Finnforest has launched a new birch plywood panel for concrete formwork applications featuring an innovative coating that enhances the smoothness of architectural concrete surfaces.

FormPLUS has a patent-pending coating that provides much more resistance to moisture absorption in order to dramatically reduce the ripple and grain marks that conventional plywood panels can leave on visual concrete, according to the manufacturer.

“The exceptionally smooth surface finishing that FormPLUS makes possible cannot be matched by other plywood formwork panels in its price range,” says Finnforest’s R&D manager, Jussi Ekman. “It makes ultra-smooth concrete finishes affordable in more applications – not just prestige architectural projects.”

Finnforest expects the plywood material to be used to enhance quality in a broad range of concrete formwork applications in which visually attractive internal and external surfaces are required.