MDF is made from wood trunks from many different types of wood, ground down to the individual wood fibre. The dried and glued fibres are pressed into a homogeneous, easily workable board.
From raw material to finished moulding
This is where the processing begins at FN Neuhofer. The MDF boards, which are adapted to the thickness of the finished mouldings, are sawn into strips on a multi-blade circular saw; these strips are the pre-material for the next process step, planing.
During planing, the MDF strip is given the contour of the finished moulding by means of planing knives manufactured in-house. The resulting waste wood is used to generate heat in the company's own operations.
The finished surface is sheathed on the planed MDF " Carrier" by means of thinly applied hot-melt adhesive. In the process, pressure rollers are used to press the thinly sanded veneer onto the MDF surface and then lacquer it.
Using hot-melt adhesive, decorative foil is wrapped around the MDF "carrier". This foil can be either digitally printed decorative paper produced in-house or gravure printed decorative paper, both matching the decor of the floor.
Especially the colour white in the common RAL or NCS shades is often painted onto MDF if the skirting board is to be matched to the colour of the wall. There are many quality levels with or without filler, with single or multiple lacquering.
The most sustainable form of skirting board is the pure wooden skirting board. The raw material for this can be any tree in the world, but we primarily use spruce (FI) and pine (KI) for the softwoods and oak and beech for the hardwoods from European forests.
For the production of sheathed skirting boards, finger-jointed material free of wood defects is used as a finished blank. For the production of raw solid wood skirting boards, unedged boards are purchased and the cuts are made in-house.
With planing knives ground in-house, the finished contour is given to the blank on the planing machine. The resulting residual wood (chips) is used in the company's own operations and in external operations for heat generation.
Raw solid skirting boards can be skirting boards, craft skirting boards, flat skirting boards, square skirting boards, ..... Made of knotty spruce or pine or knotty softwood, depending on function and taste. The surface is always untreated.
Thinly sanded veneer is glued onto the finger-jointed solid wood "carrier" planed into the shape of a strip using hot-melt adhesive. The veneer can be matched in colour and wood type to the matching parquet flooring.
The so-called strong foil, a decorative paper with a stronger "body", ensures an evenly smooth surface on the solid wood "carrier". Annual rings, knots etc. are largely covered with it. This surface is encased on the substrate by means of hot-melt adhesive.
Lacquered solid wood slats are very dimensionally stable and therefore popular. Lacquered in the common RAL or NCS colours, a wide variety of quality levels can be achieved using different single or multi-layer lacquer structures, with or without filler.
Primarily, PVC (poly-vinyl chloride) or PS (poly-styrene) is used for the production of plastic skirting. The raw material for this is powder or granulate, which is processed into profiles or sheets by means of extrusion.
The raw material used here in the production of plastic mouldings is extruded plastic sheets, which are cut into widths adapted to the moulding using multi-blade circular saws.
During the planing process, the cut strips are given the contours of the finished lath by means of planing knives manufactured in-house. The resulting chips are processed by specially equipped companies and recycled into new products.
A special hot-melt adhesive suitable for plastic is used to coat the "carrier" with decorative foil. This decorative paper is colour-matched to the floor and is produced in-house using digital printing or purchased from the gravure printing process.