Page 2: Research
For more than a decade, ICI Polyurethanes researched methods to recover and re-use agricultural byproducts, by exploring and creating new international markets. This resulted in the development of a new process that uses RUBINATE and SUPRASEC Binders to transform these fibres within the products into a highquality performance board. This manufacturing process, (known as ECO-Binding Technology) produces an environmentally sound board which allows particle board and medium density fibreboard (MDF) to replace wood for construction and furniture. The process uses agricultural byproducts created by the production of wheat, sugar cane and rice.
The use of RUBINATE and SUPRASEC Binders, instead of traditional urea formaldehyde (UF) - based binders, gave the finished products a superior performance and other environmental economic benefits when compared to traditional woodfibre materials. The unique properties of these binders produce a board which is highly resistant to moisture and provides stronger bonding that is superior to current wood-based panel boards. The construction and furniture industries therefore now have an alternative to traditional particle boards which is stronger, more durable, lighter and easier to transport, as well as moisture-resistant, non-toxic and formaldehyde-free.