year, 1,500,000 cubic metres of MDF and particleboard is produced in
Australia using virgin wood fibres and non-recyclable fibre bonding
agents such as urea formaldehyde resin. Much of this material is
disposed to landfill as household and commercial furniture and doors are
disposed of during refurbishment projects.
manufacturing process reduced the reliance on virgin wood fibres by
channeling recovered and recycled cardboard boxes and sugar cane waste
and converting this into a high-strength corrugated fibreboard core
board, called "X-Core," which delivers a host of benefits to all
involved in the supply chain when this is skinned with rigid panels to
make a fit-for-purpose, lightweight composite board.
Plus (XB+) consists of X-Core panels pressed both sides with E-Zero
MDF, particleboard, Masonite or plywood, creating a lightweight
composite panel, which can be direct edge banded without infill rails.
a general guide, the thicker the overall composite panel, the more
likely this will compete in price versus laying up two sheets of solid
MDF or particleboard to create a chunky, lightweight panel, from say
38mm to 58mm in overall thickness.
panel-pressing partners can press, for example, 3.6mm veneered plywood
skins onto 10mm gauge X-Core to create ultra-lightweight,
flexurally strong panels commonly used in the interior fit-outs of
yachts, boats and caravans, where sailing or towing performance is
increased through weight-savings. Alternatively, they can press 9mm
moisture-resistant particleboard onto 30mm X-Core to produce 48mm thick
kitchen benchtops, that can be square-formed.