Decorative plastic laminate is a durable flat sheeting material that is widely used for home and industrial furnishings. To produce plastic laminate, the raw materials must go through 4 manufacturing processes.
Impregnating The Paper
First, paper layers are dipped in resin. Plastic laminates are made in various different thicknesses, depending on which is chosen there may be 7 to 18 layers of paper.
The resin-impregnated sheets are then put into a drying chamber. After this process has finished they are cut and stacked into layers. The clear layer and the decorative layer are placed on top of the kraft paper.
The paper goes through a final curing process using a hydraulic press. The press compresses the sandwich of resin-soaked paper, while heating it to a high temperature which catalyses a reaction in the resins.
The dry sheet is cut into the desired size and shape and finished to the manufacturers specification.