HPL, or high pressure laminate, is a popular material that plays an important role in many modern manufacturing applications. But what is it, exactly? And how is it used? Read on for a brief rundown of HPL from the high pressure laminating experts at Panel Processing.

HPL Basics

HPL is a decorative surface material that is well known for its durability and aesthetic value. The high pressure laminating process involves saturating multiple layers of kraft paper in resin, placing a layer of décor paper on top of them, then fusing everything together using heat and pressure. This causes the resin to become plastic, transforming the paper stack into a rigid laminated sheet. HPL is available in thicknesses ranging from ¼” to 1¼” and can be made in thousands of different colors and designs.

HPL Applications

Due to its unique combination of properties, HPL is highly sought after for applications that require a visually appealing surface capable of withstanding constant wear and tear. You’ll often find it being used for furniture, cabinetry, and even flooring in retail, hospitality, healthcare, and education settings, to name a few. HPL is an extremely versatile material, which makes it invaluable in a vast array of industries.

Would you like to learn more about high pressure laminating? Contact Panel Processing today. As a leading wood component manufacturer, we have extensive experience working with HPL. Reach us at 1 (800) 433-7142 or send an email to solutions@panel.com. We look forward to hearing from you!