When they were invented over a century ago, Bakelite® phenolic molding compounds revolutionized the manufacture of household goods such as radios and lamp cases. Today, molding compounds based on epoxy [EP], unsaturated polyester [UP], melamine phenolic [MP] and phenolic [PF] resins allow products to be mass produced in an infinite variety of contours and forms.

Dimensional stability, surface hardness and heat resistance, coupled with inherently low flammability and superb electrical features, are hallmarks of these materials. Bakelite® molding compounds continue to be used in household appliances but are increasingly found in tight tolerance high performance parts in automotive under-the-hood applications such as pistons, pulleys, valve blocks and pump parts and in a variety of electrical components.

Discover the next generation molding compounds

Bakelite® molding compounds can be used in a diverse field of applications from household appliances to automobiles
and offer the following benefits:

  • Dimensional stability
  • High surface hardness and strength
  • Very low flammability
  • Minimal cold flow
  • Superb electrical features, and
  • High temperature stability

Sustainable alternative to engineering plastics and metals


  • Supreme thermomechanical performance
  • Sustainable alternative to engineering plastics and metals
  • Economical alternative to engineering plastics and metals
  • Design and integration capabilities


  • Desirable flamability properties
  • Good thermal and electrical insulating properties
  • Flame retardant without halogenes


  • Adhesion to copper
  • Mechanical performance
  • Thermal stability


  • Surface quality and media resistance
  • Sustainable alternative to metals
  • High temperature resistance
  • No sink marks