The manufacture of very thin MDF is possible with state of the art MDF plants. With a suitable adjustment of the properties of such very thin MDF they are possibly usable as substitute for paperboards for packaging purposes. The requirements for this are that these novel very thin MDF show paperboard like properties and are recyclable within the common waste paper stream. In this paper it is shown that with a suitable combination of adjustments within raw materials and technology the manufacture of
very thin MDF with paperboard-like properties (in the following named as “dry-paperboard”) is possible. Modifications and variations were applied on the raw material (fibre raw material, alternative binders) and on the processes of mat forming and hot-pressing.