As a subsidiary wholly owned by Raute Finland, Raute (Shanghai) Machinery Company has invested in the promotion of new equipment to suit the plywood industry in China.

In particular, research and development by the company has focused on industrial techniques and equipment for wet veneer production, a fundamental and key process in plywood production.

Expanded domestic production of wood based panels from a variety of raw materials has improved China’s raw material utilisation.

In China, there are thousands of wood based panel manufacturers but the average output is low and estimated at between 30 – 40,000m3 /line. The scale of operation and the level of equipment used in Chinese mills tends to be low and in need of up-grading.