Philadelphia, PA – Kebony, a range of non-toxic, sustainably treated 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.
Kebony’s proprietary process impregnates non-durable wood – such as southern yellow pine, radiata pine, Nordic pine and maple – with a bio-waste liquid derived from agricultural crop by-products which, with the addition of heat, permanently alters the wood’s cell structure to give it the performance characteristics of tropical hardwood.
“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 and cladding markets.”
Kebony’s `new wood` is suitable for indoor and outdoor applications including cladding, roofing, windows, furniture, flooring decking and yacht decking. Kebony is aimed at architects, builders and developers looking for a high-performance material that is non-toxic, low-maintenance, durable and aesthetically pleasing.
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 technology was developed in Norway in cooperation with international universities and research institutes. The current production is in Norway with plans for international expansion through licensing.
“Kebony has a long term strategy for sales and distribution with licensing opportunities for production in the US,” Kebony international sales director Adrian Pye said.
Kebony currently has US installations at Hunters Point, Bethany Beach and Princeton University. As a result of international growth in Europe in excess of 100 percent per year Kebony has expanded into North America by appointing Pine River Group for sales and distribution and Hodjera Architectural Products for support in the architecture/design community.
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 commercial spaces with a common thread of sustainability.
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