Reliance inks pact for wood substitute

Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) has entered into a licence agreement with Resysta International GmbH, a leading German innovator, giving RIL exclusive rights of production and marketing of RelWood, a natural fibre polymer composite (NFPC), in India.

This compound will be the raw material for the production of sheets and profiles used in a wide range of wood and plywood replacement applications.

Touted as a alternative to wood it is a natural fibre compound that has been developed after more than 15 years of research and development and is made of natural waste products.

With the look and feel of wood, the material is very durable, water-resistant and most comparable to tropical hardwoods; but it contains no wood. Suitable for decking, cladding or marine applications, it is flexible enough for all projects.

Composed of primarily rice husk along with common salt and mineral oil pressed into boards, it is an innovative material which takes advantage of the previously end of life rice husk, which is typically burned.

Another benefit, unlike wood, is that it does not contain lignin, a compound within wood that causes graying, therefore keeping its original colour.  The material is also fully recyclable — the company will take back the product at the end of its use to reintroduce the material into the production cycle.

Available in a variety of profiles such as decking (smooth and corrugated), dowels, inlays, wall cladding, and typical board dimensions, the material can also be worked the same as wood without splintering or cracking.

Currently the product is manufactured in Indonesia, Vietnam and Germany.

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