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Materials

BASF Polymer For Lighter Furniture

by Marc S. Reisch
June 14, 2010 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 88, ISSUE 24

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Credit: BASF
BASF’s new foamed polymer fills the cavities between wood pieces in furniture-grade chipboard.
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Credit: BASF
BASF’s new foamed polymer fills the cavities between wood pieces in furniture-grade chipboard.

BASF scientists have designed a foamed styrenic polymer to reduce the weight of wood-based furniture chipboard by about one-third. The firm’s Kaurit Light foamed material replaces some of the finely chopped mixture of wood and glue used to make furniture panels.

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