6-8 November, Sarawak, Malaysia – Bamboo has useful physical and mechanical properties for the timber trade: it is comparable to wood in terms of flexibility, but stronger in terms of compression and tensile strength. As recent INBAR research has suggested, bamboo products can also have a negative carbon footprint over their life-cycle. Bamboo has a global annual trade value of USD 60 billion, of which engineered bamboo products account for 30 per cent.
Thanks to advances in research development, today engineered bamboo provides a viable alternative to timber, with carbon-neutral products including bamboo scrimber, bamboo laminated lumber, bamboo flooring, bamboo plywood, corrugated roof board, bamboo veneer, bamboo composite pipe, bamboo particle board and innovative bamboo composite pipes.
This is the case which INBAR made at the second Global Timber Conference, GTC 2017, which gathered some 300 regional policy makers, experts and industry leaders from over 20 countries in Sarawak, Malaysia. The theme of the conference was ‘Innovation & Market Driven Strategies: Keys to Sustainable Growth’, and discussions focused around how to use support and grow the timber and timber-products industry.
Mr. Rene Kaam, Programme Coordinator, presented at the conference under the topic “Bamboo as an Advanced Alternative Raw Material for Wood and Wood-Based Composites: Trends and Prospects”. His presentation can be downloaded here.