Customwood is a dry-process fibreboard, usually referred as MDF. It is produced in a wide range of densities from 500 to 850 kg/m3 and thicknesses from 2.5 to 30 mm. Customwood can be produced in multiple sheet sizes. The product is made with softwood (pine species) fibres from NZ South Island plantations. A low formaldehyde emitting resin (UF or MUF) is used.
Able to contribute towards points in Green Star NZ and Homestar project. Formaldehyde emissions from Customwood comply with a range of standards, including Australian/New Zealand standards E1 and E0, Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) F3S and F4S and Californian (CARB) standards. Wood sources being either FSC certified or controlled to FSC standards, Customwood is FSC certified. Customwood is licensed to Environmental Choice New Zealand specifications EC-32-12. There are no significant levels of PCP or As, Cd, Cr, Co, Pb, Ni, Zn in Customwood. Customwood complies with the Australian/New Zealand standards for fibreboard (AS/NZS 1859.2:2004) and the Japanese Industrial Standard JIS A 5905:2003.
Daiken New Zealand is a joint venture between two Japanese companies Daiken Corporation and Itochu Corporation. Daiken has a strong focus on sustainability and is one of Japan's leading building materials manufacturers. Through its ambitious research and development efforts, Daiken is continuously working to develop the newest materials, concepts and technologies. The New Zealand plant, just north of Christchurch, has always had a close relationship with Japan. Since the early days of production Japan has been its biggest export market.
Customwood is a light coloured MDF to be used in interior furniture, joinery and cabinetry, doors, walls, ceilings, staircases, flooring overlays, shop fittings, mouldings, shelving, film sets, ceiling fans, coffins, picture frames, toys, and other mainly non-structural applications.
MDF can be fixed using screws, nails or staples. Any adhesive that performs well with wood will perform well with MDF. Customwood easily accepts standard joinery and furniture joints like dowels, dovetails and half joints; their success depends on clean and precision machining. All exposed surfaces and edges should be sealed before being put into service. Customwood must not be used in exterior applications, wet or potentially wet areas, in conditions that may exceed 50ºC, or in direct contact with masonry or concrete.
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