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Review article - Peer-reviewed, 2022

Alternative materials from agro-industry for wood panel manufacturing – A Review

Neitzel, Nicolas; Hosseinpourpia, Reza; Walther, Thomas; Adamopoulos, Stergios


The growing demand for wood-based panels for buildings and furniture and the increasing worldwide concern for reducing the pressure on forest resources require alternatives to wood raw materials. The agricultural industry not only can provide raw materials from non-wood plants but also numerous residues and side streams. This review supplies an overview of the availability, chemical composition, and fiber characteristics of non-wood lignocellulosic materials and agricultural residues, i.e., grow care residues, harvest residues, and process residues, and their relevance for use in wood panel manufacturing. During the crop harvest, there are millions of tons of residues in the form of stalks, among other things. Usually, these are only available seasonally without using storage capacity. Process residues, on the other hand, can be taken from ongoing production and processed further. Fiber characteristics and chemical composition affect the panel properties. Alternatives to wood with long fibers and high cellulose content offer sufficient mechanical strength in different panel types. In general, the addition of wood substitutes up to approximately 30% provides panels with the required strength properties. However, other parameters must be considered, such as pressing temperature, adhesive type, press levels, and pretreatments of the raw material. The search for new raw materials for wood panels should focus on availability throughout the year, the corresponding chemical requirements and market competition. Panel type and production process can be adapted to different raw materials to fit niche products.


agricultural residues; wood panels; particleboard; straw; stalks; sustainability

Published in

2022, volume: 15, number: 13, article number: 4542

Authors' information

Neitzel, Nicolas
Linnaeus University
Hosseinpourpia, Reza
Linnaeus University
Walther, Thomas
IKEA Industry AB
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Forest Biomaterials and Technology

UKÄ Subject classification

Composite Science and Engineering

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