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Resorcinol supply for wood adhesives

Andy Extance – Jun 3, 2009

Manufacturers of thermosetting resorcinol-formaldehyde resins have recently been fighting financial pressure on both sides, from rising raw material prices and weakening demand. Resorcinol-formaldehyde resins perform a key role as an adhesive in the manufacture of waterproof wooden laminates. From the first such use in manufacturing of wooden aircraft propellers, wood adhesives now consume around 25 percent of the global supply of resorcinol Few adhesives match the durability of resorcinol-formaldehydes when it comes to producing waterproof assemblies and this makes them some of the highest-value wood adhesives around. Japanese industrial giant Sumitomo Chemical – one of the two major resorcinol producers worldwide – last year raised prices twice in quick succession, in response to increasing raw material prices.

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