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Decorative overlays triple in consumption.


The consumption of decorative overlays tripled for 23.65 square feet per capita in the United States during the 1980s, but usage was still far below Europe's per capita of 40.30 square feet, according to a new 85-page study.

The study, compiled by the term of George Carter & Affiliates and Resource Information Systems, looks at decorative overlay usage from 1981 through 1990 and projects usage through 2001. It covers high-pressure decorative laminates, melamine polyester saturated papers, foils, low basis weight papers and vinyl films.

Among the results in the study is the growth of decorative overlay used as compared to total surface area. In 1980, the index of overlay to substrate surface area was 35 percent; the index jumped to 65 percent in 1990. This jump was partially because available surface area increased nearly 60 percent, and the use of decorative overlays grew 198 percent.

According to the study, usage should grow to 11 billion square feet by the year 2001. Over that ten-year period the team projects two cycles of recession and recovery in the economy.

The report is only available to members of the laminating Materials Assn. It can be obtained by contacting George Carter at: 767 Park Avenue, Oradell, N.J. 07649; phone (201) 265-7766.
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Publication:Wood & Wood Products
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Date:Aug 1, 1991
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