The European Commission is to contribute 6.5m euros to a new collaborative project looking to develop sustainable wood based composite materials.
SustainComp will work on new products for a wide range of applications, combining wood, bioplastics and nanotechnology to produce “sustainable and lightweight materials”. It will have a total budget of e9.5m and involve 17 organisations from across Europe.
These ‘nanostructured wood based BioComposites’ will provide an environmentally sensitive alternative to traditional composite materials which use oil-based plastics, while also “fostering new concepts and materials in a broad and innovative perspectivewith the wood based industries, says SustainComp.