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Bad times for scratches and fingermarks: Pfleiderer shows surfaces with added value at the BAU trade fair

December 9, 2019
  • Press event

  • Pfleiderer will be presenting the practical properties of its wood-based panel surfaces for horizontal applications, furniture carcasses and façades
  • The latest surface technologies for materials that are not only elegant but also robust
  • Visitors can see the advantages of the products for themselves at stands B5.320 and A2.413

anti-fingermark effect, scratch resistance and easy cleaning: At the BAU trade fair in Munich, Pfleiderer, one of the leading wood-based panel manufacturers in Europe, will be showing its functional high-end surfaces from 14 to 19 January. With XTreme, PrimeBoard and XTerior compact, the focus will be on products that set new standards for the surface quality of wood-based panels. Visually high-quality and resistant to external influences, the variants of the new lacquered surfaces provide significant added value in their use and final application. At the B5.320 stand, Pfleiderer will use a cooking island to simulate particularly intensive use, to illustrate the full potential of its technologies.  

“High standards are set for the surfaces of furniture and interior finishes. This is particularly true in the kitchen: Falling objects, boiling over soups and dirt are constant challenges”, said Christian Stiefermann, Head of HPL and Elements Product Management. “In particular, the extremely popular matt versions have until now had their difficulties with fingermarks and dirt. With our elegant but nonetheless robust XTreme surface, we now offer an alternative. It is resistant to these effects, which offers previously unachieved added value in everyday use. Fingermarks don’t stick and even stubborn grease marks can be removed easily.”

A further improvement offered by the XTreme plus version is its high degree of abrasion and scratch resistance, even for highly exposed, horizontal applications. with heavy-duty use. A particularly matt, low-reflection texture lends the surface a warm, velvety soft, silky feel. “In addition to the functional properties, we also achieve a very special look with improved colour transparency and depth”, said Stiefermann.

Pfleiderer also offers highly developed lacquered surfaces, which are used for example for the PrimeBoard wood-based panel. These surfaces are produced using a hot-coating method until now unique in Europe. It produces a high-quality multi-coat lacquer finish, which provides a PUR function layer for the core board. The permanently elastic substrate compensates for thermal and mechanical forces and does not become brittle, which ensures particular stability during machining by installers, and also under heavy-duty use when finished. “Thus, high-quality work results are produced by sawing, milling and drilling, without causing tears or break-out of the material”, explained Stiefermann. By using UV-cured, solvent-free acrylic lacquers, the surfaces are robust and thus retain their quality long-term. In addition, the multi-coat lacquering technology ensures a high degree of colour stability.

Pfleiderer also uses the innovative hot coating process to produce the new compact laminate, XTerior compact. Thanks to the special surface technology, XTerior compact fulfils the highest UV and weather resistance requirements to EGS/EDS in accordance with EN 438-7 and has thus also qualified for use in outdoor applications.

“We permanently work on producing new solutions, which not only improve the look or feel of our wood-based panels down to the smallest detail, but also their properties in use and final application. The focus is on benefits for the user. In this way we offer our customers significant added value, which is especially noticeable in everyday use,” said Stiefermann.

With around 2,100 exhibitors from 45 countries and 250,000 international visitors, BAU Munich is the worldwide largest trade fair for architecture, materials and systems. Every two years, exhibitors at the fair present practical innovations and multi-trade solutions for commercial and residential buildings and interiors, for both new build and existing buildings. The exhibited displays in the halls are laid out by construction materials, product and theme areas. 

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