SHR is an independent research institute, that makes high-grade technological and scientific knowledge available to companies and organisations that process, use or work with wood or wood-derived products and other building materials. In order to meet the great diversity within several branch organisations, SHR works according a multidisciplinary and practical approach. The main working areas are consultancy, damage assessment, product development, research and testing.
SHR is a fully equipped and independent research organisation and has more than 1200 m² of modern equipped laboratories at its disposal. SHR performs fundamental and applied research on building products, wood and wood products in new research field and test methods, often in co-operation with other institutes and universities. SHR has strong connections with the timber industry and related industries, with research institutes and with universities throughout Europe and worldwide. SHR employs 25 members of staff, all of them having several years of experience in timber research or closely related fields. The background of SHR workers is varied and includes: wood preservation, wood coatings, wood constructions, wood chemistry, wood physics, materials science, biology and timber technology. SHR has also built up knowledge in sciences related to ligno-cellulosic materials other than wood and wood composites. The main research activities at SHR lie in the fields of wood preservation, paints/coatings, wood technology, wood modification, wood-based panels, product development and testing.
SHR has been involved in the research and development of many wood and fibre modification technologies. SHR is one of the leading institutes in the field of modification of solid wood. Specially built modification plants ranging from 200 ml to 25 l and 3 m3 facilitate development of different processes. Several EU and industry sponsored modification projects have been completed. SHR Timber Research was also the co-ordinator of the European Thematic Network for Wood Modification, which comprises 28 partners from 15 different countries. Within the “Ecobinders” EU project SHR has been working on the development and application of bio resins to used in wood, board and panels and 3d design products.