Liquidwood is a new generation of biopolymers originally invented at the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT. High-quality thermoplastic engineered materials for applications that demand from basic to high technological standards, combining the positive properties of renewable resources and natural wood with the processing capabilities of common thermoplastics.
Consisting of what constitutes natural wood (lignin and cellulose) it has similar mechanical and thermal properties as natural, grown wood. Lignin and wood fibers are among the main raw materials of Liquidwood. Lignin is a byproduct of the papermaking industry of which million of tonnes are produced in various pulping processes worldwide every year.
By mixing specific types of lignin and cellulose with natural fibers from wood together with natural additives, novel materials are produced which can be processed even at higher temperatures and injected or extruded on conventional plastics processing machines in the same way as petrochemical thermoplastic materials.
LIQUIDWOOD RAW MATERIALS
Some formulations are additivated with vegetable waxes and different types of renewable raw materials. Lignin, cellulose and wood fibers are processed in a proprietary manner in order to give them the mechanical and physical properties that are common in todays widely used plastic materials.
Specific wood fibers are selected for their mechanical performance (for example beech and fir) but almost any fiber can be used and generally food derived ingredients are not used to produce Liquidwood.
Mixing different ingredients materials can be obtained with a softening temperature able of reaching over 100 degrees Celsius!
Economies of scale: we are still a small company, but growing fast, and we will reach a higher efficiency (lower material cost) through costantly supporting the manufacturing output.