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The tropical forest of Malaysia is endowed with a rich diversity of trees consisting of various species, most of which are hardwoods. These hardwoods, even though may display similar physical and mechanical properties, surprisingly have different characteristics and requirements to both the air drying and kiln-drying processes. Some hardwoods, in particular, the heavy hardwoods, are extremely difficult to dry. These timbers are generally termed as ‘refractory’ species. However, these so called refractory species have several excellent attributes which could be utilised for several high value applications provided that these timbers are dried to the required moisture content.
The ‘Drying of Selected Refractory Heavy Hardwoods’ project was implemented using fund sourced trom the Tabung Pembangunan Industri Kayu-Kayan Malaysia (TPIKM) and was successfully completed at the end of June 2010.
It was coordinated by MTIB in collaboration with Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM), Malaysian Wood Industries Association (MWIA), Timber Kilning Association of Selangor (TKAS) and Malaysian Timber Council (MTC). 6 (six) species were selected for the drying trials, namely Balau, Red Balau, Bitis, Resak, Keranji and Gerutu.
The Project Objectives
- To undertake an extensive laboratory analysis of drying characteristics of such refractory timbers, followed by comprehensive industrial trials to establish good practices and appropriate drying schedule for these timbers.
- To increase value added for kiln dried sawn timber as well as semi-finished or finished products from these timbers.
For further information please contact:
Malaysian Timber Industry Board
Industry Development Division
(Encik Mohd Adawi Ton Omar/Cik Ummi Ainul Hafizah Mohd Ismail Ali Tel.: 03-9282 2235 Fax.: 03-9284 6214)
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