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Complex structural and multifunctional Parts from enhanced Wood-based Composites - eWPC

Objective

Despite a lot of research activities carried out in the field of Wood Plastic Compounds there is still a certain lack of interest in the commercial market for this new class of materials. BioStruct will help to overcome these barriers in the market success by the development of the next material generation, so-called enhanced Wood Plastic Composites eWPC, avoiding the most important drawbacks in conventional Wood Plastic Composite technology, like: low impact strength and brittleness, inconsistent material properties due to different fibre qualities, low temperature resistance, strong smell and high emission levels and instability in humid conditions. Nowadays polymers reinforced with natural fibres (mainly wood fibres) are predominantly based on petrochemical polymers, so called WPC (wood plastic compounds). They are mostly used in low-cost applications and the wood fibres are used as low-cost fillers. Recent R&D (see IP-SMEs Biocomp) introduced a new family of materials, so- called bio-composites, that replace petro-based polymers based on bio-polymers as matrix materials. These materials show mechanical and thermal properties that meet industrial requirements for some standard polymer applications, where mechanical strength is not a key issue, but they fulfil the environmental and sustainability concerns. Nevertheless the price of these bio-composites is in many cases too high for these standard applications, like housing or packaging trays. BioStruct will develop eWPC, the next generation of advanced wood-based composites that can be used in demanding, high-value technical applications. In its intelligent combination of innovative development approaches BioStruct will develop cost-efficient materials and processes for eWPC that will clear the way for these resource efficient and sustainable materials in demanding technical high-value applications, strengthening industrial partners along the value chain.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/paper and wood
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/composites
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/polymer science
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/composites/biocomposites

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2007-LARGE-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-IP - Large-scale integrating project
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Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 151 317,94
Administrative Contact
Walter Krause (Mr.)

Participants (20)

AIMPLAS - ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE MATERIALES PLASTICOS Y CONEXAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 715 156,24
Address
Calle Gustave Eiffel 4 Parque Tecnologico De Paterna
46980 Paterna Valencia
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maria-José Moreto Badia (Ms.)
TRANSFERCENTER FUR KUNSTSTOFFTECHNIK GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 523 079,75
Address
Franz Fritsch Strasse 11
4600 Wels
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Wolfgang Stadlbauer (Dr.)
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT
Finland
EU contribution
€ 651 664,84
Address
Tekniikantie 4 A
02044 VTT Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mika Härkönen (Mr.)
HENKEL KGaA
Germany
EU contribution
€ 253 750
Address
Henkelstrasse 67
40191 Dusseldorf
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dieter Dausmann (Dr.)
ADDIPLAST SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 361 300
Address
Allee Pierre & Marie Curie 12
43620 Saint Pal De Mons
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Maxime Chantegraille (Mr.)
ACCIONA CONSTRUCCION SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 179 840
Address
Avenida De Europa 18 Parque Empresarial
28108 Alcobendas
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Aitor Hernández Michelena (Mr.)
UPM-KYMMENE OYJ
Finland
EU contribution
€ 106 900
Address
Alvar Aallon Katu 1
00100 Helsinki
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Minna Sipi (Mrs.)
LENZING AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
Austria
EU contribution
€ 159 450
Address
Werkstrasse 2
4860 Lenzing
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Siegfried Hager (Mr.)
Haidlmair GmbH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 374 500
Address
Haidlmairstrasse 1
4542 Nussbach
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ralf Gebeshuber (Mr.)
EUROPEAN PLASTICS CONVERTERS
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 152 431,02
Address
Avenue De Cortenbergh 71
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Hans Boon (Mr.)
TECNARO GESELLSCHAFT ZUR INDUSTRIELLEN ANWENDUNG NACHWACHSENDER ROHSTOFFE MBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 247 575,60
Address
Bustadt 40
74360 Ilsfeld
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Helmut Nägele (Mr.)
NETCOMPOSITES LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 295 468,70
Address
Bridge Way 4A Broom Business Park
S41 9QG Chesterfield
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Brendon Weager (Dr.)
ALENTO AG

Participation ended

Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 137 832,50
Address
Espenstrasse 139
9443 Widnau
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Herbert Perschl (Mr.)
ENGEL Austria GmbH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 245 728,18
Address
Ludwig Engelstrasse 1
4311 Schwertberg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alfred Hrusca (Mr.)
TEHNOS PODJETJE ZA PROIZVODNJO OROD IJ STROJEV IN PREDELAVO PLASTICNIH MAS DOO ZALEC
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 187 050
Address
Cesta Ob Zelenici 1
3310 Zalec
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Anton Kisovar (Mr.)
SCHELLER SYSTEMTECHNIK GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 203 036,80
Address
Poeler Strasse 85A
23970 Wismar
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Scheller (Mr.)
PJH Partnership Ltd
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 197 442,38
Address
Freestone House, Mainstreet, Bugthorpe
YO41 1QG East Yorkshire - York
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Peter Hammond (Dr.)
Condensia Quimica SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 198 590
Address
Calle Junqueras 16, 11-A
08003 Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stefano Fiori (Dr.)
WHIRLPOOL EMEA SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 256 420,45
Address
Via Carlo Pisacane 1
20016 Pero
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alessandro Aiello (Dr.)
THURINGISCHES INSTITUT FUR TEXTIL-UND KUNSTSTOFF-FORSCHUNG RUDOLSTADTEV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 201 311,60
Address
Breitscheidstrasse 97
07407 Rudolstadt
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ute Schubert (Ms.)