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Value chain for cost-effective production of biobased molded furniture components

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Coordinator NiNa Innovation AB
Funding from Vinnova SEK 30 000
Project duration December 2016 - May 2017
Status Completed

Purpose and goal

Compression molded components used today in furniture products are made of non-biobased materials, such as polyester or other plastics. A breakthrough in using completely biobased compression molded products, requires collaboration along the entire value chain, from raw materials suppliers, through fiber manufacturers, to designers and manufacturers of office furnishings and end customers. The goal of bringing these actors together to develop prototypes that can be evaluated in the office environment and to develop a project plan to reach TRL 6-7 has been achieved.

Expected effects and result

Six actors along the value chain from raw material supplier to end users have submitted an application to Vinnova´s BioInnovation program and have been granted funds for a joint project. The project will lead to increased knowledge of how biocomposites are to be manufactured to be compressed into a product with all the desired properties as well as provide a new use for agricultural by-products. The project is expected to lead to commercializable products for niche markets in public environments, which in the longer term will pave the way for production of larger volumes.

Planned approach and implementation

Market analysis has given an understanding of market value and the share of production that is sold as office furniture. It is the largest product group and accounts for about 22% of the total production of furniture. The different parts of the technologies needed to develop prototypes are currently at TRL level 4-5, a work plan for achieving TRL 6-7 has been developed. As part of the pre-study, final consumers, designers, material developers and raw material suppliers have become involved to form a project group that has good chances of realizing the idea.

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Last updated 25 November 2019

Reference number 2016-05125

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