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The Evolution of MDF

Added 02.21.19

Valchromat MDF Fibreboard

James Latham, the UK’s biggest independent timber and panel products distributor, is seeing sales of its innovative and award-winning engineered fibreboard, Valchromat, soar.

Valchromat MDF Uses

In particular, Valchromat has become extremely popular within the UK shop fitting and furniture manufacturing sectors, as well as in the hospitality market where bold and impactful colours are part of the specification.   Plus, it has also been a big hit with toy manufacturers, having been approved by the British Standards Association as safe to use in the manufacture of children’s toys.

Available in 10 striking and vibrant colours, Valchromat is completely unique, in that the colour runs throughout the entire board, enabling almost limitless decorative applications.  This highly effective and impactful result is achieved by adding organic dyes and a specially formulated resin to the wood fibre before pressing.


Dan Mahoney, Valchromat Product Manager, James Latham commented, “We have a history and expertise in bringing new and innovative products to the UK market and Valchromat has had a big impact, not only within the shop fitting and furniture making sectors but also within hospitality and commercial interiors as well as for exhibitions.”

In addition to its unique appearance, Valchromat boasts a number of time and cost saving features and benefits; It’s easy and quick to finish - no edging is required - and being moisture and UV resistant, non- toxic and load resistant, the applications are endless.  Plus, scratches and marks on the finished product go largely unnoticed because the colour runs evenly throughout the board.

Valchromat Specifications

Plus, all the wood used is FSC® certified and is sourced from forest waste, residue from timber mills, pine and recycled pine.

Valchromat is available in the following board sizes; 2500mm x 1850mm/1250mm and in 8mm, 12mm, 16mm, 19mm, 25mm and 30mm thicknesses.

With 10 nationwide depots and showrooms in London and Manchester, James Latham offers one of the UK’s widest ranges of innovative surface solutions - all available from one supplier - and directly from stock.

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