High-Pressure Laminate (HPL) material is produced by saturating multiple layers of kraft paper with phenolic resin. A layer of printed décor paper is placed on top of the kraft paper before pressing. The resulting sandwich is fused together under heat and pressure (more than 1,000 PSI). Because phenolic and melamine resins are thermoset plastics, the curing process transforms the resin into plastic by a cross linking process that converts the paper sheets into a single, rigid laminated sheet. Thermosetting creates strong, irreversible bonds that contribute to HPL’s durability. Because HPL panels consist of thermosetting resins, homogeneously reinforced with up to 70% wood based fibers, a majority of the used raw materials (i.e. recycled materials) are sustainable
HPL panels are perfect for use in innovative and functional ventilated façade systems. Used on its own or as a highlight in combination with other materials, HPL panels can determine the look and underline the qualities of a building.