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Decorative Laminate

The Decorative Laminate Group is comprised of high-pressure decorative laminates manufacturers whose primary focus is on residential home building (counter tops in kitchens and bathrooms, etc.) and furniture markets (cabinets). The industry also has sizeable commercial sales (bathroom stalls, sinks, etc).

The section maintains the most comprehensive industry standard of this kind in North America, LD-3, High Pressure Decorative Laminates Standard. The Standard is available as a free download.

  • Members are in the process of converting the MIL.P-17171E Specification into a voluntary NEMA Standard.

Additionally, manufacturers are engaged with the US Environmental Protection Agency in development a new industry Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) Standards.

The section also subsidizes a product-testing laboratory at North Carolina State University, Department of Wood and Paper Science, under Dr. Constantine A. LaPasha.


Decorative laminated plastic sheets and other forms, composed of papers, fabrics, and/or other cores using thermosetting condensation resins as a binder material, laminated at a minimum of 750 pounds per square inch.

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Technical Activities

Standards play a vital part in the design, production, and distribution of products destined for both national and international commerce. Sound technical standards benefit the user, as well as the manufacturer, by improving safety, bringing about economies in product, eliminating misunderstandings between manufacturer and purchaser, and assisting the pur­chaser in selecting and obtaining the proper product for his particular need.

NEMA devotes much of its time, effort, and resources to voluntary standardization activities. Many NEMA standards are approved as American National Standards under the procedures of the American National Standards Institute.

1. Standards in the purview of the 6LD section:

ANSI/NEMA LD3 – High Pressure Decorative Laminates

Members are currently in the process of converting the MIL.P-17171E Specification into a voluntary NEMA Standard.

2. The section has one main technical committee, the Decorative Laminates Advisory Technical Committee (DLATC), which meets twice a year. At least one meeting takes place in Raleigh, NC where members visit with the NC State Dept of Wood & Paper Science Lab that performs annual testing of members’ products.

3. 6LD members are very active in ISO standardization activities. Of particular relevance to this section is the ISO 4856 standard. Members strive to achieve a close harmonization of ANSI/NEMA LD3 standard with this ISO document.

Government Affairs

Through NEMA, the section develops industry positions on legislative and regulatory initiatives that may affect member products, markets, and customers. NEMA's work has resulted in contributions to public policy development and in promoting competitiveness, technological progress, and public safety. On the Government Affairs homepage members can search for and e-mail federal representatives to convey opinions regarding energy policy or other issues related to the electroindustry.

NEMA Government Affairs provides specific services to its members and information in the areas of Environment, Health & Safety; Energy; and International Trade & Commerce.

Market Economics

Through NEMA, member companies are able to develop and implement tailored, industry-specific market and statistical programs that benefit participating companies. Reports may include:

  • Product orders and sales
  • Market forecasting
  • Shipments by trading areas
  • Channels of distribution
  • Financial and operating ratios
  • Wages and benefits
  • Foreign trade

The association also conducts economic analyses on the impact of legislation and regulations on member products, and monitors and reports on key industry market indicators. All programs comply with NEMA statistical confidentiality policies. For more information, please see Business & Economy.


Membership in NEMA is open to any firm actively engaged in the manufacture in North America of a product within the NEMA scope and for sale in the open market. Membership of foreign firms is subject to product section policies and NEMA Board of Governors approval.

NEMA operates on a fee-for-service basis. Each product section establishes its projects and activities and approves an annual operating budget.


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