Making Furniture with Paper Machines: VTT and ISKU Have Created a Novel Biocomposite Chair from Cellulose

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VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and ISKU, a leading Finnish furniture manufacturer, have collaborated to develop an innovative chair that demonstrates the potential of biocomposite materials. This groundbreaking chair is created using a cellulose-plastic compound that incorporates natural fibers, polypropylene, and Finnish wood pulp.

The material is produced using foam forming technology, originally developed for papermaking, which enables cost-efficient and high-volume production. It preserves the properties of the fibers and offers limitless possibilities for customization. In fact, production costs are estimated to be 26% lower than conventional technologies.

The biocomposite material demonstrates excellent mechanical properties and can be molded into complex shapes, making it ideal for lightweight structures. It can also be worked on using standard woodworking tools, making it easily adaptable for the furniture industry.

Designed by ISKU, the chair boasts a sleek and modern appearance that showcases the natural texture and color of the biocomposite material. It is durable, lightweight, and easy to assemble. Furthermore, the material is recyclable, reducing the environmental impact of furniture waste.

The biocomposite chair not only revolutionizes the furniture industry but also presents opportunities for applications in packaging, consumer goods, and construction. With the global biocomposites market projected to reach approximately 7.6 billion US dollars, VTT aims to collaborate with partners to drive commercial exploitation of this technology in the future.

The chair is the result of a HiPer project financed by Business Finland and involved several key partners. It is expected that the material will become available to consumers in the medium to long term. For more information about the biocomposite material and the chair, contact the respective project managers at VTT and ISKU.

The innovative chair developed by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and ISKU is a significant breakthrough in the furniture industry. It showcases the potential of biocomposite materials, which are made from a cellulose-plastic compound that incorporates natural fibers, polypropylene, and Finnish wood pulp.

The use of foam forming technology in the production of the material is a game-changer. Originally developed for papermaking, this technology enables cost-efficient and high-volume production of the biocomposite material. It also preserves the properties of the fibers and offers limitless possibilities for customization. Notably, the production costs of this technology are estimated to be 26% lower than conventional technologies.

One of the key advantages of the biocomposite material is its excellent mechanical properties. It can be molded into complex shapes, making it ideal for lightweight structures. Additionally, it can be easily worked on using standard woodworking tools, making it highly adaptable for the furniture industry.

The chair designed by ISKU not only showcases the unique properties of the biocomposite material but also boasts a sleek and modern appearance. The natural texture and color of the material are highlighted, resulting in a visually appealing product. Furthermore, the chair is durable, lightweight, and easy to assemble. Its recyclability also reduces the environmental impact of furniture waste.

The implications of this new biocomposite material extend beyond just the furniture industry. It presents opportunities for applications in packaging, consumer goods, and construction as well. With the global biocomposites market projected to reach approximately 7.6 billion US dollars, the collaboration between VTT and ISKU aims to drive the commercial exploitation of this technology in the future.

The development of the chair was made possible through the HiPer project, which was financed by Business Finland and involved several key partners. The material is expected to become available to consumers in the medium to long term, offering exciting possibilities for sustainable and customizable furniture solutions.

For more information about the biocomposite material and the chair, interested parties can contact the respective project managers at VTT and ISKU.