Raw material shortage forces India's wood panel producers to reduce production, explore non-wood alternatives

LOS ANGELES , September 16, 2011 () – India's wood panel sector is running at well below capacity because of a critical log shortage, according to a report by the International Tropical Timber Organization.

The country is adopting a two-pronged approach to the problem by focusing on the development of technology to improve raw material utilization, and exploring options for companies to establish plantations of fast growing timber species.

Panel manufacturers are also looking at increasing their use of non-wood fiber in composite boards, including bamboo, bagasse, coir, rice husks and jute.

The primary source of this article is the International Tropical Timber Organization, Yokohama, Japan, on Sept. 15, 2011.

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