Ecuador main supplier of plantation teak to India

In 2017 Ecuador was the main supplier of plantation teak to India. Shipments from all sources were generally of the same quality as in 2016, and over the years log girths have become smaller and the overall quality has deteriorated.

Experts blame the problem on the mono-culture of teak and short rotations. The most common defects are thick bark, wide sapwood and variable wood texture as a result of slower growth after around 6-7 years.

Most of the imported plantation teak is used for household joinery, doors and window frames, as well as for furniture. Sawn wood recovery from plantation teak is always a challenge and depends on quality and size.

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