Hardwoods are the most common woods used in China . These woods are god for mid-range furniture as they have a dense core that handles heat and moisture very well. China climate is both Hot and humid and the wood naturally evolved to handle these conditions.
From our experience, Eucaltyptus and Poplar are by far the most common in China . I would actually call Poplar the “default wood” in China as it’s what most furniture makers have on hand for most projects. For instance, if you just ask as the supplier in China for a wooden good without specifying, 5 times out of 10 they will produce it using Poplar and 3 out of 10 times out of rubberwood. Poplar is a perfectly good wood to use and is suitable for most projects, however, if you have a specific wood in mind then you need to specify in your product spec sheet. Keep in mind that many of wood that is popular in the states such as spruce, pine, hemlock, Douglas fir is from Canada and will need to be imported if you want to manufacture them in China .
Poplar in China
Is a hardwood with varieties that grow thought the tropics and subtropical region of the world, including China . Poplar is popular for many reasons due to its strength and appearance which has a solid strong look and light color. In addition it is one of the most sustainably grown woods, owing in part to how quick it can grow and the fact that you can plant a new tree as soon as one is chopped down. Due to its fast growth, it can be produced in great quantities cheaply. Poplar is widely considered one of the best value woods due to the fact it compares favorably in density and use of many more expensive kinds of wood.
eucalyptus in China
eucalyptus is another type of wood that is common in China and is widely considered to be one of the most sustainable and practical woods. eucalyptus, as the name suggests, comes from the same trees that produce latex and eucalyptus, and the wood is harvested after the tree serves out its purpose in producing rubber. eucalyptus is a medium-density tropical hardwood and has a naturally light color. The light color allows this to be stained to any color that you want from light to dark. eucalyptus is also so similar to oak wood that it is commonly labeled as Oak when sold. In terms of density and color, they are quite similar however eucalyptus tends to have a straight grain while oak is more circular.
Wood in China includes:
Solid woods are any goods that are made of a single piece of wood. This is the most basic type of wood as it gets. These are solid pieces of wood cut straight from the tree.
Plywoods are made by stacking thin boards of wood on top of each other and then bonding them with a resin or glue. This creates a board the strength and quality of Plywood vary greatly and is based on the type of wood used, the thickness of the sheets and how many times it is stacked.
MDF, short for Medium Density Fiberboard, is a mix of wood waste and resin. This creates a strong and solid board that can be used in nearly the same way as plywood. MDF tends to be both cheaper and weaker than plywood however it is strong enough to be used in weight-bearing furniture, cabinets and much more. MDF is usually covered up with a thick coat of paint and
This is a mix of wooden shaving and wood resin and tends to be the cheapest and weakest material to work with. For the most part, we avoid this as it’s not suitable for use in most goods although it is an option for those on a tight budget.
Veneers are a very thin sheet of wood that is bonded to the top to create a woodgrain look. Since Particleboard and MDF do not have a grain they’ll apply an extra layer of veneer to give it a solid wood look. Plywoods often have their top layer made with a veneer to give it the look of more premium wood. Veneers are mainly cosmetic, but do help protect the wood underneath from the elements.
China is capable of manufacturing with all of these types. Many factories that we have visited have their ability to process the wood from raw timber at the factory, to create solid wood boards, plywood or MDF. This allows for custom types of wood to be used in your product.