Driving forward with cellulosic fibres

Wood Focus magazine
Replacing the glass fibres in sheet moulding compound (SMC) automotive parts with natural wood or plant cellulosic fibres is the focus of research at the College of Forest Resources, Mississippi State University, USA. The team claims this will reduce the cost of vehicle components, as well as improve their environmental credentials by employing a lighter weight, non-petroleum based, biodegradable and organic component.
Compostable packaging

Compostable packaging from trees

Wood Focus magazine
A compostable polymer made from lignocellulosic biomass from non-food crops such as tress could offer a significant advance on polylactic acid (PLA) for use in packaging. The material is potentially domestically, rather than industrially, degradable, and is said to be less energy intensive to manufacture.
Medite’s research team explore modified materials for the wood panel products industry

Science talks - research and development in wood technology

Wood Focus magazine
Research and development is only a worthwhile quest for those capable of playing the long game, as trial and error is a key part of the journey. Geoff Rhodes, Marketing and Business Development Director at Coillte Panel Products, talks to Rupal Mehta about the benefits of scientific experimentation.

Health check for forests

Wood Focus magazine
Biodiversity and the evaluation of ecosystems has been the core focus for a project headed by the University of the Basque Country, Spain, which claims analysis of wood and plant species could indicate the overall health of a forest.

Supply chain intelligence

Wood Focus magazine
An assessment tool for analysing the sustainability of the complete forest-wood supply chain has been developed as a result of the Eforwood project, a four-year European initiative.