The Ampan particle board is manufactured from rice straw bonded with a unique phenol-formaldehyde resin. The manufacturing process is similar to other particle board processes in that the rice straw is milled to a particle size of six to 10 millimetres and mixed with the resin (10 per cent) before being pressed into the particle board. Testing of samples to date haa shown the Ampan panel board to have high moisture resistance compared to other particle boards.
The Ampan panel has the potential to be used across a number of building purposes such as bracing for timber house frames, cabinetmaking and concrete formwork.
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