Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research
Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI

Robot-controlled fiber spraying facility

With our fiber spraying facility we are creating innovative components made from fiber composite materials.

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2C injection molding machine

Within the framework of diverse research activities concerning the process and material development of fiber-reinforced and filled thermoplastics, we are now able to directly combine two different materials with differing properties in one process step.

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Double-rapier weaving machine with Jacquard attachment

With the new weaving machine, we are able to produce innovative lightweight composite materials with complex, application-specific fabric structures and integrated functions.

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Wood foam walls for energy-efficient buildings

We develop environmentally-friendly textile-reinforced wood foam sandwich elements for the exterior walls of buildings, with high thermal protection and simultaneously low wall cross-sections.

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Additional benefits of “NawaRo” insulation materials

Under the leadership of the Fraunhofer WKI, a consortium of twelve research institutes is conducting interdisciplinary research into holistic solutions in order to significantly increase the application of insulation materials made from renewable raw materials (German: nachwachsende Rohstoffe, “NawaRo”).

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Industrial Computed Tomography

Materials scientists at the Fraunhofer WKI are expanding their portfolio for material and component characterization through a high-performance computer tomograph.

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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 Center Wolfsburg

Together with two other 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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Press release / 31.10.2017

11th European Wood-based Panel Symposium 2018 - Call for Papers

Current challenges and trends in the wood-based panel industry will form the focus of the 11th European Wood-based Panel Symposium, which will take place in Hamburg from 10th to 12th October 2018. Interested parties can submit their proposals for presentations and scientific posters online until 28th February 2018. 


Press release / 23.1.2018

Fraunhofer WKI at the nature.tec 2018

From 19th to 28th January 2018 the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research WKI will be presenting research results on the topic of “The sustainable use of nature’s resources” at the nature.tec 2018.The fair is organized by the FNR (German government agency for renewable resources) and takes place within the framework of the International Green Week in Berlin.


Press release / 28.11.2017

Presentation of research results on PLA waste in the waste stream

As a part of a research alliance funded by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), the HOFZET®, in collaboration with seven partners from science and industry, has spent three years addressing the topic PLA in the waste stream.


Press release / 3.11.2017

Groundbreaking ceremony for the Center for Light and Environmentally-Friendly Structures ZELUBA®

With a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony on 3rd November 2017, construction work on the new joint research environment of the Fraunhofer WKI and the TU Braunschweig began.

Events and Fairs


Exposure to Fine and Ultrafine Particles from Wood Processing

24th April, 2018


“Smart textiles in structural components“

6th to 7th June, 2018


11th European Wood-based Panel Symposium

10th to 12th October, 2018

Trade Fair

International Suppliers Fair IZB 2018

16th to 18th October, 2018

Current Publications

Scientific publications

In our media center, an overview of our current scientific publications is available.

Specialist information

In our media center, diverse info material concerning our current research and development topics is available for download.

Wilhelm Klauditz Fellowship

The Wilhelm Klauditz Fellowship is a scholarship in the field of applied wood research and is announced annually. It is aimed to senior-level faculty eligible for sabbatical leave who want to pursue world-class research at the Fraunhofer WKI. 



Headquarters Braunschweig

Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research
Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI

Bienroder Weg 54E
38108 Braunschweig

Phone +49 531 2155-0
Fax +49 531 2155-334



Application Center for Wood Fiber Research HOFZET®

Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research
Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI
Heisterbergallee 10A
30453 Hanover

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


Center for Light and Environmentally-Friendly Structures ZELUBA®

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


Fraunhofer Project Center Wolfsburg

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