A new local timber panel has endless uses throughout the home

A new local timber panel has endless uses throughout the home

The natural beauty of New Zealand-grown radiata pine is celebrated in an attractive new product called J-Panel...

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

The natural beauty of New Zealand-grown radiata pine is celebrated in an attractive new product called J-Panel. We spoke with Gordon Wilmshurst from Juken New Zealand Ltd, which grows the trees and manufactures the panels sold locally.

1.  What is J-Panel?  Basically, it’s an edge-laminated solid wood panel manufactured from 100 per cent Radiata Pine plantation forest that can be used to make interior components, such as doors, windows and cabinetry.

2.  Why did Juken decide to create this new product?  We saw an opportunity to supply the market with an alternative clear grade solidwood panel. Our two forest estates will yield a larger percentage of pruned logs in the next 10 to 20 years, hence the decision to enter the marketplace.

3.  Where can J-Panel be used?  J-Panel is an ideal solution for interior applications. End users are currently using it for tabletops, kitchen cabinetry, mouldings, bedroom furniture, such as side cabinets, drawers as well as shelving and desks, and I’ve seen it used for chopping boards, wine racks and the like. It’s pretty much limitless in terms of the applications.

4.  What are its key benefits?  J-Panel is a premium alternative to traditional wood-based panels. The panels available in the market now are good quality but we believe there are three key advantages of our product: firstly, it’s a wider panel so it can be up to 800mm wide; secondly, the panels are straighter and less inclined to cup or bow, mainly because we use five or six pieces of lamina; and thirdly, we use quarter-sawn timber so you can see the beautiful, natural grain line on the surface, as opposed to other panels in the market that don’t have that same distinct grain lines.

5.  How do you laminate the product?  We take small individual pieces and glue them together through our glue prep system. We then put them into a press, close it up under pressure and leave it to cure. Generally, this takes 24 to 48 hours. Then, we’ll take the product out, sand it down and grade each panel prior to trimmings the panels to the finished sizes for the market.

6. Is J-Panel available in different finishes?  We provide the market with what we call a clear two grade, which is one clear face and two clear edges. The natural defects add the much-needed character that some end users are looking for.

7. Is this product sustainably sourced and manufactured?  Yes, Juken has FSC certification for our forest estates and our manufacturing plants here in New Zealand. We have about 30,000 hectares of sustainably managed and certified plantation forests on the East Coast and the Wairarapa regions and four wood processing mills that manufacture our products. Currently we employ more than 800 people in New Zealand.

8. Why is the FSC certification important?  The beauty of FSC certification is that the wood comes from sustainable managed forests. This ensures that our forests are here for generations to come. It also gives the end users confidence to on sell their products on the global stage. If the end user is FSC Chain of Custody “CoC” certified, they can on-sell to other markets.

9. How long does it take to obtain the product?   Some trade merchants will have it in stock but, generally, because it’s a new product, it will take two to three days for delivery.

10. Where can readers purchase J-Panel?   Via your local Trade Merchant, like Bunnings, Mitre 10, Carters, etc. They will be able to help with pricing or you could drop us an email at sales@jnl.co.nz and we will connect the dots on your behalf.


If you want more information about J-Panel, visit Juken on ArchiPro today or visit its website to learn more.

Juken New Zealand Ltd

Welcome to Juken New Zealand Ltd (“JNL”). We are a New Zealand (“NZ”) based and registered company with a growing global outreach. We have been heavily involved...

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A new local timber panel has endless uses throughout the home
A new local timber panel has endless uses throughout the home

A new local timber panel has endless uses throughout the home

The natural beauty of New Zealand-grown radiata pine is celebrated in an attractive new product called J-Panel...

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

The natural beauty of New Zealand-grown radiata pine is celebrated in an attractive new product called J-Panel. We spoke with Gordon Wilmshurst from Juken New Zealand Ltd, which grows the trees and manufactures the panels sold locally.

1.  What is J-Panel?  Basically, it’s an edge-laminated solid wood panel manufactured from 100 per cent Radiata Pine plantation forest that can be used to make interior components, such as doors, windows and cabinetry.

2.  Why did Juken decide to create this new product?  We saw an opportunity to supply the market with an alternative clear grade solidwood panel. Our two forest estates will yield a larger percentage of pruned logs in the next 10 to 20 years, hence the decision to enter the marketplace.

3.  Where can J-Panel be used?  J-Panel is an ideal solution for interior applications. End users are currently using it for tabletops, kitchen cabinetry, mouldings, bedroom furniture, such as side cabinets, drawers as well as shelving and desks, and I’ve seen it used for chopping boards, wine racks and the like. It’s pretty much limitless in terms of the applications.

4.  What are its key benefits?  J-Panel is a premium alternative to traditional wood-based panels. The panels available in the market now are good quality but we believe there are three key advantages of our product: firstly, it’s a wider panel so it can be up to 800mm wide; secondly, the panels are straighter and less inclined to cup or bow, mainly because we use five or six pieces of lamina; and thirdly, we use quarter-sawn timber so you can see the beautiful, natural grain line on the surface, as opposed to other panels in the market that don’t have that same distinct grain lines.

