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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

  • AUGUST 2015 – A conversation with Clive Pinnington, Managing Director of the European Panel Federation

    August 5, 2015
    For many years, the European Panel Federation (EPF) has been a close ally in promoting the safe use of formaldehyde in Europe. A few months ago, Clive Pinnington took over his new position as Managing Director of the EPF. In this August issue, I engage in a conversation with him on his new role, and the EPF priorities for the coming year. Clive also shares his view on the economic outlook and the innovations taking place in the panel industry.
  • JULY 2015 – Worker protection legislation – A confused situation

    July 1, 2015
    As chemicals legislation overlaps more and more with occupational health and safety, we have to ask ourselves: is today’s worker’ protection legislation becoming confused, and how can the industry make sense of it? In this month’s Newsletter we lay out the situation, and invite your comments.
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