Not only does this ‘dolphin-friendly’
panel-board make good health sense, because it is made from
rice stubble, its production allows native and plantation forests
to be conserved.
Producing a fibre panel from rice stubble means:
• Utilisation of a waste item from the rice
• Production of a farm gate
value added product
• Reduction of on farm waste
• Elimination of the practice of burning
stubble after harvest
• Increased value for each mega-litre
of water used by irrigators
• Farm diversification without the need
to purchase new machinery
• Diversion of plantation timber
into production of higher value products
AMPAN is neither standard particle board or MDF but rather
a high moisture resistant particle board with fine particle
structure. This means that it is suitable for wet area construction
and for those items of furniture manufacture normally the domain
The resin used does not have any of the health impacts associated
with other binding agents. There are no Volatile Organic Compounds
(VOC) used as all materials are natural and non-allergenic.
The resin is a CSIRO proprietary formulation which avoids the
known health problems associated with standard particle boards
and medium density fibre boards which give-off formaldehyde
emissions. The use of the MDI family of resins, known to be
carcinogenic in vapour form, is also avoided. The nil emissions
of the product will not add to a Sick Building Syndrome (SBS).
AMPAN has the structural integrity to meet Australian standards
for panel board, and is manufactured using finer particles and
will be structurally similar to other building panels.