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Corian: A Solid Mix

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Corian is a foundational material in our product offer. It looks great, is easy to work with, and holdsup extremely well to the rigors of public space. With this in mind, our research-minded team set outto learn more about this magic material.

Composed of approximately one third PMMA – a plastic of 100% acrylic resin, and two-thirds aluminumhydroxide (ATH) – a material derived from Bauxite (an aluminum ore), Corian is a solid surface materialinvented and patented by Du Pont in 1967. The man behind the invention was Dr. Donald Slocum, a DuPont chemist.

Above: Les Baux en Provence
Left: Old Bauxite Mine

Bauxite interestingly dates way back to the early 19th century; It was discovered in 1821 by the French geologist Pierre Berthier near the village of Les Baux in Provence, France.

CORIAN IS ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND AND IS LOW VOC AND GREENGUARD CERTIFIED.

Upon a quick look at DuPont’s Corian palette, the material seems like a chameleon in both its style andperformance. It can mimic granite, marble, stone and other natural materials. And, it is nonporous, im-permeable, durable, low maintenance and can be joined “seamlessly” with a color-matched adhesive.Interesting though, is that Corian’s seams aren’t literally “seamless”; they just appear that way due tothe use of a color-matched adhesive that bonds the pieces chemically and blends them visually. Afterthe adhesive dries and cures, the surface is sanded and polished to remove any evidence of the seam,resulting in smooth, unblemished, finish perfection.

Corian comes is a variety of colors and textures. It can also be shaped into many forms.

THE MATERIAL SEEMS LIKE A CHAMELEON OF SORTS

Corian is environmentally sound (low VOC and Greenguard certified) and its non-porous, smooth com-position achieves a compelling cleanliness factor, which is key in public spaces where germs tend tomeet and mingle. Liquids cannot penetrate the material and bacteria and mold have nowhere to hide.

Corian’s durability is also compelling – it won’t fade or change, even in direct sunlight and scratches andstains can easily be removed. More serious damage is also often repairable in the field with the righttools and skills.

As we look to beautiful materials that perform well, last, and consider the environment, Corian’s placein our materials offer is on solid footing. It is an ideal pairing for products bound for Public Spaces, andwill certainly find its way into future Memo product introductions.