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

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, in order to enable resource-efficient management in the circular bioeconomy.

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.

NEWS

Be on trial – fiber-reinforced components from 3D printer

Additive manufacturing or 3D printing is superior to other processes in terms of cost efficiency, customizability and sustainability and is therefore gaining ground in more and more areas. The possibilities are not yet optimized in all extents. The FFG project eFAM4Ind - endless fiber reinforced additive manufacturing for industrial applications, which was launched in April 2020, aims to explore these in the high-performance product segment and lightweight construction: Under the direction of the Chair of Materials Science and Testing at the University of Leoben and together with SinusPro, the Polymer Competence Center Leoben (PCCL), the Competence Center Wood and Head Sport as research partners, testing and simulation routines for predicting the durability and service life of fiber-reinforced components from the 3D printer are to be developed.

Fire behaviour of renewable raw materials

Since September 2019, Wood K plus has been working on a strategic dissertation at its site in Tulln, which deals with a well-known but nevertheless red-hot topic. The focus is on research into the thermal decomposition of wood and other renewable resources. Old knowledge about pyrolysis, gasification, ignition and combustion is to be used and supplemented by new investigations and measuring methods. In addition to a better understanding of thermal degradation, the knowledge gained will contribute to a more targeted and efficient use of wood and renewable resources.