Dieffenbacher collaborates on recycling project

Dieffenbacher and 19 organisations from seven countries have joined forces in the EcoReFibre  (Ecological solutions for recovery of secondary materials from post-consumer fibreboards) research project to make the production of wood fiberboards, such as MDF and HDF (medium-density and high-density fiberboards), more sustainable.

The project aims to recycle wood fibers at the end of their life cycle and use them to produce new fiberboard. Currently, fresh wood is used almost exclusively to produce wood fiberboard.

The four-year project, which kicked off in May 2022, has 12 million Euros in funding from the European Union through its research and innovation funding programme, Horizon Europe.

The project partners, who include wood-based panel manufacturers Homanit and Sonae Arauco, intend to develop and test solutions that will enable up to 25% of the fresh wood fibers used to manufacture wood fiberboards to be replaced by recycled secondary fibers.

Five pilot projects will also explore how recycled wood fibers can be used to manufacture new end products such as insulation materials and bio-composites.

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