In this study, the effects of some of the manufacturing variables on some properties of continuous pressed laminates were investigated. Overlay laminates with a combination of kraft paper and alpha cellulose base decorative paper were manufactured under factory conditions. Resistance to surface abrasion, scratch, cigarette bums, staining, and thermal conductivity of the laminates were determined as a function of manufacturing variables. It was found that the press temperature and press cycle influenced both scratch and abrasion resistances. No significant effects of laminate thickness and pressure levels used on the above properties were found. However, the thermal conductivity of the laminates with 0.70 mm thickness was significantly higher than that of 0.55 mm thick laminates. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.