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Melamine Resins

Hexion offers a broad range of melamine-based resins. These are used extensively in decorative laminates, for everything from countertops to laminate flooring; in composite wood products such as oriented strand board; and as modifiers in other materials such as textiles, tires and paper. Our products include:

Melamine Formaldehyde Resins

Non-methylated melamine formaldehyde resins are hard, very durable and versatile thermosets with good fire and heat resistance. For this market, along with resins and additives, we offer extensive formulating expertise. Our resins are adaptable to a wide variety of system parameters and, when cured, are colorless, long-lasting, and solvent resistant.

Typical applications include:

  • Laminate flooring
  • Laminate countertops
  • Cabinetry
  • Composites
  • Surface coatings
  • Textile finishes
  • Paper processing and bonding
  • Modifiers in materials such as textiles, tires, paper, fertilizers, glass and metals

Methylated Melamine Formaldehyde Resins

Melamine resins are "methylated" by adding excess methanol to the manufacturing process. The result is the incorporation of methoxymethyl functional groups into the structure of the melamine formaldehyde (MF) polymer, resulting in excellent stability even at very high solids content. By varying the degree of methylation, Hexion is able to meet the requirements of a wide array of MF processes and applications, and deliver a range of benefits, including:

  • Cross-linkage among a diverse group of polymers—containing hydroxyl, amino, amido, or carboxyl functional groups
  • Better mar, stain, and block resistance in wood coatings and catalyzed systems
  • Ability to create fabric stiffness or “hand” via cross-linking latex emulsions in textile applications
  • Stability for effective use in water-based systems
  • Fire retardant properties
  • Suitability for many processes and applications

These benefits make our line of methylated melamine formaldehyde resins an excellent choice for use in:

  • Industrial coatings
  • Cross-linking
  • Textiles
  • Nonwovens
  • Papermaking

Melamine Urea Formaldehyde (MUF) Resins

Melamine Urea Formaldehyde (MUF) Resins are useful in oriented strand board and fiberboard manufacturing, where water resistance and superior durability are required.

Melamine Urea Phenol Formaldehyde (MUPF) resins

Melamine Urea Phenol Formaldehyde (MUPF) resins are used for oriented strand board. These resins are designed to pass the European OSB 3 qualifications.

For more information, contact us.