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In line with the motto "reusing global resources" we at Oberpfaelzer Biotech have developed products that take "ecology" and "transience" as their focal points.
The starting point in developing a material from renewable raw materials that is thermoplastically processable is lignin, which is the second most abundant polymer in nature after cellulose. It forms in tree trunks around cellulose fibres. Lignin is a by-product of the pulp industry with more than 60 million tonnes being accumulated every year worldwide.
By mixing lignin with natural fibres (wood, flax, hemp or other fibrous plants) and subjecting it to heat, a fibre composite material is produced.
The crucial factor favouring liquid wood is the technical advantage it brings as a high-quality construction material. As liquid wood consists of wood components (lignin and fibres), it has similar mechanical and thermal properties to natural wood.