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Press releases

  • Press release / 2018

    Workshop “Biocomposites for Technical Applications” in Canada

    Braunschweig / 29.11.2018

    © Fraunhofer WKI | Madina Shamsuyeva

    The development of new production methods for bioplastics, the avoidance of plastic waste in the oceans, and the commercialization of new products based on renewable raw materials for technical applications formed the focus of the international workshop “Biocomposites for Technical Applications” in London, Canada. The workshop was organized by the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research, Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut, WKI and the Hochschule Hannover, University of Applied Sciences and Arts.

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  • From 10th to 12th October 2018, sector representatives from science and practice met at the Grand Elysée Hotel in Hamburg to discuss topics relating to wood as a material. Formaldehyde, the potential of wood-based materials within the automotive industry, and future challenges for the sector formed the focus for the 345 participants from 32 nations. The intensive technical discussions generated by the presentation sessions made this year’s event a resounding success - once again.

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  • Press release / 2018

    Construction using concrete reinforced with renewable materials

    Research News / 1.10.2018

    © Fraunhofer WKI | Jana Winkelmann

    Tomorrow’s building material is here today. Textile-reinforced concrete (TRC) is durable, formable in diverse shapes and suitable for lightweight construction. As the name suggests, conventional TRC is reinforced with carbon or glass-fiber fabrics rather than steel. A research team at the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research, Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI is now replacing these fabrics with eco-friendly natural fibers. These alternatives rival conventional concrete’s performance, but leave a smaller carbon footprint, and cost less to make. Researchers will present a prototype of a natural fiber-reinforced concrete bridge at the BAU 2019 trade fair in Munich on January 14 to 19, 2019.

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  • Press release / 2018

    New wood-metal hybrid for lightweight construction

    Research News / 3.9.2018

    © Fraunhofer WKI | Manuela Lingnau

    Wood foam and metal sponge – can they be combined? That was the question that experts at the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research, Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI delved into in a project entitled “HoMe Foam” – with HoMe being a German acronym for wood-metal – together with scientists from the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU and the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM. As a result, the contrasting materials come together in perfect harmony. The innovative new material mix boasts excellent insulating properties and has a low bending strength.

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  • © Fraunhofer WKI | Christoph Habermann

    In collaboration with Porsche Motorsport, the scientists from the Fraunhofer WKI use the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup from the German racing team Four Motors as a rolling development laboratory in order to test bio-based materials. In the future, these will replace conventional materials such as aluminum and carbon fiber – initially in vehicles for motorsport, and later in series production. During racing, the bio-based composites are tested under extreme conditions.

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  • © Fraunhofer WKI | Patrick Lux

    The European Wood-based Panel Symposium, organized by the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research WKI and the European Panel Federation EPF, has firmly established itself in the calendars of the international wood-based materials industry and its suppliers. From 10th – 12th October 2018, the conference will be staged for the eleventh time; due to its great success two years ago, it will again take place in Hamburg. The program for the Symposium is now available.

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  • Press release / 2018

    Night Run 2018

    Braunschweig / 20.6.2018

    © Fraunhofer WKI | Christopher Köhler

    As in previous years, numerous employees and friends of the two Braunschweig Fraunhofer institutes WKI and IST once again participated in the traditional Night Run through the city center of Braunschweig.

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  • 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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