Application Center for Wood Fiber Research HOFZET®

Research projects

Here you will find details of selected research projects. Please contact us if you require more information concerning our project portfolio.


Furniture made from organic sheet: Individual, sustainable and comfortable

Seating furniture should be stable, attractive and comfortable. As a result, it often consists of a load-bearing body with upholstery. Designer Jonathan Radetz has a completely new approach to this. With the support of the Fraunhofer WKI, he is developing a chair whose seat shell and upholstery are made from organic sheet in a single step – utilizing discarded and recycled textiles.


Bio body parts for climate-neutral mobility

Together with HOBUM Oleochemicals, Porsche Motorsport and the Four Motors racing team, we are developing lightweight components made from natural fiber-reinforced plastics for vehicle bodies. They are a sustainable, cost-neutral alternative to conventional body materials and offer technical advantages.


Monitoring of the road condition through sensors in the asphalt

In collaboration with two universities, we are developing a measurement system with which the road condition can be ascertained at any time and with no significant technical measurement effort. This would enable a more efficient and more timely planning of road repair measures. The sensor carrier fabric is bio-based.


Development of a future-oriented small load carrier

In our project, we are developing a new generation of small load carriers (SLC) by order of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA). Through the improvement of the material properties and adaptation of the design, we want to obtain a greater internal volume whilst retaining the outer dimensions, as well as achieving a reduction of the tare weight. 


Coating of natural fibers for engineering thermoplastics

Within the “DeFiCoat” project, we are conducting application-oriented research into the improvement of the thermal stability of natural fibers in order to enable their incorporation into engineering thermoplastics. Improved mechanical properties can thereby be achieved, as well as higher thermal stability and chemical resistance for natural fiber-reinforced plastics.


Increasing the long-term durability of bio-hybrid fiber-composite materials through plasma treatment

In our internal research project, we are working together with the APP of the Fraunhofer IST on the development of a procedure for the optimized plasma treatment of natural-fiber fabrics, in order to increase the long-term durability of bio-hybrid fiber-composite materials.