Pionier of the lightweight construction world: An interview with Julian Reuter

In lightweight construction, the exchange of cross-industry and cross-material ideas holds as much value as fresh inspiration for innovative technological solutions. In the “Pioneers of the Lightweight Construction World,” series, founders and start-ups are given a platform to share their technology, ideas, and visions. The ultimate goal of this series is to inspire progress.

Company founder Julian Reuter was quick to recognise the potential of rattan as the basis for a sustainable and lightweight technical material. In an interview with Leichtbauwelt, he discusses the origin of this discovery, the challenges he has overcome, innovations in lightweight construction, and offers advice for aspiring entrepreneurs.

“When engineers hold karuun® in their hands, lightweight construction is likely one of the first concepts that comes to their minds. The base material, rattan, has a traditional role in weaving and furniture making. However, karuun® presents rattan in a refined form, introduced as a semi-finished product. It preserves the core properties while expanding its potential applications, particularly within the manufacturing sector. This refinement and technological advancement unlock a multitude of processing opportunities, presenting the industry with a vast array of possibilities across a broader spectrum.”

Read the full interview here (in German only): Pionier der Leictbauwelt – Julian Reuter: “Umweltziele, soziale Verantwortung und wirtschaftlicher Erfolg sind gleichberechtigt!” – Leichtbauwelt

Leichtbauwelt is the cross-industry knowledge and networking platform dedicated to the trending topic of lightweight construction. It engages readers with captivating technology but also shapes trends itself through its content and networking opportunities. Leichtbauwelt provides inspiration and opens up new horizons, transcending industries.

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