Osiris is Unilin Panels’ transformational recycling technology that recovers wood fiber from HDF and MDF and gives it a second life.
MDF and HDF panels are commonly used in furniture and interior decoration, but it has been impossible to recover and recycle them for reuse. With Osiris, Unilin Panels begins its journey to change that, reclaiming wood fibers from HDF and MDF in a viable way for reuse in the production of high quality fibreboard. Eventually, Osiris will capture 380,000 tonnes of CO2 per year in the circular production of fibreboard.
In the initial phase of integrating the Osiris technology, Unilin will use it for internal recycling at its production site in Bazeilles, which has a history of state-of-the-art production technology. Production capacity will be gradually increased to enable the recycling of externally sourced fibreboard and laminate flooring with the aim of replacing at least 25% of the raw material with recycled fibers by 2030. This patented technology is a world first and is part of a larger investment program. in sustainable technologies and initiatives, including an additional investment of €160 million for projects over the next two years.
Véronique Hoflack, President of Unilin Panels, says: “Due to the use of adhesives as a binder for the wood fibres, no industrially viable method existed to recycle the fibers from the fibreboard waste at the end of their life. This means that the lion’s share is incinerated after use (on average 14 to 20 years).
“We have now succeeded in developing a new innovative process to recycle these wood fibers and reuse them for the production of new panels. For example, our Evola decorative panels or our Quick-Step laminate floors. This new technology doubles the lifespan of wood fibres. This longer lifespan will give new trees the chance to grow and, in turn, store CO2. A major step towards circularity.
Unilin Panels already uses 100% reclaimed wood for the production of its MDF and HDF. These are wood from waste streams from the timber industry and low-grade wood from sustainable forest management and roadside maintenance. The new Osiris technology will be associated with this recovered wood for a production that is close to a real circular.