Gentas has been operating since 1972, starting in the HPL product in 1997. Gentas has annual volume of 14,000 sq m. 20% of shipments are for exterior walls or approximately €10M per annum in revenue. Gentas exports to 45 countries on 5 continents.
Key Attributes of Gentas UV+
High Pressure Laminate, or phenolic consists of kraft paper, decorative paper, resins and coatings. Its a technology that has been accomplished by many companies around the world. The manufacturers use similar materials and processes, and this techology has had a long life.
Its all about the raw materials. Strength and quality of the laminates is directly proportional to the quality of the ingredients contained in kraft papers, decorative papers and resins used. Gentaş uses the world's top quality materials and works in cooperation with most prestigious brands. Therefore Gentaş Laminate is at the highest levels of quality standards.
Projects include Canada, Russia, Russia, Scandinavia (Den, Swe, Nor, Fin), Baltics (Ltu, Lv, Est), Kazakhstan, Germany, France, Poland, and the Netherlands, as well as projects in southern climates.
HPL for exterior uses is standardized by EN 438 in the following sections. KIWA a firm in the Netherlands, has provided testing and certifies the factory annually. Great confidence comes from the products ability to pass this very stringent standard. See data sheet for complete results.
The standard calls out for quality requirements for the following categories
G-EXT: Phenolic panel with Electron Beam Curing, provided by the same factory in Germany that the name brand from Netherlands uses. Electronic Beam curing (EBC) is a surface curing process in the manufacture of high pressure laminate (HPL) boards. The process applies color to a single sheet of Kraft paper which is adhered to a HPL board in such a way that it will keep its color durably while remaining scratch-resistant. Unlike other HPL creation methods, EBC does not use heat.
The EBC machine used in the curing process gives the finished HPL boards a surface that is both color-fade resistant and has a high resistance to damage. The process works by first mixing color pastes to the desired color and then applying it to a single sheet of kraft paper. This substrate is then put in the EBC machine together with a protective foil. In the machine this sheet is then shot with electrons at such high velocity that the color impregnated paper hardens almost instantly. After being stored in a temperature-controlled room for a short duration the sheets are ready to be adhered to unfinished HPL boards in a process called dry forming.
Gentas HPL fits EA's system in the same way as other EA products have done for many years.