A new soy-based wood adhesive is expected to increase demand for soybeans while helping U.S. lumber companies to produce environmentally friendly finger-jointed lumber more efficiently.
The new adhesive is a combination of soy hydrolyzate and phenol-resorcinol-formaldehyde, and is being marketed under the name of PRF/Soy 2000.
According to the United Soybean Board, or U.S.B., soy-based wood adhesives have the potential to utilize 23 million bushels of beans per year by 2005.
The U.S.B. claims the soy-based adhesive combined with other building products containing soy ingredients, including particleboard and plywood, could consume more than 150 million bushels of soybeans annually.