The Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research, Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut, WKI, addresses current and future-oriented questions relating to the use of wood and other regenerative raw materials. The objective of research is the more efficient use of raw materials and improved quality in the products in whose manufacture they are employed, including surface treatment, wood preservation - where necessary - and emissions. The development of new materials, industrial processes and measuring techniques, and testing and trials of wood and fiber compounds using various methods of bonding (organic and inorganic) are also focal fields of work at the Institute. This includes methods of conserving the fabric of old buildings and restoration of half-timbered buildings, environmental protection and recycling of secondary raw materials, old wood and other residual materials.
The WKI is moreover an authorized testing facility which offers its services in materials testing and quality assurance. It assesses cases of damage and advises on questions of restoration and repair. The Fraunhofer WKI is a member of the Eurowood network (www.network-eurowood.com), collaborating with other European institutes active in the field of wood research and coordinates the In-Wood-Project (www.in-wood.org).
The Institute employs a full-time staff of over 60. More than 4,500 m² of offices, laboratories, technical installations and open space are available for carrying out research contracts.
Fraunhofer-Institut Holzforschung Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut
Further information: http://www.wki.fraunhofer.de/