Tuesday, June 12, 2012


Ithaca, NY-based e2e Materials, an innovative clean technology spinoff of Cornell University that develops products made from its advanced biocomposite materials used for the furniture and cabinet industries, today announced the formation of e2e Office, a new company brand focused on serving a wide range of office furniture needs with new products that are safer, less expensive, stronger and lighter than conventional wood-based products. e2e Office is addressing increasing customer demand for more environmentally friendly office products that contribute significantly to LEED certification and provide a safer and more collaborative work environment. The first commercially available product from e2e Office is the award-winning TransFORM Workstation, a highly versatile work surface made from e2e Materials' proprietary biocomposites comprised of soy flour and flax fibers that "off-gasses" no formaldehyde and is free from hazardous ('red list') chemicals as defined by the Living Building Challenge.

"We are experiencing customer demand for office furniture products that meet aggressive environmental standards combined with exceptional durability, weight reduction and affordability factors," said Dave Ferrari, president of One Workplace, Northern California's largest commercial furniture dealership and e2e Office channel partner. "That's why we're partnering with e2e Office. Their innovative biocomposite-based office product line addresses each of these important criteria. It also gives our customers new opportunities for earning LEED points and improving employee satisfaction levels due to the significant environmental safety advantages offered by e2e Office products."

Aided by the design expertise of furniture industry legend Carl Gustav Magnusson, e2e Office has a pipeline of products currently under development--including mobile whiteboards, mobile acoustics, unique storage and group communication products--all specifically designed to meet today's open space and mobile workforce needs that emphasize greater collaboration for improved productivity and creativity. All products are being made with e2e Materials' proprietary biocomposites and far exceed the requirements of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM), offer LEED points across multiple categories, and rank higher than any other material when measured against the stringent Living Building Challenge and Pharos Project criteria.

As the first commercially available product in the e2e Office product line, the TransFORM Workstation is uniquely sustainable leveraging a highly versatile work surface and a series of privacy/communication panels both made from e2e's proprietary biocomposite material. Optional re-used and refurbished leg systems that contribute additional LEED points are readily configurable to meet today's design needs. e2e Office products have been fully tested and validated to meet the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) standards and use only 19 percent of the embodied energy of traditional wood composites. By using e2e biocomposites, the TransFORM Workstation utilizes annually renewable feedstocks, is 100 percent bio-based and completely fossil fuel free. Offering a full five-year warranty, the TransFORM work surface leverages e2e's patent-pending i-core open architecture construction providing customers with lighter and more durable office furniture.

The company's proprietary biocomposites--featuring 28 pending patents--are made from plentiful feedstocks including soy flour and natural grass fiber such as jute, flax and kenaf, which eliminates the off-gassing of formaldehyde or any toxic chemicals. Using these biocomposite materials enables e2e to manufacture lighter products that maintain the tensile strength and durability approaching some steel products and have been extensively tested and validated to multiple industry standards. In addition, the company employs a unique 3-D forming capability that eliminates costly manufacturing processing steps and associated waste.

"The formation of e2e Office is in direct response to accelerating demand from global customers for innovative products that are sustainable, free of toxins, more durable than conventional wood-based alternatives and highly affordable," said Pat Govang, CEO of e2e Materials. "We're responding to this multi-billion dollar global market with a series of in-demand products that will fulfill the needs of leading office furniture OEMs and channel partners."

Source: Market Wire


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