• wood chemistry &
  • wood materials
  • Wood & paper surface
    technologies (W3C)
  • Biobased Composites
    and Processes
  • market analysis &
    innovation research

Kompetenzzentrum Holz GmbH

We are a leading research institute in the area wood and wood-related renewable resources in Europe. Our core competences are materials research and process technology along the complete value chain – from raw material to finished products. We develop methods and basics and perform applied research on the economy-science interface.

New materials research, materials and process technology

In long-term research projects and programmes the experts of Wood K plus search for innovative solutions for companies, with scientific partners providing their know-how and many years of experience.

Innovation and project management

Wood K plus analyzes in cooperation with the industrial partners the demand for innovation, organizes the demand in technological issues and identifies promising approaches to the problems that can be implemented in specific research projects. If necessary, Wood K plus also acts as project manager from project definition, preparation of applications for projects, integration of partners over processing to clearing and communication with sponsors.

social responsibility

Our research results lead to sustainable solutions to society’s development issues, enhancing public appreciation of our natural resources as well as their optimal management and use in high tech applications. As a result the economic condition of rural areas is improved by creating jobs and making regions less dependent on non-renewable resources like oil.

Technical equipment

Wood K plus has at its areas (Lenzing, Linz, St. Veit/Glan und Tulln) a comprehensive laboratory and technical-center infrastructure. Additionally the scientific partners can provide their special equipment where necessary.

Expertise / Consultancy

Within the framework of service agreement tests, feasibility studies, expert reports and business consultancy are provided.



Im Rahmen des COMET-Programms (Competence Centers for Excellent Technologies) konnte sich das Kompetenzzentrum Holz (Wood K plus) nach Abschluss der Evaluierung durch ein internationales Fachkomitee die Finanzierung für weitere vier Jahre sichern. Damit steht dem Zentrum und seinen Partnern für die Programmperiode 2019-2022 ein Forschungsbudget von 22,7 Mio. Euro zur Verfügung.

Workshop Plasma Technologies - Current developments and opportunities for the future

On April 27th, 2018 the workshop on Plasma Technologies - Current developments and opportunities for the future will take place in the Kompetenzzentrum Holz GmbH in St. Veit / Glan (W3C). The event will be organized as part of the INTERREG V-A Italy - Austria 2014-2020 funded project ICAP (ITAT1010) - "Innovation through combined applications of plasma technologies".

Hybrid NFC with Excellent Impact Strength

Together with Borealis Polyolefine and Budapest University of Technology, notched impact strength of polypropylene (PP) based Natural Fiber Composites (NFC) has been highly in-creased by the development of innovative hybrid materials. We used special polymeric fibers as impact modifiers for NFC. In the present development, PP impregnated long fibers were applied for the first time as impact modifier for NFC. Longer fibers are more effective rein-forcements in thermoplastics than shorter fibers. Materials with high impact strength, which show improved crash performance, are of importance in the automotive industry.