After the second world war the paper honeycomb is introduced from the airplane industries (fuel tanks for Dakota’s) as a cost and material saving product for the reconstruction of Europe. Because at that time there was a shortage of building material (wood, bricks, ets.) the paper honeycomb was an excellent alternative for solid material like wood.


In the sixties the paper honeycomb was mainly used in the inner doors, separation walls and furniture (kitchen cabinet). At the end of the sixties more and more companies changed over to produce on large scale honeycomb doors.


Because in the seventies the chipboard was becoming cheaper and cheaper the paper honeycomb was pushed out of many applications. Since then it was mainly used in inner doors. Several doors companies invested in high speed production lines, in which they used continuous paper honeycomb to produce up to 10,000 doors a week. Besides that, the paper honeycomb was also used as a packaging material. On both sides glued width a paper it gives a excellent protecting material for all kinds of materials.


In the eighties some big knock down manufacturers were producing some of their products more and more with paper honeycomb. Because by using the paper honeycomb as a constructive filling the products were more than 70% lighter than when using for example chipboard. This was convenient for their clients to take away the article to their homes, where they build the cabinet or bookshelf by themselves.


In the nineties the paper honeycomb was also introduced in the automotive industry. For example for the trunk plate it is used as a substitute for a wooden plate with a steel frame. Also the use of the paper honeycomb in the furniture industry increased a lot.


Until 2000 the paper honeycomb was seen as a cheap and not so stable product. But because the material was used more and more and people saw that this material was stronger than they thought, the negative image was turned over to a material everybody excepts as a good building material. Even big chipboard manufacturers which were in the past the competitors of paper honeycomb produce now big sandwich elements (up to 2200 x 6000 mm) for reselling to their clients (furniture and door manufacturers).


Because there are living more and more people on our planet which are undergoing also an increasing of their standard of life and needing more and more material, the shortage of wood will be more and more. The paper honeycomb will be used more and more as a constructive infill.