Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research
Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI

Science Campus 2018

“Researching for more sustainability”: An invitation from the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research WKI

more info

Annual Report 2017

more info

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.

more info

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.

more info

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”).

more info

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.

more info

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.

more info

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.

more info

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.


Learn more



Press release / 3.9.2018

New wood-metal hybrid for lightweight construction

Wood foam and metal sponge – can they be combined? That was the question that experts at the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research, Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI delved into in a project entitled “HoMe Foam”.


Press Release / 21.8.2018

Federal Minister tests WKI rolling development laboratory at the Nürburgring

Julia Klöckner, Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture, tested the practicality of the newly developed “BioHybridCar“ materials during a test drive in racing.


Press release / 3.7.2018

11th European Wood-based Panel Symposium 2018

Meeting point for the international wood-based materials industry in Hamburg. The European Wood-based Panel Symposium, organized by the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research WKI and the European Panel Federation EPF will take place 10th – 12th October 2018. The program for the Symposium is now available.


Press Release / 20.6.2018

“Fraunhofer & Friends“ at the Braunschweig Night Run for the 8th time

At the traditional Night Run through the city center of Braunschweig, the “Fraunhofer & Friends“ first team took eighth place in the 6,500 m team classification.

Events and Fairs

WKI Webinar

25th September, 2018

Science Campus 2018

24th to 26th September, 2018


11th European Wood-based Panel Symposium

10th to 12th October, 2018


IZB 2018

16th to 18th October, 2018


Canada Workshop 2018

25th to 26th October, 2018
London, Ontario, Canada


24. Internationales Holzbau-Forum

5th to 7th December, 2018


BAU 2019

14th to 19th January, 2019



6th to 8th May, 2020

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