Low pressure melamine films are the preferred wood surfacing solution due to their combination of value and performance
Low pressure melamine film (LPM) is by far the main surfacing material on a global level. Historically, demand has grown by 4% per annum and is forecast to grow at 5% per annum to 2015. LPM has substituted other surfacing materials as veneer, thermo-plastics and (to a lesser extent) liquid coatings, but also other paper-based materials such as laminates. This trend is expected to continue. The only other surfacing material experiencing growth are foils. However, their quality standard is below LPM and their use is restricted to print business with minimal participation in solid color products.
The LPM technology covers the complete color and print spectrum, and surface performance exceeds foils by far. Recent resin, print and laminating innovations have resulted in significant economic and technological advantages over other surfacing materials. Melamine films are primarily used on wooden boards, such as particle board and medium density fiberboard (MDF). These boards are typically used by the furniture and construction industries. Melamine surfacing is commonly seen on final products such as kitchen units and flat-pack furniture. Major demand drivers for the decorative melamine market include furniture production, home construction and renovation, particle board consumption and MDF consumption.
Coveright Spain excels in two product segments: Decorative Melamine and Technical Specialties
Products can either be exclusive Coveright selected designs, or customer-owned designs, where the customer purchases the paper and Coveright carries out the impregnation services (often known as “tolling services”).
Coveright Spain distinguishes the two product segments “Decorative Melamine” films and “Technical Specialties”. The technology used in both product segments is the same, paper is impregnated with melamine based resin.
Decorative melamine films serve as decorative and resistant surfaces to wooden boards. These boards are commonly used by the furniture industry for a large variety of applications (cabinets, shelving, desks, wardrobes etc.) in dry but also in wet environments, such as bathrooms or kitchens.
Technical specialties are highly engineered and customized products for a variety of applications, such as films for high pressure laminate (HPL) products and Werzalit processes, or overlay for veneers.
The company provides a broad portfolio of cost-effective, high performance and customized decorative melamine films
Coveright Spain is South Europe’s largest supplier of decorative melamine films, offering a broad assortment of durable surfacing materials available in several sizes and patterns, made with a variety of superior resin technologies and designed to meet a wide range of pressing conditions and customer-specific needs. Films are available in sheet or roll form.
The product portfolio of the company comprises melamine films with a wide range of standard decors designed by the leading paper printing companies, (such as Interprint, Schattdecorand Impress), as well as melamine films with special decors designed for specific customers.
Coveright Spain has a demonstrated track record of developing innovative and decorative solutions that are perfectly adapted to the customers requirements. This includes also the adaptation to specific climatic conditions of the final application (for example, films for furniture in North Africa have other technical specifications than those used in France).
In the segment of specialty technical films, the company is the technological and market leader in South Europe
Technical specialties are highly engineered and customized products for a variety of applications, such as:
- overlays, used for additional protection of decorative layers and providing for higher abrasion or UV resistance;
- underlaysoffering impact resistance;
- backers, used as compensating layer that protects boards from bending and providing for water resistance; or
- Silveright, an application technology developed by Coveright providing microbial resistance to panels.
These technical films are sold to producers of high pressure laminates (antibacterial products, overlays, solid colors & decors, underlays) and of Werzalitproducts (overlays, decors, antiscratchresistance, underlays, backers).* Furthermore the company delivers films that are used as a ready-to-paint basis in building construction.
Technical specialties require high levels of product and process know-how, as well as expertise in the complex product specification process. The company holds this know-how and expertise, and has been able to built up long-lasting customer relations.
In this fragmented market, CSS serves customers from all around the world.
*High pressure laminates (HPL) are also known as plastic laminates. HPL is a one-step process that is produced by fusing together, under heat and pressure, multiple layers of paper saturated with resin. Werzalit consists of a wood-based material and resin that are highly compressed. The material is very weather-resistant, and is used e.g. in the furniture and building materials industries.
Coveright Spain utilizes proven production technology to create competitive advantages in the manufacturing process
The production process of impregnated paper comprises four main stages, as described hereafter and shown in the schematic to the right:
Resins for impregnation are customized to meet customer specifications. To produce specialized clear and colored resins, Coveright typically uses its own proprietary resin synthesis technology and formulations.
The liquid resin is compounded on-site and further mixed with color and other additives.
The paper used for lamination is purchased in rolls and can be either decorative, print or solid colored. With the use of the impregnation lines or “treaters”, the paper is impregnated with resin, using a partial polymerization process. The rolls of paper are loaded onto the machine and fed through a series of rollers into one or more baths of mixed resin. The resin soaks into the paper, which must then be dried in a long oven at a carefully controlled temperature and speed.
After passing through the oven, the finished product is automatically cut to the size required by the customer, palletized and shipped.
During the whole process from the raw materials to the end product, the quality of all our films is being closely surveyed and tested.