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By working with resin makers, we have developed a range of Customwood® products that meet the exacting Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) for formaldehyde emissions. The superior grade, F4 Star (also known as Super E0), has formaldehyde levels similar to wood. Customwood® also complies with the equally rigorous California Air Resources Board (CARB) limits on formaldehyde emissions. This represents a de facto national standard for the US.


Our new Customwood SuperFinish® range is also approved by the Asthma Foundation as a Sensitive Choice® product – a first for any MDF products in New Zealand.

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Daiken New Zealand offers the lowest range of formaldehyde-emitting MDF.

Customwood® is made using wood fibres – from Radiata Pine, urea formaldehyde (UF) resin and a very small amount of paraffin wax.
Formaldehyde is a gas found in the natural environment made up of hydrogen, oxygen and carbon. Formaldehyde occurs as a natural product in most living systems and in the environment, occurring naturally in the air we breathe.

Man-made formaldehyde is no different to naturally occurring formaldehyde. It has been commercially manufactured for more than 100 years, and is part of the adhesives used to manufacture MDF and particleboard. It can also be found in other materials, such as carpets, paints and varnishes. It can be present in food and cooking and used as a disinfectant.

Levels of formaldehyde in outdoor air are generally below 0.001 mg/m3 in remote areas and below 0.02 mg/m3 in urban settings. The levels of formaldehyde in the indoor air of houses are typically 0.02–0.06 mg/m3. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) recognises formaldehyde as carcinogenic for humans and the gas has also been identified as an asthma risk.


Daiken New Zealand offers the lowest range of formaldehyde-emitting MDF.

Customwood® is made using wood fibres – from Radiata Pine, urea formaldehyde (UF) resin and a very small amount of paraffin wax.
Formaldehyde is a gas found in the natural environment made up of hydrogen, oxygen and carbon. Formaldehyde occurs as a natural product in most living systems and in the environment, occurring naturally in the air we breathe.

Man-made formaldehyde is no different to naturally occurring formaldehyde. It has been commercially manufactured for more than 100 years, and is part of the adhesives used to manufacture MDF and particleboard. It can also be found in other materials, such as carpets, paints and varnishes. It can be present in food and cooking and used as a disinfectant.

Levels of formaldehyde in outdoor air are generally below 0.001 mg/m3 in remote areas and below 0.02 mg/m3 in urban settings. The levels of formaldehyde in the indoor air of houses are typically 0.02–0.06 mg/m3. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) recognises formaldehyde as carcinogenic for humans and the gas has also been identified as an asthma risk.


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Customwood® meets the world’s most stringent environment standards. This means when you specify Customwood®, you can be sure you’ve made the best choice for the environment too.


Responsible sourcing

Unlike the vast majority of the world’s MDF, Customwood® is made from exotic plantation-grown Radiata Pine trees. These forests are mostly located a short distance from the plant. There is plenty of raw material available becuase Canterbury’s strong north westerly winds and low rainfall mean a lot of the wood is not suitable for timber.

Whenever possible, we source wood harvested from plantations that meet the Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) stringent environmental social and economic standards. Product made from this wood carries the FSC certification label. We are also part of Environmental Choice – New Zealand’s most trusted multiple criteria environmental labelling programme, which operates to internationally recognised standards and principles. In addition, our environmental management system meets the strict criteria set out in the ISO14001 certification process.
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We constantly monitor conditions to ensure we are managing our operations in an environmentally resposible manner. We monitor water quality (underground and surface) to ensure our effluent treatment process and discharge methods are non-contaminated. One hundred percent of wastewater is treated and then used on farmland.

We also strictly monitor formaldehyde emissions, as well as regularly measuring wood dust. An external authority completes an annual survey of wood dust and formaldehyde. Several initiatives on-site focus on the recycling of cardboard, office paper and containers. We are also proud of our employee-led local planting project.
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