Compact formed parts

Manufacturing, processing and application
HPL according to EN 438

June, 2017


High-pressure laminate (HPL) in accordance with EN 438 has been used in the construction and furniture sector for decades. The European standard EN 438 defines the material, requirements and properties of HPL.
HPL is a resin and paper-based thermosetting composite material and features a unique, extremely robust, resistant, modern and very decorative surface. HPL is omnipresent in our day-to-day lives and is self-supporting or used in conjunction with substrates. The application and usage areas of HPL are extremely diverse and are constantly evolving. This requires knowledge management which provides regularly updated information and assistance with regard to different applications and processing, in the form of technical bulletins.
The technical leaflet “Compact formed parts” provides information on forming, machining and application of these workpieces.
This technical bulletin is an update and an expansion for the document issued in April 1991 covering the same topic.