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10 November, 2017 - 11:29 By Kate Sweeney

Cambridge-China pioneers develop new eco-flooring technology

Dr Gareth Roberts and Dr Xiaobin Zhao

Cambridge-based CleanTech SME Cambond has secured a contract with a major Chinese company as a result of a trade mission to Wujin Green Building Zone in China, organised by Cambridge Environment Technology and Cambridge Cleantech.

The mission has led to a development agreement to work with Lodgi Woods Industry to produce an advanced environmentally-friendly flooring system. Lodgi Woods is one of China’s largest flooring companies and has an international reputation for technical innovation and leadership in ‘green’ flooring.

Cambond and Lodgi aim to complete development and have products ready for sale by end of 2018.

Prof Xiaobin Zhao, CEO of Cambond, said: “The mission to Wujin organised by Yanray Rozier of CET and Martin Garratt of Cambridge Cleantech provided a great opportunity to meet with senior business leaders in Changzhou. 

“We were able to talk to the right people and get rapid decisions. As a result, we have a great project with one of the area’s best companies.”

Chen Jian Ming, CEO of Lodgi, added: “It is our great honour to work with one of Cambridge’s top innovative companies – Cambond. By combining our strengths to work in the zero-formaldehyde wood flooring system, it will build the foundation for both sides to work together for developing the novel functional wood panel market in the future.”

Both partners are pioneers in their synergistic fields. Cambond specialises in development and manufacturing a bio-based green resin system with no formaldehyde addition to serve  the global wood panel industry. 

Lodgi is a pioneer in the use of straw as a substitute for wood in flooring panels. Wood is an increasingly costly and scarce resource across the world. China produces more than 500 million tonnes of straw a year and more than 80 per cent is wasted (often burnt – a major source of air pollution). Lodgi already produces low formaldehyde straw flooring.

By combining Lodgi and Cambond technology the partners aim to produce the world’s most environmentally friendly no-formaldehyde flooring systems. The straw not only acts as a wood-substitute (saving forestry resources) but also acts as an efficient carbon capture mechanism so that the products have an immediate effect on the carbon footprint of any building project and enhance its healthy living and sustainability credentials.

• PHOTOGRAPH: Cambond co-founders Dr Gareth Roberts and Dr Xiaobin Zhao 

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