The Galician companies Betanzos HB, Aliusporta and Puertas Betanzos, with the coordination of the Madeira Cluster and the Desierto de Galicia (CMD), have developed an R&D project, in the industry 4.0 area, for the development of ultra-thin hardboard and its application in sustainable construction. Between July 2017 and March 2018 the members of the consortium have worked to get new applications of Tablex, hardboard fron eucalyptus wood, free of glues and formaldehyde. The project is known as BOARD2DOOR.
Betanzos HB, which produces since 2015 hardboard in thicknesses up to 2 mm, has implemented technology and process reengineering to get down to 1.8 mm in order to minimize material consumption without compromising performance. Meanwhile, the other two partners advanced in the development of retail products based on it.
Aliusporta focused its efforts in the accomplishment of exhaustive quality controls of finishes and stability, as well as in the processes of polymeric coating and mechanized for the production of doors.
Besides, Puertas Betanzos developed constructive components based on the new boards as well as specific binding solutions for Tablex. They resulted in specific applications for walls and technical ceilings, which defined a set of constructive solutions that represent an alternative to dryboard panels.
As a result of the project, new retail products have been launched to the market for the construction of homes, offices and premises, based exclusively on Galician wood. It is a catalog of innovative solutions based on renewable materials that improve the environmental profile of traditional wood construction.
The Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Competitividad, favorably assesses this 4.0 industry project for the development of parametric products based on Tablex, and supports it economically through the call for support to Agrupaciones Empresariales Innovadoras (AEI) in order to improve the competitiveness of small and medium caps.