MEDITE SMARTPLY UK LIMITED
CROSSWAYS BUSINESS PARK
KENT DA2 6QH
Tel: 01322 424900
Fax: 01322 424920
Suppliers of: MDF panels, MDF boards, Construction boards, building boards, Plywood boards, fire retardant boards, dry lining boards, OSB Boards OSB Panels
MEDITE SMARTPLY is a market leader in the manufacture of sustainable timber construction panels and are renowned for delivering the highest quality products. MEDITE MDF and SMARTPLY OSB are highly regarded and both are well known for quality, choice and innovation. Whether you are the specifier, architect or end user, we make the product with the variant you need.
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MEDITE is onMAe of Europe´s most recognised brands of MDF and MEDITE products are now recognised as the benchmark for quality, consistency and performance in the MDF market.
SMARTPLY (OSB) - Oriented Strand Board - is a versatile, cost effective and environmentally friendly alternative to plywood. It is suitable for use in both structural and non-structural construction. OSB sheets are among the most environmentally efficient building material on the market. Find out how Smartply can make you work smarter and not harder at our dedicated microsite: www.smartply-worksmarter.com/
Some of our Products, please look at our website for the full range -
A multi-purpose MDF with excellent face properties making it suitable for the thinnest laminates and surface coatings as well as a wide range of interior application.
A specially engineered moisture resistant MDF panel with an extra smooth surface finish.
An MDF panel manufactured with zero added formaldehyde, developed specifically for use in environmentally sensitive interior applications.
An MDF panel developed specifically for use in environmentally sensitive interior applications where formaldehyde emissions need to be kept to a minimum but where a Euroclass B flame retardant board is also required under building regulations.
A high performance breathable sheathing panel suitable for use in all types of timber frame structures.
A general purpose MDF suitable for most on-site application. Benefits include easier handling, lower transport costs and reduced tool wear.
The panel has outstanding durability and dimensional stablility allowing them to be used in applications such as concrete, plastics or metals. These groundbreaking panels provide architects, specifiers and designers with an entirely new construction material allowing design flexibility and opportunity for creativity.
A highly engineered OSB4 panel suitable for demanding environments where strength, rigidity and stability are vital.
SMARTPLY MAX is a strong, versatile board suitable for structural use in humid conditions (service Class 1 and 2), ideal for applications as diverse as roofing, flooring, hoarding and wall sheathing etc..
A strong versatile structural board suitable for use in humid conditions. Manufactured to the same standards as SMARTPLY OSB3 but with the addition of tongue and grooved edges.
Is an engineered OSB3 panel incorporating a continuous recess designed to accommodate ’C’ shaped metal studs used in the construction of plasterboard partitions.
A structural OSB panel with integrated vapour control and air barrier properties for use as structural sheathing in timber frame structures.
A coated hoarding panel designed for saving time and money.
SMARTPLY STRONGDECK is an extremely high-performance engineered wood panel suitable for the most demanding structural applications. It is manufactured using state of the art ContiRoll® technology consisting of moisture resistant and formaldehyde-free bonding of wood strands, precision strand orientation and continuous pressing.
Further technical information, image galleries and product specifications are available through the MEDITE SMARTPLY website or via the BPi Download Library.
MEDITE SMARTPLY Technical Sales Manager, Gary Carpenter
My name is Gary Carpenter & I’m your MEDITE SMARTPLY Technical Sales Manager for South West England & Wales. I’ve been with the company a little over 3 months now but have worked in the construction industry, in various roles, for almost 40 years. My previous role, prior to joining MEDITE SMARTPLY, was a 16-year career with Knauf UK, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of plasterboard and other lightweight construction materials.
The construction industry has evolved over the last 40 years and will undoubtedly continue to do so, with health and safety continuing to be a number one priority, as well as a growing focus on sustainability and waste reduction. All whilst continuing to set high standards in innovation, cost reduction and build quality.
This leads nicely into my new role at MEDITE SMARTPLY where we are driven by innovation including R&D to solve genuine construction and customer problems & improve build techniques, whilst keeping H&S and sustainability at the core of what we do. We are also environmentally responsible, with our materials coming from our own FSC® and PEFC® managed forests in which we planted over 19 million trees last year, from seedling to finished board we manage the process, a genuinely green business.
I’m incredibly excited by our extensive portfolio of speciality & technical products but having come from Knauf and the plasterboard and drylining industry, the one that has had the biggest impact for me so far is our SMARTPLY PATTRESS PLUS.
