Wissner GmbH Utilises KraussMaffei CX Series for Re-Wood Manufacturing

Wissner GmbH Utilises KraussMaffei CX Series for Re-Wood Manufacturing

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At the blackboard in school – the large one-meter ruler in hand: many have already had contact with the products of Wissner GmbH. The company is also a technological pioneer and has created its own recycling material, Re-Wood. It is processed on injection moulding machines from the KraussMaffei CX series – with standard plasticising. 

German SMEs are family-run, think in terms of generations and are committed to sustainability. This coincides with the interests of parents. They want their children’s products to be natural, durable and, above all, safe to use. Wissner GmbH (Bensheim, Germany) combines everything: its teaching materials and games are mainly made from Re-Wood, a recycled material developed in-house. No additional trees have to be felled for it, as it is based on regional wood flour. Combined with a binder, either recycled plastic or biopolymer, Wissner brings it to granulate size for the injection moulding machines – all CX from KraussMaffei with clamping forces of 500 to 1,300 kN.

Due to its 80 per cent wood content, Re-Wood has different physical properties than pure plastics. Nevertheless, it can be processed in a standard plasticising process without any adjustments to the screw geometry or non-return valve. One thing, in particular, should be noted for the injection parameters: Re-Wood does not shrink – so care should be taken when reprinting.

Re-Wood products: 100 percent recyclable

Unlike real wood, Re-Wood building blocks can withstand cleaning in the dishwasher; they are very strong, almost infinitely durable and, if they do wear out, can be recycled again and again. Wissner even takes back Re-Wood products that are no longer needed. Building blocks and other products can be coated using drum coating, for example, and printing is also possible. Wissner also processes Re-Plastic®, which consists of 100 per cent recycled post-consumer waste.

When the company began developing Re-Wood around ten years ago, the focus was on regional raw materials, environmentally friendly production, freedom from harmful substances and durability. It also had to be stable and saliva-proof – after all, the products are also intended for small children. Given the company’s history, combining wood and plastic was an almost logical step, as Wissner started out as a joinery in 1976, followed later by plastics processing, and in 2007 the first CX machines from KraussMaffei moved in. Around 25 employees produce items such as geometric solids, slide rules and peg cubes. The traditional focus is on teaching materials for schools and kindergartens, with the games sector becoming increasingly important.

80 percent export share

In addition to its own products, such as the number game “Hexagon”, Wissner also offers its expertise to major players in the games industry. The industry as a whole is currently endeavoring to relocate production processes from South East Asia back to Europe. For example, the well-known Halma men are now available in Re-Wood in the special colors purple and natural. A total of 80 percent of Wissner’s turnover comes from abroad. The pricing must therefore also be attractive for less affluent regions. The efficient processing of the future material Re-Wood on the CX machines is the prerequisite for this.

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