Kebony is based on a process where sustainable wood is made more durable, harder and more stable using liquids from biowaste material. Kebony is a sustainable alternative to hardwoods from tropical regions. The products resemble teak and other tropical varieties of wood. It is dark, and acquires a silver grey patina over time if left untreated. One of the notable benefits of Kebonization is the resistance to weather and wear. Other notable benefits are exceptionally good decay resistance and long life span. This durability is achieved without the drawbacks associated with traditional impregnation methods which are why we apply the Swan eco-label (the official Nordic eco-label, introduced by the Nordic Council of Ministers).
The Kebony technology is a cost effective, sustainable and independently verified alternative to depleting hardwoods. The company’s patent-protected processes yield products that deliver major improvements in durability and dimensional stability, at the same time as they are aesthetically pleasing. Kebony products are suitable for a multitude of applications and designs – encompassing both indoor and outdoor applications.
Kebony is also an environmental friendly alternative to the traditional use of toxic chemicals for wood impregnation. A global environmental awakening is one of the key drivers for Kebony’s products as regulatory authorities are pushing for environmentally friendly alternatives. The prohibition of chromated copper arsenate (CCA) products in most parts of the world and the ongoing debate of the use of toxic chemicals for wood impregnation are key examples on how the public is making an impact on the demand for Kebony’s products.
The furfurylation process gives the wood a darker colour which makes Kebony wood resemble Teak, Ipé, Mahogany and other tropical varieties of wood. It also acquires a silver grey patina over time, if left untreated. A major benefit of Kebonization is the resistance to weather and wear. Other notable benefits are exceptionally good decay resistance, increased hardness and long life span. This durability is achieved without the drawbacks associated with traditional impregnation methods, which are why Kebony is FSC ® certified and is allowed to apply the Swan eco-label (the official Nordic eco-label, introduced by the Nordic Council of Ministers).
Kebony costs a bit more than toxin treated timber, but Kebony will last approximately three times as long. The lifecycle cost of Kebony will be about half compared to buying and maintaining treated or impregnated timber. Tropical timber, such as teak, mahogany and other endangered wood species will, normally, cost more than Kebony.
Kebony: The new wood