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Improving the performance of wood joinery through vacuum impregnation of wood primers and preservatives in a single treatment process

Contract nr: QLK5-CT-2000-00801
Project type: RS (Research and Technological Development Project)
Starting date: 01-01-2001
Duration: 36 months
Total cost: 1,539,177 EUR
EC Contribution: 897,785 EUR
Scientific Officer: Ignacio SEOANE
Research topic: 5.3.2. Strategies for the sustainable and multipurpose utilisation of forest resources; the forestry-wood chain

Abstract:
The project addresses the need to improve the performance and durability of wooden-joinery in order to make it more commercially attractive as a long-term investment. Wood joinery is losing market share to products made from alternative materials at the expense of its environmental credentials. This project will make wood joinery in Europe more competitive by improving its stability and durability through a process of vacuum impregnation of the primer and preservative in a single treatment operation. This will be achieved by a three-stage experimental research programme which will: a) develop the process through a selection of compatible products and process schedules; b) Verify its technical benefits; and c) establish its commercial feasibility using an experimental treatment plant. The research will lead to a better public image of wood joinery by improving performance resulting in significant cuts in on-site failures.


Coordinator
Peter KACZMAR
Trada Technology Ltd
High Wycombe
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1494 569600
Fax: +44 1494 565487
E-mail: pkaczmar@trada.co.uk


Partners
  John GLASSON
Oxford Brookes University
Oxford
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1865 483401
Fax: +44 1865 484238
E-mail: jglasson@brookes.ac.uk
  Michael CONNELL
Hickson Timber Products Limited
Castleford
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1977 712332
Fax: +44 1977 603621
E-mail: Mike.connell@hickson.co.uk
  Juho SAARIMAA
Technical Reseach Centre of Finland
Espoo
FINLAND
Tel.: +358 94566800
Fax: +358 94567031
E-mail: juho.saarimaa@vtt.fi
  Hans DERKSEN
SHR Timber Research
Wageningen
THE NETHERLANDS
Tel.: +31 317425783
Fax: +31 317425422
E-mail: h.derksen@shr.nl
  Mark VENABLES
Hill Leigh Ltd
Highbridge
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1278 789156
Fax: +44 1278 781768
E-mail: mvenables@hill-leigh.co.uk