The Fraunhofer WKI is a member of the Wood-Based Composites Center (WBC). The WBC is an “Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC)“ of the US National Science Foundation (NSF). Within the WBC, seven North American universities, together with partners from the government, industry and non-university research, develop new research approaches for the production and application of bio-based composite materials. Leadership of the Center is the responsibility of the Oregon State University and Virginia Tech.
Through the cooperation with Fraunhofer Chile, the Fraunhofer WKI also has good access to the South American market.
The Fraunhofer WKI is a partner of the Renewable materials and healthy environments research and innovation centre of excellence (InnoRenew CoE) in Slovenia. Within the framework of a teaming project funded by the European Union, the Fraunhofer WKI is supporting the establishment of the Centre of Excellence as a mentor in the fields of renewable raw materials, sustainable construction, resource efficiency and innovative hybrid composites. The government of Slovenia, one of the most forest-rich countries in the world, is pursuing the overall objective of optimizing the value chain of the local forestry and timber industry in such a way that a competitive and knowledge-based industry can develop therefrom. The influence of the production and use of innovative products or materials on the environment, quality of life, the health and the well-being of all generations is also thereby being taking into consideration.
Furthermore, cooperations with universities, research facilities and industrial partners worldwide are formed as a result of professorships, teaching assignments and joint research projects.
As consultants, employees or heads of committees, the Fraunhofer WKI experts introduce their research results into standardization processes at national, European and international levels.