Swiss Wood Solutions AG (SWS) has developed technologically augmented wood materials that are made of 100% wood (no composite, no plastics) which are exclusively based on domestic (European) wood species from certified sustainable forests. The patented technology comprises an environmentally friendly chemical functionalisation at the molecular- and nanoscale in the first step followed by a physical (i.e. hygro-thermal-mechanical) modification in the second stage, which modifies the low-performance wood material into a physicochemically enhanced wood material. The key point of the technology is to densify wood permanently (no spring-back effect), achieving an entirely novel type of wood material, which exhibits completely novel set of properties that go beyond any natural wood.
This new wood materials (Sonowood®, Bijouwood® and Sensoveneer®) represent not only real substitute materials for the highly esteemed and endangered woods species, but also for replacing plastics, meeting the requirements for various application fields, ranging from furniture, flooring, musical instruments and sports equipment to luxury goods, credit and ID cards or automotive interior design, just to name a few. The talk will give insights in the technology, material properties and various applications of these products.