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

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.


Accompanying environmental and techno-economic assessments of lignin-based resins during the innovation process

The accompanying assessments of bio-based products during the innovation process by considering environmental and techno-economic aspects supports the implementation of these products on the market. Barriers regarding the use of lignin-based resins are mostly linked to technical and economic issues, whereas the incentives are based on the expected lower environmental impacts of the lignin-based resins compared to the conventional resins. The environmental assessment conducted within the study emphasis this incentive.

Knowledge on cold tack reduces failure in plywood production

Cold tack of the adhesive is absolutely necessary in plywood production. Insufficient cold tack is usually seen as a typical adhesive problem and leads to complaints. An analytical method has been developed that proves, that many other factors also play a role. For example, cold tack decreases when the wood moisture content increases or increases with temperature. Based on the analytical data, a statistical model was build that predicts how cold tack reacts on the combination of many influencing factors. This model is used to educated plywood pro-ducers, leading to a reduction of failure in plywood production.