News About NVF
NEW PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENT
NVF Co. is introducing a new line of Yorkite products—Wood Grain Yorkite Veneers (patent pending). Yorkite is the registered trade name for a specialty grade of vulcanized fibre that has been wood grain printed on the surface ply of the all-wood laminate. These new products represent a unique manufactured veneer for use in all woodworking applications.
Vulcanized fibre is a 100% natural wood product. It is produced from wood cellulose fibers that can be certified from managed, renewable forests. Vulcanized fibre has been chemically converted into a veneer material that has density and physical strength properties greater than natural hardwoods. Yorkite contains no (0%) adhesives, resins, sizing, or binding agents. This new product involves wood grain printing the saturating paper before the vulcanized fibre process which incorporates the print pattern into a unique abrasion-resistant surface while maintaining the porous surface to accept stains and protective finishes typically used in wood products.
This new product includes two (2) print technologies:
Vulcanized Fibre Process
"Invention for (an) improved means of giving increased strength to paper." That was the introduction of a patent application in 1859 by Thomas Taylor for the vulcanized fibre process. This patent was the procedure for converting a cellulose paper material into a unique laminate product with an unusual combination of "plastic-like" physical and chemical properties. Paper was transformed into a material that possessed increased strength and durability.
Vulcanized fibre is a laminate of cellulose paper plies. The raw material is 100% wood cellulose which is then manufactured into an upsized, saturating grade paper. The wood cellulose is a high alpha pulp. The paper is saturated with a concentrated zinc chloride solution. The zinc chloride is a catalyst that is not consumed in the process. The saturated paper plies then bond together.
The zinc chloride is removed from the web through a series of water leaching tanks until the web has exchanged the zinc chloride with water to a purity of 0.05%. The zinc chloride is completely recycled through a recovery process.
The web structure that is now saturated with water after the puring process is then dried to a moisture content of 5-8%. It is during this drying step that the unique properties develop. The density of the product increases 2-3 times as a result of shrinkage—10% in the machine direction, 20% in the cross direction, and 30% in the thickness. The final product is 100% cellulose.