Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research
Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI

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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Veneer peeling machine and steam chamber

We are now able to produce laminated materials made from wood on a pilot plant scale. In a number of new research projects, we are currently developing procedures for the efficient production of laminated materials from deciduous trees with improved characteristics.

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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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Press release / 3.4.2017

Workshop “Low-emission building products and residential health”

Over the course of 12 presentations, around 100 participants were provided with information concerning current research into indoor hygiene, evaluation systems for emissions from building products in Europe and Smart Homes.


Press release / 13.3.2017

Dedication of the new pilot plant in Hanover

The Fraunhofer WKI's “Application Center for Wood Fiber Research HOFZET“ is developing bio-based materials in cooperation with the Hanover University of Applied Sciences. The application possibilities include, amongst others, automotive lightweight construction. A new technical center has been built in Hanover especially for this research. 


Fraunhofer WKI announces research 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. 


Formaldehyde emission: New standards for wood-based panels in the USA

On December 12th, a change in the law regarding formaldehyde emissions was published in the U.S. Federal Register concerning the production, certification and sale of wood-based materials in the USA. The Fraunhofer WKI continues to be available as a Third Party Certifier.

Events and Fairs

Online Seminar

Formaldehydfreie Klebstoffe in der Holzwerkstoffindustrie

25th April 2017

Trade Fair


9th to 12th May 2017


6th Innovation Workshop for Wood-Based Materials

15th May 2016

Trade Fair


16th to 19th May 2017


LIGNA 2017

22th to 26th May 2017


International Wood Recycling Workshop

23th May 2017

Forum with exhibition

3. Kooperationsforum ”Kleben von Holz und Holzwerkstoffen”

21th and 22th June 2017


11th European Wood-based Panel Symposium

10th to 12th October 2017

Current Publications


Annual Report 2015

Itaconic acid

Critical review ”Itaconic acid – a versatile building block for renewable polyesters with enhanced functionality” by Dr. Stefan Friebel and Dr. Tobias Robert has been published in ”Green Chemistry”.

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 2155-334



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.