Formica Group

Our History

Our History

Formica® is an iconic brand, which is intrinsically linked with the material High Pressure Laminate (HPL). Continuing to offer HPL of the highest quality, the company now also offers the latest innovations in laminate in a range of complementary interior and exterior grade surfacing materials.

High Pressure Laminate was invented in the USA in 1913 by two electrical engineers, Herbert A Faber and Daniel J O’Conor, who were searching for a substitute ‘for’ an insulation material ‘mica’. In 1927 the company began lithographing decorative images onto the sheets of laminate, introducing a new product and one that would change the future of the company. By the 1930s world-renowned artists and architects also began to recognise the design potential of the material, specifying it for modernist and art deco interiors.

In the aftermath of the Second World War, the baby boom in the USA and the rebuilding in Europe, as well as rising social expectations created a need for modern, cost-effective interior design materials. Formica® laminate with its new variety of colours and patterns was an ideal material and as they say the rest is history.

Formica® products first entered the European market in 1946. Formica Group is a global group of companies consisting of Formica Canada, Inc., Formica Corporation, Formica de Mexico S.A. de C.V., Formica IKI Oy, Formica Skandinavien AB, Formica Limited, Formica S.A., Formica S.A.S., Formica Taiwan Corporation, Formica (Thailand) Co., Ltd., and Formica (Asia) Ltd., among others. The company has a network of more than 10 worldwide manufacturing facilities. With a history of product innovation in both technology and design the company stays on top of design trends through regular communication with design leaders and consumers.

Formica products are specified by architects, designers, contractors, shop-fitters, home-builders and manufacturers of finished products. Used principally for interior surface applications they are valued for their high quality, durability, design features, versatility and ease of maintenance. Throughout the world you will find Formica® surfacing materials adding quality and attractiveness to civic buildings, leisure facilities, libraries, offices, schools, hospitals, laboratories, hotels, restaurants, shopping centres, shop interiors, airports, railway stations, ships, buses, trains, domestic interiors…the list is endless.

To see examples of our exciting products visit our Case Study section.

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