In recent years, activity in the pine market has slowed and the new pine-based products are not being developed. Swedish pine is a high-quality wood with major development potential. However, its inherent values need to be clarified and developed in order to achieve increased demand. New uses for this type of wood should also be assessed. This is what the innovation project IPOS will be focusing on.
The project consists of four sub-projects which will develop and strengthen Swedish wood species in various market segments. The project should contribute to the creation of new, profitable and industrially produced wood products, the design and function of which correspond to current consumer expectations.
The aim is to see an increased demand for Swedish timber within three years, with a focus on pine. Innovative processes should develop the characteristics of the pine and raise the value of pine products.
The project is organised into four sub-projects which will focus on various areas that are crucial to future demand for the material.
DeProtion-Design, product development and communication
This sub-project will develop a general innovative product development model. It will support the wood industry’s development of products with a value-adding design and/or with the support of design automation.
The sub-project will focus on ensuring efficient base processes capable of delivering the right wood materials for continued processing within the industrial wood construction and exterior and interior carpentry products value chains. This may include flame-retardant properties, dimensional stability, hardness and wear-resistance, as well as the aesthetic and tactile properties of wood surfaces.
The facade of the city – Swift, Stylish and Smart
The facade of the city will develop a concept for attractive, functional pine facade systems for a city environment with increased architectural space, long maintenance intervals, a competitive price and a clear environmental profile.
The sub-project Outdoor load-bearing timber structures will build on existing knowledge about the chemical modification of load-bearing outdoor timber. One long-term goal of the project is to achieve an increased use of wood in construction, particularly in the construction of load-bearing outdoor structures.
Questions that are common to several sub-projects are handled in a coordination project.
Project effects associated with the bioeconomy
Global warming and the challenges that it entails represent one of the biggest threats to our planet. We must change the way that we consume, and we need to use the earth’s resources as efficiently as possible. Wood is a sustainable material that could, if developed, replace fossil-based materials and products. The project’s purpose is to develop these and make them as competitive as possible regarding price and material properties.
The project will run for three years and project manager is Karin Sandberg from RISE. The total budget for the project is approximately SEK 52 million.