Press Release: AVA-CO2 Launches A Research Project To Replace Carcinogenic Formaldehyde With Bio-based 5-HMF
- Monday, 21 March 2016
The formaldehyde-based resin manufacturing industry is facing a growing challenge. The use of formaldehyde, a carcinogen which has adverse effects on human health, is increasingly coming under public and political criticism. In June 2014 the 6th adaptation to technical and scientific progress of the CLP (Classification, Labelling and Packaging) directive was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. This classified formaldehyde as carcinogenic and mutagenic and has far-reaching and, in part, immediate consequences for a variety of business sectors but especially in the furniture industry. Now, in conjunction with the Institute for Materials and Wood Technology at the Bern University of Applied Sciences, AVA-CO2 is launching a research project sponsored by the Swiss Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI) to replace formaldehyde with a none harmful alternative in the form of bio-based platform chemical 5-HMF (5-Hydroxymethylfurfural).