|Dr. Olaf Plümer: Due to intelligent engineering solutions, lightweight construction is synonymous with significant value appreciation in the construction of furniture across the entire value chain”. Lightweight panels have allowed innovation in construction and furniture industries, such as:
• New wood composites, with high level of stability despite the low weight, are being developed. These new wood-based panel materials are driving forward the development of novel connection technologies for screws, glues or plugs.
• Light panels also allow for new and bigger dimensions in width, e.g. lightweight sliding doors for wardrobes. Other aspects are the ongoing miniaturisation of components, such as fittings.
• Hollow boards provide the necessary space for installations in furniture which can be kept hidden. This will cause significant changes in furniture design and functionality and thus create a new buying incentive for customers: for e.g. a shelf with an integrated docking station for smart phones, furniture lighting concepts without any visible cords or a board that plays music without any visible loudspeaker.