Labfurn Manufacturing (Pty) Ltd

No 10 Twelfth Street Maraisburg

Roodepoort Gauteng South Africa

Tel: +27 11 674 1039

Fax: +27 11 674 2430


A wide variety of working surfaces are available, and the choice of worktop must take into account: aesthetics, cost, longevity, stain, heat and scratch resistance suitability. The most commonly used materials are:


TRESPA Toplab Plus 16mm, 20mm or 25mm heat, acid, solvent, stain and scratch resistant panels made exclusively for the laboratory worktop market by Trespa International in the Netherlands. Trespa Toplab Plus is a self supporting flat panel with an integrated, decorative urethane-acrylic surface and a cellulose fibre reinforced phenolic resin core. A unique patented Electron Beam Curing (EBC) process ensures that each panel is non-porous and resistant to a large number of aggressive chemicals.

Manufactured by the DuPont company, Corian is a solid non-porous surfacing material composed from acrylic resins and natural minerals, which can be formed with seamless joints for use in clean, sterile environments, stains and damages can be easily repaired. Corian is available in a wide variety of colours. Labfurn is an accredited DuPont fabricator
of Corian worktops.

This is a local solid timber worktop. It comprises of 38mm Saligna (Eucalyptus) in 22mm strips bonded lengthwise with multiple finger joints to the required lengths. The finished product is lighter in appearance than Iroko, and is not as hardy or durable. It is commonly and successfully used in educational laboratories.

Generally manufactured using .9mm Post Forming grade high pressure Formica resin laminate bonded onto 32mm particle board. Whilst being a very clean working surface, plastic laminate tops show slight resistance to staining and scratching and can be damaged by heat. They are not recommended for damp conditions as they tend to swell and de-laminate. A preference for this type of surface has been shown by the medical, food and pharmaceutical industries.

SOLID IROKOPreviously the most widely used laboratory working surface, finished in either twin-pack polyacrethane, polyurethane or raw linseed oil. These tops have the advantage of being sanded and re-surfaced if damaged.
The maximum width of joints should be 150mm to minimise the possibility of movement due to changes in humidity.

Widely used in areas that need to be kept sterile e.g. hospital and medical research laboratories and also in isotope laboratories. Usually of Grade 304 or 316.
Other materials are available including PVC, Polypropylene, granite, Durcon Epoxy Resin, lead sheeting, heat resistant ceramic tiles etc. Further information, catalogues and specifications are available on request.