Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research
Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI

Building the future with renewable raw materials.
Since 1946.

Sustainability has been the central theme at the Fraunhofer WKI since its foundation in 1946. Founder and eponym Dr. Wilhelm Klauditz Dr. Wilhelm Klauditz sought solutions for the optimal exploitation of raw wood – a commodity which had become scarce as a result of the war - as well as for the technical utilization of waste wood and small-dimensioned wood. He is considered a pioneer of the modern wood-based materials industry. Today, the Fraunhofer WKI utilizes the entire spectrum of renewable raw resources in order to develop sustainable materials, components and chemical products. A particular focus is on the use of plant residues and waste materials.

About us

News

 

Press release / 11.6.2024

European Wood-based Panel Symposium: Program finalized

From the 9th to the 11th of October 2024, the Fraunhofer WKI and the European Panel Federation (EPF) in cooperation with the International Association for Technical Issues Related to Wood (iVTH) and the company Hywax GmbH will be hosting the 13th European Wood-based Panel Symposium in Hamburg. The presentation program has now been finalized.

 

Press release / 23.5.2024

Plant-based insulation and other materials

How can finite resources be conserved and dependency on fossil resources reduced? Renewable raw materials are one answer. Researchers at the Fraunhofer WKI are developing new materials and components made from such materials as wood, flax and hemp fibers and fungal mycelium. At the “Week of the Environment” (June 4 and 5, 2024) they will be presenting insulation for the construction sector.

 

Press note / 16.5.2024

Wilhelm Klauditz Medal

On the occasion of his retirement from the Board of Trustees of the Fraunhofer WKI and from the International Association for Technical Issues Related to Wood (iVTH), Dipl.-Ing. Hubertus Flötotto was honored with the Wilhelm Klauditz Medal. 

 

Press release / 2.5.2024

Bio-based lightweight construction

Lightweight construction is considered a key technology of the future. Researchers at the Fraunhofer WKI are developing resource-efficient lightweight-construction solutions using renewable raw materials: from the development of alternative raw materials from climate-adapted ecosystems and plant residues, through material and process development, component design and quality control, and on to cascade utilization and recycling.

Events and Fairs

 

Further training

Grading of sawn timber (DIN 4074-1)

September 2, 2024
Braunschweig, Germany

 

Further training

Bonding in wooden construction

September 9 to 13, 2024
Braunschweig, Germany

 

Conference and exhibition

European Wood-based Panel Symposium

October 9 to 11, 2024
Hamburg, Germany

 

Conference and exhibition

International Wood Construction Conference

December 4 to 6, 2024
Innsbruck, Austria

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. 

Locations

 

Headquarters Braunschweig

Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research
Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI

Riedenkamp 3
38108 Braunschweig

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

Email: info@wki.fraunhofer.de

 

Center for Light and Environmentally-Friendly Structures ZELUBA®

Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research
Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI

Beethovenstraße 51F
38106 Braunschweig

 

Application Center for Wood Fiber Research HOFZET®

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

Phone +49 511 353248 23

 

Fraunhofer Center Circular Economy for Mobility (CCEM)

c/o Open Hybrid LabFactory e.V.
Hermann-Münch-Str. 2
38440 Wolfsburg