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#1 posted 09-29-2020 04:07 AM

Here is about the clearest description of what it is that I ran across a few years ago:

Lauan plywood (also known as Luan Plywood) is a commercial term used throughout the United States that typically refers to a 1/8” – 1/4” tropical hardwood plywood panel used for underlayment in flooring, lamination, paper overlay, furniture, and millwork applications.

The first Lauan panels were manufactured over 40 years ago in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. The hardwood plywood industries in these three countries imported vast quantities of tropical hardwood logs from the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia. The primary species they used was Shorea spp. which was commonly known in the Philippines as “Lauan” – hence the name Lauan Plywood. Shorea spp. is the same species that we know in the United States as Philippine mahogany and more recently as Meranti plywood.

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