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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

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  • SEPTEMBER 2015 – A short history of formaldehyde

    September 4, 2015
    I am very pleased to introduce Bob Crichton for our September issue. As some of you know, Bob has more than 40 years’ experience in the formaldehyde business, and has seen first-hand how the industry developed over the past decades. Today, formaldehyde production is a vibrant industry in Europe, at around 10 million tons per year (37% basis), and is used in an increasingly wide range of applications. We know that story well; but what about the early days? We asked Bob to take us through the formaldehyde story, including the reasons for its rapid take-off in the second half of the 20th century.
  • 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.
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