By Abhijit Phadke
While the top selling plywood companies form the bulk of the plywood market in India in the organized sector, this business also has an equally large unorganized sector that consists of several manufacturers who make and sell locally made plywood brands.
The price-points of local brands is quite low compared to the cost of plywood sheets manufactured by the bigger companies, however at very low price-points there is a chance that the quality may have got compromised.
From the point of view of a customer, it is very difficult to know the quality of any plywood sheet just by looking at it. And hence for those who want to be assured of quality, the best plywood brands to choose from, will be those that have an legitimate ISI mark, which is a symbol of trust for quality. IS specification numbers are also printed on the boards just above the ISI mark. e.g. IS: 710 means Marine plywood and IS:303 means MR and BWR grade plywood.
Some of the bigger plywood companies in India and the brand names of their plywood are listed (in random order) in the table below.
|Plywood companies in India||Plywood brands in India||More info.|
|Kitply Industries Ltd.||Brand names: 'Kitply Gold', Kitply Curvy, Swastik MR grade, Vista (MR and BWR grade)||Kitply is a one of more famous plywood brand in India. The company started its operations in 1982. Other than plywood the company also manufactures blockboards, decorative laminates, and it's 'KitCol' brand of wood adhesive.|
|Century Plyboards (India) Ltd.||'Century Ply'||The company also manufactures blockboards, veneers, laminates, MDF and Prelaminated Particle boards.|
|GreenPly Industries Ltd.||Greenply plywood, 'Green Club Premium Ply, it's 'GreenLam' brand of decorative laminates and others.||GreenPly is a multi-national interior infrastructure company and has operations in several coutries. The company also makes blockboards, laminates, and decorative veneers, and MDF.|
|National Plywood Industries Ltd.||Brand name: 'National plywood'||The company manufactures plywood as well as laminates.|
|Sarda Plywood Industries Ltd.||DuroPly, DuroFlex, Duro-PumaPly as well as several other brands.||The company manufactures plywood, decorative plywood, blockboards and flush doors etc.|
|Mayur Plywood||Mayur ply||The company has a Pan-India presence and also makes decorative plywood, veneers and doors.|
Almost all of the bigger plywood companies in India manufacture all types and grades of plywood such as Commercial MR grade, Waterproof BWR grade for exterior use, Marine grade, Flexible plywood, and Fire Retardant and Shuttering plywoods.
Related products such as Laminates, Block Boards and Flush Doors are also sold by most of the companies. Many of the bigger companies have also now ventured into the ready-made furniture market in India, as well as into the manufacture of newer engineered wood products such as Prelaminated Particle boards and MDF (Medium Density Fibre boards).