BASF and Swiss Krono Group have developed a lightweight board for furniture and interior construction that’s 30 percent lighter than typical particle board without sacrificing needed strength. The board not only saves on resources initially, but reduces resource use associated with shipping. It’s made from a polymer from BASF called Kaurit Light, combined with chipped wood and glue. It can be ground up and reused in new chipboard.

More interesting than the board itself is where it will be showcased next week - a special exhibit on lightweight materials at the timber and woodworking trade show Ligna. “lightweight.network” will include a number of advances in lightweight construction, particularly in the furniture industry. There’s also a parallel conference on lightweight panels, with talks on production methods, honeycomb construction, and other technologies.

We hear a lot about lightweighting in the auto and aviation industries, and now in wood products. It will be interesting to see where the idea will go next - what about applications in your industry?

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