This project aims to break through the market barriers that hinder the introduction of bio-based modified wood, an eco-alternative to environmental unsound construction materials. Trans Furan Chemicals (TFC) and Foreco have developed a new environmental friendly wood modification technique which uses bio-based products to modify wood: In-Situ Wood Bio-Polymerization (ISWBP). ISWBP provides a construction alternative by introducing bio-polymerized wood to the European market. Fast growing softwood is impregnated with a water-soluble thermoset resin which is produced from agricultural crop waste (bagasse). The specs of this modified wood equal the properties of tropical hardwood and therefore form an attractive alternative to this hardwood and other construction materials with a negative environmental impact. This wood is sold under the NobelWood® label, a new label dedicated to modified wood products. The project starts in September 2013 and will have a duration of three years. Focus will be on environmental aware markets like the Benelux, Scandinavia and Germany.
This project is co-funded by the European Union within the CIP Eco-Innovation initiative of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme, CIP. Launched in 2008, the Eco-innovation initiative is part of the EU's Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (EIP), set up to support innovation among small and medium enterprises to improve their competitiveness. It is included in the EIP's annual work programmes. Their aim is to make proven innovation accessible to the market.
Capacity expansion of production facilities wood modification technique
Foreco will complete the construction of the NobelWood production plant in Dalfsen during the 3th quarter of 2016. The expansion represents an investment of over €1 million. The final result will provide a reduction in the cost of production and energy consumption with capacity expansion towards 3000 m3. Further it provides new opportunities for R&D activities concerning other wood species and support of foreign licensing partners for the new wood modification technology. The expansion creates new jobs and a wider range of alternatives to tropical hardwoods based on agro-waste and fast growing softwood.
Trans Furans Chemicals, Belgium. This company is responsible for the technology and chemistry of the bio polymerisation. TFC is active as a pioneer in furan chemicals and especially resins. For the past 35 years the company has been producing chemicals from renewable raw materials.
Kärnsund Wood Link, Sweden. This company is responsible for sales and marketing development. Kärnsund is active as a trading company in timber products with a worldwide network of suppliers in both raw materials and processed products. The company helps boatyards and manufacturing industry with material logistics, dedicated purchasing and development for more than 40 years.