SMARTPLY has launched SMARTPLY DryBacker, a SMARTPLY OSB3 modular panel designed for non-structural metal stud wall constructions. Manufactured from exterior resin cross-structured material, synonymous with the SMARTPLY brand, DryBacker benefits from fast, easy installation and secure anchorage of fixtures and fittings wherever a new partition wall is needed.
As part of the SMARTPLY range, each DryBacker panel is engineered with vertical side recesses, accommodating the ‘C’ shaped metal studs used specifically for the construction of partition walls. The modular panels are engineered to fit commercially available systems. With fast installation, saving time onsite, the strong OSB panel provides optimum stability in the partition wall, ideal for the application of fixtures and fittings as part of an interior fit-out programme.
SMARTPLY panels are easy to use. Thanks to the uniform nature of the material, a fixing can be made at any point on the product’s surface, giving confidence in a secure fixing and unlike plywood there is no potential for core voids or surface knotholes.
Versatile, strong and in keeping with current construction methods, the zero-added formaldehyde SMARTPLY DryBacker is ideal for use in environmentally sensitive areas, as emissions from the panels are kept to a minimum. This property ensures it scores highly in the BRE’s Green Guide to Specification and for this reason DryBacker is particularly suitable for use in major public access circulation areas, such as corridors and stairwells in hospitals, schools, laboratories and museums.
George Watson, SMARTPLY Product Manager said: “This is a great addition to our SMARTPLY OSB3 range, specifically for use in non-structural partition wall applications where stability and rigidity for fixtures and fittings are required. In the development of DryBacker, we’ve fulfilled our aim to expand the range according to market demands - meeting the end-user’s needs. DryBacker has already been used successfully at three hospital sites, so its effectiveness is proven.”
SMARTPLY DryBacker panels are manufactured from locally sourced sustainable timber in accordance with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) providing an ideal solution to contractors not wishing to use tropical plywood. Panels also carry the CE mark in accordance with the Construction Products Regulation to assure EUTR compliance.