Formica Solid Core


Formica Solid Core is a superior high pressure cladding laminate which combines vivid and dynamic colour solutions with the strength and durability of a high pressure laminate.


Product Applications

Formica Solid Core is engineered to provide colour and strength to any architectural cladding requirement, whether it be external or internal.  Formica Solid Core Cladding Laminate is available in two carefully engineered grades: exterior grade, where resistance to ultra violet light and environmental damage is critical, and interior grade where surface mechanical resistance is a priority.

Formica Solid Core Cladding Laminate is offered in a 3 050 x 1 300mm and
2 500 x 1 300mm panel size.  A "cut to size" service is available on request for smaller panels.  Formica Solid Core Cladding Laminate comes in a 6mm, 8mm and 10mm thick format with dual decorative sides.  Formica Solid Core Cladding Laminate is available in a "Luna" surface finish which provides the panel with a subtle dimpled textured surface.

  • Bumper Rails (Hospitals & Laboratories)
  • Cladding & Panelling (Shopfitting)
  • Containers (Transport)
  • Exterior Cladding & Panelling (Industrial & Construction)
  • Facia Panels (Industrial & Construction)
  • Kick Plates (Kitchens & Cupboards)
  • Laboratory Surfaces (Hospitals & Laboratories)
  • Lockers (Bathrooms)
  • Partioning (Office Furniture)
  • Sanitary Cubicles (Bathrooms)
  • School Desks (School Furniture)
  • Trailers (Transport)
  • Window Sills (Industrial & Construction)



Formica Solid Core products are available in the following dimensions:
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2440X1220 x 10mm
2440X1220 x 20mm
2440X1220 x 4mm
2440X1220 x 6mm
2440X1220 x 8mm
3050X1220 x 10mm
3050X1220 x 20mm
3050X1220 x 4mm
3050X1220 x 6mm
3050X1220 x 8mm
3050X1300 x 10mm
3050X1300 x 20mm
3050X1300 x 4mm
3050X1300 x 6mm
3050X1300 x 8mm
Product Care 

The following guidelines are applicable for joining panels:

• Panel dimensions are influenced by climatic conditions, especially relative
• The material will expand or contract as it absorbs or releases moisture.
• The maximum dimensional movement of the panels at temperatures of -15 C to 90 C and at relative humidities ranging from 5% RH to 100% RH is 2,0mm / linear metre in the length and 2,5mm / linear metre in the width.  Always allow for
expansion gaps taking the maximum dimensional movement in account.
• The panel, building and installation tolerances all play an important part in the size of the expansion gap, and should be taken into account when expansion gap
dimensions are calculated.  Expansion gaps should never be smaller than 8mm.
• Ensure that sufficient drainage is provided for in order to avoid water damage of the subframe or subsurface behind panels.
• Precaution must be taken to avoid nesting of rodents such as rats and mice.  All openings should therefore not exceed 10mm.
• Special attention must be given to moisture ingress through rain or fog when open joints are used in vertical or horizontal jointing.  The use of quality framework construction material is a requirement.  A foil, or membrane, which permits the transfer of water vapour may be fitted directly behind the panel in
order to prevent moisture ingress.


Formica Solid Core is a sheet material produced from thin layers of technical papers that are impregnated with thermosetting resins and consolidated together by means of extreme heat and pressure.

Finished Formica Solid Core is a homogeneous, rigid, self-supporting sheet with decorative, melamine hardened surfaces, an acrylic UV protective overlay and a tough, flexible phenolic core.

Formica Solid Core is available in an extensive range of colours, offering both variety and quality to the discerning specifier.  Solid Core is produced at PG Bison's factory near Johannesburg and a full design support service is available to architects, interior designers, structural engineers and other specifiers.

Formica Solid Core Interior Grade is produced in accordance with the SABS ISO 4586 Standard employing the SABS ISO 9002 Quality Management System and bears the SABS mark of approval.  The product is also exported to the Netherlands where it has been awarded the KOMO certificate (K13274/01) in accordance with their BRL4101 building requirements.


Working Tips 

Particular care should be taken in the type and state of sub-structure, fixing of support frame, cutting, handling and fixing of panels.

It is suggested that installers who have participated in Formica Solid Core Cladding Laminate product training be selected.

In order to calculate the dimensions of a wall cladding system with Formica Exterior Grade Solid Core Laminates, the following must be noted:

• The panel must be applied as a self-supporting, free-hanging wall paneling system.
• The strength and rigidity of the panel in combination with the supporting structure must be sufficient to carry it's own weight and to prevent damage from impact, wind and all other adverse weather conditions.
• The wall cladding system must not have a stability function.
• The fixing and hanging of heavy objects onto the panels requires extra attention and requires a lot of additional preparation.
• The maximum measurable impact resistance on the panel and the supporting structure may be determined by using the well proven sandbag slinging test.

Formica Solid Core is comprised of organic material that expands and contracts with changes in relative humidity.  The design of the subframe and fixing system must therefore take into account that the panel has a maximum linear expansion of 2,5mm per metre through the influence of moisture change.  Sufficient expansion gaps must be designed in accordance with the specific fixing system and subframe design.  The expansion gap will make dimensional movement of the
panels possible without causing distortion or damage.



• A closed jointing system is obtained through the application of a variety of insulation profiles e.g. the Omega rail or Formica Laminate Strips.  Care must be taken not to restrict the dimensional movement of the panels when using metal or laminate profiles.
• The use of elastomeric sealants is not recommended as the dimensional movement of panels may be restricted, and this may result in the bowing of panels.  In addition, the edges of panels may become very dirty due to contamination of sealants which will collect dust.

A continuous ventilated space of at least 20mm in depth must be provided for behind the fascia cladding system. This serves to prevent damage to the system resulting from condensation and/or rain accumulating in the space behind panels.

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