China-based company DASSO has been providing the world with innovatative products for almost 30 years. INBAR talked to DASSO’s founder, Mr. Lin Hai, about the growing importance of bamboo construction.
Not many companies can claim to have a role in everything from interior design to creating wind turbine blades; DASSO is one of them. Founded in 1993, DASSO has pioneered the use of bamboo as a practical, versatile and beautiful material in a wide range of products, and in partnership with some of the world’s most well-known brands.
As well as patenting a number of new technologies—including fire-resistant, weather-resistant and high-strength bamboo materials, for use in flooring, decking, wall cladding, furniture board and fencing—DASSO has worked with companies around the world to produce a huge number of products.
As such, although based in Hangzhou, China, the fruits of DASSO’s labour can be seen around the world. Particularly important projects include the ceiling for Madrid International Airport, which was made using fire-resistant grade bamboo; bamboo interior design for Wuxi Grand Theatre, which optimizes the space’s acoustics; and even bamboo decoration for car interiors on the new BMW and Lexus ranges. DASSO has also collaborated with well-known global heavyweights such as IKEA, Kohler, MUJI and WMF on the creation of bamboo household products.
Wuxi theatre (left) and Madrid International Airport (right): two buildings which DASSO has helped to create.
DASSO was one of the first companies to spot the environmental benefits of bamboo. According to Mr. Lin Hai, DASSO’s founder, part of bamboo products’ appeal is their performance. “Bamboo’s mechanical properties are excellent. It can be processed into laminated bamboo, bamboo strands, flattened bamboo material, engineered bamboo materials and other products with different structural and mechanical properties.”
Importantly, Mr. Lin adds, “Using bamboo means choosing a more sustainable resource: bamboo’s growth cycle is short, it can be harvested after 4-6 years, and only needs to be planted once for sustainable use.” This makes bamboo a useful replacement for wood, which can only be harvested once, and after a much longer maturation period.
Recently, bamboo products’ ability to store carbon throughout their life cycle has made them an attractive alternative to companies looking to go green. Over a period of time, a well-managed stand of bamboo and its products can store more carbon than Chinese fir. As well as this, bamboo is relatively easy to process, and its products are less emissions-intensive to create.
Its green credentials partly explain why bamboo is becoming more popular around the world. According to Mr. Lin, in recent years, more and more internationally renowned companies have begun to design and use bamboo: “We clearly feel the increasing demand for bamboo products in China and abroad.” Sales for DASSO’s patent technology, ‘dassoXTR’, alone increase by more than 20% per year. Within the next five years, DASSO expects that production capacity will double for its main bamboo products, including bamboo furniture, dassoXTR products and engineered bamboo materials.
In fact, Mr. Lin believes it is not outlandish to expect that the value of China’s bamboo industry “will grow by tens of billions [of RMB] in the next few decades.” With pioneering companies like DASSO at the helm, it is little wonder that China is leading the world’s bamboo sector.
More information about DASSO can be found on their website: http://www.dassoflooring.com/.