At the end of the 80's of the last century, with the beginning of market relations in Ukraine, the first doors that were not from the USSR appeared. These were the so-called "Canadians". They were called by the strange word "Camden". It was the "CAMDEN" model from one of the world's largest global manufacturers - the American company JELD-WEN (annual turnover of more than 4 billion US dollars).
These doors are now on sale in our market, and millions of pieces are produced annually around the world (therefore, it is a global manufacturer).
Door construction: Two primed panels are glued to a wooden frame (carcass) and are without edgebanding by default. This is the cheapest possible option.
That is why in the Baltics they are called, for example, "door stoppers".
It was the first time that our market adopted overseas taste, size (they were mercilessly cut from all sides, as in the Americas, sizes are in inches), and quality.
By the way, my friends still have such doors at home in a 3-room apartment.
In principle, it could be a normal door, if it had a painted coating, a stronger carcass, greater thickness, sound insulation, and edge. But then the price would probably be different...
And one should not underestimate the quality of these primitive doors. The author saw such "Canadian" doors, which were installed on the street as barn doors for several years, and they fulfilled their function, surprisingly.
As they say: demand creates supply... Therefore, at the end of the last century, our mentality changed after the years "when there was nothing" to "when everything is there" and everyone wanted more of everything, preferably bright. These are years of saturation by everything.
As for the doors, there was also a trend towards color. The technology of covering the paper with the effect of patterning the structure of a nut, alder, cherry, etc. appeared... This was done using a machine that had rubber-covered shafts, which in turn automatically pressed the paper from the unwinding roll (photo). This thin sandwich, made of MDF 3 mm and paper, was fastened with PVA glue. This technology was called lamination.
Lamination technology has changed the market both in Europe and in Ukraine and led to the formation of its new powerful explosion. Doors and furniture covered with this paper appeared, and the assortment expanded many times.
The period from the early 2000s until about 2010 was very dynamic in terms of market development and the hit rate was 100%. Cheap, colored doors of modern design, and also with patterns on the glass, have appeared since 2010.
So with the beginning of the new decade, the "paper door" event began. And although, for another 2-3 years, the Asian partners of the former Soviet Union actively bought this cheap product, it was already a declining trend.
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