- story by MaterialDistrict
Tefor is the first plastic laminate obtained from recycled manufacturing wastes. The recycled laminate is made of thermoplastic polymers and cellulose fibres, impregnated with thermosetting resins at different degrees of polycondensation. The flat die extrusion and the calendering produce a continuous strip which can be cut into sheet of different dimensions. Tefor’s chemical composition gives excellent resistance to water absorption, giving the material clear advantages for applications in damp environments. Tefor’s important physical and mechanical properties derive from the particular chemical composition of the extender (HPL). Tefor can be easily thermoformed in plants using the established moulding techniques by compression or in vacuum. It can also be enhanced by surfacing it with textiles or plastic film. At the end of its life cycle, Tefor is entirely recyclable. The material is invented and patented by Abet Laminati.