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Press releases

  • Press release / 2018

    Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research WKI at the nature.tec 2018

    Braunschweig / 23.1.2018

    From 19th to 28th January 2018, the specialist trade fair nature.tec will once again be taking place. The fair is organized by the FNR (German government agency for renewable resources) and takes place within the framework of the International Green Week in Berlin. The Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research WKI, in collaboration with the Fraunhofer IAP and the Fraunhofer CBP, will be presenting research results on the topic of “The sustainable use of nature’s resources” in Hall 4.2, Stand 304.

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  • Press release / 2017

    Presentation of research results on PLA waste in the waste stream

    Hannover / 28.11.2017

    © Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology

    As a part of the research alliance “Sustainable Strategies for Recycling Products and Waste Materials from Bio-based Plastics”, funded by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), the Fraunhofer WKI Application Center for Wood Fiber Research HOFZET®, in collaboration with seven partners from science and industry, has spent three years addressing the topic PLA in the waste stream. The recommendations for the waste-management treatment of bioplastics are now being presented.

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  • © © Photo Friedemann Call

    A team made up of young scientists from the Fraunhofer WKI Application Center HOFZET® and the IfBB - Institute for Bioplastics and Biocomposites of the Hanover University of Applied Sciences and Arts has won the Canada Day competition. On 17th October in Bonn, the team secured the win, which is worth 15,000 euros, with its workshop idea “Bio-Composite Materials for Technical Applications”. The Canada Day competition is initiated by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

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  • Press release / 2017

    5th GreCon Wood-Based Panel Symposium in Bad Homburg (Review)

    Braunschweig / 24.10.2017

    © Holz-Zentralblatt | Jens Fischer

    From 19th to 21st October 2017, the 5th GreCon Wood-Based Panel Symposium took place in Bad Homburg, Germany. In addition to information on topics concerning wood-based materials, “networking“ was also on the agenda this time. The Fraunhofer WKI also participated actively in the Symposium and demonstrated its competence not only through two specialist presentations (Bettina Meyer and Harald Schwab) but also through Harald Schwab’s role as moderator for a number of presentations.

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  • Recycling / 2017

    A second life for recovered wood

    Press release / 2.10.2017

    the world’s longest teak bridge
    © Fraunhofer WKI | Peter Meinlschmidt

    Most waste wood today is either used for heating or chipped to produce particle boards. The aim of the EU-funded CaReWood (Cascading Recovered Wood) project is to reuse this secondary raw material several times over – for example in house-building or to make furniture. Fraunhofer researchers have discovered that it is possible to salvage large pieces for wood and recycle them without any loss of quality. The necessary methods for detecting and removing contaminants are being investigated in this project.

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  • Press release / 2017

    Dr. Hatem Abushammala as WK Fellow at the Fraunhofer WKI

    Braunschweig / 26.9.2017

    WK-Fellow Dr. Hatem Abushammala
    © Fraunhofer WKI | Manuela Lingnau

    For what is now the fourth time, the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research WKI has awarded the Wilhelm Klauditz Fellowship to an outstanding scientist. From August 2017 until August 2018, the materials scientist Dr. Hatem Abushammala from the University of Freiburg will utilize this scholarship and carry out research in the Surface Technology department of the WKI in Braunschweig.

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  • Press release / 2017

    Joint project HyAlt4Chem launched in Braunschweig

    Braunschweig / 17.8.2017

    © Reiling

    On 17th August 2017, a new research project was launched at the Fraunhofer WKI in which the participating partners will develop an innovative concept for the material utilization of recycling and waste wood. For the duration of three years, the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research WKI, Green Sugar AG, GNS mbH, ORmatic GmbH and the Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy ATB will work together within the HyAlt4Chem project on the extraction of bio-based chemical products from waste wood. The project is being funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) within the framework of the “KMU-NetC” funding program for small and medium-sized enterprises. The project partners came together in Braunschweig for the ceremonial signing of the cooperation agreement.

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