Sarawak to boost research and development of engineered wood products

Engineered wood products include MDF and OSB, and mass timber like cross-laminated timber (CLT) and glue-laminated timber (glulam)

According to The Borneo Post, the Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation (STIDC) has embarked on a collaborative effort with experts from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) to shape the path of engineered wood product development in Sarawak.

In the Post COVID-19 Development Strategy (PCDS) 2030, Sarawak is pursuing the development of high value-added industries with a special focus on engineered wood, furniture and bamboo-based products.

The general manager of STIDC said it is imperative for Sarawak to establish a first-class centre for research and development, particularly concerning product performance in the engineered wood sector.

The general manager also mentioned that the global engineered wood market has recorded robust growth over the past decade, increasing from US$285m in 2019 to a projected $400.5m by 2027.

“This growth trend shows a significant opportunity for industry players to harness the market’s potential and establish a strong presence in the sector,” The Borneo Post quoted from the general manager.

He further mentioned that these endeavours “well-match” global trends of using more engineered wood products for building and construction purposes, replacing traditional materials like steel and concrete.

Source: ITTO, The Borneo Post