Particleboard (or chipboard as it is more commonly known) is one of the widest used panel products. Panels are manufactured from small particles or chips. The panels were developed since the end of the second world war.
In the early stages of development, wood chipboard used sawmill residues bonded with adhesives. During intensive research and development it was found that better results could be obtained by engineering the chips to precise shapes and dimensions, and to build up the panels in layers. Sawmilling machinery evolved that would generate by by-products ideally suited for the production of these engineered chips. Some sawdust and planer chips can also be used in the core of the panels. Panels could be manufactured not only with consistent strength properties, but also fine surface finishes, and with less consumption of adhesive binders. Particleboards are manufactured with extraordinary consistency, flatness and accurate dimensions. Grades are available with good moisture resistant properties.