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Fileo is a laminate entirely made out of plants. It is biodegradable and formaldehyde free. The material can take on various natural appearances depending on the plants it is made of. It is also mouldable. The material can be transparent, or printed with a decorative surface. The panels can be produced industrially at big scale or half-handmade, for unique pieces.
The materials has qualities similar to HPL and compact laminate. Main resistant tests have been done as prescribed by HPL and compact standards. Fileo is extremely strong mechanically (160 Mpa in two directions, 11 time stronger than particle board). The surface is resistant to scratches, wear, dry heat and wet heat. The boiling test results are a bit lower than for HPL because the Fileo is also compostable, yet it is also durable for many years when not into industrial compost conditions. Another version, with recycled plastic, is suitable for kitchen and bathroom use. It can be produced from 0.5 to 12 mm of thickness.
Fileo can be used for, for instance, interior furnishing, exhibition construction material, and interior architecture applications.