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Formaldehyde free Bio-Based thermosetting resin for wood pressed products

Formaldehyde free Bio-Based thermosetting resin for wood pressed products

Objective

"Pressed wood panels are composed of chopped or cut wood that are glued together using adhesives. Most of these resins are petroleum based products containing a hazardous chemical: formaldehyde. The acceptable levels of formaldehyde in wood pressed products have been reduced over the past decades due to increased public awareness on its effects on health and the consequent consumer demand for non-hazardous products. The current situation in Europe is that the Committee for Risk Assessment of the European Chemical Agency has recommended reclassifying formaldehyde from category 2, ""probably carcinogenic to humans"" to category 1B “substance which is presumed to have carcinogenic potential for humans"". This reclassification is expected by 2015 and it will surely have an impact on EU standards with regards to formaldehyde emissions from wood panels. In turn, this will affect the competitiveness of European woodworkers who will be forced to reduce, or even eliminate, the use of formaldehyde resins in wood panels.
The development of efficient renewable resins to substitute petroleum formaldehyde based adhesives is one of the biggest challenges for the Wood Industry.
To do so, the ECO-PRESSWOOD project aims to develop “formaldehyde free” wood based panels that combine bio-based chemistry, nanotechnology and process engineering.
To be cost competitive and environmentally friendly, this new resin will be produced from residues of biodiesel production. The performance of the bio-panels will be increased by ceramic nanoparticles that will provide extra reinforcement. Moreover manufacturing processes will be researched to integrate both developments."

Coordinator

ASOCIACION EMPRESARIAL DE INVESTIGACION CENTRO TECNOLOGICO DEL MUEBLEY LA MADERA DE LA REGION DE MURCIA

Address

Calle Perales S/N
30510 Yecla

Spain

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 1 550,74

Administrative Contact

Gregorio Cañavate (Mr.)

Participants (10)

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WOOD PROCESSING AND FURNITURE CLUSTER ASSOCIATION*

Ukraine

EU Contribution

€ 60 351

CROATIAN CHAMBER OF ECONOMY CCE

Croatia

EU Contribution

€ 261 009,25

Fachverband der Holzindustrie Osterreichs

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 253 249,25

INTERNATIONALER VEREIN FUR TECHNISCHE HOLZFRAGEN EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 57 060

CONFEDERACION ESPANOLA DE EMPRESARIOS DE LA MADERA - ASOCIACION - CONFEMADERA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 8 953,96

CHIMAR (HELLAS) AE - ANONYMI VIOMICHANIKI KAI EMPORIKI ETAIREIA CHIMIKON PROIONTON

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 340 258,50

MILL PANEL BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 349 359,70

TECNOLOGIAS AVANZADAS INSPIRALIA SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 13 338

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

FEDERLEGNO ARREDO EVENTI SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 52 657,20

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 605236

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 March 2014

  • End date

    28 February 2017

Funded under:

FP7-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 899 751,96

  • EU contribution

    € 1 397 787,60

Coordinated by:

ASOCIACION EMPRESARIAL DE INVESTIGACION CENTRO TECNOLOGICO DEL MUEBLEY LA MADERA DE LA REGION DE MURCIA

Spain