More than 8,600 square meters of offices, laboratories, technical center and open-air space are available for the execution of research contracts. A comprehensive library and modern workshops support and enhance the project work and range of services on offer.

The available equipment at the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research WKI includes:

  • Process-engineering testing grounds
  • Wood chipper for the manufacture of wood chips and strands
  • Drying system for wood chips and wood fibers on a semi-industrial scale
  • Refiner with blow-line gluing and flash drier for the manufacture of MDF
  • Extruder for the manufacture of wood-plastic composites (WPC)
  • Recycling plant for particle boards and old furniture
  • Facilities for natural and time-accelerated weathering of surfaces
  • Test houses for testing of building elements
  • Climatic chambers, test rigs for windows, façades and wall panels
  • Test chambers for the determination of emission behavior under indoor room conditions
  • Online mass spectrometry
  • Thermal analysis and thermogravimetry
  • Thermography cameras for the non-destructive testing of components
  • Measuring facility for spatial spectroscopy in the visible and near-infrared (NIR) range
  • Outdoor/indoor climate simulator for component testing
  • Furnace
  • Acoustic test rig for laminate flooring
  • Performance test rig for floorings and roofs
  • Laboratory for microscopy, image analysis and surface testing
  • Laboratory for the analytical analysis of glue and paint
  • Analysis laboratory for air and material samples
  • Mobile computer-aided measurement facility for the determination of the emission of formaldehyde and organic materials (VOC)
  • Double-rapier weaving machine
  • Veneer peeling machine 

Equipment in Detail

More information on the technical equipment is available on the department pages.


Technology for Wood and Natural Fiber-Based Materials


Material Analysis and Indoor Chemistry


Surface Technology


Quality Assessment


Center for Light and Environmentally-Friendly Structures ZELUBA®


Application Center for Wood Fiber Research HOFZET®