Holzcluster Steiermark: Lightweight wood construction opens up new business areas
Main topic: Green Tech & Green Materials
Whether public transport, private cars or commercial vehicles - high-tech lightweight wood components will move us much more sustainably and independently in the future. In contrast to metal, they are lighter, can be produced ecologically and are competitive - with the highest domestic added value. In view of the uncertain material supply situation, lightweight wood components also enable us in Europe to become more independent of distant markets.
The Holzcluster Steiermark acts here as an impulse generator to bring wood into new applications and bundles the competences of Styrian companies and research institutions. In this way, Austria can show the world how even greener mobility can sustainably gain momentum.
Research results confirm: Wood is competitive
The Holzcluster Steiermark and ACstyria set the starting point by asking in which areas wood could be used in the automotive industry. In order to develop high-tech wood hybrid components and make them calculable, the foundations were laid in the WoodC.A.R. project under the consortium leadership of the W.E.I.Z. Innovation Centre. The scientific partners, including BOKU (Institute for Wood Technology and Renewable Resources), TU-Graz (VSI), the K2 Centre "The Virtual Vehicle", together with other industrial partners, such as Weitzer Woodsolutions, have developed components that are absolutely competitive in crash tests compared to conventional materials: "The CARpenTiER project is now the next logical step and an attempt to anchor the generated know-how in the companies and to position the wood sector in Styria as a supplier to the mobility industry," explains Bernadette Karner from the point of view of the consortium management.
DI Christian Tippelreither MBA
CEO at Holzcluster Steiermark GmbH
Daniela Schmid, MA
Public Relations, Communication & Events
at Holzcluster Steiermark GmbH