James Latham joins UPM’s form pressing revolution in showcasing UPM’s formable UPM Grada® plywood at last week’s premier U.K. Timber Expo.

The new and revolutionary technology within UPM Grada® thermoformable plywood – which enables a remarkably shorter and faster form pressing process compared to traditional technology based on the gluing of veneers – is now available in the UK from all of James Latham’s panel  depots.

UPM Grada® technology enables a totally new way of form pressing. With UPM Grada®, the steps are simple. The panel is cut to the desired shape, heated and formed in a press.  As the panel cools down, it remains in the given shape while maintaining its original strength properties.  No time is wasted waiting for the wet glue to dry.

Heating and forming can also be applied to a selected part of the board, enabling even very large objects to be formed affordably, making it an extremely attractive material for furniture manufacturers and interior designers.

David Briggs, Latham’s Product Champion for UPM Grada® commented, “UPM Grada® offers furniture makers and interior designers an option which they have not previously had available, allowing them to create contemporary ‘on-trend’ furniture at a fraction of the cost and time that traditional manufacturing methods would incur.”

UPM Grada® material, which is available directly from stock at James Latham’s depots, conforms to ever growing demand for safer furniture. As well as being PEFC certified the adhesive used is free from formaldehyde and other harmful compounds. Plus, as the furniture is also stronger and more durable, it is extremely hard wearing, reducing the need for maintenance and replacement.

The new composite technology is the result of years of research and development. At the core of the formable plywood is a special adhesive film which allows the plywood to be formed after manufacturing.

“The adhesive film developed by UPM creates a unique chemical bond with the wood, enabling the manufacture of bent wooden structures by simply heating, forming and then cooling the plywood. No harmful chemicals are required to form press the plywood. At the end of a product life cycle, the product can be recycled by grinding it into raw material for other composites, for example. The new adhesive bonds not only wood but many other materials. UPM Grada® is durable, safe and ecological, and its entire life cycle is carefully considered from start to finish”, says Markku Herrala, Head of Communications at UPM Plywood.

Environmental Services Manager Jutta Nuortila-Jokinen feels the formable plywood is well suited for many uses, such as furniture and various industrial applications. “The Tupa project conducted in cooperation with the Aalto University Design Factory utilises UPM Grada® in a very interesting way to manufacture a maternity package. The Layette box, which is made of UPM Grada® plywood, can be used as the baby’s first bed and later as a table and chairs or even as a toy. The product’s sustainable life cycle is based on its innovative design”.

The TUPA furniture system designed with UPM Grada®

For more information on UPM Grada® and James Latham’s extensive product range:

phone 0116 257 3415

e-mail marketing@lathams.co.uk

or visit www.lathamtimber.co.uk

Timber Expo is the premier show in the UK for all those involved in the timber sector or those looking to build with this fantastically versatile and sustainable material.

Timber Expo 2012 took place at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, U.K. on the 25 & 26 September 2012 attended by over 4,000 visitors.

For details of next year’s event, to be held on the 24 & 25 September 2013, log onto : www.timber-expo.co.uk


Mart Barrass Architect

Cambridge, UK  www.martbarrass.com


Posted on: 10th October 2012