Palm Wood is derived from oil palm trunks. The trunks are obtained from oil palms when they are felled for replanting. This takes place at the end of the life cycle of the oil palms when they are felled 25-30 years. The oil palms are felled when the production of fruits is no longer economical and replanting is necessary.

Palm Wood is a by-product of the oil palm industry. It is a new wood material resource that can substitute other kinds of wood. As such, the use of Palm Wood supports the conservation of forests in Malaysia and the rest of the world.

Extensive research work has found new uses for oil palm trunks. The density of palm Wood ranges from 150-800kg/m3. Medium to high density Palm Wood is, thus, comparable to medium to heavy hardwood. The large density ranges makes Palm Wood suitable for production into a wide range of wooden products.

 

Properties of Palm Wood

  •    Description
     
  • Medium to High Density Palm Wood
  • Low Density Palm Wood
  • New Zealand
    Pine
  • Light Red
    Meranti
  •    Density Range
  • 400-800kg/m3
  • 150-400kg/m3
  • 450kg/m3
  • 450kg/m3
  •    Strength Properties
       *    Modulus of Rupture (MOR)
       *    Modulus of Elasticity (MOE)
  •  
    30-120 N/mm2
    4000-12,000 N/mm2
  •  
    8-25 N/mm2
    1,500-3,500 N/mm2
  •  
    66 N/mm2
    7,900 N/mm2
  •  
    74 N/mm2
    9,100 N/mm2

 

 

How Palm Wood benefits the environment?

Palm Wood is another success story of creating wealth from waste. The oil palm is a plant that stands tall amongst the other oil crops. Not just literally but for a variety of strong reasons when Palm Wood is used to make wooden products.

 

Oil Palm Cultivation Helps To Save The Environment

Oil palm cultivated in Malaysia removes large amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The fact has been recognized and documented in Malaysia's national carbon accounting which was submitted to UNFCCC in 2011. Oil palm plantations behave like forests and act as green lungs for the world.

 

Using Palm Wood Helps To Sustain The Forests

Palm Wood is a by-product of the palm oil industry. The use of Palm Wood will provide an option to conventional wood which are obtained for the purpose of providing timber. Thus, more forest can be kept intact as this make the forests more sustainable.

 

Life Cycle Analysis Study

Palm Wood was subjected to a Life Cycle Assessment study by Institute for Energy and Environmental Research Heidelberg GmbH (IFEU) in Germany. The entire life cycle was analyzed. The results show that Palm Wood, when used for wooden products, has a significant advantage over wood obtained from conventional sources in terms of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emission Savings. Its production has lower GHG emissions compared to wood from conventional sources. Palm Wood is an Eco-friendly resource material.

 

Sustainable Resources

Oil palm trees will be replanted with young trees after the age of 25-30 years, either due to their decreasing yield or they have grown too tall which make harvesting very difficult. The replanting cycle of oil palm trees at the cycle of 25-30 years has made Palm Wood an excellent sustainable timber resource for wooden products.

 

ADVANTAGES OF USING PALM WOOD

  • Stable timber for use in all weather conditions due to its wood anatomy
  • Uniform quality timber due to lack of knots and growth related defects
  • Unique wood grain structure enhances aesthetic value of product
  • Minimal warping in extreme weather conditions
  • Medium to high density Palm Wood is as strong as high density forest wood
  • Low density Palm Wood offers dramatic reductions in weight, ease of handling in production and assembly and reduced transportation cost
  • Safe product for consumers due to low formaldehyde
  • Suitable for coating materials and surface lamination like melamine and veneers
  • Good resistant to termites compared to other timbers