Formaldehyde Council of Australia and New Zealand

Uses & Benefits


Formaldehyde first came into commercial use for its antibacterial properties and today it has many other industrial uses. In Australia approximately 55,000 tonnes of Formaldehyde (100%) is manufactured for industrial use each year.


It is used as a part of:

  • the glue or adhesive in pressed wood products such as particleboard, hardwood plywood, and medium density fiberboard (MDF)
  • preservatives in some paints, coatings, and cosmetics;
  • the coating that provides permanent press quality to some fabrics and draperies;
  •  the finish used to coat paper products;
  •  the resins to manufacture products such as dashboards for car;
  • disinfectants, cosmetic conservatives, pharmaceutical antiseptics, etc.


Formaldehyde is also used in vaccines as a preservative to prevent bacterial or fungal contamination that could cause serious infections. Products based on formaldehyde also play an important role for innovative and high-tech applications such as landing gear, brake pads and tire cord adhesives in the aircraft industry.

As you can see from the graphic below there are a wide range of uses of Formaldehyde in our everyday lives.