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05May94 UK: MDF SET TO BECOME INDUSTRY STANDARD - MEDIUM DENSITY FIBRE-BOARD.

By the year 2000, medium density fibre-board (MDF) will be standard for window boards, architraves and skirtings.This is the prediction of John Stoker, managing director of Fibercill, a leading UK MDF mouldings manufacturer.He told a conference of the Builders Merchants' Federation: 'Every month we see more and more of the same companies moving away from the traditional softwood mouldings towards the MDF alternative.'According to Mr Stoker, MDF currently has about 18 per cent of the market for window boards, architraves and skirtings in new homes. But he says that the growth potential is enormous.'Last year, Fibercill saw a volume growth of 82 per cent. That means that there must be something happening there,' he told the conference.Mr Stoker said that builders and carpenters were leading the surge in popularity of MDF mouldings: 'It's a defect-free wood-based product. Builders can go on using it and abusing it without any problems.'According to Mr Stoker, overall demand for MDF - mainly sheet material - still exceeds supply, although manufacturers are commissioning new production lines to meet this demand. CONSTRUCTION NEWS