German furniture manufacturer Munchener Boulevard Mobel GmbH next month will introduce a line of wall-cladding products made from the same materials used to make its line of alternative decking products and outdoor furniture.
The cladding products, made of cellulose from rice hulls, salt and mineral oils, will debut at the International Boat Show in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
The Resysta products also will be showcased at the International Builders Show, scheduled for Jan. 12-15 in Orlando.
The cladding line is targeted for use on yachts as a replacement for teak paneling and for other marine applications, said Birgit Auge, a sales agent for MBM North America LLC in Miami Beach, Fla.
MBM was formed in 2007 when it began selling its Resysta outdoor furniture in the U.S.
I took it to the marine show in Fort Lauderdale last year and people wanted to buy it right away, said Auge at the Deck Expo in Baltimore in mid-September.
The show was sponsored by building-related publishing company Hanley Wood LLC.
I expect [the line] to be a home run, Auge added.
The introduction of the rice-husk-based paneling comes about a year after MBM began selling Resysta decking in the U.S. through MBM NA on the East Coast and Rewood LLC in Chino Hills, Calif.
The company started with decking as its next target to penetrate after the furniture line achieved success and established the Resysta brand name, said Auge.
Our decking is in the medium to high-end boutique category, said Auge, pointing to installations at Hotel W in the South Beach area of Miami Beach, Fla., and at the Fisher Island home of Transformers movie director Michael Bay. The decking is smooth on one side, corrugated on the other side, and comes in four shades of teak: Java, Burma, Siam and aged.
We are also working on other applications, such as railings and anything else that can be replaced on a yacht, she said. Yacht builders are looking for an alternate to teak.
It is an alternative to real wood, Auge said. We are talking to other industries that want to replace teak wood with this material. It doesn't bend, crack, warp or splinter, and can be installed in saltwater locations. We will see what happens with other products in the future.
Resysta products are extruded in Malaysia and made from about 60 percent rice husks, 22 percent common salt and 18 percent mineral oils. The combination of the vinyl polymers and the cellulose creates an anti-static material that works well with adhesives, but that water can't penetrate, said the company.
According to MBM, the material was developed by two brothers in Singapore who created the first generation of composite decking from rice hulls in 1998, and then partnered with MBM GmbH to develop the outdoor furniture line in 2007.