Welcome to Formica Group

The world's best-known manufacturer of High Pressure Laminate

About Formica Group

Formica Group is a leading provider of branded, designed surfacing solutions for commercial and residential customers worldwide. As the world’s largest manufacturer of High Pressure Laminate (HPL), our international network of design, manufacturing, distribution and sales operations maintains the recognition of Formica® as a global brand.

The heritage and brand reputation of the Formica Group of companies has been founded on quality, service and innovative product lines. We have developed an unrivaled expertise that ensures products meet the needs of their applications — as well as market demands.

Working closely with architects, designers and developers, the company is strategically positioned to offer new products and surfacing solutions that complement current design trends. Our ongoing product design and development process underscores our commitment to innovation.

In addition, we provide our homeowner customers with the surfacing materials they need, whether it’s laminate countertops for a kitchen renovation, a vanity top for a bathroom remodel, DIY cabinet refacing, or countless other projects. In May 2007, the Formica Group of companies was acquired by Fletcher Building, one of Australia’s and New Zealand’s largest building companies. The acquisition resulted in the creation of the world’s largest manufacturer of decorative surfaces and high pressure laminate.

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 Limited, Formica S.A., Formica S.A.S., Formica Taiwan Corporation, Formica (Thailand) Co., Ltd., Formica (Asia) Ltd., and Homapal GmbH, among others.

Our History

For 100 years, the story of the Formica® brand has been one of discovery and innovation. Formica® is an iconic brand inextricably linked to the invention of the original High Pressure Laminate (HPL).

1913-1927

The era of laminate

Our founders, electrical engineers Daniel J. O’Conor and Herbert A. Faber discover that high-pressure plastic resins can be used to make electrical parts, replacing the mineral mica, and establish the Formica Products Company in 1913. As they were searching for a substitute “for” an insulation material “mica,” they coined the name “Formica.”

By 1930, the Company begins to make the shift from industrial applications to decorative laminate products.

1931-1949

A new focus

Colorful, durable and cigarette-proof, Formica® Brand Laminate become a popular choice for interiors cafes and nightclubs, as well as railway cars and luxury ocean liners like the RMS Queen Mary. But as the U.S. enters World War II, The Formica Insulation Company focuses on military production through the war’s end.

1950-1958

The post-war boom

During the post-war boom, sales of Formica Brand Laminates reach $24 million and the Company advertises vigorously to promote designs such as Brooks Stevens’ iconic “Skylark” pattern. Raymond Loewy Associates creates the Company’s “Sunrise” line and Prince Sigaard Bernadotte of Sweden, the classic “VirrVarr” pattern.

1960-1983

Design and innovation

Formica Brand Laminates become a symbol of modern lifestyles and the Company begins to build a worldwide presence. Formica Corporation also continues to emphasize design, establishing the Design Advisory Board and organizing “Surface and Ornament,” an exhibition of ColorCore® laminate artwork that debuts at the Art Institute of Chicago.

1985-1999

Changes and challenges

Mirroring the economic climate of the 1980s and 1990s, Formica Corporation experiences multiple changes in leadership during this volatile period. At the same time, the Company continues to expand its international reach, such as Formica Canada Inc, and to launch innovative new products in colors, patterns and finishes that target both the residential and commercial markets.

2000-2012

A new century of growth

In 2007, Fletcher Building, Ltd. acquires Formica Group divisions of Asia, Europe and North America. Combined with the Laminex® brand under the Fletcher umbrella, Formica Corporation is now the largest player in its industry worldwide. The Company also achieves significant goals towards becoming a “greener” enterprise.

2013

Formica® Brand celebrates 100 years!

Restaurant table with scone 909 Black Formica Infiniti ColorCore2

Who We Are, What We Do

Formica Group, the inventor of laminate, has been surfacing spaces for 100 years.

Our Social Commitment

Formica Group has a proud heritage, supported by a strong brand.

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