New Infusion Process Innovates Furniture Production

By Karen Koenig | Posted: 08/07/2013 2:26PM


Innovative technology for infusing architectural elegance to composite panels is being offered by TorZo Surfaces.

Launched in 2008, TorZo is a division of Specialty Polymers, which developed the technology for making acrylic-infused wood and panel products. Specialty Polymers is a family-owned developer and manufacturer of water-based polymers for paints, sealers and adhesives.

At its factory in Woodburn, OR, the company’s proprietary polymer process is infused with composite wood and agricultural panels, including particleboard, MDF, OSB, wheat, hemp and sorghum. The result, the company says, are panels in a “portfolio of pattern and color combinations,” with the additional benefits of increased hardness and durability.

For example, says TorZo’s Jeff Southwell, the hardness on an infused FSI rated NAUF OSB panel rose from 800 pounds on a Janka ball test to 4,600 pounds. The increased durability, he adds, makes TorZo products ideal for both horizontal and vertical commercial applications, including those in the healthcare, educational, retail, hospitality and flooring markets. And because the product is infused as opposed to an overlay, the color is throughout. This makes it ideal for machining and fabricating, Southwell says.

TorZo’s wood-based panel lines, Indure and Parda (recycled wood fiber), and Orient (recycled wood chips), are available in four standard and four premium colors: Cocoa, Copper, Natural and Onyx are standard, with Amethyst, Ruby, Sapphire and Turquoise available as premium color options.

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About the Author

Karen M. Koenig

Karen M. Koenig has more than 25 years of experience in the woodworking industry, including visits to wood products manufacturing facilities throughout North America, Europe and Asia. As Editor-in-Chief of Woodworking Network magazine (formerly Wood & Wood Products), Karen’s primary responsibilities include spearheading the writing, editing and coordinating of the editorial content of the publication, along with the Red Book resource guide and the Red Book online source and supply directory ( She is also a frequent contributor to other Woodworking Network online and print media. She can be reached at or Google+.

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