The cheap and flimsy carbon fiber panels used in all new cabinets are becoming a thing of the past.
This is thanks to the manufacture of the panels by Bayside, a leading manufacturer of carbon fiber and laminate cabinets in Canada.
Baysides, a subsidiary of French multinational Lafarge, makes the panels for many of its Canadian customers, including Canada’s largest retailer, Costco, which also uses Baysiders panels in its new carbon fiber kitchen cabinets.
According to a report by the Carbon Fiber Manufacturers Association (CFMA), the use of Baysidens panels in new carbon-fiber kitchen cabinets is increasing rapidly, and the trend will continue to grow in the coming years.
Bases are also starting to use Baysided panels, as a cheaper alternative to steel or aluminium.
In an interview with CBC, CFMA president and CEO John Fidler explained that the panel manufacturers are starting to catch up with the demand.
“There is an emerging trend towards cheaper carbon fiber for use in new home and office applications and this is happening at the same time that steel is moving towards a price plateau,” he said.
“We see this as an opportunity to have a much more competitive advantage.”
The carbon fiber used in the new cabinets is made from a type of polyethylene, which is more durable than steel and is commonly used in furniture.
It is also a renewable resource that is not subject to pollution, which means that it can be recycled at the end of the day.
Bakeshop suppliers are already using the panels to create new products, including some of the most expensive new furniture.
These include a high-end carbon-framed desk, which was recently unveiled by Bensys in Toronto, and a custom-made coffee table that costs more than $10,000.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for Baysiding to be able to leverage its expertise and expertise in materials and manufacturing processes to create a better-priced carbon-recyclable cabinet,” said Jeff Linton, the company’s director of sustainability.
“The ability to manufacture our own carbon fiber is a critical component in making the Baysidden products more cost effective.”
Linton says the company expects the use and reuse of carbon-free materials to continue to rise in the future.
“I think we’re in a new era where more people are getting more and more creative in their use of materials, and more and better ways of sourcing, recycling, and using carbon-based products,” he added.
“Our goal is to continue growing our business to meet the needs of our customers.”