Masisa Tricoya® Super MDF to be launched throughout Latin America following an Extended Licence Option agreed between Tricoya Technologies Ltd (TTL) and Masisa

by Graphius on 8 June 2014

Masisa, a leading and innovative panel producer in Latin America, has agreed to carry out evaluation of Tricoya including market testing, production testing and development of finished end-products with the launch of Masisa Tricoya® Super MDF. Masisa Tricoya® Super MDF is an extremely durable, stable and sustainable wood-fibre based panel product with one of its key performance attributes guarantee against rot and decay with dimensional stability for 50 years when used externally.

TTL will now be extending the two year licence option agreement signed in April 2012 which, if successful, grants Masisa exclusive production and distribution rights for Tricoya® for the Latin American market – excluding Brazil, for which the sales and marketing rights are non-exclusive.

During the evaluation phase, the Tricoya product will be supplied by Medite Europe Ltd, TTL’s joint development partner and licence holder for which a supply agreement has also been agreed.

Manufactured using Accsys Technologies’ proprietary acetylation process, Medite Tricoya has enjoyed very positive feedback from customers resulting in a strong increase in demand. Medite Tricoya panels have already been used in a wide range of applications in the building and construction industry including façade claddings, exterior trim applications, exterior doors, interior wet areas and outside furniture.

Welcoming the news, Mr Clegg, Chairman of TTL and CEO of Accsys Technologies (AXS) comments: “Tricoya® Technology represents a major innovation in the wood panel industry which is pioneering a new generation of high performance and exterior use panel products. The agreement with Masisa, one of the world’s leading MDF and particle board manufacturers, was initiated back in 2011/2012 and is set to significantly expand the global panel-products market estimated to be worth annually more than EUR 60 billion.”

He added: “Our technology enables wood fibre panel products to be used in challenging exterior applications, creating completely new market opportunities for manufacturers operating in the 290 million m3 global wood based panel sector. It is already clear that Tricoya® based panels can compete with many higher cost, non-renewable construction materials currently used for exterior and wet environment applications.”

In addition, Pierre Lasson, General Manager of TTL says: “The licence option with Masisa is a significant milestone for our company, confirming that Tricoya® technology has genuine global appeal. This will act as a platform for further worldwide market penetration of our cutting edge technology.”

“Innovation is one of Masisa’s strategic axes”, says Alfredo Gili, the company’s Corporate Manager of the New Product Development Department. “It is because of this that we are constantly looking for exclusive and innovative products, which translates into an integral value offer to our customers by means of a wide range of products. In this sense, we are very happy for this alliance with Tricoya and certainly we will surprise our customers in Latin America.”

Masisa SA has industrial facilities in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela and Mexico as well as commercial operations in over 40 countries. Their main panel products are MDP (medium density particleboard), MDF (medium density fibreboard) and Melamine boards.

Tricoya® is the technology of wood chip acetylation licensed by Tricoya Technologies, a 50:50 joint venture between Ineos and Accsys Technologies PLC.

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Seeking Sustainability

by Graphius on 1 March 2013

Seeking Sustainability? Look no further than Medite Tricoya. The great and the green were loudly applauded at a sold-out awards ceremony in London, hosted by impressionist and actor Alistair McGowan and organised by sustain’ Magazine.

Medite Tricoya won the Product of the Year based on its combined innovation and transparent sustainability. It is a fully sustainable MDF solution. It can be used in applications where wood products may not be the obvious choice and because of the way it performs, unlike any other MDF, it represents one of the biggest advances in panel products in the last 30 years.

As a composite panel Medite Tricoya offers an alternative to solid wood products and even a possible, more sustainable, alternative to other materials such as some metals and plastics. This makes it an exciting consideration for specifiers and end users. During production raw wood is subjected to a patented acetylation technology. This changes the chemical structure of the wood, meaning it is no longer susceptible to the effects of moisture. The result is an exceptionally durable wood-based panel that combines the convenience of MDF with excellent performance in outdoor or very wet conditions.

As a more dimensionally stable material, Medite Tricoya does not warp, has very little swell and dimensional movement and is resistant to fungal decay. These characteristics make it very reliable; it has a service life of 60 years — even for external applications — and carries a guarantee of up to 50 years. Thanks to this guaranteed dimensional stability and durability the material is also low maintenance, so it has a low life cycle cost too.

The raw wood material that goes into Medite Tricoya is sourced from fully FSC-certified forests. The environmental soundness of the FSC certified raw material is carried right through the entire production and distribution process, with a fully audited Chain of Custody in place. Production is extremely resource-efficient. It uses chips from fast grown pine, including the tops of trees, which are not used to make any other wood-based product and would otherwise be sent to waste streams.

Coillte Panel Products takes its role as a supplier of environmentally sound products very seriously. With this in mind, it is not only the products themselves that are as sustainable as possible, but also the methods used and the environment in which they are produced must reflect this ethos too. The company is also committed to the Global Reporting Initiative, which acts as a lynchpin for its corporate responsibility agenda, standardising sustainability reporting to ensure parity with other industry players as well as organisations across diverse sectors too.

Steve Oxley, the Editor of sustain’ Magazine, said: “The calibre of entries to this year’s sustain’ Magazine Awards was exceptional. The winners of this year’s Awards have quite clearly demonstrated a desire to push the boundaries of invention or have sought enterprising means to achieve sustainable excellence. Indeed, each of the winning entries presents inspiring and influential solutions to the way we may address our built environment in the future and I would like to congratulate each and every one of them on their success.”

Now in its fifth year, the sustain’ Magazine Awards for Sustainability, Business and the Built Environment are designed to celebrate the high hopes and hard work, commitment and creativity, radicalism and rigour, inspiration and perspiration of all those achieving distinction and success in the field of sustainability. sustain’ Magazine is organised in association with Marshalls and sponsors Land Securities, Galliford Try Partnerships, Carillion, Rexel and Society for the Environment.

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