R&D

The Cellulose-Resin Composite Technologies (RCT) team has a main focus on resins, industrial processes and cellulose-based materials.

An example of this new approach is the development of Bloom, a new core technology for Arpa Industriale’s FENIX NTM® and HPL. With Bloom, lignin technology was introduced to significantly reduce the amount of phenol included in the thermosetting resin by 50%. The innovation allows for most of the panels’ key ingredients to originate from responsibly managed forest while reducing the environmental impact of these products.

The Advanced Surface Technologies (AST) team is responsible for the innovation in aesthetics, functionality, process coating development, and coating resins and pigment.

An example is FENIX, the innovative material for interior design for a range of vertical and horizontal interior design applications: kitchens, hospitality, healthcare, transportation, bathrooms and furniture. With low light reflectivity, the FENIX surface is extremely opaque, soft touch and anti-fingerprint. Thermal healing of superficial micro-scratches is also possible.