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Development of Innovative Particleboard Panels for a better mechanical performance and a lower environmental impact

Objective

European furniture industry is largely made by SMEs. In modern furniture industry use of particle-board (chipboard panels) is continuously growing. They are basically composite materials, usually wood chips and a binder (adhesive or resin). During the last decade, especially in countries where forestry resources are scarce, there has been a decay of mechanical performance of chipboard panels; main reason for that is the increased use of recycled materials obtained from old pieces of furniture, made themselves of chipboards, for the preparation of new chipboard panels, instead of natural wood chips. This downgrading of performance is causing serious problems to furniture manufacturers, typically SMEs, across Europe and motivate this Collective Research project proposal, which aims at reinforcing the technological basis of chipboard manufacturing, and at developing innovative chipboards, which meet mechanical performance requirements and have a reduced environmental impact.

SMEs involved in this project are coming from the following sectors mostly at the end of the furniture industry value chain:
a) SMEs manufacturers of furniture;
b) SMEs manufacturers of semi-finished panels for the furniture sector.
Recycling in particleboard industry has an increased relevance, also because of environmental impact.


The demand from furniture manufacturers is clearly oriented towards innovative particleboards, employing new materials. This project will bring:
a) Improved mechanical performance of particleboards in terms of:
b) Reduced density;
c) Increased stiffness
d) Improved workability
e) Lower environmental impact.

Innovation will concern the following aspects of particleboard composition and manufacturing:
a) Innovative binder materials
b) Recycling waste materials as filler for particleboard production (agriculture, industry, home etc.);
c) Improved adhesion between filler and matrix;
d) Innovative instrumentation for panel production process and quality checking.

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-SME-2
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Coordinator

COSMOB - CONSORZIO DEL MOBILE SPA
Address
Piazzale Lazzarini - Galleria Roma - Scala B
Pesaro
Italy

Participants (25)

AGROSYS GMBH & CO. KG
Germany
Address
Kirchstrasse 15
Lierschied
AIDIMA - ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO EN LA INDUSTRIA DEL MUEBLE Y AFINES
Spain
Address
C/ Benjamin Franklin, 13. Parque Tecnologico De Valencia.
Paterna
ASSINDUSTRIA PESARO-URBINO
Italy
Address
Via Cattaneo 34
Pesaro
B. MAIER ZERKLEINERUNGSTECHNIK GMBH
Germany
Address
Brockhagener Str. 14-20
Bielefeld
BIESSE S.P.A.
Italy
Address
Via Della Meccanica 16
Pesaro
CAMPEC SCRL - CONSORZIO SULLE APPLICAZIONE DELLE MATERIE PLASTICHE E PER I PROBLEMI DI DIFESA I PROBLEMI DI DIFESA DALLA CORROSIONE
Italy
Address
Via G. Porzio, Centro Direzionale, Isola F4
Napoli
CENTRE TECHNIQUE DU BOIS ET DE L'AMEUBLEMENT
France
Address
Avenue De Saint-mande 10
Paris
CIDEMCO-CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION TECNOLOGICA
Spain
Address
Barrio Lasao, Area Anardi 5
Azpeitia
ELKA-HOLZWERKE LUD. KUNTZ GMBH
Germany
Address
Sulzbacher Str. 75
Kim/ Nahe
FABRICACION Y DISTRIBUCION DEL MUEBLE, S.L.
Spain
Address
Poligono B - Camino Santa Ana
Xativa
FALCO S.P.A. - INDUSTRIA PANNELLI TRUCIOLARI
Italy
Address
Via Romea 27
Pomposa Ferrara
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
Address
Hansastrasse 27 C
Muenchen
IMS HELLAS S.A.
Greece
Address
Industrial Zone Patras
Patras
IMS NAPREDAK S.A.
Bulgaria
Address
6, Rogosho Shousse Str.
Plovdiv
INNOVAWOOD LTD
Ireland
Address
Lower Baggot Street 107
Dublin
INTERNATIONALER VEREIN FUR TECHNISCHE HOLZFRAGEN E.V.
Germany
Address
Bienroder Weg 54E
Braunschweig
ISTITUTO DI CHIMICA E TECNOLOGIA DEI POLIMERI
Italy
Address
Via Campi Flegrei, 34 C/o Comprensorio Oiivetti- Building 70
Pozzuoli (Na)
MEDIFA S.A.R.L.
France
Address
Avenue Daumesnil, 28
Paris
MOBILPREF S.P.A.
Italy
Address
Via Carlo Maccari, 1
Ancona
PRIEUR SA
France
Address
Comblat Le Chateau
Vic Sur Cere
THERMOSENSORIK GMBH
Germany
Address
Am Weichselgarten 7
Erlangen
TRENNSO - TECHNIK GMBH
Germany
Address
Siemensstr. 3
Weissenhorn
UNIVERSITA POLITECNICA DELLE MARCHE
Italy
Address
Piazza Roma 22
Ancona
UPPER S.P.A.
Italy
Address
Via Albertini 20
Ancona
ZEUTEC OPTO-ELEKTRONIK GMBH
Germany
Address
Kieler Str. 211
Rendsburg