Somerlap supplies large quantities of MDF, plywood and chipboard. Sheets can be cut to size with our advanced cutting machinery.

We are also able to offer used MDF and chipboard intended for use in packaging applications. Strict quality control ensures only clean and undamaged panels are offered.

Softwood plywood

Softwood plywood is manufactured through a process of laminating thin sheets of softwood veneer together. Softwood plywood is strong and highly resistant to impact. It retains its dimensions in varying climates, yet remains easy to screw and nail without cracking. Plywood is highly resistant to shearing, twisting and warping. Veneers are sliced and prepared into “Flitches” ready for the veneering process. Multiple layers of wood veneer are laid in alternating or aligned configurations, dependant on the purpose intended for end use. Glue is then applied to bond the veneer, which is then compressed to create a laminated panel.


Chipboard also known as particle board is an engineered wood product manufactured from wood particles and a synthetic resin or other suitable binder. It is then pressed and bound to form sheets. Particle board is a type of fibreboard, similar to MDF and hardboard, but made of larger pieces of wood. Although it is denser than conventional wood, it is the lightest and weakest type of fibreboard, except for insulation board.

Medium-density fibreboard (MDF)

MDF is an engineered wood product made by breaking down hardwood or softwood residuals into wood fibres, combining it with wax and a resin binder, and forming panels by applying high temperature and pressure.