History

Phenolic foam main raw material is a phenolic resin which is based on bakelite. The first Bakelite was developed by the Belgium chemist Leo Hendrik Baekeland (Gent, 14 November 1863 – 23 February 1944) at the end of the 19th century.

Over the years he emigrated from Belgium to the USA. Therefore most of the developments on bakelite have been initiated from the USA.

Bakelite was a fairly low priced could be used in many commodity markets. In fact it is the first public plastic ever produced.

Bakelite is a thermoharder which gives specific properties to the product. The most important are; the end product is stable, does not melt or decomposes under heat and is a very efficient electrical and thermal insulator.

Bakelite was first commonly used in products like electrical switches, phones, toilet seats, doorknobs, and not to forget the thin plastic layer which ‘glues’ the metal fitting to the glass of a light bulb.

Present Bakelite is not so regularly used in domestic applications. The use of the product moved to industrial applications. For example the glue on grinding paper and discs, binder in brake pads of cars and trains, as compound for tires, engine parts, coating on waterproof wood structure cladding up till the in the USA developed closed cell insulation foam.

This American technology is in the mid 80s introduced in Europe by the joint venture Marec Insulatie in Kesteren (The Netherlands). This company produced the first phenolic insulation foam in Europe.

This company developed the product to set the standard of the product, one of the best thermal insulators available today. The technology of this company has moved, due to acquisitions by one of the market leaders, to other production locations.

Teqtix Phenolic Solutions combines the technology and knowhow to develop together with your company these products and all other technological developments using phenolic resin.