Greensboro, NC – Columbia Forest Products launches UV LabCoat™, a pre-finished hardwood plywood with a premium topcoat that offers even more depth, clarity, and durability than the company’s standard UV offering. It has earned the certification of the Scientific Equipment and Furniture Association (SEFA), enabling it to be used in labs, schools, institutions and other commercial installations that require the chemical resistance of a laboratory grade finish.

Combined with Columbia’s EPA award-winning PureBond® formaldehyde-free hardwood plywood technology, UV LabCoat panels will enhance and improve projects requiring the highest standards for appearance, performance and indoor air quality.

Since 1996, Columbia Forest Products has delivered over 16 million UV Wood™ panels to the industry for those seeking a beautiful, pre-finished hardwood plywood panel with the convenience and durability of a VOC-free UV topcoat in both clear (UV Wood™) or stained (CustomColors™) options. Customers appreciate both the time and cost savings in their facilities and the added benefit of no VOC emissions.

“This new UV LabCoat finish option offers improved aesthetics plus excellent chemical resistance while maintaining the depth and clarity the market has come to expect from Columbia’s finishing line,” explained Tom Pearsall, Manager of Marketing and New Product Development.

The SEFA certification enables it to be used in labs, schools, and other commercial installations that require a laboratory finish or who simply want a new level of depth and luster in their finished project.

UV LabCoat passed three SEFA-certified tests: the 49-point 8.1 Chemical Spot Test, the 8.2 Hot Water Test and the 8.3 Impact Test. This new SEFA-certified laboratory grade finish will be available from Columbia’s four regional finish line facilities allowing for easy delivery from almost anywhere in the US and Canada.

Founded in 1957, Columbia Forest Products is North America’s largest manufacturer of hardwood plywood and hardwood veneer. Columbia’s decorative interior veneers and panels are used in cabinetry, furniture, architectural millwork and commercial fixtures. Employee-owned and based in Greensboro, North Carolina, Columbia employs more than 2,000 and operates facilities in locations throughout the United States and Canada, and an operational network which spans the globe.

Source: Columbia Forest Products

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