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What is Manufactured Wood?

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What is Manufactured Wood?

Manufactured wood, also known as engineered wood or composite wood, is a type of wood product crafted by combining wood fibers, chips, or sawdust with adhesives and compressing them under high heat and pressure. This process creates a durable and versatile material that closely resembles natural wood in appearance and texture.

Manufactured Wood vs Solid Wood

While both manufactured wood and solid wood serve various purposes in construction and woodworking, they possess distinct characteristics and are suited for different applications.

Manufactured wood:

  • Typically less expensive than solid wood.
  • Lightweight, making it easier to handle and transport.
  • More resistant to water damage compared to solid wood, thanks to the manufacturing process.
  • Can be engineered to have consistent dimensions and properties, reducing waste and maximizing efficiency in construction projects.

Solid wood:

  • Generally more durable and long-lasting than manufactured wood.
  • Offers a timeless aesthetic appeal and unique grain patterns.
  • Often used for high-end furniture and architectural features due to its natural beauty and strength.

Pros and Cons of Manufactured Wood

Pros and Cons of Manufactured Wood


  • Affordability: Manufactured wood is often more budget-friendly than solid wood, making it accessible for a wide range of projects.
  • Lightweight: Its reduced weight makes it easier to handle during construction and transportation.
  • Increased Water Resistance: The manufacturing process can enhance the wood’s resistance to water damage, making it suitable for applications where moisture is a concern.


  • Use of Harsh Chemicals: Some manufactured wood products may contain adhesives or chemicals that can emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can pose health risks.
  • Susceptibility to Damage: Manufactured wood may be more prone to chipping and denting compared to solid wood.

General Kinematics: Leading the Wood Processing Industry

With a deep understanding of the complexities and demands of the wood industry, General Kinematics stands out as a trusted provider of innovative solutions. We offer a comprehensive range of equipment and services tailored to meet the evolving needs of manufacturers and producers.

From innovative vibratory conveyors and screens to advanced sorting and separation systems, General Kinematics’ solutions are designed to optimize efficiency, enhance productivity, and ensure sustainability throughout the wood processing process. Whether it’s improving material handling, reducing waste, or maximizing resource utilization, General Kinematics is committed to delivering reliable and cost-effective solutions that drive success for its clients.


Manufactured wood has revolutionized the construction and woodworking industries, offering a cost-effective and versatile alternative to solid wood. While both materials have their distinct advantages and disadvantages, General Kinematics provides innovative solutions to enhance the production processes of both manufactured wood and solid wood products. Whether it’s optimizing efficiency or ensuring sustainability, we ensure that manufacturers have the tools they need to thrive in today’s competitive market.

Contact General Kinematics today to learn more about our comprehensive range of products and services for the wood processing industry.