Developed in Norway, Kebony® technology is a patented, environmentally friendly process that improves the properties of soft woods, using a liquid of biological origin.
The process constantly changes the cell walls of the wood, giving Kebony wood the same characteristics as excellent quality hardwood as well as a rich brown color.
The advantage of this process is that it permanently modifies the structure of cell walls.
Kebony® technology modifies wood, forming stable furan polymers, locked in the cell walls of the wood. This increases dimensional stability, as well as the durability and hardness of the wood. The process is done from the impregnation of wood with furfuryl alcohol, which is produced from waste from vegetable production. Kebony thus uses waste derived from plants to give more strength and durability to another plant product - namely wood.
Step 1: Impregnation
Impregnation is the process in which wood is immersed in a liquid of biological origin. During the impregnation, the furfuryl alcohol produced from the biological liquid is distributed in the wood, in order to make it dimensionally stable.
Step 2: Polymerization and drying
After impregnation, the wood is heated - it is during this stage that the polymerization of furfuryl alcohol occurs. It is called the polymerization step. The resulting polymer, which is now permanently enclosed in the cells of the wood, is stable and will not disintegrate. There will also be no alcohol leakage.
Step 3: Kebony wood
After treatment, the cell walls of the wood are 50% thicker, due to the stable, locked polymers. This permanent modification of the cell walls of wood gives the final product amazing stability, maximum hardness and a guaranteed lifespan. Kebony wood also provides a high level of safety, since the wood does not split and does not contain toxic substances or chemicals. In addition, wood does not heat up excessively in the sun.