All of Medite’s panel products are to be tested and approved to formaldehyde standard CARB2 from January 2010.

The development follows news earlier this year that Medite’s Premier MDF has been sucessfully tested to the US standard by the Institute of Wood Technology in Dresden.

Medite’s expansion of compliance with CARB2 (Californian Air Resources Board) comes more than a year before CARB2 becomes compulsory in the US.

Medite operations director Pat Beardmore said products would carry identification associated with the standard, while Coillte Panel Products marketing and business development director Geoff Rhodes predicted CARB2 would become an important issue for the specification of MDF in the future.

“Offering Medite’s whole range as CARB2 compliant, regardless of which products are required, is an important differentiator,” said Mr Rhodes. “The spcification of CARB2 MDF from Medite wil now be much simpler.