The Instituto Tecnológico de Aragón (ITA) has been participating since January in the European LIMOWOOD project, whose objective is to develop a new composite (WPC) from woodworking industry waste and recycled thermoplastics. This new composite has a higher moisture resistance and improved fungicidal properties. The LIMOWOOD composite offers an alternative to wood-based panels and currently used in the manufacture of furniture made of wood or wood-based materials. bathroom and kitchen.

ITA is working on the definition of the compound formulation, analysis of scaling by means of simulation and in the characterization and validation of the compounds produced both at the laboratory level and at the industrial.

LIMOWOOD composite will benefit both manufacturers and assemblers furniture, since it is a cost-competitive material that can be used for market share will increase. It does not use chemical adhesives, nor coatings, nor are they laminated furniture. It is an easy material for sawing and assembling and reduces waste traditionally generated at installation of bathroom and kitchen furniture. Furniture made of LIMOWOOD will be positioned in a mid-market between furniture manufactured with solid wood and low quality furniture.

In this project, which will be completed in December 2014 and which is co-financed by the European Union (EU) under its 7th Framework Program FP7, four countries are participating: Spain, Germany, Belgium and France. In addition, the companies: Beologic NV, Javal S.L., Andrea Bondet SA and Holzwerk BAUR GMBH and the Technology Centers: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der Angewandten Forschung (EFRAUNHOFER -WKI), Technologies Inspiralia and ITA.

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