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German Design Award 2018

Designer Prize for Spruce Panel

VITA Natural Wood Panel wins the German Design Award 2018


The VITA Natural Wood Panel from elka Holzwerke wins one of the most prestigious design honours: the German Design Award 2018. The prize is awarded by the German Design Council, the authority for brand and design in Germany. "The Vita Natural Wood Panel combines excellent ecological properties with the structural requirements of a building board" was given as the reason for the jury's decision. The award was presented to the winners on 9th February in the framework of an official event in Frankfurt / Main.

The design prize is only awarded "to projects that truly represent pioneering contributions to the German and international design landscape." That is what the jury demands. Cars and stacking chairs have already been nominated for the prestigious prize, E-bike clothing and an expo pavilion. And now the VITA Natural Wood Panel.

This isn’t a piece of furniture, mind you, or a particularly sophisticated timber joint, nor is it an interior architecture project. It’s really just a simple wooden board. More precisely: a multi-layer spruce panel in qualities AB/B and B/C.

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Ceremonial presentation on 4th October

ICONIC AWARDS 2017 | Architecture. Interior. Product. Communication. Concept.

A competition for the whole world of architecture.

It was an entertaining evening on October 4th in the double cone of BMW Welt in Munich! This can also bee seen in the pictures, which you can view as a short film ( Participants and award winners from around the whole world made this evening an international celebration of architecture. Prizes were awarded to visionary buildings, innovative products and sustainable communication from every category in the fields of architecture, construction and real estate, as well as the branch of industry producing for them.

All the more reason for the participants of elka Holzwerke, along with their successful Bavarian sales partner HWW GmbH & Co. Holzwerke KG from Waal, to be excited about receiving the Winner Certificate of the Iconic Award in the Product category. The Iconic Award, one of the most important centres of competence for design and architecture, honours an innovative and extremely low emission raw material for the RAL-certified timber and prefabricated housing industry. In doing so, the long-term development of esb (elka strong board) into the now perfected esb PLUS has now been recognised for the first time.



Left to right: HWW Head of Marketing/Authorised Representative Alexander Schmid, Head of Marketing & Sales Dipl. Kfm. Dagmar E. Hilden-Kuntz (elka-Holzwerke GmbH) & Prince Georg von der Leyen (HWW)

For the esb PLUS panel, elka Holzwerke uses low resin green spruce chippings which produce low VOC (volatile organic compound). The spruces originate from sustainable forestry with the PEFC seal. A special process guarantees less than 0.03 ppm formaldehyde emission by the board. Recycling-friendly MUF bonding also contributes to the sustainability.

The esb PLUS also leaves other raw materials, such as the OSB boards, far behind in terms of transverse tensile strength and bending strength in both axes. The boards are largely vapour-permeable and certified as tongue and groove underlay boards. Furthermore, the green spruce chippings give the very uniform, light coloured surface, which is always sanded by elka before delivery. Since 1.1.2017, the tougher environmental labels "Blue Angel" and "Sentinel Haus" are applied to outstanding environmental properties with unique features.



German Brand Award

elka is brand of the year

elka Holzwerke from the Hunsrück region wins the German Brand Award

As of 29.06.2017, it isofficial: elka Holzwerke is among the best German brands in the construction and structural materials industry. As the winner of the "German Brand Award 2017" in the category Special Motion, Building and Elements, the Managing Director Karl-Robert Kuntz and the Head of Marketing & Sales, Dagmar E. Hilden-Kuntz accepted the winner's certificate during a ceremonial award presentation in Berlin. The German Design Council and the German Brand Institute honour successful brands, consistent market leadership and sustainable brand communication with the German Brand Award.


"The name elka stands for the highest environmental and sustainable quality cut wood and wood-based panels", says Dagmar Hilden-Kuntz. "We are very proud of this award, which also shows that the experts recognise our dedication to low emission timber building materials." At the same time, it is not the first award that Hilden-Kuntz has accepted this year. Only recently, elka-Slatten became the first company in Germany to pass the "Blue Angel" environmental label tests since they were made more rigorous in 2017.

elka-Holzwerke was founded as a saw mill in 1906 in in the Hunsrück region. Sustainability was a fundamental part of the company philosophy and tradition of the medium-sized family-run company, even before the subject became fashionable. This continued later in the research and development of ecological construction products. The consistent focus on high-grade timber materials and heightened brand communication has given elka increasing turnover and an excellent reputation among construction specialists in recent years with its flagships, the esb wood-based board and the VITA natural wood panel.

"Focussing, clear differentiation from the competition and the involvement of staff who understand and implement the brand, are and remain the most important success criteria of strong brands," emphasised the head juror Andrej Kupetz.



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Great success for elka on the Timber Expo in 2014


For the first time in the company's history the elka-Holzwerke took part on the leading Fair in Wood in Birmingham/ UK, the most important event within UK construction market. During the two days of fair over 6,000 Professionals, including industrial buyers, dealers, architects & developers could inform themselves on 07.10. - 08.10.14 on the latest products, innovations and developments in the timber industry.

The "hop across the channel" has paid off for elka. In particular, the innovative esb-panel (elka strong board) as a new product for the UK market took great interest for the growing timber industry, as the solution to healthy building and living.

Moreover the diversified elka– product range of sawn timber, natural wood panels and claddings were interesting for the visitors. The technical discussions and contacts give motivational impulses to develop the English market together with our British representative office.



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