Development and pilot production of SUStainable bio BINDer systems for wood-based panels from renewable resources
Today, formaldehyde is employed in fossil-based adhesives for Particle Board (PB) and Medium-Density Fibreboard (MDF), both of which are widely used in the furniture industry. As global consumption continues to rise, the carbon footprint of these materials needs to be addressed. New kinds of adhesives need to be developed, to reduce not only greenhouse-gas emissions but dependence on fossil resources, too. CE Delft is a partner in a European consortium of research institutes and companies involved in the SUSBIND project researching new bio-based adhesives for PB/MDF. The aim is to develop the coming four years an adhesive, to be tested in a prototype PB/MDF (TRL 5). During the development process CE Delft will aim for a product with a lower carbon footprint than today’s adhesives, that poses no health risks and meets all market requirements and regulations.

CE Delft’s contribution

The SUSBIND project is being coordinated by RTDS and implemented by partners from research and industry:

  • Research: Fraunhofer IGB, Wood K+, CSIC Irnas, CSIC CIB
  • Industry: Cargill, Egger, Valbopan, Inter IKEA Group, JenaBios

CE Delft will be supporting the development process as follows:

  • Life Cycle Assessment: LCAs on today’s adhesives, the proposed bio-based raw materials, the proposed binder production process and the proposed adhesives in combination with PB/MDF production. In each of these steps the LCAs will highlight any aspects requiring attention in terms of carbon emissions and health risks.
  • A manual for guaranteeing the same carbon emission cuts on scaling-up from use in a prototype to commercial application in the furniture industry.
  • A market analysis of the new adhesive: with industrial-scale production, how can technological and economic performance be maintained while still satisfying legislative and policy constraints? We will also be looking at furniture certification schemes and standards.

Would you like to stay informed?

During the four-year SUSBIND project we will be publishing regular updates on CE Delft’s activities, which you can follow on our dedicated LinkedIn page. You can also visit the official SUSBIND website.

SUSBIND has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking (JU) under grant agreement No 792063. The JU receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and the Bio Based Industries Consortium.