First glue - then live in it
At LIGNA 2023, Henkel's Engineered Wood business unit will present its advanced portfolio of solutions for the solid wood industry. The focus will be on sustainable innovations and adhesives with a focus on fire protection.15 May 2023
As of today, building materials are responsible for eleven percent of global carbon dioxide emissions. As a result, there is growing interest in engineered wood as a renewable material that produces significantly lower emissions throughout its life cycle than conventional concrete and steel construction methods. Henkel, as the world's leading supplier of adhesives, is supporting this sustainable alternative in construction with special adhesives for the manufacture of load-bearing wood components.
"The show is a great opportunity for Henkel to showcase our latest innovations and technologies. At LIGNA, we not only show visitors our unique adhesive solutions, but also demonstrate our expertise and commitment to the industry. Processing wood into high-performance building materials and thus realizing our customers' visions in solid wood construction is a top priority for Henkel," says Christian Fild, Global Director Engineered Wood at Henkel.
Fire safety issues in particular remain a critical topic in wood construction - prejudices and fears on this topic continue to influence acceptance. At LIGNA, Henkel is therefore presenting its product innovations in the field of fire protection: the one-component polyurethane adhesives meet the most stringent thermal and fire protection standards on no less than four continents: North America, Europe, Australia and Latin America. As a result, Henkel adhesives have already been used in the world's tallest wooden buildings in North America, Europe and Australia - enabling award-winning projects that impressively demonstrate the potential of wood as a building material.
In addition to the sustainable character of wood itself, adhesives play an important role - not only because they ensure the strength and robustness of structures in solid wood construction, but also because they can help reduce the overall environmental footprint. As a supplier of VOC- and formaldehyde-free adhesives for the solid wood industry, Henkel is leading the way in further reducing CO2 emissions throughout the value chain. At LIGNA, visitors can learn how Henkel is helping its customers improve their environmental footprint with new product innovations while enhancing the quality of their end products.
"Engineered Wood offers exciting new opportunities for design - buildings made of solid wood can be built ever taller, offering architects new ways to realize their creative visions. In addition, engineered wood is now seen as critical to addressing the urgent challenges of climate change and meeting carbon reduction targets," explains Christian Fild, continuing, "The use of engineered wood is gaining importance because wood is renewable, has ideal structural properties, and is capable of storing carbon dioxide over the life of a building. At the same time, many companies in the wood value chain and construction industry are still in the early stages of understanding the potential of the material and what opportunities its application can create. At Henkel, we believe that collaboration across the value chain is the key to success, and at LIGNA we want to help demonstrate best practice by having Henkel experts provide insights into some of the world's most ambitious timber construction projects."
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