Every day, people benefit from products that contain formaldehyde. This chemical is a critical, commercially valuable, and basic building block in our modern society.
While embalming is one of formaldehyde's earliest and best-known uses, this application represents less than one percent of formaldehyde use. Products derived from formaldehyde have an extremely broad role in the economy and provide many benefits to the public. For example, the wood-based panel industry relies heavily on the exceptional performance of formaldehyde-based glues and resins.
In many instances, because formaldehyde is a building-block molecule, few compounds can replace it as a raw material without reducing performance and making the final products more expensive. Whether it's used in plywood for home construction, fuel system components for automobiles or door and window insulation for modern airliners, formaldehyde provides greater utility for consumers in the form of extended use, consistent quality and improved performance and safety.