Particle board technology is highly advanced paving way to ecofriendly panels and an excellent alternative for Plywood. Indians are still under deep obsession for using Plywood not only in Kitchens but also in other furniture fabrication.
State of art production facilities with latest resin technology is now making particleboards available with very low thickness swelling even after 24 hour testing. HeveaBoard have pioneered with in-house Research and Development efforts a low formaldehyde emission particle board which meets the E1 as well as E0 emission levels as required by buyer without any compromise in the Internal bond or Bending strength. Infact it is most sought after particle board with a Win Win situation with improved all round performance. It has become a market leader focusing on quality attributes tailored to provide an alternative to plywood.
India is still heavily dependent on plywood to the extent of almost 85% market share. This is mainly because of lack of knowledge on application tailoring of panel product. Price!Price!!Price!!! demands by demanding buyers have forced the industry to compromise in area of Quality which is unpardonable. With utterly poor performance of low cost particleboard panels the user confidence is absent and the lean continues heavily towards use of plywood for making furniture in kitchens as well as other home items.
On the other hand in all developed countries and many developing countries the market share of plywood is mere 15% and reducing every year. Particleboards are extensively used because of the QUALITY ensuring long life of furniture.
A low formaldehyde emission board E1 norm which has an internal bond of >0.60N/mm2 and bending strength of >15N/mm2 is expected to give thickness swelling <9% even after 24 hour test. The price difference is so nominal that it is still cheaper than plywood. What the industry needs is to promote value of long life, long performance and an affordable price for durable kitchen made from Melamine faced V313 particle boards which are available in both popular sizes 2440mm x 1220mm and 2440mm x 1830mm on order for projects as well as OEM.
HeveaBoard has several short cycle laminating partners to cater to PAN India requirement for E1 and E0 low thickness swelling particle boards for fabrication of kitchen and other machine made furniture in many textures and designs. The melamine faced low swelling low emission particleboards still work out more than 50% economical than the plywood + laminate combination with better finishing, speedy project execution and a higher ecofriendly content.
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The author Mr. Nitin Vaze is a well-known figure in the world of panel products in India and international markets, having been in the business for several decades. His company, Sleek Boards (India) LLP. is one of the country’s leaders in marketing a variety of technologically advanced panel products.
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