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Formaldehyde emission limit is significantly undercut with new measuring method

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The requirements of the new measurement method for formaldehyde emissions in interiors made of wood-based materials, which will come into force at the beginning of 2020, are optimally met by Becker-Sperrholz. This is confirmed by a certificate issued by the Materialprüfungsanstalt Brandenburg in Eberswalde. The formaldehyde concentration according to EN 717-1 is multiplied by a factor of 2 and clearly falls below the limit value of 0.1 ppm.

You are welcome to request the certificate through one of our customer advisors.

Increasing energy efficiency

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We have raised our proven energy management system to a new level. Investments have been made in a number of areas: new compressors in a central vacuum station for securing moulded parts onto our CNC jigs, in the consumption-reducing control of the extraction system and in efficient LED lighting of the production halls. 

Now our measures have been rewarded by the successful certification according to DIN EN ISO 50001:2008.

More talks than ever - Interzum 2019-

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Many thanks to all the guests we were able to welcome at our stand at Interzum in May 2019 in Cologne! The great response from customers and designers shows how important innovative solutions and suggestions are for product development.

Three big topics therefore determined our exibition presentation: 

  • The 9th Becker Design Forum with the presentation of 10 prototypes of international designers, which we realized in our model work shop. They are documented in our 17th Becker Brief with many other designs.
  • The new process "Becker formplus" for further three-dimensional forming of visible wood mouldings. 
  • New applications for moulded nonwovens including wool as a sustainable material.

Contact us to find out more about the exciting news! You have the idea and we the realization.

Becker Design-Forum 2019 Image: Becker Brakel

From the luminaire to the chair: great variety of ideas at the 9th Becker Design Forum

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The response is still huge: 126 designers from all over the world have submitted more than 190 designs to the 9th Becker Design Forum. The moulded wood specialist Becker from Brakel in Germany will present ten of the most exciting designs in the form of prototypes at the world's largest furniture supplier fair "interzum" from 21 to 24 May in Cologne.

"We are particularly pleased that there are so many newcomers among the participants this year," declares Gerrit Becker, Managing Partner at Becker.

"Our aim is to offer designers a platform for their ideas and to bring them into contact with interested manufacturers. At the same time, we want to draw attention to the wide range of applications of our materials: moulded wood and Formfleece".

Formfleece from Becker consists of a special polyester fleece blend which, like moulded wood, is easy to form, stable, durable and also sound-absorbing.

"Sometimes we ask ourselves: Can you always reinvent the subject of chairs? And then we look at the entries to the new Design Forum and see: Yes, you can! The creativity of our design partners has no limits," says Joachim Schelper, head of development. The combination of moulded wood and the new material Formfleece makes the designs even more diverse: they range from acoustic panels, storage systems and shelves to sound-absorbing luminaires and tables. And of course chairs in all variations. Even a wheelchair, a bicycle saddle and a baby cot are among the entries.

Here you can order the Becker Brief 17

Critical look: Managing partner Gerrit Becker (right) and development manager Joachim Schelper check whether the prototype of the Delphin-Design chair matches the model. Photo: Frank Springer

Dr. Ralf Becker awarded with Wilhelm Klauditz Medal

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Dr. Ralf Becker has now been awarded the Wilhelm Klauditz Medal for his commitment to wood research. This is an award that is rarely presented to outstanding personalities at irregular intervals. The medal was presented by Professor Dr.-Ing. Bohumil Kasal, Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research, Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI. It is one of the most important research institutions for applied wood research in Europe.

Honour for honorary commitment: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bohumil Kasal (right) Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research, presents the medal to Dr. Ralf Becker (2nd from left) in the presence of his successor Dipl.-Ing. Kai Greten (1st from left) and Dr. Raoul Klingners, Director Research of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Photo: iVTH

All you need to know about Formfleece

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This book is a must-have for anyone involved in furniture design: The new Becker Formfleece Compendium. 

 "We at Becker are enthusiastic about the extraordinary properties of the material and fascinated by the design and application possibilities that Formfleece has to offer. With this compendium we would like to inspire developers, designers, design students and manufacturers all over the world and inform them about the extraordinary possibilities of the material. True to our motto 'Sharing knowledge', we want to create a win-win situation for everyone involved, just like with our moulded wood compendium," explains Gerrit Becker. The managing partner took over the management of the company from his father Dr. Ralf Becker at the beginning of 2018.

