PVC (polyvinyl chloride) is among the first polymers that has been used for edgebanding and is still the thermoplastic with the highest market share worlwide in the furniture industry. It is widely used in North America, Spain, Eastern Europe and Asia.
Lignadecor PVC formulations are particularly application-friendly and enables simple application to straight line furniture components as well as curved parts. Chemically, our PVC formulations contain no lead based or other heavy-metal stabilisers and are completely free of harmful phtalates.
PP (polypropylene) is a semi-crystalline, thermoplastic material that is currently gaining in popularity for edgebanding use. Because of the technical difficulties of converting it into edgebanding, it is currently being produced by only a handful of edgebanding producers.
PP is low in stress whitening and therefore can be used for curves with small radii without problems. It has a low density, is flame retardant and is very resistant to UV light and chemicals. PP has the added benefit of a high level of environmental sustainability and recyclability.
Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene
ABS (acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene) is an engineering plastic that has been used in the furniture industry for over 50 years. It is a particularly impact-resistant and highly resilient plastic. It decomposes without emitting hazardous fumes upon burning and is therefore considered to be more enviromenttaly friendly compared to PVC.
ABS edgebanding is especially popular in Western Europe due to its enviromental impact and has largely replaced PVC edgebanding in these markets despite its higher cost.
PMMA (polymethylmethacrylate) is a transparent polymer that is used uniquely for transparent three dimensional edgebanding applications such as our Optix and TwinColors ranges. It consists of ultra-transparent acrylic. The three dimensional effect of the edgebanding is created by the surface print on the reverse side.
In addition to its transparency, PMMA exhibits excellent machinability and impact resistance.