Building sustainably – nail by nail

LIGNOLOC® is the first collated nail system made of the renewable raw material beech wood that combines performance and sustainability perfectly. Perfect for all timber construction companies who want to implement their projects metal-free but also highly efficient.

The future of timber construction - our mission

"Like natural food ingredients make us rediscover nutritious healthiness, LIGNOLOC® wooden nails have the potential to help us to substantially reconnect to a healthy and happy planet and people friendly dwelling."

Dipl. ing. martin despang
Prof. Univ. of Hawaii, Honolulu Hawaii, Despang Architects (Dresden, Munich, Hannover)


With LIGNOLOC®, we have completely rethought fastening technology and brought back a sustainable, traditional fastener, developing it to meet today's requirements and sustainably change the future of construction. 

LIGNOLOC® is the world's first shootable wooden nail and is perfect for use in industrial manufacturing and ecological timber construction. LIGNOLOC® wooden nails are made from Central European beech. Due to their mechanical properties, the nails can be shot into wood and wood-based materials without pre-drilling using the specially developed FASCO® pneumatic nailer in the LIGNOLOC EDITION, and bond to them permanently.

LIGNOLOC® is the most sustainable professional fastening system on the market, with 66 % lower CO₂ emissions vs. conventional systems. Together with our SCRAIL® nail screw fasteners, it is also the only fastening system that fully supports the requirements of the circular economy in terms of recyclability.

Lignoloc 360 degree

360° ecologization of timber construction

We are convinced that we can make a difference for the future with fastening technology. Our clear mission: the 360° ecologization of timber construction. How do we achieve this? By making it possible for builders to realize their construction projects entirely with sustainable or recyclable fastening systems.


LIGNOLOC® - now with EU-Wide Approval

At fastening pioneer BECK, the European Technical Assessment was eagerly awaited. As early as 2020, the German Institute for Construction Engineering (DIBt) issued the German “National technical approval / general construction technique permit” for “Load-bearing timber connections using LIGNOLOC® wooden nails”. Now the nails made of wood are also available with EU-wide approval!

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ETA 2023 - wooden nails

The ETA approval applies to the nails without a head and enables the planning, design, and execution of load-bearing connections in timber frame construction. The provisions made are based on an assumed intended working life of the LIGNOLOC® nails of 50 years.

German National Technical approval

The innovative fastening system LIGNOLOC® not only excites us. The first collated nail made of wood also convinced the expert committee and received the general national technical approval for “load-bearing wooden connections using LIGNOLOC® wooden nails” by the DIBt.

Lignoloc dimensioning tool

What does the approval mean for you?

The approval enables the planning, design and execution of load-bearing connections in timber frame construction. Planks and panels made of solid timber, wood-based materials or gypsum fiber can be attached to wood building materials using LIGNOLOC® wooden nails. In addition, connections can be made with LIGNOLOC® to produce bracing and load-bearing wall diaphragms. LIGNOLOC® opens up entirely new possibilities in ecological timber construction. More sustainable. Nail by nail.

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one technology, many benefits

Efficient and time-saving

LIGNOLOC® wooden nails are shot in pneumatically. Pre-drilling and gluing as with wooden dowels is therefore eliminated.

No thermal bridges

LIGNOLOC® also convinces with thermal benefits. The extremely low thermal conductivity (0.64W/mK) of the wooden nails prevents the formation of thermal and cold bridges.

Reworking without tool wear

LIGNOLOC® wooden nails protect tools and saw blades during the finishing of wooden elements in prefabricated house construction.

Corrosion and chemical resistant

LIGNOLOC® wood nails can be used both outdoors and in corrosive environments, as they do not rust and are resistant to swelling and fungal attack.

Long term beautiful appearance

LIGNOLOC® wooden nails stand out for their natural look and feel. The nails do not react with the ingredients in the wood, so these properties remain for years.

Improved fire behavior

When using LIGNOLOC® wood nails, there is no abrupt failure in case of fire as with steel nails. The nails behave like solid wood in case of fire.

Patented technology

The LIGNOLOC® wood nail technology is patented and thus offers our partners a high differentiation potential.

High holding force due to wood welding effect

Did you know? LIGNOLOC® wooden nails impress with their high holding power. Thanks to Lignin Welding. Due to the special design of the LIGNOLOC® nail tip and the large amount of heat generated by friction when the nail is driven in, cause the lignin of the wooden nail to weld with the surrounding wood to form a substance-to-substance joint.

Wooden nails behave differently to nails made of metal. Apart from the mechanical differences of the materials, wooden nails have a significantly rougher surface. This natural surface roughness is required to facilitate the lignin welding process. The LIGNOLOC® pneumatic nailers from our FASCO® tool range supply the necessary power for this process because, theoretically, the higher the insertion velocity, the better the nail welds. The phenomenon of lignin welding was established in 1998.

Lignoloc® wooden nail systems

The LIGNOLOC® system opens up many possibilities for you. The nails are available in various diameters and lengths. Since January, also with head. For the portfolio of nails, there are two handheld tools and two nailing heads for robots or portal CNC machines for stationary applications. Thus, it adapts exactly to your requirements.

product range

one System - many options

LIGNOLOC® wooden nails

The innovative wooden nails are available in different diameters and lengths. Discover the right product for your project now.

LIGNOLOC®wooden nails with head

New in the product family: the LIGNOLOC® wood nail with head. The ideal fastener for façade construction.

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The two specially developed LIGNOLOC® F44 and F60 pneumatic nailers provide the necessary power to shoot the wood nails directly into wood or wood materials.

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LIGNOLOC® nailing heads

In addition to the two handheld tools, BECK also offers two LIGNOLOC® nailing heads. Optimal for mounting on multifunctional bridges and individually adaptable to commercially available industrial solutions.

