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Abu Dhabi-based TI Laminates is the only manufacturer of high-pressure laminates (HPL) in the UAE.

The type of material they produce is traditionally used for kitchen cabinets, but at Big 5 exhibition in Dubai they showcased some of its other uses, including internal and external walls, outdoor shade shelters, and even complete buildings.

"It's quite a different procedure and a unique product," explained Eldar Mullayanov, owner at TI Laminates.

"Now we can do self-standing, pre-fabricated structures. It is very versatile."

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Mullayanov was central to designing the HPL which his company uses.

"It was a long investigation," he said. "It took about two years. The technology is not new - the technology was invented in Europe in the 1940s - but it has changed many times in terms of progress.

"Today we have up-to-date technology which we brought from Italy."

TI Laminates's HPL is 100% waterproof, and is tough enough to handle the Middle East's climate.

"We do a two hour boil test in our factory to see the deviation from the original state, to make sure of the quality of our product" he explained. "It is heat-proof and weather-proof to UAE conditions."

The material can withstand temperatures ranging from -20[degrees]C to 70[degrees]C, it is fire retardant and is durable for 20 years.

"It depends on the thickness but for example a five to six millimetre HPL will hold for approximately two hours in the fire. We are in the procedure of obtaining a Civil Defence Certificate for it," he added.

Mullayanov hopes business will expand and more projects will see the benefits of using HPL in their structures, not just in the after fit.

"For the exterior cladding the design is unlimited; we can do pictures - whatever client wants," he said.

"Today in the UAE you won't find too many buildings using HPL but it is widely used in Europe in high traffic places like airports railway stations."

The HPL is made from 65% recycled products and is clean and safe.

"It is suitable for medical applications, it is completely antibacterial and has no emissions of hazardous materials," said Mullayanov.

The TI Laminates factory in Abu Dhabi opened in 2001 but was run by a different company which was focused only on kitchen units. Mullayanov took it over in 2013 and began producing interior and exterior fittings.

In 2014 he developed and started producing the HPL Dome, and in 2015 will unveil 'floating' HPL structures - canopys to shade swimming pools or outdoor seating areas.

"We want to show people how to use our products for different applications" said Mullayanov.

"My plan in the GCC is to show people the new designs and to show people the ability of the product and hopefully for them to cover their buildings with it."

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Date:Nov 26, 2014
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