MPX® is Columbia’s core innovation utilizing a smooth hardwood poplar crossband under the face and back for a clean and even finished panel.

MPX® answers the demand for a smoother veneer core panel

MPX®, the newest core innovation from Columbia Forest Products. This veneer core plywood panel features a Meinan®-peeled poplar x-band under the decorative face and back, which introduces a new standard in all-wood veneer core panel surface quality. It reduces telegraphing, making MPX better for finishing and applications where a smooth, even face is needed. Of course, standard construction includes soy-based PureBond® formaldehyde-free technology.

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MPX uses a hardwood crossband of Tulip Wood also known as Yellow Poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera) under the face and back, and is made with PureBond® formaldehyde-free technology. The result? MPX panels have a better surface quality than panels constructed with rougher softwood or hardwood crossbands. In addition, poplar doesn’t have the extreme difference in density between springwood and summerwood growth rings in contrast to softwoods. This makes MPX panels the smoothest domestically produced, all-wood core in North America.

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MPX is perfect for standard fabrications, but is highly recommended for pre-finished panels with high visibility requirements. Fabricators will experience less “fall-down” or scrap as well as fewer reworks and callbacks while producing finer finished goods with higher customer satisfaction and referrals.

Features & Benefits

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  • Uses a domestic hardwood poplar crossband beneath the face and back to reduce the potential for core ‘telegraphing.”
  • Smoothest crossband in the hardwood plywood industry for veneer core construction.
  • Improved surface is perfect for even finishing results.
  • Reduces fabricator shop waste, callbacks and reworks.
  • Cost competitive all-wood core construction.
  • MPX is available in 4×8 sheets in 3/4″, 19.5mm and 1″ constructions. Ask your rep for availability of other thicknesses.
  • MPX crossbands are peeled exclusively on Meinan® lines, the latest in lathe technology.
  • MPX panels are made with PureBond formaldehyde-free technology, to meet CARB standards and contribute to LEED® green building credits.
  • FSC® certified upon request.
  • Produced in North America exclusively by Columbia Forest Products.

Compare for Yourself

The Meinan-peeled poplar crossband offers a much smoother face as compared to white fir, douglas fir, red pine, white pine and other coarse woods that might be found in a veneer core plywood panel.*

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Poplar Crossband Fir Crossband
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Poplar Crossband Face

Poplar is a hardwood species that comes from deciduous trees, those that shed their leaves annually.

Fir Crossband Face

Fir is a softwood species from an evergreen or coniferous (cone-bearing) tree.

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*Besides fir, MPX panels may include other wood species under the Meinan peeled poplar crossbands.