Agristrand Biocomposites to Make Furniture Panels from Soy Straw

january 23 2012

Agristrand Biocomposites LLC plans to manufacture soy straw panels at the former production facility of Phenix Biocomposites. The no-added formaldehyde panels will serve as a substitute for traditional wood particleboard and MDF used in furniture, cabinets, closets and other secondary wood applications.

The plant will operate under the name Agristrand Mankato LLC under an exclusive world-wide intellectual property license from Agristrand Biocomposites.

Agristrand said its product will have several benefits over traditional wood particleboard and MDF panels. "We will be producing sustainable, LEED contributing, non-formaldehyde particle board and door core products from soy straw, a by-product from Midwest annual soybean production. In an environment of rising costs for wood based composite products the abundantly available 'eco-friendly’ soy fiber offers a unique 'green' value proposition in the market."

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