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10-15-2015

battenfeld-cincinnati and Wood K Plus Extend Research Cooperation

Raw materials for WPC extrusion: wood fibers and WPC granulate
(figure: battenfeld-cincinnati)

Both newcomers to and experienced processors of wood-plastic composites have been able to benefit from the research cooperation agreement between battenfeld-cincinnati Austria, based in Vienna, and the research institute Kompetenzzentrum Holz GmbH (Wood K plus), Linz, Austria, since 2008. This cooperation agreement, a part of the Comet program organized by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency FFG, will now be extended for another eight years and further intensified.

The machine manufacturer battenfeld-cincinnati has completely overhauled the WPC extrusion line used by Wood K plus and brought it up to the latest technological standard. So now even more numerous and more flexible methods of processing materials with natural fiber content can be realized – in both one-step and two-step processes.

The WPC line with the fiberEX 38 extruder in the technical lab of Kompetenzzentrum Holz in Linz, Austria (figure: Kompetenzzentrum Holz)

With its fiberEX 38, Wood K plus operates the smallest production-scale extruder from battenfeld-cincinnati’s conical twin screw extruder series specially designed for processing wood-plastic composites. Many projects have already been implemented under the research cooperation agreement, resulting in an enormous amount of process know-how and extensive knowledge about suitable formulations for a wide range of different WPC products. Alternative fiber materials have also been processed, such as cork, bamboo, hemp, straw and many others, innovative processes have been tested such as WPC foaming, and the question of how far conventional fiberboard could be replaced by WPC has been investigated. The final assessment of all extrusion test results is carried out at the institute’s own physical, technological and analytical test lab.

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battenfeld-cincinnati Austria GmbH

Laxenburger Str. 246
AT 1239 WIEN
Tel.: +43 1 61006-0
Fax: +43 1 61006-8

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