The SUSBIND Project

SUSBIND is a collaborative European research & innovation project addressing the need for more sustainable bio-based binders used for wood-based panel boards in European furniture industry. It is a project in the field of bioeconomy, research and innovation that brings together 11 Partners from 6 EU countries from research and industry.  The partners from Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Portugal consist of big industry and small and medium-sized (SMEs) companies, university and other research centers.

SUSBIND was granted € 4,1 Million funding from the Bio-Based Industries – Joint Undertaking (BBI-JU) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and the Bio Based Industries Consortium. Additionally, the industry partners committed to contribute €1.4 Million to this public-private partnership.

The SUSBIND consortium develops, produces and tests bio-based binders as an alternative to formaldehyde binders currently used for wood-based panel boards in furniture mass products. The goal of the project is to substitute fossil-based chemicals with those from renewable resources. Surplus feedstock sourced from existing European biorefineries will be used for the production of binders and intermediates. SUSBIND aims at producing and validating these bio-based binders with leading wood board manufacturers for two product types: P2 particle board and medium density fibreboard.

The SUSBIND project covers the full value chain from feedstock through to pilot production and validation by relevant research, industry and SME partners. Driven by the mass consumption needs, it includes leading furniture manufacturers and retailers.