Gypsum Training & Information
Gypsum Board Manufacturing
Gypsum board has been successfully manufactured since the 1950’s in plants with various levels of technology. Large modern plants operate at line speeds of as high as 500 ft/min (152 m/min) and can produce very lightweight boards as low as 1500 lb/msf (7.32 kg/m2). Recently, North American manufacturers are pushing these limits even lower with "ultralight" gypsum board products. The high speed factories that manufacture gypsum board can represent 100's of millions of dollars of installed manufacturing equipment and can supply vast cities and regions with gypsum board. Maintaining cost competitiveness in this commodity market is difficult without current manufacturing processes, good raw materials and a knowledgeable well-trained staff.