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North America / South America: Forest Products

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North America / South America: Forest Products


Our extensive portfolio of adhesives includes products for wood applications including particleboard, medium density fiberboard (MDF), hardboard, structural panels, plywood, oriented strand board (OSB) and laminated veneer lumber (LVL). Beyond our resin and adhesive product portfolio, we offer services and products to help our customers’ plants optimize production and address the needs of emissions testing.  

A leader in sustainability solutions,  Bakelite Synthetics products aid our customers in addressing many emission certification programs related to ultra-low-emitting formaldehyde (ULEF) and no added urea-formaldehyde resins (NAUF) standards. Specifically, LEAF™ C2 resin and other Bakelite resins and scavengers are designed as ultra low-emitting formaldehyde-based resins for MDF and composite panels. These products may be melamine-urea-formaldehyde (MUF), melamine-formaldehyde (MF), or phenol-formaldehyde (PF) based.

Other Bakelite products are used in wood structural panels manufactured according to PS 1-09 or PS 2-10 (or by CARB-considered equivalent standards) and labeled bond classification Exposure 1 or Exterior. Bakelite has materials used in structural wood products manufactured according to ASTM D 5456 (for structural composite lumber), ANSI A190.1 (for glued laminated timber), ASTM D 5055 (for I-joists), ANSI PRG 320 (for cross-laminated timber), or PS 20-15 (for finger-jointed lumber).

Bakelite wood adhesives can be customized to meet product requirements and mill conditions.

Plywood Resins

Plywood Resins

Resi-Bond™ Ultra and Resi-Mix™ Ultra adhesives provide the flexibility to glue veneers with a wide range of moisture content without sacrificing performance, resulting in less waste from rejects. When veneer moisture sorts are strategically located in panel lay-ups, pocket moisture ranges of 2%-30% can be used effectively. These adhesive systems work across a broad range of veneer moisture and assembly conditions.

LVL Adhesive

Bakelite produces Resi-Mix™ ready-to-use mixed adhesives specifically formulated for LVL. Products certified to comply with ASTM D2559, ASTM D7247 and CSA 0112.6/0112.9 are available as well as adhesive systems possessing fast tack development for LVL layup lines that employ a prepress operation. These PF-based adhesives perform in a broad range of processing and hot-pressing conditions, including batch and continuous pressing operations; conventional hot presses and RF heating; and lay-up lines with and without pre-heaters.

LVL Adhesive
OSB Resins

OSB Resins

Whether a manufacturer is producing value-added OSB or commodity grades, Bakelite has proven adhesive solutions. Resi-Stran™ liquid PF adhesives are available in face and core resin formulations and can be customized for resin cure speed in both multi- and single-opening presses. Woodweld™ powder PF resins are offered in both face and core formulations and typically allow for lower resin application rates. This system provides the flexibility for more efficient application and helps reduce the moisture content going into the press and can eliminate the need for release agents, affording customers alternatives to pMDI in the surface layer. The use of this system has resulted in substantial cost savings for our customers.

Log Conditioning

In addition, Bakelite Synthetics produces Resi-Vat™ log conditioning product specifically for the plywood industry.

Log Conditioning
Laminates and Surface Films

Decorative Surfaces and Laminates

At Bakelite Synthetics, we pride ourselves on being the partner of choice for paper impregnation technologies for the decorative laminate and surfaces markets. Our product portfolio includes water- and alcohol- soluble resins for high-pressure laminate (HPL), compact laminate and thermally-fused laminate (TFL) applications. These products are specifically designed and customized to meet individual laminate customer needs such as strength, low emissions, resin flow, low blister and post-formability while meeting all ASTM requirements.

Our portfolio includes:

  • Water-soluble and alcohol-soluble thermosetting phenolic (PF) resins for the production of high-pressure laminates such as furniture, countertops, cabinetry, and flooring.
  • Water-soluble melamine-formaldehyde (MF) resins for high pressure decorative laminates
  • MF resins for TFL laminates.
  • Water-soluble urea-formaldehyde (UF) resins for TFL laminates.  

These resins are produced at various locations across the US, providing optimal availability in North America.

Our experienced representatives also provide individualized technical support to meet your productivity and sustainability targets.​

​Not all of our wood adhesive products are available in South America.  Contact us using the form below for availability in your South American location.​

​Patented Resi-Boost™ resin​ technology and its latest iteration Resi-Boost™​ Gen2 have been shown in the U.S. to increase throughput, lower application rates, and save energy while maintaining performance, potentially saving or generating millions of dollars per mill. Customer cycle times have dropped 17% without increasing press temperatures while reusage usage was reduced over 12% while maintaining bond strength.​

​Our innovation extends beyond resins for the industry. Our Dynamic Microchamber is used for factory-based testing of panel formaldehyde emissions. Other systems developed to help our customers optimize manufacturing processes and inventory management include Process Modeling and Customer Inventory Tracking