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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 7 million tonnes of formaldehyde are produced in Europe each year accounting for roughly 17% 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

  • DECEMBER 2014: Formaldehyde in brazil

    December 1, 2014
    About a year ago, we ran a Newsletter on formaldehyde in the United States, in which Jackson Morrill, Director of the American Chemistry Council’s Formaldehyde Panel, explained some of the regulatory challenges facing the formaldehyde industry in the US. This month I would like to turn the spotlight on the formaldehyde industry in Brazil, which is now “gearing up” in readiness to face regulatory challenges.
  • NOVEMBER 2014: Small application, big benefits

    November 3, 2014
    This month we look at a small application with a big benefit for society: the car safety belt system. At the heart of modern safely belt systems is the retractor mechanism, in which the ratchet wheel, the critical component, is made from polyacetal, an engineering thermoplastic resin manufactured from formaldehyde. It is good to know that formaldehyde-based resins contribute in this way to our everyday safety.
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