Samling Timber Malaysia signs MoU with Australia-based Loggo IP to develop engineered wood products in Sarawak

Pat Thornton, founder of Loggo IP (left) and Lawrence Chia, CEO of Samling Group, (right) signing the MoU, witnessed by STIDC advisor Datu Hashim Bojet in the middle (Image: New Straits Times)

Samling Timber Malaysia has reportedly signed a MoU with Loggo IP to use the latter’s “patented engineered wood technology to develop small diameter true rounds or peeler cores”, as described by Lawrence Chia, Samling Group’s CEO.

Loggo IP is an Australia-based developer of engineered wood products, recognised for using planted wood species such as Acacia and Eucalyptus for building systems aimed at housing, commercial and government buildings, three-storey walk-ups, shop top housing as well as mid-rise and multi-residential apartments blocks.

According to Chia, every year, millions of peeler cores are produced as ‘waste’ from plywood production. These were largely used in low-value recovery options such as packaging and as fuel for thermal energy processes.

“However, in a world ‘first’, Loggo has developed and patented three versatile engineered wood products as well as columns and each can be made from low value forest ‘thinning’ or peeler cores. Two of these beams can use Samling’s ply as a web,” Chia said, as quoted by various news agencies.

Chia signed the MoU with Loggo IP’s CEO, Pat Thornton, who commented: “As the world shortage of timber hits home, we are convinced Samling, long respected globally for its high standards of sustainable forest management, can develop these cost-competitive systems across South East Asia and beyond.”

Loggo’s low-tech, minimal processing and set-up costs and the economic advantage of the low-value plywood by-products are a green and sustainable way to increase returns, according to Thornton.

The Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation (STIDC) was also there to witness the MoU signing.

“STIDC is very happy that the industry players are taking initiatives to develop engineered wood products using planted wood in Sarawak. This is aligned with our vision to utilise more planted logs for high-value wood- based products like engineered wood,” said Datu Haji Hashim Haji Bojet, advisor of STIDC.

This MoU is also aligned with STIDC’s vision to increase the use of mass engineered timber like laminated lumber veneer (LVL) and cross-laminated timber (CLT).

Under its sustainable forests mandate, Samling currently manages around 1.2 million hectares of forest land and 190,250 hectares of gross plantable forest plantations in Malaysia.

Source: Focus Malaysia, Business Times, Timberbiz