WHAT IS A WOOD-BASED PANEL?
Wood-based panels combine wood in different forms (fibres, sawdust, chips, flakes and veneers) into sheets of differing thicknesses and constructions. Formed under heat and pressure typically with the addition of a synthetic adhesive (some fibreboard products utilise the natural binders found within wood), panels are engineered to provide a wide variety of strength and other physical attributes that enable them to satisfy a wide variety of end uses particularly in the building products and furniture industries.
The broad categories of wood-based panels manufactured by European Panel Federation members include:
Type Releasing Agent
Particleboard (PB) / Chip board (CB)
Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF) / High Density Fibreboard (HDF)
Oriented Strand Board (OSB)
– Releasing Agent Bucolan Series
5052 / 5052DF / 5533 / 5512Supplier
On the Material
Within these broad categories, there are a multitude of value added variants available with enhanced characteristics which is why today wood-based panels are used extensively in the home, in modern furniture and in construction. Although often hidden beneath coatings, veneers and other coverings, or embedded in the structural fabric of a building, wood-based panels are ubiquitous in our society.