 Formfleece consists of polyester fibre fleece and is characterised by optimum formability, very good stability and impact strength. In addition, there is a pleasant felt feel and the ability to absorb sound, which makes it ideal for use in open-plan offices, restaurants, concert halls and many other areas.

The compendium explains on 88 pages in detail how Formfleece is made, which advantages the material has and how they can be used to improve room acoustics. It describes the steps from the design idea through prototype development to series production in the factory and provides interesting insights into the production. In the chapter "World of Formfleece", numerous examples of new products made of Formfleece are shown, for example seating furniture, lamps, acoustic elements, drawer inserts and partition walls for the office.

Interviews with renowned international designers who report on their experiences with Formfleece complete the book. These include Werner Aisslinger from Studio Aisslinger in Berlin, Armand Louis, Patrick Reymond and Aurel Aebi from atelier oi in La Neuveville in Switzerland, Claudia Kleine and Jörg Kürschner from formstelle in Munich, Markus Jehs and Jürgen Laub from jehs + laub in Stuttgart and Tomek Rygalik from Warsaw.

 "It took us almost a year to design and produce the Formfleece Compendium," says development manager Joachim Schelper. "Now we hope that it will be met with just as much interest as our moulded wood compendium, which is now on the shelves of almost every furniture designer".

Please order here.

Photography: Frank Springer

Our motto for 2019/2020: "Becker Digital 2020".

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Industry 4.0 or digitisation are initially just catchwords that we as an industrial company with a high vertical range of manufacture have to deal with in particular. 

We can only secure the company in the long term by constantly optimising operational procedures and external processes in close cooperation with our suppliers and customers. 

We accept the challenges of the market and will therefore implement new digital solutions with innovative, cloud-based ERP software over the next two years. It will make us more transparent, faster and more efficient for the future.  

The "Digitalization at Becker" project has great implications and will affect all departments and all employees. As a team, we are well equipped.

Many ideas for the 9th Becker Design Forum received

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We received over 150 suggestions from 126 designers from all over the world for our 9th Design Forum. We are very happy about it. We will realize some models as prototypes and present them on our booth. The exhibition INTERZUM will take place from 21 to 24 May in Cologne. We will exhibit in hall 5.2 aisle F 010.

Be curious about the great ideas.

More capacity - more possibilities

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World's largest 3-sided press for shaped wood put into operation

The press table alone has an enormous depth of 1400 mm, allowing the pressing of extremely large shaped wood components. The impressive clamping force of 600 t, which is equivalent to the weight of approx. 55 buses, guarantees optimum compaction of the material. All press parameters such as temperature, pressure and movement profiles of the press cylinders are stored article-related and are recalled for the next job. This enables us to achieve a high level of process reliability. We are looking forward to new design challenges, which we can solve with this press technology. The first orders have already successfully gone into the serial production on the press.

The new press is running. Image: Becker Brakel

Formfleece moves into cabinets!

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The newly designed ZOW 2018 was a great success for us. All visitors were interested trade professionals and our products got a lot of attention. Among other things, we showed trays made of shaped wood, which were very well received by representatives of international self-service restaurants. Our new Formfleece inserts for drawers for stowing cutlery, kitchen utensils or jewellery in the bedroom attracted a great deal of attention from international cabinet manufacturers, too.

There was also a great demand for acoustic solutions in the office that shield individual workplaces from noise or ceiling elements which improve the overall acoustics in the room, making it quieter overall. Both can be perfectly implemented with Formfleece.

The suppliers’ fair for furniture industry and interior design ZOW in Bad Salzuflen took place for the first time this year under the direction of the Koelnmesse. A total of 171 exhibitors from 16 countries presented themselves on 11,000 sqm of exhibition space. We really liked the new concept with the workshop character, because this puts the focus on the products. In addition, the fair does not cost any entry for visitors. We will be back in two years!

Gerrit Becker Image: Westfalenblatt
Formfleece for kitchen Image: Becker Brakel
Orga-system Design: Jan-Dirk Sinning Image: Becker Brakel
Formfleece prototype for jewellery Image: Becker Brakel