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Press releases

  • Press release / 2017

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

    Braunschweig / 24.10.2017

    © Photo 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
    © Photo 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
    © Photo 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

    © Photo 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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  • Press release / 2017

    Professor Dr. Rainer Marutzky celebrates 70th birthday

    Braunschweig / 11.8.2017

    © Photo Fraunhofer WKI

    On 11th August 2017, Professor Dr. Rainer Marutzky, the former long-standing Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research, Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut, celebrated his 70th birthday.

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  • © Photo Fraunhofer WKI | Manuela Lingnau

    The young researcher Carlos Andrés García Velásquez from Colombia has been working at the Fraunhofer WKI since June 2017 within the framework of a scholarship. As one of the winners of the so-called “Green Talents Award” 2016, he will carry out research in the Surface Technology department for three months.

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  • © Photo Fraunhofer WKI | Simone Peist

    On 21st and 22nd June 2017, around 200 participants from nine countries met in Würzburg in order to obtain information on and discuss current issues concerning the value chain adhesive and wood. Fraunhofer WKI scientists presented their latest research results.

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  • © Photo Fraunhofer WKI | Bettina Meyer

    On 15th May 2017, the day before the Interzum trade fair, the Association of the German Wood-Based Panel Industry VHI, together with the Fraunhofer WKI and the ihd as well as the Kölnmesse, organized an innovation workshop on wood-based materials. The conference was focused upon selected research projects and applications.

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