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Eco-friendly Fiber-based Panel Technology Licensed

Fiber Panel

Researchers at the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) have developed panels made from forest residues, recycled fiber, and agricultural by-products in conjunction with Noble Environmental Technologies Inc. (NET), a leading sustainable materials developer and manufacturer. This collaboration under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) resulted in the exclusive licensing of two jointly filed patents to enable technology commercialization. John Hunt, Research General Engineer at FPL, has worked closely with NET throughout the development process and is pleased with the outcome. "The collaboration between the FPL and NET is a perfect example of how government and industry can work together to meet society's needs," says Hunt. "By combining our unique capabilities, we were able to turn research results into tangible products - products that bring improved options to consumers and promote the sustainable use of resources, all while creating jobs and contributing to the economy." The panels named ECOR (Advanced Environmental Composites) by NET, can be used in countless applications ranging from furniture, interior architecture and decor, signage and displays, automotive, aviation, marine, rail, industrial and manufacturing, military/logistics and consumer products. ECOR products provide solutions to designers and architects searching for materials which are versatile and can provide imaginative design opportunities. Extraordinary characteristics, including environmental sustainability, distinctive shaping, compound curves, and significant strength-to-weight ratios make ECOR unique.