When: From 5 to 9 March 2018
Where: At FZEA – Pirassununga – SP – Brazil
The Brazilian bio-economy depends on high-quality products from lignocellulosic raw materials (wood, bamboo, palm, sugar cane). The production of engineered high-value products and high-performance composites in Brazil is emerging but needs a strong push. One well-known example is the industrial bamboo sector in Brazil. Only a few manufacturers process bamboo to toothpicks, chopsticks, curtains, pulp and charcoal. Most of these products are of low value and exports are relatively rare. University of Hamburg, Fraunhofer WKI as well as the University of São Paulo showed that bamboo is suitable for industrial panel materials such as fibre boards (MDF), particleboard (PB) oriented strand boards (OSB) and long-strand bamboo composites (also known as scrimber) as well as fibre-matrix composites. Technical, economic and ecological feasibility are proven but not yet applied to a broad extent. The obstacles to a successful implementation and the great opportunities of such raw materials requires investigation and action. BRALECOMP, the “1st Brazilian-German Workshop on Composite Products from Alternative Lignocellulosic Resources” shall promote a vertically and horizontally integrated R&D network. We are willing to form long-term consortium of industrial, academic and public partners from Brazil and Germany and seek motivated contributors, creative participants and experienced partners. As a result, we are seeking a bilateral research consortium of research institutes and industrial partners. The development, characterization and application of a scrimber composite material based on alternative lignocellulose and biogenic binders will be the focus of this collaboration. The combination of South American semi-finished products from agricultural sources and European processing technology shall lead to a prototype production plant. As a result of the workshop, we want to answer the following questions:
1. What are the technological, economic and ecological potentials of Brazilian alternative lignocellulosic raw materials?
2. What hurdles and desiderata have delayed the development and realization so far?
3. In what form can the participating partner institutions and industrial partners cooperate in an institutional framework?