Today, people spend more than 90 percent of their lives indoors. On average, indoor air is five times more polluted than outdoor air. Adhesives like formaldehyde are invisible but present in many materials that surround us. The substance has been shown to be carcinogenic. It is a component of textiles, floor coverings, wall paints and many building materials such as pressed wood. We can find it in almost all private and public spaces. Building products and materials therefore have a major impact on people's health.
We rely on bio-based proteins as a starting material for the development of a sustainable adhesive. In this way, we not only preserve the natural aspect of wood as a starting material, but also create a health- and environmentally friendly material for a closed cycle in the construction and furniture industry.
Superwood is a dense and strong material that can be milled, sanded, printed and laser cut for example. It is in no way inferior to conventional fibreboard. We have even achieved a higher strength than the DIN standard for conventional MDF (tensile strength EN 622-5 type MDF bulk density up to 750 kg/m³).
Furthermore, we are working on bringing the material into curved shapes by producing thin veneer-like boards and deforming them under pressure. Our vision is to use Superwood not only as panels for construction but also to produce moulded shapes for furniture applications.