Rothoblaas recognised for innovation 30 September 2015

At the 7th edition of the Schweighofer Prize in Vienna, Austria, Italian-based Rothoblaas was awarded a prize for its X-RAD system; an innovative connection system for X-LAM (cross laminated timber) buildings.

Founded in 2003, by the industrialist Gerald Schweighofer, the Schweighofer prize recognises ideas and technological developments that stand out in terms of innovation – contributing to stronger competition between the various players in the European wood industry.

Over 700 guests from 41 nations attended the event with a jury of academics, industrialists, and representatives of institutions from the world of wood construction, selecting the award winners.

With its X-RAD system, Rothoblaas promises to redefine current standards in wood building. X-RAD offers numerous and significant benefits including: Greater precision, reduced construction times, increased worksite safety, reduced number of components required to achieve solid fixing, and excellent static and seismic stability. The system also enables the construction of multilevel buildings both quickly and simply, achieving heights that were simply unimaginable before now.

“The X-RAD project is the fruit of four years of research and the strong commitment to innovation. We work daily for innovation and change – processes for developing new products and improving the company’s portfolio are part of Rothoblaas’ DNA. Over the years the company has succeeded in bringing about notable technological advancements, to the great benefit of carpenters and designers in the wood-building industry, often anticipating demand. This commitment to innovation is one of the reasons why we are the perfect partner.


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