DHH Visit to Latvian Mills

Recently, some members of our team had the opportunity to visit Birch Plywood mills in Latvia. Both DHH Panel products and our sister company, Decor Solutions, regularly engage in visits to suppliers worldwide.

These trips play a crucial role in enhancing our understanding of the supply chain and associated products. Latvijas Finieris have been manufacturing Birch Plywood products since 1873; and are recognised internationally for their high-quality boards. DHH Panel Products take pride in maintaining a strong working relationship with them for over 30 years.

During our visit staff gained insights into the complete production process. We observed everything from logs arriving from the forest; to the peeling of ply veneers, selection, grading, and the finishing and packaging lines.

One exciting product introduced to our team was the NEW Riga Pattern—a birch throughout plywood overlaid with a durable film. This combines cutting-edge decorative industry techniques with exceptional flexibility. The direct-pressed surfaces allow seamless integration of various textures (leather, rock, and slatewood) and colours.

Additionally, we visited the Betulin Laboratory, an innovative facility that utilises by-products from the plywood process for pharmaceutical purposes. Birch bark extract finds extensive applications in pharmacological activities, including anti-cancer, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties.

Regularly visiting our suppliers allows us to cultivate strong business relationships while ensuring compliance with Health & Safety regulations, the UKTR (UK Timber Regulations) and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) guidelines.

Despite ongoing challenges related to conflict wood from sanctioned countries, DHH remains committed to maintaining the integrity of our product origins. Our visits to suppliers serve as a vital assurance of compliance at every level and give us the confidence to sell products that are sustainable, accredited, safe and legal.

A heartfelt thank you to Latvijas Finieris and Riga Wood colleagues for an excellent few days!