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