Dukta Flexible Wood


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DUKTA is a unique type of incision process that makes wood and engineered wood flexible. Because of the incisions, the material gains textile-like properties and a significantly wider range of applications. With its visual and technical qualities, DUKTA opens up completely new horizons for interior fittings and furniture design. The excellent sound absorbing properties of incised engineered wood are of particular interest. The internationally patented method works with commercial engineered wood such as plywood, MDF and three-layer boards.

The sound absorption properties of corrugated DUKTA acoustic walls and ceilings are unique. They achieve high sound absorption across all frequencies, which are reached by other absorbing products only in specific frequency ranges. When flat installed, they are comparable with other good quality, traditional absorbers.

DUKTA wood panels are suitable for both wall and ceiling applications, as well as free-standing partitions, lighting and furniture. The regular incisions change the static structure of the panels in a fundamental way. These incisions make parts opposite the incision flexible but the material retains its static stability along the direction of the cuts. The various cut types differ considerably in terms of appearance – from simple and smooth to ornamental and playful. This provides the user with a large range of design options.

Nearly all commercial wood-based boards can be made flexible using the DUKTA process. The various incision types: SONAR, LINAR, FOLI and JANUS, differ in terms of the appearance of the cut, the proportion of open surfaces and their flexibility.

Typical applications: acoustic systems, partition walls, furniture and lights.

Gommans is a licensee of DUKTA and produces the DUKTA panels in its production facility in Venlo, the Netherlands.

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