Palram Americas to demo alternatives to wood composite panels at WPE Lancaster
Palram Americas Palight

Palight BuildBoard is a lightweight panel, composed of cellular polymers, that Palram says is approximately half the weight of MDF and particleboard and comparable in weight to plywood.

MANHEIM, Lancaster County, Pa. – Palram Americas will showcase two alternatives to MDF, particleboard, plywood, and other wood substrates used in cabinets and furniture at Wood Pro Expo Lancaster.

Samples of the two products – Palight BuildBoard and Palboard – will be displayed at Palram’s booth #216 during the two-day tradeshow set to take place Oct. 14-15 at the Spooky Nook Sports complex.

Palight BuildBoard is a lightweight panel, composed of cellular polymers, that Palram says is approximately half the weight of MDF and particleboard and comparable in weight to plywood. This lighter weight helps reduce operator, fabricator, and installer fatigue; and reduces handling and freight costs.

According to Palram, Palight BuildBoard cuts and fabricates easily, while its density provides “superior screw retention compared to particleboard, and similar retention compared to MDF and plywood.” It can be stapled, nailed, and riveted, and accepts mechanical fasteners as easily as wood. The lightweight panels can be painted without priming and its surface can be customized with digital printing or covered with HPL, 3DL, and TFL.

Palram adds that the cellular polymer composition of Palight BuildBoard makes it resistant to moisture, mold, mildew, and bacterial growth. It is UL-94 V-O fire-rated, lead & phthalate-free, will not delaminate, and can withstand harsh chemicals and repeated disinfection.

Palram Americas PalBoard Shelving

Palboard is a multilayer PVC panel that offers high structural strength while being relatively lightweight. It features two solid PVC surfaces and a dense, foam PVC core. 

Wood Pro Expo Lancaster 2021

Palboard is easy to fabricate using v-groove routing and provides an ultra-smooth and uniform surface that resists dents and scratches, according to Palram. The panels can be cold bent. Palram says Palboard is ideal for mitered shelving, retail kiosks, 3D structures, POP displays, store fixtures, organizational storage, countertops, and more. 

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About Wood Pro Expo
Wood Pro Expo is a regional event for woodworking businesses that brings together suppliers and experts for a localized presentation of equipment and supply solutions. WPE includes a strong educational program on best practices for shop production including CNC basics, employee recruitment, finishing, lean manufacturing, business management, software, and shop safety. The expo features a wide variety of equipment and supplies geared to small and medium-size shops.

The 2021 edition of Wood Pro Expo Lancaster takes place Oct. 14-15 at the Spooky Nook Sports Center/Warehouse at the Nook in Manheim (Lancaster County), Pa. For information visit

For exhibitor information contact Lewis Goldman at [email protected] or phone 800-969-2212. 

More upcoming Woodworking Network events
Wood Machinery & Supply Conference & Expo (WMS), Feb. 24-26, 2022, International Centre, Mississauga, Ontario.

Closets Conference & Expo co-located with Wood Pro Expo California, April 27-29, 2022, San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, Calif.


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