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POLYPROPYLENE T-EDGES FOR FURNITURE PROVIDE SECURE, UNIFORM COVERAGE AROUND CURVES, WITHOUT STRESS-WHITENING OR TRIMMING

Pliable Synres® PP Compound from Teknor Apex Enables Doellken-Woodtape to Provide an Alternative to Traditional Materials in Profiles for the Curved Edges of Office Furniture

BRAMPTON, ONTARIO, CANADA, September 3, 2013: Doellken-Woodtape, a leading supplier of edgebanding to the woodworking industry, uses a new polypropylene- (PP-) based compound from Teknor Apex Company to produce T-edge profiles that provide an alternative to traditional materials for finishing curved surfaces in office furniture that is compatible with today’s green building rating system and codes, it was announced today by Teknor Apex.

The Synres® PP compound used by Doellken-Woodtape for its T3™ T-edge profiles is a pliable material that provides the flexibility needed for application to the curved edges of desks, filing cabinets, and other items, providing permanent, uniform coverage even at corners with a 25 mm radius. This overcomes problems with deformation, spring-back, and stress-whitening encountered with T-edges made of other materials.

“The innovative Synres compound which we custom-formulated for Doellken-Woodtape provides a degree of flexibility not available with ABS and other common alternatives, while retaining sufficient stiffness to ensure the permanent capture of the profile barb in the furniture edge groove,” said Stephan Pronovost, business director for the Specialty Compounding Division of Teknor Apex. “At the same time, the compound exhibits the impact resistance needed for longer service life.”

Extrusion technology developed by Doellken-Woodtape yields profiles whose width is precisely controlled so that furniture edges are completely covered without need for trimming, according to Gene Dera, vice president of sales for Doellken-Wootdtape.

“Doellken-Woodtape takes an integrated approach to serving customers in the furniture industry, supplying both edgebanding for rectilinear shapes and T-edges for curved ones,” said Mr. Dera. “Our ability to supply these products in matching colors helps customers to harmonize all of the components in each series of furniture that they manufacture.”

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DOELLKEN-WOODTAPE is North America’s leading supplier of edgebanding—in PVC, ABS, PP, and acrylic—to the woodworking industry. It has factories, service centers and distribution partners throughout the U.S. and Canada. Surteco SE of which Doellken-Woodtape is a part, has production sites on four continents, with more than 1,950 employees, and the group realizes annual sales in excess of 400 million Euros. Doellken-Woodtape is headquartered at 230 Orenda Road, Brampton, Ontario L6T 1E9 Canada. Tel.: 800-461-0061 (toll-free) or 1-905-759-1074. Fax: 1-905-673-9372. Email: info@doellken-woodtape.com. Visit www.doellken-woodtape.com.

The Specialty Compounding Division of TEKNOR APEX COMPANY is a diversified custom manufacturer of thermoplastic compounds and masterbatches. Headquartered in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, U.S.A., Teknor Specialty Compounding directly operates manufacturing capacity at three U.S. facilities and accesses the capacity of other Teknor Apex plastics businesses. Visit www.teknorapex.com.