Wood-composite binders

Bayer's Mondur MDI wood-composite binder is compliant with California safety standards.

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Bayer MaterialScience LLC (Pittsburgh, Pa.) has produced wood-composites binders, called Mondur polymeric MDI, that are compliant with the newest California Air Resource Board (CARB) environmental regulations. The binders are already being used as a replacement for formaldehyde-emitting binders in flooring, cabinetry and other furniture applications. The binders meet CARB Phase II requirements regarding formaldehyde emissions. The first phase of the CARB regulations began Jan. 1, 2009, with the second phase taking effect in 2011. The regulations limit the amount of formaldehyde that particle board, medium-density fiberboard (MDF) and other wood-composite products can emit.