14. October 2015

Research Cooperation Between Kompetenzzentrum Holz and battenfeld-cincinnati

The importance of WPCs (wood plastic composites) as a material continues to grow. Kompetenzzentrum Holz and battenfeld-cincinnati are extending their research cooperation on WPC recipes and processing for a further eight years.

The research cooperation between battenfeld-cincinnati Austria in Vienna and Kompetenzzentrum Holz GmbH (Wood K plus) in Linz has been benefiting both newcomers and experienced wood plastic composites engineers since 2008. This cooperation, which is part of the Comet programme run by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency FFG, is now to be extended by eight years and intensified. The mechanical engineering firm of battenfeld-cincinnati has completely re-engineered the WPC extrusion line used at Wood K plus and brought it up to the very latest technological standard. As a result, even more processes with even greater flexibility are available for processing natural-fibre-filled products in both single-stage and two-stage processes.

With the fiberEX 38, Wood K plus operates the smallest production extruder in battenfeld-cincinnati's series of conical double screw extruders. These are specifically designed for the processing of wood plastic composites. During the research cooperation, numerous projects have already been conducted, and these have led not only to an outstanding level of process expertise, but also to in-depth knowledge of recipes for a huge range of WPC products. Additionally, alternative fibrous materials such as cork, bamboo, hemp, straw and many others have been processed; innovative procedures, such as the foaming of WPCs, have been carried out; and tests have been conducted to find out where conventional fibreboards can be replaced by WPCs. The final assessment of all extrusion trials at Wood K plus takes place in the company's own physical-technological and analytical test lab. (Extract from the WPC platform website)

(c) Kompetenzzentrum Holz