The Fraunhofer 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.

The institute, with locations in Braunschweig, Hanover and Wolfsburg, specializes in process engineering, molding and component production with biomaterials, bio-based binders and coatings, functionalization, fire protection, material and product testing, recycling processes and the utilization of renewable raw materials in buildings and vehicles. A particular focus is on sustainable lightweight construction solutions.  Furthermore, the Fraunhofer WKI is one of the leading research institutions in the field of indoor air quality.

Virtually all the processes and products resulting from the institute’s research activities are used in industry. The Fraunhofer WKI's customers include companies from the wood and agricultural industries, the chemical industry, the construction and furniture industry, the automotive industry and the packaging industry. 

Through its research and development activities, the Fraunhofer WKI provides an important contribution towards the development of a bio-based circular economy (circular bioeconomy).


Institut director

Since 1st October 2010, professor Kasal has been the Director of the Fraunhofer WKI.



From a rented research hut in 1946, the Fraunhofer has developed into one of the most important research institutes for applied wood research in Europe.



We create bio-based alternatives to the use of fossil raw materials – from raw material processing to material and product development, safe use and recycling.



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