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New startup looking to disrupt the engineered wood industry

28 September 2017

Materialize.X launched two new products that it thinks will revolutionize the US$300 billion-a-year engineered wood market.

The first is a non-toxic adhesive

A lot of engineered wood is created using an adhesive called urea-formaldehyde, which has recently been labeled by the FDA as a toxic carcinogen. Now consumer demand and government regulation are leading to a shift to non-toxic alternatives in the engineered wood market.

And that’s where Materialize.X comes in. The UK-based startup has created a patented non-toxic adhesive to serve as an alternative to urea-formaldehyde. Materialize.X plans to license to chemical companies, or engineered-wood manufacturers so they can make the adhesive on site, the method for making this adhesive.

The second innovation is in using machine learning to improve manufacturing

Materialize.X also provides engineered-wood factories with software that uses machine learning to optimize how their adhesive is used in the production process. Machine learning has the potential to revolutionise manufacturing by taking into account variables that can change from day to day – like the type of wood, temperature/humidity in the factory and even when the machines were cleaned last.

Source: Tech Crunch

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