Even if Xinguan epidemic has a great negative impact on production and life, the innovation of wood-based panel industry has never stopped. New material technology, new surface technology and other technologies are changing the way plates are made, the functions of plates, and how manufacturers position new sheet products.
The following is a quick summary of some important trends and new technologies in sheet and surface technology:
Anti fingerprint technology for wood based panel "Beauty" upgrade
It is reported that at present, panel manufacturers have developed products that can resist fingerprints and stains Two products of Wilson art and TAFISA have good effect.
Wilsonart's traceless brand composite board has a unique anti fingerprint technology, designed to make the page less smudges, stains and fingerprints. The company describes the texture of the surface as "shiny and silky.". Wilsonart claims that the product is easy to clean, highly durable and repairable, with heat resistance, impact resistance and scratch resistance, and can be applied to products such as countertops, cabinets and flat doors.
In Canada, TAFISA has recently built a 6500 square meter factory to produce a new "lummia" luxury paint panel. The $42 million project includes finishing technology from Europe, which TAFISA says is "the first" in North America. It will use this technology to produce anti fingerprint, micro scratch and UV resistant panels. The first batch of products will include 19 color matching and printing, as well as high gloss and perfect matte finish.
Antibacterial technology helps improve quality and health
With the persistence of the epidemic situation and the far-reaching impact of the epidemic, manufacturers have a strong interest in natural antimicrobial products. The rhinocoat antibacterial pre processed panel of timber products is a new product in this category. According to the company, the board is treated with biocote silver ion preservative, which is specially formulated to slow down the growth of certain microorganisms. It can also act as a general preservative and protect the structural integrity of the board.
Rhinocoat antibacterial wood-based panel is designed to inhibit the growth of bacteria and fungi, which may cause odor, degradation, discoloration, decay and the growth of colored microorganisms after mass reproduction. Test results from timber products show that silver ion additive can reduce up to 99.999% of microorganisms on the surface and inside of the plate. The coating has been patented because of its characteristics of protecting panel surface from microbial damage.
These panels are used UV curing technology applies preservatives to the panel. According to the company, UV curing technology is still one of the most environmentally friendly ways to make panels, and formaldehyde and harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can be avoided during processing.
Straw based fiberboard is environmentally friendly and practical
For decades, the standard raw material for wood-based panels has been wood in various forms. Now, millions of dollars are going into factories to develop and use agricultural wastes such as corn straw and rice straw to produce boards.
Cornboard is an environmentally friendly wood substitute made from corn straw. Cornboard's manufacturing company recently announced plans to build a $15 million, 50000 square foot factory in northwest Iowa to produce the cornboard. At first, cornboard was used to produce products such as pallets, but other target products include skateboards, surfboards and outdoor furniture.
"At least eight million trees are cut down every day," said founder and CEO Lane Segerstrom. "By using a large amount of corn straw from corn harvesting as raw materials, we can cut down millions of trees a year and reduce deforestation to produce wood-based panel products."
This kind of enterprise using corn straw as raw material has just been launched in California, and companies using straw instead of corn straw have made further technological breakthroughs. Calplant has officially launched Eureka, the world's first straw based MDF with zero formaldehyde addition.
"This is a milestone for calplant," said Jerry Uhland, founder and CEO of calplant. "Decades of hard work have brought us to this day with the launch of Eureka, a well-designed material that performs exactly the same performance as traditional wood-based MDF in terms of processability, finish adaptability and strength. At full capacity, the plant can produce more than 150 million square feet of board per year, consuming 280000 tons of straw as raw materials, all of which are purchased within a 25 mile radius of the plant. This capacity scale can supply 30% of California's MDF demand. " Andy O'Hare, chairman of the composite board Association, confirmed Jerry's statement that the plant accounted for 30% of us particleboard production in 2020 and 23% of us MDF production (20% and 14% respectively for the whole North America region).
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