Interior design17.01.2011

Fire retardant plywood from Koskisen

Fire retardancy enables to use plywood in large public rooms. Picture: Thomas Harrysson.

Fire retardancy enables to use plywood in large public rooms. Picture: Thomas Harrysson.

Wholesalers finally get their wish of fire retardant plywood!

It is now possible to order Koskisen’s plywood with a Class B fire retardant rating. The rating allows the plywood to be used, for example, in the wall and ceiling structures of public buildings and in various auditorium structures. If it burns, fire retardant plywood does not produce enough heat to contribute to the spread of fire. It is also less likely to catch on fire.

Demand for fire retardant wood products is estimated to increase considerably in the coming years. The products have several potential end uses, particularly in the construction and shipping industries and in transportation.

Retardant treatment in Sweden

Koskisen also strongly believes in the demand for fire retardant products.
“The fireproofing carried out by our sub-contractor protects the boards without compromising the appearance or usability of the product. In future we will be able to offer our fire retardant plywood products as an interior design material to concert halls, theatres, shopping centres and similar larger public facilities, to name just a few,” reckons Riitta Ahokas, Koskisen’s Product Development Manager.

An interesting market

Although the head of Koskisen’s Swedish Representative Office, Annika Kristiansson, sees potential in the markets for fire retardant plywood, she says the national standards, that still remain in discussions, makes the information and market scattered.

“Fire retardant plywood is in competition with other wood and panel products. The markets for our new product are still new for us and we have a lot to learn. The future will tell us whether fire retardant plywood can hold its own alongside other products and break into the markets,” she says.

Plywood used in walls and seating structures at a concert hall.

Plywood used in walls and seating structures at a concert hall.