The development of FFU synthetic wood was completed in 1978 and it was installed for the first time in 1980 on the track of the Japanese Railways.
FFU was first used in Europe by the Vienna public transport system Wiener Linien on the Wienfluß Bridge project in Vienna’s district No. 1 in 2004.
The condition for installation by the Austrian Railways ÖBB were positive tests of FFU, carried out by Department 39 of the testing, control and certification office of the city of Vienna. Laboratory Reports MA39-VFA 2005-0180.-01 and .02 confirmed the suitability of FFU synthetic wood for use in railway construction.