Turning waste into wealth
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Page 3: New products

Until the arrival of ECO-Binding Technology, it was often felt that boards made from agricultural by products - such as sugar cane bagasse, wheat straw and rice hulls - would be substandard. However, ICI has put an end to such concerns by using RUBINATE and SUPRASEC Binders as the resin. These binders result in strong physic al and chemical bonds (previous resins had only been able to create a physical surface bond with other materials).

Another benefit of ICI’s RUBINATE and SUPRASEC Binders is that the boards do not give off formaldehyde gas, making them ideal for use where indoor air quality is a concern. Furthermore, the use of the binder produces boards which are ideal for many outdoor applications because they can be coated with fungicides and other wood treatments. The new products can be produced in bulk and therefore also offer economies in terms of production costs.

The new boards are strong, impact resistant and are less likely to warp than previous materials. They have smooth surfaces, are stiff, flat and have good screw-holding power and workability. They are easy to cut, can be nailed, stapled or glued and can be installed with ordinary hand power tools.

The new boards are ideal for furniture and ready-to-assemble (RTA) applications:

  • end panels, drawer fronts
  • frames for upholstered furniture
  • seats
  • cabinets
  • shelving
  • mirror frames
  • doors
  • floor underlayment
  • countertops
  • numerous other applications.

The new materials are particularly suitable for the building and manufacturing industries where controlled performance and precise physical qualities are essential.

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