January 5, 2019

Advanced materials technologies

The development of advanced materials and composites allowing new functionalities and improved performance is indispensable for the competitiveness of forest-based industries. The rich and complex chemical and physical composition of wood, bark (including cork) and other parts of a tree, contain the potential for a wide range of innovative properties to be developed and incorporated […]

August 1, 2017


Biotechnology is the use of living systems and organisms to develop or make useful products. The forest-based sector uses biotechnology in many processes today and this is expected to increase as the sector evolves to become a cornerstone of Europe’s future bio-society. Examples of current uses include process water treatment with microbes and the use […]

July 28, 2017

Fulfilling consumer needs

Strategic Theme 4 Vision Target 8 Wood-based construction in Europe has tripled its market share, from the 2010 level, reaching a turnover of €200 billion, whilst the overall added value of the woodworking industries has doubled. Increased value will come from new products and services, as well as more widespread use of energy-saving modular housing […]

March 7, 2017

4.5 Hygienic, diagnostic and healthcare products

Rationale Demographic changes such as population growth in developing countries and an ageing population in the West, combined with increasing standards of living and urbanisation trends, will foster a greater demand for products linked to human wellbeing, health and hygiene. Consumers are demanding enhanced product properties, guaranteed product safety, environmental compatibility and new functionalities such […]