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
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.
Richlite is an extremely durable material with both high-impact resistance and impressive deflective and flexural strength.
Made from 100% recycled products using WE Technology, an exclusive waste-to-energy process, Richlite is a truly sustainable choice.
Richlite's distinctive look and feel deliver a unique tactile experience.
Dense, consistent and without voids, Richlite is an ideal machinable material for drilling, tapping and tooling, including complex patterns.
Edward D. Rich files to patent the “process for imparting greaseproof characteristics to paper”
Began selling Richlite to multiple aerospace companies based in California
To avoid confusion with another company Tacoma Plywood Company changes name to Richlite
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
A Legacy of Exceptional Craftsmanship
At Richlite, we don't just manufacture products; we craft legacies. Our journey commenced in 1943, set against the backdrop of an America that was resilient, innovative, and constantly pushing boundaries. That spirit became the cornerstone of our brand.
Over the decades, our dedication to quality craftsmanship has remained unwavering. It's not just about creating something; it's about creating something remarkable. This isn't merely a business philosophy for us—it's a time-honored tradition.
Our heritage is rich with stories of passion, determination, and unwavering belief:
If you set out to do something, strive for nothing less than excellence.
When you choose Richlite, you're not simply opting for a product. You're embracing a storied tradition, a commitment to excellence, and a legacy that spans almost a century. We invite you to be a part of our continuing journey.