Traditionally on site a plywood is used as pattressing behind plasterboard to improve rigidity and pullout performance of the wall and supporting the hanging of sinks, cupboards, hand rails, etc. This is usually cut on site, which has historically caused issues with dust, product waste and an increased risk of injury whilst cutting, not to mention it’s a fairly time-consuming process even before the board is fitted to the studwork. SMARTPLY PATTRESS PLUS is a highly engineered OSB board that is manufactured with a pre-routed track, meaning the board fits perfectly into a metal C stud, which is then simply screwed to the stud. With half and full board lengths, designed for 400 and 600mm centres we offer a solution for most if not all metal stud sizes.
What this means, is there is no longer cutting required on site, there is no dust emissions and no waste, three of the key drivers the industry is focusing on eliminating from sites across the country. On top of solving these key issues, the speed of construction has rapidly increased by simply being able to remove these hazardous and time-consuming processes from sites.
“But ply is what we’ve always used and OSB doesn’t have pull-out strength” is what I’ve heard during my first three months and historically this may have been the case but we have made huge strides with the product in the last decade. In fact, SMARTPLY PATTRESS PLUS is tested, like Plywood, to the relevant sections of BS5234 demonstrating high pull-out strength, in line with industry applications. Manufactured in accordance with EN300, CE marked and FSC® approved it is a fully certified alternative to tropical plywood, with all the benefits of no dust, no cutting and improved build speed. Our SMARTPLY PATTRESS PLUS is also manufactured with zero added formaldehyde so is perfect for use in schools, hospitals, labs, museums and other environmentally sensitive areas.
We’ve already seen a positive uptake this year with key projects such as Strathclyde University, Queensferry High and Surrey Quays all enjoying the benefits of this simple but innovative solution and I’m looking forward to working with our partners and using my specific sector knowledge & experience to promote the clear benefits of SMARTPLY PATTRESS PLUS and working with an innovative, market leading manufacturer such as ourselves.
Out Of Sight Is Not Out Of Mind: PATTRESS PLUS
Out of Sight is Not Out of Mind
Formaldehyde is a naturally occurring substance, found in all natural things in very small amounts. Therefore, things made out of natural materials like wood contain a small amount of formaldehyde which may be emitted into the air over time.
Although formaldehyde in large amounts can be dangerous, the levels in building products, such as SMARTPLY OSB panels, are absolutely minimal as they’re manufactured with zero-added formaldehyde resins. The amount of formaldehyde released slowly through off-gassing, or contained in the dust created when cutting panels to size, is even less.
One question that might come up though, is that in the case of products which will be contained within the walls of a building, such as pattressing panels, does formaldehyde content even matter?
The answer is still, yes, of course it does. If we cared less about the formaldehyde content of all the building products that will not be visible when the building is complete and therefore became less diligent about the formaldehyde content of the resins used to bind wood panel products together, the overall VOC level of buildings would sky-rocket.
This is something that must be avoided for the benefit of both building occupants, building contractors, and the overall environmental credibility of the building.
Here at MEDITE SMARTPLY, the entire SMARTPLY OSB range including PATTRESS PLUS, the pre-sized and pre-rebated pattressing panel for drylining, is manufactured with no added formaldehyde.
This allows not only the installing contractor to work more safely, as they handle the raw product, but will also allow the building developer, architect, or main contractor to demonstrate that all products used are safe, healthy materials that align themselves with both wellbeing and sustainability ambitions of the project.
Specifying PATTRESS PLUS can help ensure that the project meets its BREEAM, LEED or WELL Standard environmental building standards. Let’s do the right thing!
Additionally, PATTRESS PLUS is manufactured in sizes to ensure it is a safe one-person lift, adhering to FIS safety task guidelines. In current circumstances, this can enable a dryliner to work independently, either when fewer workers are allowed on site or when government guidelines dictate that space must be maintained between workers.
Designed to fit all commercially available drylining and stud systems, PATTRESS PLUS comes in thicknesses of 15mm and 18mm, widths of 397mm or 597mm (to perfectly fit 400mm and 600mm stud centres), and lengths of 1250mm or 2397mm, corresponding with leading plasterboard partition specifications.
This high-performance solid core OSB3 ensures secure anchorage at any point on the panel face, meeting the severe duty rating, allowing it to be structurally secure enough to carry severely heavy weight.