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Melamine formaldehyde

Kitchen utensils in  Melmex melamine mouldings for pull-cord switches in melamine formaldehyde

Decorated plate in melamine formaldehyde 'Melmex' tableware in melamine formaldehyde

Melamine formaldehyde (MF) thermoset products became leading members of the amino resin family, including urea and thiourea, because of superior properties.

MF resins were developed through the 1930s and 1940s in companies such as American Cyanamid, Ciba and Henkel. Early applications, including fabric impregnation and adhesives, were followed by the introduction of moulding powders containing cellulosic fibres, pigments and fillers.

Outstanding properties such as clarity, stability to heat, light, chemicals, abrasion and fire resistance met the great surge in domestic demand in the USA and elsewhere in early post-war years.  Principle among these were high-pressure MF faced decorative laminate sheets, e.g. Formica® used for heavy duty surfacing.  The great variety of patterns and colours transformed kitchens, cafés, ships and trains into easily maintained aesthetically enhanced surroundings.

The development of MF fine faced chipboard allowed rapid production of light duty decorative panels for furniture application in very high volumes which continues today. 

Another great impact was seen in MF moulded domestic table and kitchenware where attractive durable products, e.g. Melaware, enhanced family life.

The many valuable applications of MF derivatives include adhesives, paints, electrical mouldings and glass reinforces substrates.