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Formaldehyde is an organic chemical compound that occurs naturally in the environment. An extremely versatile substance with excellent binding and preservative properties, formaldehyde is also manufactured for use on an industrial scale. Over 3.6 million tonnes of formaldehyde are produced in Europe each year accounting for roughly 30% of global production*. It is a key building block for a wide range of applications in a number of industries. For example, formaldehyde is used in the production of wood panels, aircraft components and automobile parts. Formacare is the formaldehyde sector group of the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) representing key European producers of formaldehyde, aminoplast glues and polyols. Formacare promotes the safe use and manufacture of formaldehyde in the EU in accordance with the strictest health and safety regulations. Explore the formacare website to learn more about the Applications, the Science, the Safety and the Regulation of formaldehyde in the EU.

* Merchant Research and Consulting, Formaldehyde 2012 World Market Outlook and Forecast up to 2017

Latest Update

  • NOVEMBER 2017 – News from the policy front

    November 14, 2017
    I am delighted to inform you about the latest developments on the policy front. A lot has happened since February: ANSES published its RMOa conclusions and the European Commission has started the process of proposing a Binding Occupational Exposure Limit (BOEL) for formaldehyde. Meanwhile, industry has submitted additional information in the context of the REACH evaluation.
  • JUNE 2017 – Takeaways from Interzum 2017

    June 13, 2017
    Last week, I was fortunate enough to attend the Interzum trade fair in Cologne where some of our downstream users presented their latest innovations to the furniture industry. The European Panel Federation (EPF) seized this opportunity to present the preliminary results of their upcoming annual report 2016/2017. Paolo Fantoni, the EPF President, also shared his vision on several important developments for the panel industry. This month, we digest the key takeaways for you.
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