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Press releases

  • © 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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  • © © 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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