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Emission Fears Drive Shift Away from Urea-formaldehyde Wood Adhesives

SpecialChem / Oct 1, 2011

Urea-formaldehyde adhesives are so effective and economical at producing wood composites and laminates that they have dominated this application since being introduced over 50 years ago. Yet emissions of formaldehyde from composite wood products are increasingly being limited, driven by a gradual realization of the harm exposure to these vapours can cause people. Restrictions like those imposed by the California Air Resources Board are gradually reducing the level of permitted formaldehyde emissions. Consequently, adhesives manufacturers need to help affected customers meet these regulations, or resign themselves to the likely loss of business.

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