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New Zealand Journal of Forestry (2019) 64(2): 19–24
©New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Feature article
Wood modification for improved performance

Robert Franich *,1

1 Formerly Principal Scientist at Scion, Managing Director,Chemipreneur Ltd, Rotorua. Email:
*Corresponding author.

Abstract: A brief overview of wood modification chemistry and technologies is presented. One example of a wood modification process targeted at enhancing radiata pine wood material surface hardness was researched at the Forest Research Institute (now Scion) and commercialised in New Zealand. This paper describes the theory, chemistry developed and its commercialisation.
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