Construction & Decorative Products
Since the invention of the particle board in Germany in the 1940s, the use of formaldehyde in glues and resins has revolutionised the construction industry. Formaldehyde-based resins allow wood chips, sawdust and even some recycled wood waste to be combined to create wood products that are durable, cost-effective and high performance alternatives to solid wood. Formaldehyde-based resins also provide better dimensional stability and mould resistance.
Formaldehyde-based resins are used for making particle boards, medium density fiberboard, plywood, cabinets and cabinet doors, laminated countertops and insulation. The innovative use of these resins makes high quality, long-lasting furniture more accessible for EU consumers and helps make home construction more affordable.
Formaldehyde-based glues and resins also allow the recycling of older wood such as furniture, housing timber frames, windows and beams to create new wood-based products. High-quality products made with recycled wood help further reduce the environmental impact of the construction and furniture industries.
Main properties of formaldehyde-based resins are:
- Fast curing
- Hardness and abrasion resistance
- Dimensional stability (Ability of a material to maintain its essential or original dimensions while being used for its intended purpose).
- Clear glue line (the point at which the wood product and adhesive meet in an adhesive binding)
- Colour retention
- Water resistance
- Heat resistance
- Chemical resistance
- Arc resistance
- Flame resistance
- Low cost
- Water borne (can be applied in an aqueous suspension)