There's a new player in the rapidly emerging field of engineered wood-reinforced plastic compounds for durable goods applications.
The Sonae Industria Group, a French wood products company with an office in Quebec, plans to build production capacity for its WoodForce material in North America and Asia, although no timetable has yet been established. The company made its North American debut this week with a presence at JEC Americas in Boston, the first-ever JEC Composites show in North America.
So far the technology has only been commercialized in Europe, where furniture giant IKEA is showing interest.
Bio composites in general are a major theme at the event, with a particularly strong presence from Canadian companies and research groups....