Re-Organic employees started developing wood-fibre reinforced polyolefin composites (WPC) already back in 1998, designed for decking and other building applications. This development resulted in a patent application for improved adhesion between fibres and polymer, and several larger scale trials with extrusion equipment in Germany. This work unfortunately had to be terminated in 2002 due to lack of resources and interest from the market. The technology and development in US and Europe have however been continuously monitored.
In 2016 we therefore established Re-Organic AS to continue the WPC-business case by utilizing large volumes of waste powdered MDF (medium density wood fibres) mixed with a polyolefin matrix to extrude planks and profiles for decking. This market did unfortunately turn out to be quite limited in Scandinavia in addition to be destroyed commercially by low quality products from other producers.
During the last 3 years Re-Organic has built up broad experience and knowledge in equipment, materials and additives used to produce organic fibre reinforced bulk polymers, supplied as a compounded granulate with up to 70% fibres. In addition to normal wood fibres, solutions have been found for MDF-powder, cellulose fibres and other fibres from plants and trees. Working together with our German machine suppliers we managed to get good results on compounding technology, including temperature control and feeding of fibres into the machines, which were challenging.
Re-Organic has assisted several large Scandinavian fibres- and plastic product manufacturers in doing thermoplastic fibre composite developments and will continue to work as consultants in this specialized field.