Breathing Easy With PureBond
This photo illustrates the essential components of a PureBond veneer core panel:
A) Decorative wood veneer face and back;
B) A core formed of thicker layers of non-decorative wood veneer;
C) Soy flour-based PureBond technology which fastens the layers together
When Columbia Forest Products announced that it had converted all of its hardwood plywood and particleboard facilities to a proprietary formaldehyde-free manufacturing system called PureBond, the green world cheered. At last, a reliable and cost-competitive alternative to high-emitting urea formaldehyde products for use in millwork and casegoods.
Last month, Columbia Forest Products’ seven North American plywood mills were recognized as certified to produce panels that are compliant with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Airborne Toxic Control Measure’s standards.
Todd Vogelsinger, Director of Marketing, said that this is important for several reasons. “Not only does this make Columbia Forest Products’ PureBond veneer core the first hardwood plywood to achieve CARB certification, but it was done at the more challenging Phase 2 level – over a year ahead of the regulation’s deadline.
“It gives Columbia’s customers peace of mind, knowing that the veneer core panels they purchase from now on will satisfy the CARB requirements at any time – even after the emission limits tighten up for Phase 2,” he added. “They won’t need to segregate or keep double inventories.
“This certification underscores what we’ve been saying for some time now. For Columbia Forest Products this is not a special order or part-time effort. Formaldehyde-free PureBond is our standard lamination technology, assuring our customers of proven performance, timely availability and consistent pricing,” he added.
Needless to say, PureBond is also compliant with Leed c4.4, Low-emitting Materials, Composite Wood and Laminate Adhesives. It is also available as FSC certified wood. Good news all around.