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Workshop: Innovations in wood-based materials


Well-known format, new concept: The wood-based materials innovation workshop will be dealing with exciting developments in the industry before the upcoming interzum. This time the workshop itself is innovative.

One day before interzum's start, the wood-based materials innovation workshop on 20 May looks forward to ambitious research projects and fascinating applications. Together with Koelnmesse, the Association of the German Wood-Based Materials Industry, the IHD Dresden and the Fraunhofer WKI invite you to a traditional exchange of ideas. Even before the beginning of the leading international trade fair, the industry is experiencing the innovations that the wood-based materials industry has to offer.

Wood foam-metall hybrid material, © Fraunhofer WKI

Innovator pitches for novelties

Currently relevant innovations for surfaces, adhesives or process optimization will be highlighted in the workshop by experts and subsequently evaluated together. The event itself is innovative this year. Particularly interesting novelties are presented in short pitches. Who can convince the audience in a short time of his idea? Emerging technical questions can be discussed between the pitches.

KAV Award

The KAV Award is presented annually at the workshop by Förderverein Holzwerkstoff- und Holzleimforschung. Not only the prize money, but also internships in the wood-based materials industry will be awarded this year to outstanding student theses.

Wood-based materials innovation workshop at interzum 2017, © Koelnmesse

Dialogue and discussions

In the course of the workshop, two keynote speeches will shed light on the expectations of the wood-based materials and furniture industry. Dr. Jan Bergmann, Chairman of the Board of the Association of the German Wood-Based Panel Industry (VHI) and Jan Kurth, Managing Director of the Main Association of the German Wood Industry (HDH), comment on the same theses from different perspectives. At theme tables with moderators and in the subsequent panel discussion, the audience can discuss the different theses. A final TED vote among all participants then tries to find out where the trends in quality, raw materials, adhesives, application and health lie.

The workshop will be held in German language. More information about this workshop you will find here .