BASF Lupranate® M20 Series No-Added Formaldehyde Resins Meet CARB Limits for Composite Wood Industry

17 Feb 2009 • by Natalie Aster

BASF has introduced high-quality Lupranate® M20 Series no-added formaldehyde resins for the composite wood products industry. The industry is being transformed with the implementation of California Air Resources Board (CARB) legislation limiting formaldehyde emissions, which came into effect Jan. 1, 2009. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has also launched efforts to understand potential health risks associated with formaldehyde emissions and the effect on indoor air quality.

The BASF Lupranate® M20 Series products are MDI-based resins that do not contain formaldehyde and do not generate formaldehyde emissions during application, therefore making them a viable alternative for composite wood manufacturers seeking a more sustainable way of doing business. BASF recently converted a major window and door manufacturer's composite wood operation from formaldehyde-based resin to Lupranate® M20 resin.

"BASF is committed to supporting our customers in the engineered wood industry," said Kevin Kilkenny, Commercial Manager Rigid Products for BASF. "They can transition to Lupranate® M20 resins and enjoy a time and cost-savings ‘one and done' approach to converting their operations to a proven technology and viable option to formaldehyde resins in the composite wood industry. These products may also help builders qualify for points as environmentally friendly products for ‘green building' certifications."

Source: BASF