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How It's Made

Layers of high-quality engineered paper are infused with thermosetting resin before they are cut to length and laid up by hand. Richlite's signature surface texture comes from the natural variation in how the fibers lay within the paper. Each sheet is carefully stacked, alternating the direction of the paper for ultimate balance and stability. The stacks are pressed under heat and pressure, which bonds the layers of paper together and cures the product. The panels are then slowly cooled to produce a solid and stable sheet material.

A Truly Versatile Material

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Unlike stone, plastic and other solid-surface materials, Richlite is an incredibly durable, sustainable and versatile material made from paper. High-grade custom FSC-certified paper infused with a thermosetting resin is laid up by hand and pressed into a solid panel.

DURABLE

Richlite is an extremely durable material with both high-impact resistance and impressive deflective and flexural strength.

SUSTAINABLE

Made from 100% recycled products using WE Technology, an exclusive waste-to-energy process, Richlite is a truly sustainable choice.

TACTILE

Richlite's distinctive look and feel deliver a unique tactile experience.

MACHINABLE

Dense, consistent and without voids, Richlite is an ideal machinable material for drilling, tapping and tooling, including complex patterns.

1942

Edward D. Rich files to patent the “process for imparting greaseproof characteristics to paper”

1946

Began selling Richlite to multiple aerospace companies based in California

1949

To avoid confusion with another company Tacoma Plywood Company changes name to Richlite

1957

Began selling extensively internationally

FOUNDED IN 1943

AT RICHLITE, WE CELEBRATE THE TIME-HONORED TRADITION OF QUALITY CRAFTSMANSHIP. OUR HERITAGE BEGAN IN 1943, AND EVER SINCE, WE HAVE BEEN COMMITTED TO THE BELIEF THAT IF YOU ARE GOING TO DO SOMETHING, DO IT WELL.

FOUNDED IN 1943

At Richlite, we celebrate the time-honored tradition of quality craftsmanship. Our heritage began in 1943. Since then, we have been committed to the belief that if you are going to do something, do it well.

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DURABLE

Richlite Machinable

MACHINABLE

Richlite Sustainable

SUSTAINABLE

Richlite Tactile

TACTILE