Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research
Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI

Cracks in melamine resin surfaces

We are identifying the significant parameters in order to achieve adequate crack resistance in melamine resin-impregnated papers and are thereby developing appropriate testing methods.

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CeluPack – Pressure-resistant packaging material made from pure lignocellulose

We are developing a climate-friendly packaging material made primarily from residual agricultural materials such as corn cobs and other lignocellulose-based materials such as wood. It can be recycled together with cardboard secondary packaging.

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Center for Light and Environmentally-Friendly Structures

The Fraunhofer WKI and the TU Braunschweig are, in collaboration with the industry, developing hybrid lightweight building systems on the basis of renewable raw materials for use in multi-storey building construction. A new building for the Center on the campus of the TU Braunschweig is in planning.

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Fraunhofer Project Centre Wolfsburg

Together with two further Fraunhofer institutes, the Fraunhofer WKI is developing system solutions for the series production of resource-saving and cost-effective lightweight components for the automotive industry.

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The Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research specializes in process technology, natural-fiber composites, wood protection and emission control, quality assurance of wood products, recycling procedures and the use of organic building materials and wood in construction. Almost all the procedures and materials which result from the research activities at the Institute are used industrially. We operate worldwide and work project-related with research institutions and industrial partners, e. g. with companies from the wood and furniture industries, the construction industry, the chemical and the automotive industry.


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70th anniversary of the Fraunhofer WKI

On 15th June, 2016 at the research and experience center “Paläon” in Schöningen, around 170 guests celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research and the iVTH e.V. In 1946, Dr.-Ing. Wilhelm Klauditz founded the “Versuchs- und Beratungsstelle für technische Holznutzung des Vereins für Technische Holzfragen e.V.” (Testing and Consultation Center for Technical Wood Utilization of the Association for Technical Issues related to Wood e.V.) in Braunschweig. Today, more than 140 employees carry out research on the sustainable use of renewable resources.


10th European Wood-Based Panel Symposium in Hamburg

The European Wood-Based Panel Symposium, an established meeting point for the international wood-based materials branch and supply industry, will take place from 5th to 7th October, 2016 in Hamburg – the first time at this venue. The organizers – the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research WKI and the European Panel Federation EPF – have chosen this location in celebration of the 10th anniversary.


Fraunhofer WKI at “Woche der Umwelt”

German President Joachim Gauck and the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU) invite guests to visit the fifth "Woche der Umwelt" in the park of Schloss Bellevue. With the help of an interactive exhibit, the experts from the specialist department Material Analysis and Indoor Chemistry at the Fraunhofer WKI will be presenting the internet platform IAQIP as well as research projects into sensory perception of emissions from building products.


Watermarks solve the mysteries surrounding Rembrandt’s studio

Is it a sketch of historic significance, or a fake from the 19th century? Such questions are difficult even for art experts to answer. A new infrared process developed by Fraunhofer researchers makes watermarks visible on paper to allow for more precise dating.

Events and Fairs


10th European Wood-Based Panel Symposium

October 5 - 7, 2016

The program is now available on the event website.


International Suppliers Fair (IZB) 2016

October 18 - 20, 2016


K 2016

 October 19 - 26, 2016


Composites Europe

29th November - 1st Dezember 2016


Emissionsarme Bauprodukte und Wohngesundheit

February 22 - 23, 2017


BAU 2017

January 16 - 21, 2017




May 16 - 19, 2017



LIGNA 2017

May 22 - 26, 2017


Current Publications


Annual Report 2015

Children's well-being at schools: Impact of climatic conditions and air pollution

Sensory evaluation of construction products

The Final Report and a publication in the journal "INDOOR AIR" are now available online.



Headquarters Braunschweig

Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research
Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI

Bienroder Weg 54E
38108 Braunschweig

Phone +49 531 2155-0
Fax +49 531 351587



Application Center for Wood Fiber Research HOFZET

Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research
Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI
Heisterbergallee 12
30453 Hanover

Phone +49 511 9296-2212
Fax +49 511 9296-992212


Fraunhofer Project Centre Wolfsburg

c/o Open Hybrid LabFactory e.V.
Hermann-Münch-Str. 1
38440 Wolfsburg


Center for Light and Environmentally-Friendly Structures ZELUBA

The Fraunhofer WKI is building a »Centre for Light and Environmentally-Friendly Structures ZELUBA« at the TU Braunschweig campus.