The Woodsafe Research & Development AB (WRD) has been opened in Västerås. It has a mission to improve the wood industry's ability to develop sustainable wooden products and system solutions against fire and climate impact. 

The WRD research centre, an independent company within the Woodsafe Group, is a large-scale initiative and the result of a €2.1m investment.

“It is a great privilege to be able to open the doors of a complete new fire and research centre, which is the only facility of its kind for testing and development for sustainable and durable fire-resistant wood in Europe,” said Thomas Bengtsson, founder of the Woodsafe Group.

The WRD facility will help wood industry companies to efficiently develop and improve both new and old products and services, in a way that is currently limited. 

Woodsafe Research & Development's services are prepared to comply with European and international standards for testing and accredited laboratory activities according to ISO 17025. 

The range of services includes testing for fire class with SBI, cone calorimeter, small flame ignition, accelerated climate impact, QUV and more. A test field for outdoor ageing is under construction. 

WRD will directly assist Woodsafe customers in producing customized fire data for wood product systems. 

Woodsafe Group is a leading industrial manufacturer of fire-impregnated wood products.