Gold Coast lab maintains gold standard for EWPAA products
Rigorous testing of wood-based panel products at the EWPAA’s NATA-accredited laboratory on the Gold Coast reaffirms the international respect the brand has earned for certification and product analysis.
The Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia operates two industry laboratories in Australia accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA).
Facilities in Brisbane and the Gold Coast test for a full range of structural and physical properties and for formaldehyde emissions and bond quality.
Since the amalgamation EWPAA and the Australian Wood Panels Association, industry has gained from access to the Gold Coast test centre laboratory, which carries out most of the wood panel tests specified in Australia / New Zealand, European and Japanese standards.
The EWPAA technical committee produced (through active representation on Standards Australia committee TM005) all of the reconstituted wood panel standards and test methods covered under AS/NZS 1859 and 4266 series for particleboard, dry processed fibreboard, decorative overlay wood panels and wet processed fibreboard The committee also produced the Australian Standard 1860 Parts 1 and 2, Particleboard Flooring and Installation of Particleboard Flooring, and provides input to regional and ISO Standards development.
“Compliance testing of particleboard and MDF to Australian standards at the Gold Coast lab goes hand in hand with the EWPAA program providing major benefits for the engineered wood products industry in Australia and New Zealand,” EWPAA general manager Simon Dorries said.
EWPAA is proud of the fact that manufacturers of wood-based panels have qualified for emissions intensive trade exposed (EITE) status under the federal government’s Clean Energy Legislative Package.
“This has been a long and expensive process but it effectively adds $10 million to the bottom line for EWPAA members,” Mr Dorries said.
“We now receive 65% free carbon permits after demonstrating our emissions intensities were above a certain threshold which was quite a technical challenge.”
Samples from member plywood, LVL and wood panel manufacturers are tested daily at both laboratories with other properties tested on a monthly basis. The schemes are accredited by the Joint Accreditation System of Australian and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ).
EWPAA speaks for a notable proportion of the timber industry, representing plywood, LVL, particleboard, MDF and wood panel manufacturers and services in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Papua New Guinea.
Valued at well over $1.5 billion, the industry in Australia and New Zealand supports more than 5000 jobs.
The Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia provides accreditation for plywood, LVL, particleboard, MDF and solid timber.Learn more