Kebony Launches Sustainable, Treated Wood Product Range Throughout North American Market
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Philadelphia, PA – November 17, 2013 – Kebony, a range of non-toxic, sustainably treated impregnated wood products for interior and exterior applications, has launched in North America, according to Matthew Hodjera, of Hodjera Architectural Products, Kebony’s US-based architectural and engineering specification arm.
Specified for diverse commercial, municipal and high-end residential architectural projects throughout Europe over the past decade, Kebony’s wood products are “Kebonized” – treated and hardened with furfuryl alcohol, a waste by-product of sugar cane production – a process that gives sustainably harvested softwoods like pine the look, feel and physical properties of tropical hardwoods.
“This is a truly remarkable product for the North American architecture and design market,” Hodjera said. “It provides all the warmth, beauty and durability of tropical hardwoods with none of the negative environmental impact. Kebony’s unique combination of performance and aesthetics is a paradigm shift for the decking, boardwalk and cladding markets..”
Kebony is available in four species – Southern Yellow Pine, Scots Pine, Radiata and Maple – and can be used for decking, cladding, boardwalks, roofing, indoor flooring, furniture and window frames.
In October 2013 Kebony was recognized for the third time as one of the world’s most promising private clean technology companies in the prestigious Global Cleantech 100, produced by the Cleantech Group and organized in collaboration with the UK’s Guardian News and Media. The Global Cleantech 100 highlights companies that provide solutions to some of the world’s most pressing environmental problems, manufacturers most likely to make the most significant market impact over the next five to 10 years.
Kebony is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with manufacturing in Skien, Norway, and sales and distribution across the EU, Asia and now in North America, through Pine River Group. Kebony technology was developed over the past decade by scientists from Norway, Canada, Sweden, The Netherlands, Germany and South Africa. The company built a pilot plant in 2003 and opened its first full-scale factory in 2009 with a 25,000m³ (883,000 ft2) annual productive capacity
Hodjera Architectural Products —representing Kebony through North American distributor Pine River Group) is a leading provider of modern, innovative European commercial interior/exterior finishes for the architecture and design industry. With more than two decades of combined experience serving the European and North American A/D community, Hodjera’s range of 3-D sculpted panels, award-winning furniture and custom interior products deliver a sophisticated, elegant and thoroughly unique finish to any commercial interior with a common thread of sustainability.
Contact: John McIsaac
503-481-9621 (West Coast)