Kebony in 2017 Global Cleantech 100

Kebony in 2017 Global Cleantech 100

Congratulations to the company that turns plentiful softwood into hardwood on again making it into the list of world leading eco friendly businesses.

Villa Circuitus is Kebony clad

Kebony was developed in Norway in the late '90s and is softwood that has to all extent and purposes become hardwood after being treated with a biowaste liquid (furfurly alcohol), which strengthens the cell walls in the wood. Kebony was developed to help minimise the use of tropical hardwoods in construction and so halt the damaging deforestation that's gone on in Asia and Latin America since the early part of the 20th century. Kebony is about to start to work on a second European factory.

Kebony has been named in the prestigious 2017 Global Cleantech 100, produced by CTG (Cleantech Group), an organisation that keeps audiences in touch with emerging clean technology trends, leading innovation companies and key players in sustainable innovation. It was selected from nearly 10,000 companies applying for a place in the list.
 
Kebony uses an environmentally-friendly process that modifies sustainably sourced softwoods by heating the wood with furfuryl alcohol, an agricultural biowaste product. By polymerising the wood’s cell wall, softwoods such as Scots pine and radiata pine permanently take on the attributes of tropical hardwood, so the resulting timber has high durability, hardness and is very stable. The silver-grey patina the wood develops over its life-span (and Kebony is guaranteed for 25 years) has also made it popular with top architects around the world.
 
Six times lucky
 
This is the sixth time Kebony has been recognised in the Global Cleantech 100 list, which represents the most innovative and promising ideas impacting the future of a wide-range of industries. Featuring companies that are best positioned to solve tomorrow’s clean technology challenges, the Global Cleantech 100 is a list of private companies with the highest potential to make significant market impact within a five to ten-year timeframe.
 
Christian Jebsen, Kebony CEO, says it's great to be in the list: 'Once again it's a real honour for Kebony to be included. 2017 is set to be another exciting year for Kebony with construction due to commence on our second European factory following substantial investment and an increase in sales by an average of 35 per cent over the past six years.'
 
 
Kebony is a good sturdy decking material
Kebony is a fantastic material for exterior cladding
To qualify for the list, companies must be independent, for-profit, cleantech companies that are not listed on any major stock exchange. This year a record number of nominations were received: 9,900 distinct companies from 77 countries. These companies were weighted and scored to create a short list of 325 companies and short-listed nominees were reviewed by CTG’s expert panel, resulting in a finalised list of 100 companies from 17 countries.
 
The 86-member expert panel is drawn from leading financial investors and representatives of multi-national corporations and industries active in technology and innovation scouting across Asia, Europe and North America. 
 
Richard Youngman, Cleantech Group's CEO says he's confident business is putting the environment at the top of the agenda: 'We see more signals this year of the ongoing mainstreaming of clean technologies, sustainability, and resource efficiency on its journey towards the point where this is just the normal way business is done.'
 
The top 100 list was announced on January 23rd at the 15th annual Cleantech Forum San Francisco:  https://i3connect.com/gct100/the-list
 
 
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