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DuraBind Binders

Consumer preference for sustainable products and increasingly stringent regulatory demands have driven retailers, architects and manufacturers of building products to seek out bio-based alternatives to the traditional binder systems which have been used for decades in the wood composites industry. DuraBind™ engineered biopolymers are a naturally derived option that’s proven to work.

Bio-based binder systems that work

DuraBind engineered biopolymers enable manufacturers of particle board, MDF, veneers and laminates to decrease the amount of highly regulated chemicals, such as formaldehyde, in their formulation. This enables them to take one step closer to meeting their sustainability goals, improve the safety of their work environment and reduce the complexity that comes from working with highly regulated chemicals – all while delivering a product that meets consumer demand.

Commercially available today 

DuraBind is a no-added-formaldehyde binder alternative that is available today. DuraBind is in commercial use with wood composite manufacturers and is available globally. More than 10 million square feet (or 930 000 square meters) of wood composite boards have already been produced for sale using DuraBind.  

No added formaldehyde, no added cost

DuraBind binders are fully compatible with existing formulations and can be substituted within your current formulation, using your existing equipment, within consistent operating rates. Using DuraBind allows you to gain a competitive advantage by choosing to include more sustainable materials in your supply chain – without increasing your operating costs.

Start the journey towards a truly NAF-product

It’s not about emissions. It’s about elimination. Using renewable binders to replace highly regulated chemicals, such as formaldehyde, enables companies to meet stakeholder expectations, comply with legislation and deliver a product consumers want.

Meet regulations, qualify for LEED points

Wood composites products made with DuraBind engineered biopolymers can be used to meet global formaldehyde emission standards, including CARB Phase 2, European E0 and Japanese F-Star regulatory standards. What’s more, building products produced with DuraBind engineered biopolymers can apply for CARB Phase 2 exemptions and are eligible for LEED points for improved indoor air quality.

DuraBind performance

So how does DuraBind compare to some of the other options currently available?

Mechanical Properties

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DuraBind offers mechanical properties equal to that of formaldehyde-based alternatives

  • internal bond
  • Modulus of rupture
  • Screw pull
  • Thickness swell
  • Water absorption
Emissions

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Lower emissions than formaldehyde-based alternatives

  • Formaldehyde-free
  • Can be used to meet CARB2, EO, E1, and F-Star standards
  • LEED compliant
Processability

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Better processability compared to other no-added-formaldehyde alternatives

  • Eliminate MDF blow line build-up
  • Improve machinability
  • Reduce release agent usage
  • Improve pot life of resonated fiber
  • Improve press cycle time

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