5.  How do you laminate the product?  We take small individual pieces and glue them together through our glue prep system. We then put them into a press, close it up under pressure and leave it to cure. Generally, this takes 24 to 48 hours. Then, we’ll take the product out, sand it down and grade each panel prior to trimmings the panels to the finished sizes for the market.

6. Is J-Panel available in different finishes?  We provide the market with what we call a clear two grade, which is one clear face and two clear edges. The natural defects add the much-needed character that some end users are looking for.

7. Is this product sustainably sourced and manufactured?  Yes, Juken has FSC certification for our forest estates and our manufacturing plants here in New Zealand. We have about 30,000 hectares of sustainably managed and certified plantation forests on the East Coast and the Wairarapa regions and four wood processing mills that manufacture our products. Currently we employ more than 800 people in New Zealand.

8. Why is the FSC certification important?  The beauty of FSC certification is that the wood comes from sustainable managed forests. This ensures that our forests are here for generations to come. It also gives the end users confidence to on sell their products on the global stage. If the end user is FSC Chain of Custody “CoC” certified, they can on-sell to other markets.

9. How long does it take to obtain the product?   Some trade merchants will have it in stock but, generally, because it’s a new product, it will take two to three days for delivery.

10. Where can readers purchase J-Panel?   Via your local Trade Merchant, like Bunnings, Mitre 10, Carters, etc. They will be able to help with pricing or you could drop us an email at sales@jnl.co.nz and we will connect the dots on your behalf.


If you want more information about J-Panel, visit Juken on ArchiPro today or visit its website to learn more.

Juken New Zealand Ltd

Welcome to Juken New Zealand Ltd (“JNL”). We are a New Zealand (“NZ”) based and registered company with a growing global outreach. We have been heavily involved...

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A new local timber panel has endless uses throughout the home

A new local timber panel has endless uses throughout the home

The natural beauty of New Zealand-grown radiata pine is celebrated in an attractive new product called J-Panel...

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

The natural beauty of New Zealand-grown radiata pine is celebrated in an attractive new product called J-Panel. We spoke with Gordon Wilmshurst from Juken New Zealand Ltd, which grows the trees and manufactures the panels sold locally.

1.  What is J-Panel?  Basically, it’s an edge-laminated solid wood panel manufactured from 100 per cent Radiata Pine plantation forest that can be used to make interior components, such as doors, windows and cabinetry.

2.  Why did Juken decide to create this new product?  We saw an opportunity to supply the market with an alternative clear grade solidwood panel. Our two forest estates will yield a larger percentage of pruned logs in the next 10 to 20 years, hence the decision to enter the marketplace.

3.  Where can J-Panel be used?  J-Panel is an ideal solution for interior applications. End users are currently using it for tabletops, kitchen cabinetry, mouldings, bedroom furniture, such as side cabinets, drawers as well as shelving and desks, and I’ve seen it used for chopping boards, wine racks and the like. It’s pretty much limitless in terms of the applications.

4.  What are its key benefits?  J-Panel is a premium alternative to traditional wood-based panels. The panels available in the market now are good quality but we believe there are three key advantages of our product: firstly, it’s a wider panel so it can be up to 800mm wide; secondly, the panels are straighter and less inclined to cup or bow, mainly because we use five or six pieces of lamina; and thirdly, we use quarter-sawn timber so you can see the beautiful, natural grain line on the surface, as opposed to other panels in the market that don’t have that same distinct grain lines.

5.  How do you laminate the product?  We take small individual pieces and glue them together through our glue prep system. We then put them into a press, close it up under pressure and leave it to cure. Generally, this takes 24 to 48 hours. Then, we’ll take the product out, sand it down and grade each panel prior to trimmings the panels to the finished sizes for the market.

6. Is J-Panel available in different finishes?  We provide the market with what we call a clear two grade, which is one clear face and two clear edges. The natural defects add the much-needed character that some end users are looking for.

7. Is this product sustainably sourced and manufactured?  Yes, Juken has FSC certification for our forest estates and our manufacturing plants here in New Zealand. We have about 30,000 hectares of sustainably managed and certified plantation forests on the East Coast and the Wairarapa regions and four wood processing mills that manufacture our products. Currently we employ more than 800 people in New Zealand.

8. Why is the FSC certification important?  The beauty of FSC certification is that the wood comes from sustainable managed forests. This ensures that our forests are here for generations to come. It also gives the end users confidence to on sell their products on the global stage. If the end user is FSC Chain of Custody “CoC” certified, they can on-sell to other markets.

9. How long does it take to obtain the product?   Some trade merchants will have it in stock but, generally, because it’s a new product, it will take two to three days for delivery.

10. Where can readers purchase J-Panel?   Via your local Trade Merchant, like Bunnings, Mitre 10, Carters, etc. They will be able to help with pricing or you could drop us an email at sales@jnl.co.nz and we will connect the dots on your behalf.


If you want more information about J-Panel, visit Juken on ArchiPro today or visit its website to learn more.

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