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Melamine in wood adhesives

One of the main driving forces of the diffusion of melamine is its ability to strongly bond with formaldehyde in urea-formaldehyde (UF) resins used for wood binding. The melamine reduces the release of formaldehyde, a serious health hazard, and dramatically improves the moisture resistance of the final products.
Typical wood adhesive applications for MUF resins include: plywood, particle board (PB), medium density fiberboard (MDF), high density fiberboard (HDF), oriented strand board (OSB), laminated veneer lumber (LVL). In short, all sorts of engineered wooden material benefit of the unique properties of melamine, which also make it possible to save hardwood resourced by making use of cheaper and more renewable materials. In general melamine resins produce excellent weather resistant adhesive bonds and are used also as binders for glass fibers in air filters, brake linings and foundry sand cores. On a regional basis, MUF resins are more widely used in Japan and Europe for hardwood, plywood, particle board and medium density fiberboard.