In the forestry sector, the CIS-Madeira is involved in the project TREES4FUTURE developed collaboratively by 28 European entities: technological and research centres, universities and business associations.
TREES4FUTURE aims to helping the European forestry sector to respond, in a sustainable manner, to increasing demands for wood products and services in a context of changing climatic conditions.
To do so TREES4FUTURE integrate from geneticists to environmentalists and from communities working at the tree/population scale to those working at forestry landscape/wood basin levels as well as industry concerns.
These scientific communities combine their complementary infrastructures, tools and knowledge and thus fill in the current gaps 1) physical environment vs genetics, 2) basic wood properties vs endproducts quality and 3) individuals to forests scales of study.

Other projects:

  • Restoration and forest management
  • Near infrared spectroscopy, application to study the variability of wood properties and genetic improvement programs
  • Using non-destructive testing for the selection of trees according to the wood quality in the genetic breeding program of the Douglas fir (Pseudosuga menziessi)

The centre has developed several research projects to assess the potential of harnessing energy from the main formations of bush in Galicia, focusing on the study of techniques for collecting and using scrub, the physical and energetic characterization of biomass, the quantification of shrub biomass in Galicia, and the environmental effects of using this resource.

Some projects:

  • Use of energy crops in the production of densified solid biofuels
  • Development of an integrated equipment for picking and processing forest (RETRABÍO)
  • Possibilities for biomass energy use of bush in Galicia
  • Project for the Use of Forest Biomass in the Forest-Industry Chain in Galicia

In the field of wood processing, the CIS-Madeira works on the development of applied research projects and technological transfers, both with individual companies and business associations.

Currently, the CIS-Madeira leads and coordinates the Erasmus+ FUTUREfacing "Furniture Finishing and Coatings: from traditional manufacturing to industry 4.0" project.

 

Among the initiatives undertaken in recent years, accentuate:

  • Smart furniture with integration of new technologies to access different digital applications
  • Differentiation of quality horticultural products through improved distribution and presentation in the market
  • Metrological study of moisture in wood species in Galicia and improval of their measurement techniques
  • Eco-innovation in wood industry companies
  • Project of Lean Management implementation
  • Analysis of the wood processing industry and forestry in Galicia. The enhancement of their potential through a Forest-Industrial Information System (SIFI-Galicia)
  • Design and implementation of an efficient network in the creation, integration and transfer of knowledge in the wood production system of Galicia (Lignum Facile)
  • Development of a classification system and automatic stacking of green lumber for tight spaces
  • Development of an artificial vision system for decorative and structural classification of Galician Pine
  • Study of improvement in the packaging and transport in companies of wood industry (EMET)
  • Contribution to research and development of production processes designed for the optimized use in the decorative wood sheet, in coated of joinery pieces and decoration
  • Project of development of chemical treatment methods and thermal treatment of Eucalyptus globulus wood to improve their resistance to degradation agents
  • Project of research and development of wooden products with a high endurance to fire

In the field of new materials, currently the CIS-Madeira develops the GreenMotion Project, in cooperation with the Galician Automotive Technological Centre (CTAG) and the Pólo de Inovação em Engenharia de Polímeros (PIEP), under the POCTEP Programme.
The project aims to promote the use of low environmental impact materials in the car. For this purpose, among other activities, new composite materials made by recycled plastic and wood waste (forestry biomass and / or by-products from industry) are analyzed and characterized. This inclusion of wood fiber reinforcements into plastics, allows to reduce the content of petrochemicals in the mixture and decrease the weight, without limiting the technical performance of the material.

With the aim of promoting the use of wood as a building material, the CIS-Madeira has developed two projects that facilitate the prescription.
On one hand, it has been carried out the structural characterization of large scantling beams of Galician pine. This work allows the application of the CE marking on these products, meeting the requirements of the Spanish Technical Building Code (TBC).
By other hand, techniques for reparation and reinforcement of wooden floors in existing old buildings are investigated. The application of these techniques allows the preservation of existing structures, especially those located in historic districts, with consequent economic, environmental and cultural benefits.

Other projects:

  • Mechanical characterisation of large scantling beams of Pinus pinaster, Eucalyptus globulus and Castanea sativa. Applicability of sound methods
  • Structural quality of Pinus pinaster timber from Galicia. Variability and phenotypic plasticity. Non destructive testing assessment
  • Classification and non-destructive testing assessment of structural quality of chestnut and pine tea timber, existing in older buildings in Galicia
  • Glued laminated timber of Eucalyptus globulus for structural use

As of January 2017, the Galician Agency of Innovation (GAIN) through the Centers for Innovation and Technological Services of Timber (CIS-Madera) and of Design and Technology (CIS-Galicia), takes part in the Interreg Europe funded project Design for Innovation. Together with seven European partners, we will develop Design Action Plans to enhance SME competitiveness through a more strategic use of design.

The project corresponds with the European Commission’s ‘Action Plan for Design-driven Innovation’ (2013), which recognises design as an accessible “tool for user-centred and market-driven innovation in all sectors of the economy” and calls for European regions to develop their Action Plans for Design.

Through interregional knowledge exchange, we will identify best practice in design support mechanisms for SMEs and evaluate the integration of support instruments for design into the ERDF operational programmes.

The project partners aim for 1,600 SMEs to benefit from support instruments (both financial and non-financial) to bring more innovative, user-friendly and profitable products and services to the market.

To better inform evidence-based policy-making, we will monitor the impact and evaluate effectiveness of implemented mechanisms during 24-month second phase. We will share our results during a high-level conference in Brussels in 2021. See you there.