FSC®)-certified balsa plantations in Ecuador. Additionally, Banova Ply is manufactured with formaldehyde-free bonding.

Where weigh matters: a yacht interior using Banova Ply

Banova Ply is appropriate for a wide range of interior applications, including: residential and commercial furniture and interiors; vehicle, yacht and boat interiors; trade show displays and exhibits; and retail-store interiors.

“Banova Ply is an extremely versatile lightweight balsa plywood designed for cost-effective rigid panel construction; and, it is a perfect fit with our synthetic veneers,” said Doug Robinson, sales manager, industry/transport markets, 3A Composites USA. “We believe that many of our furniture customers in need of a lightweight panel will find Banova Ply to be the ideal solution. 3A Composites USA is committed to continually exploring product options to meet our customers’ needs.”

Banova Ply is available in 48-inch by 96-inch sheets in the stocked 12mm, 18mm and 25mm thicknesses. Banova Ply may be custom ordered in the 15mm, 30mm and 40mm thicknesses.

A plywood closet




To request Banova Ply product information, samples and/or technical bulletins, please contact us.

3A Composites is active in manufacturing and commercializing lightweight products for architecture, visual communication, transportation, industrial and wind energy markets.

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