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LIGNOLOC® systems

With LIGNOLOC® you have the choice. Whether the F44 system for processing wooden nails with a diameter of 3.7 mm, the F60 system for processing LIGNOLOC® nails up to 90 mm in length and LIGNOLOC® with head or the LIGNOLOC® nailing heads, we offer several systems to suit your requirements. 

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lignoloc® applications

The LIGNOLOC® system from BECK opens up countless application options for you – whether it be indoors, outdoors or in areas susceptible to corrosion.

Areas of application ecological wood processing

overview applications

  • Timber frame construction
  • Massive timber constructions: LCLT, CLT, NLT
  • Wooden façades
  • Fences
  • Furniture
  • Pallets & crates
  • Sauna
  • Interior wood cladding
  • Floors: OSB- and real wood flooring
  • Boats
  • Working with reclaimed wood
  • CNC applications (prototypes)
  • Wooden coffins
  • and many more

Lignoloc® in massive timber construction

LIGNOLOC® wooden nails can be used in various ways in the production of multilayer solid wooden boards. Depending on the manufacturing process, they are used for fixing the layers temporarily or as a replacement for aluminum nails and wooden dowels, or else they give a rise to entirely new processing methods. This means time-related advantages and ecological benefits for the industry.

Lignoloc NCLT mass timer

lignoloc® cross laminated timber panels (LCLT)

The following wall panels can be made:

  • NON-LOAD-BEARING-WALL PANELS (partition walls) 
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NCLT wall building

lclt wall elements

  • The benefit of this wall design (in addition to the lack of glue) is the more elastic behavior compared to a glued CLT wall. This enables a better distribution of the load in the floor connectors, in contrast to the rather punctual load transmission of a (glued) CLT wall.
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NLT diagonal cladding

nail laminated timber (NLT) panels with lignoloc®

  • LOAD-BEARING WALL PANELS: No approval necessary, as the load is transferred via the timber boards used.
  • CEILING PANELS: No approval necessary, as the load is transferred via the timber boards used.
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Would you like to know whether LIGNOLOC® can also be used in your application?

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With LIGNOLOC® we have developed a new, groundbreaking product whose idea and unique properties are inspiring. LIGNOLOC® has already won many awards, such as the German Design Award for innovative product design. We celebrate every award, but we are even more enthusiastic about the implemented projects and the success of our customers with LIGNOLOC® - because that's what it's all about.

"As an innovative craftsman's business, we are always open to new things. We installed the wooden facade of our new factory hall with LIGNOLOC® and are thrilled. We will also recommend the LIGNOLOC® system to our customers."

Christoph Frei
CEO FREI Holzbau + Zimmerer, Bad Feilnbach (D)

Excellent connections

German Innovation Award 2022

Winner German Innovation Award 2022

materialPREIS Award 2022

1st place in the "Process" category, materialPREIS 2022

German Design Award 2020

Winner German Design Award 2020

Houses of the Year Award

Award for the best product 2019 within the Houses of the Year Award

Green Product Award 2019

Green Product Special Prize 2019, Munich, Germany

 AIT Innovation Award Architecture + Construction 

 AIT Innovation Award Architecture + Construction 2019, Munich, Germany

PTIA Tool Innovation Award 2018

PTIA Award 2018, Atlanta USA 

Green Product Award 2018

Green Product Award 2018, Berlin, Germany

Challengers Award 2018

IWF Challengers Award 2018, Atlanta, USA 

materialPREIS 2018

1st Place Innovation, materialPREIS 2018, Stuttgart, Germany 

Trophée Eurobois 2018

Trophée Eurobois 2018, Lyon , France

Biocomposite of the Year Award 2017

2nd Place, Innovation Award Biocomposite of the Year 2017, Cologne

Innovation Award Batimat 2017

Batimat Innovation Award 2017, Paris, France

LIGNA Innovation Award 2017

3rd Place, LIGNA Novelty Symposium 2017, Hannover, Germany


Depending on the nail dimension and the metal fastener to be compared, CO2 emissions can be up to 75 % lower.

The plastic sheet is state of the art and provides the opportunity of processing LIGNOLOC® wooden nails without leaving any residue or waste. The plastic sheet can easily be recycled.

It all depends on the density of the wood. As described in Eurocode 5, table 8.2, attention must be paid to the density of the wood type when fastening wood using pin-shaped connectors. Only woods with a density less than 500 kg/m³ may be nailed without pre-drilling.

Yes. We recommend use of the FASCO® F44 LIGNOLOC® by BECK, a tool designed specifically to meet the requirements of the wooden nail. The larger opening in the feed mechanism and the guide flaps are important for a perfect shooting result.

BECK offers a specialized setting tool in its FASCO® tool line for processing the LIGNOLOC® wooden nail with head. This tool has been optimized for error-free processing of the nails. Older models of the FASCO® F60 series can be adapted for the processing of the LIGNOLOC® with head with a conversion kit from FASCO®.

In rare cases, slight splintering of the nail head may happen. These splinters do not affect the durability of the nail.

The FASCO® F60 nailer should be set by adjusting the air pressure and depth of the tool and by performing test shots on an inconspicuous area of the façade or on a mockup of the materials used. If this setting is maintained and the user applies uniform pressure to the façade, a uniform driving depth can be achieved. Large variations in wood density within the materials to be applied can lead to fluctuations which must be compensated for by readjustment.

BECK's LIGNOLOC® wooden nails with head can be used as a substitute for façade screws. Horizontal and vertical cladding made of softwood can be fastened to wooden substructures with LIGNOLOC®.

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