Marine Plywood

BS 1088 standard marine plywood made with gaboon okoume veneers. Thickened face veneers with phenolic adhesive for enhanced waterproof.

Marine Plywood

Marine plywood is plywood made with durable faces and core veneers with few defects so it performs well under wet conditions.

Originally invented for the manufacture of boats and yachts, marine plywood now is increasingly used in construction work where the durability of plywood is required.

The use of durable veneers and phenolic glue means that marine plywood offers a higher level of resistance to wet conditions.

Marine plywood has a low formaldehyde emission level thanks to the high-quality phenolic glue used.

Most marine plywood standards are voluntary. Some marine plywood manufacturers use a Lloyd’s of London stamp to certify their plywood to be BS 1088 compliant.

Don’t confuse film faced marine plywood with BS 1088 marine plywood.

Looking for marine plywood for concrete formwork?

Move to Film Faced Plywood
Note: In Middle East and Africa, the marine plywood often refers to the film faced plywood for concrete shuttering and forming.

Marine Plywood Types

Standard Marine

Common plywood manufactured with good veneers and waterproof glue. Marine is compared to ordinary.

Black Marine

Black film faced plywood with painted edges for concrete shuttering.

BS 1088 Marine

Premium marine plywood with phenolic glue and thick face veneers. Used for boat making.


Thickness4mm, 6mm, 9mm, 12mm, 15mm, 18mm, 21mm, 25mm, 28mm, 30mm
Core VeneerPoplar, Pine, Eucalyptus, Birch, Okoume, Meranti
Face VeneerGaboon Okoume 0.2mm, 0.4mm, 1.2mm
AdhesiveWBP Phenolic, WBP Melamine
Density500-700 KGS/M3
MOQ50 Cubic Meters
StandardEN324:1993, EN314:2006, BS1088:2003, BS1088:2018, AS/NZS 2272:2006

Marine Plywood Core

Poplar Core BS1088 Marine Plywood

Density 520-550 KGS/M3

Eucalyptus Core BS1088 Marine Plywood

Density 600-650 KGS/M3

Okoume Core BS 1088 Marine Plywood

Density 480-520 KGS/M3

BS 1088 Standard

Thick Face Veneer

The glue used in marine plywood must be waterproof. It ought to be phenolic A-bond. Otherwise, it won’t be marine. The glue must pass a stringent test that shows it won’t de-laminate under water boiling.

Minimum Core Gaps

Core gaps must be avoided as much as possible. Gaps create a path for water to sneak into the board and ruin the ply. So voids must be absent if plywood is classified as marine grade.

Standard Marine

Both side faces and core veneers must be of high quality as well. This helps the appearance and endurance to extreme conditions.


Boat & Ship

Premium Furniture

Vehichle Body


What is the difference between WBP Plywood and Marine Plywood?

Marine plywood is all WBP plywood. But WBP plywood is not necessarily marine plywood. The core of WBP plywood can be a marine grade or just ordinary grade.

When should I use marine plywood?

Marine plywood is highly-priced. It can do most job that requires plywood. That means you can only use marine plywood for your projects when you have enough budget. Cheap-priced marine plywood doesn’t exist.

What type of glue is used in the marine ply?

We use phenolic WBP glue or Melamine WBP glue for marine plywood production.