Kiilto’s wood testing laboratory tests adhesives by customer request
Kiilto’s experts invest in improving the current products and in developing new ones in cooperation with customers. For instance, the future for wood glues appears to be really interesting right now.
In 2015, Kiilto established a new wood testing laboratory, which houses some of the quality management operations for the current PVAC, EPI and PU wood adhesives. In addition to this, the laboratory develops new products, such as wood adhesives for load-bearing structures.
“We conduct a lot of tests at the wood laboratory by direct customer request,” says Christopher Mills, who is responsible for the product development of PU, EPI and PVAc wood adhesives at Kiilto.
Thanks to the testing laboratory, Kiilto can smoothly provide its customers with the solutions they need.
“If a customer is developing a new material, designing a new production line or planning to take new equipment in use, we can use tests to react to the customer’s needs quicker and more comprehensively,” Mills describes.
Customer experiences spark the development of wood adhesives
In recent years, wood adhesives have taken significant leaps forward with the development of faster technology and customer equipment and an emphasis on product efficiency and environment factors. There have also been changes to the relevant standards.
“The CLT (cross-laminated timber) technology is one of the big new things where we want to offer production efficiency and quality with our glues,” Mills says.
At the wood laboratory we also do a very large amount of testing at the direct request of our customers.
With regard to wood adhesives, the transition to renewable raw materials and the combination of different materials open up many opportunities for future development.
“It is also interesting to see where wood construction will finally end up. The basic thing in the future is the customers. They give me a whole lot of information on the functionality of the products and on their wishes for the future. This often sparks the development of new products.”