The potential success of the strawboard
industry is bolstered by the fact that some well-established companies such as ready-to-assemble furniture kingpin Sauder Woodworking and countertop/laminated component specialist VT Industries have pledged to buy the lion's share of panel production at some of the facilities under construction.
The case indicates that MDI resin is three to five times more expensive than the urea-formaldehyde resin used in conventional wood particleboard, and this puts strawboard
manufacturers industry-wide at a cost disadvantage.
The list for these Group 1 companies included strawboard
, urban waste MDF, plastic mouldings, and vinyl-wrapped mouldings.
But for consumers who may be torn between the popular, affordable styling of RTA furniture and the chemicals they contain, the fact that both particleboard and the new strawboard
are friendlier to the environment than solid-wood pieces should tip the scales.
Adam's plan was to then market the strawboard
as an environmentally friendly, or "green", alternative to traditional wood-based particleboard.
Luke says he tested Woodstalk's water resistance by manufacturing two identical tables, one of standard particleboard and the other with the strawboard
Each of these regions could produce enough straw to supply several large strawboard
They worked on planning for a meeting on strawboard
manufacture, but were not able to initiate the meeting last year and will try to schedule it in the coming year.
There are certain materials that I like to use in projects, like photovoltaic solar panels and strawboard
, and I was pleased to be able to incorporate these into the transit store design," said Wagner.
Many of the materials used to construct this facility were selected because of their environmentally friendly characteristics: more than 50% of the dollars spent on building materials were used to purchase recycled content materials; all of the casework in the building is constructed out of strawboard
, a rapidly renewable and formaldehyde free alternative to particleboard; and all of the doors in the building are constructed from wood certified according the Forest Stewardship Council's guidelines for sustainably managed forests.
Improvements/Expansions: In April 2000 NEWPRO converted a bankrupt 5-ft strawboard
plant in northern Alberta over to a wood-based particleboard mill.
OTC-BB: PRCI) announced today a joint venture to market five strawboard
plants in the U.