Latest US Kebony project at Hunters Point New York City

February 21, 2014
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Kebony today announces details of its most recent project in the US, Hunters Point South Waterfront Park, New York City, as it extends its US market penetration through its new distribution partner, Pine River Group.

Perched on the bank of the East River in New York, the use of Kebony’s sustainable alternative to tropical hardwood as the decking throughout the park is notable development for the Norwegian company as it expands into the US.

Hunters Point South Waterfront Park opened after a turbulent and lengthy construction process which was halted by the extensive damage inflicted by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Durability and longevity therefore featured high on the agenda of those designing and building this project for preventative reasons and in defiance of extreme weather events, like the recent polar vortex.

Kebony’s Southern Yellow-Pine for the decking was a considered choice by the architects as it has highly durable properties that will not deteriorate in even adverse weather conditions. With its elongated life span, strength, increased protection against shrinkage and outstanding environmental credentials, Kebony was the only choice. The silver-gray patina which Kebony develops when exposed to weather is an attractive complement to the riverside setting of the park.

The use of Kebony at Hunter’s Point demonstrates the versatility, durability and aesthetic value of the product. Kebony will be working closely with their new partner, Pine River Group, who specialise in supplying timber for the marine, agriculture and construction industries, to facilitate the widespread and efficient distribution of Kebony to the US.

Christian Jebsen, Chief Executive of Kebony AS, said: “Kebony has both aesthetic and practical qualities that complement the exceptional setting by the Hudson River. We are very excited that Kebony is the product of choice for this project in the US – there will be plenty more to follow as we look to significantly expand across North America”

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About Kebony

Kebony’s patented wood modification process is the result of many years of research and development in Norway, Sweden and Canada in collaborations with universities and institutes in Germany, the Netherlands, USA and South Africa, including the Norwegian Institute of Wood Technology, the Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute, the SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, SHR Timber Research in the Netherlands, and the University of New Brunswick and Woodtech in Canada.

In 1997 Kebony was founded to develop and commercialize the technology, termed ‘Kebonization.’ A pilot production facility opened in 2003 and from 2004 to 2007, Kebony delivered products to multiple large high profile construction projects in Norway.  In 2007, Kebony started the construction of an industrially scaled plant which was opened in January 2009.

In recognition of its green credentials, Kebony AS has been named as one of the world’s most promising clean technology companies in the Global Cleantech 100 in 2010, 2011 and 2013, against competition of more than 3,000 companies from 50 countries. Kebony also received Deloitte’s ‘Fast 50 Award’, was cited as one of the top 50 companies that could change our world in 2010, alongside being cited by CNBC as a top 25 creative European Company. Kebony also received the Nordic region’s the Swan and Glass Bear awards and numerous UK industry awards including the 2012 Cleantech Connect ‘top 50 fastest growing companies’ and the Best Business Award in 2012. 2014 Kebony was awarded Technology Pioneer by The World Economic Forum.

Kebony is suitable for both internal and external applications that demand high performance and great aesthetics including:  decking, flooring, cladding, roofing, windows, indoor and outdoor furniture. Kebony has been used internationally in projects from commercial, public, residential and marine.

Over time Kebony acquires its characteristic silver-gray patina whilst not loosing its performance characteristics.  With improved durability and dimensional stability Kebony is becoming increasingly the choice of leading architects and developers.

* Kebony Technology

The Kebony technology, ‘Kebonization,’ is a patented process which enhances the properties of non durable wood species to give them similar characteristics to the best performing woods. Through an environmentally friendly process wood species such as pines and some non durable hardwoods are impregnated with a bio waste liquid (furfuryl alcohol) derived from agricultural crop waste. With the addition of heat the furfuryl polymer is permanently grafted into the wood cell wall resulting in greatly improved durability and dimensional stability.

* A recent study by Norwegian environmental consulting firm Bergfald & Co demonstrated that Kebony has a substantially lower carbon footprint

About Pine River Group

Pine River Group (PRG), located in St. Clair, Michigan, is a leader in manufacturing and distribution throughout North America.  PRG provides building products to meet the needs of Marine, Agricultural, Commercial Construction, and Government entities. With over 45 years of experience in the marketplace, our goal is to provide the highest-quality and most reliable products and services to our customers.