Malabar Neem is the new ‘green gold’

With a severe scarcity of wood for furniture, construction and fibre boards staring India in the face, the need to revive agro-forestry and promote plantation timber has come into sharp focus.

Mr. T. Gopi, MD of Bengaluru-based machinery manufacturer WoodTech Consultants, has initiated a project to cultivate Melia Dubia on the Karnataka-Tamil Nadu border as a touchstone.Read up on the new “green startup” venture on the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of WoodNews.

Century to enter doors market

Plywood manufacturer Century Plyboards has entered into a 60:40 joint venture with a Chinese furniture company, Goldea, for making doors and frames. Starting with an investment of Rs 80 crore, the doors plant in Hoshiarpur, Punjab, will have a capacity to produce 2,000 doors a day.

Century Plyboards Chairman, Mr.Sajjan Bhajanka, was quoted in the press as saying,"By the year 2022, the doors and frames market will be about Rs. 40,000 crore. Currently there are no organised players in this segment in India.”

Clients’ factories are Kleiberit’s laboratories

Kleiberit is not just a supplier of adhesives and coatings; it believes in extensive research and development in collaboration with its clients worldwide. Be it a challenge, a problem or even a new idea, clients don’t return without a viable solution.

Read WoodNews (Sept-Oct 2017) wide-ranging interview with Mr. Wolfgang Hormuth, Global Vice-President for Kleiberit's adhesives business and head of its Technology Centre in Weingarten, Germany.

EU timber retail giants join hands

An alliance of European home improvement retailers has become a dynamic force for legal and sustainable timber sourcing. Members of the Timber Retail Coalition (TRC) are among the biggest names in European timber and wood products consumer markets.

Kingfisher Group, Ikea, Carrefour and Marks & Spencer add up to 14,000 stores on five continents and their combined sales top €100 billion. The ultimate aim of the alliance is 100% sustainable wood sourcing. Read more in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of WoodNews.


OpuLux now gets Supermatt finish

Maintaining its technical leadership in new product development, Prestige Interio Concepts is launching its premium OpuLux in Supermatt finish, the first supermatt finish produced in India using European acrylic laminates.

Unlike the foil or lacquer-based Supermatt finishes which are available only on MDF, OpuLux Supermatt will be available on a host of core materials like plywood, MDF and Birch plywood. Discerning customers will have the option to choose the right core for their specific requirement. Read how the Supermatt panels are made in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of WoodNews.

Rehau tackles acoustics, ergonomics together

Rehau has come out with two innovations that include a diffusor panel system, Rausonic, and a smart control unit that allows adjusting the height of desks easily. It has developed a variety of products that produce effective and optically attractive solutions for the individual design of office spaces.

Both solutions combine storage space and acoustic benefits in an intelligent way. When opening the conventional winged doors, additional space is required inside the room which is not needed with tambour doors. Read more in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of WoodNews.

Surfactant hot-melt for edge banding

Modern adhesive systems are an essential requirement of the wood and furniture industry, and it requires many years of expertise to come up with appropriate solutions, some of which are often customised.

Jodhpur-based Surfactant Industries are pioneers in the field with over two decades of expertise. Using German know-how, they have developed ‘Starke’ unique D3 wood glue with high water resistance. Read the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of WoodNews for details.

Safeguard wood with TeknoSeal

TeknoSeal, pioneers in the field of vacuum impregnation using heat cure methacrylate sealants, is known for its TeknoSeal TSP99, which can prevent water or moisture seepage that can lead to fungal growth and eventual wood decay.

Marine plywood is normally treated with chemicals to kill germs, which enables its use in ships and bathrooms. As an alternative to the usage of chemical, wood impregnation process using TSP99 sealant is done. More in the Sept-Oct 2017 issue of WoodNews.