Sustainability has been a significant topic also before Greta Thunberg and FridaysForFuture. However, these days it becomes more important than it ever was. On top of that, the importance of transparency of supply chains including the traceability of timber origins has increased also because of the EU Timber Regulation. At Jacob Juergensen Wood, we concern ourselves with these topics for many years already. With albasia we have found a wood species that has many outstanding characteristics fulfilling our high requirements on the above mentioned issues.
Albasia is still a very uncommon and fameless species deriving from Indonesia. It is comparable with the better known fromager/fuma/ceiba from Africa or even the European poplar. Hence, all our albasia products can be seen as a 1:1 substitute for poplar plywood.
But what exactly makes albasia so special?
That is easy to explain: after seven years of growing, the albasia tree is ready to harvest. After cutting the tree, it grows back from the very same tree trunk – no new seed is necessary. Besides, albasia is ideally suited for growing together with cash crops (e.g. coffee). Therefore, our plantations in Indonesia are cultivated mutually with local farmers and support the growth of numerous indigenous shade crops for local Indonesian communities. Next to our FSC®-certified material, we secure legality and traceability of the timber by the FLEGT-license which is needed in order to import timber products from Indonesia within the European Union. No surprise that considering these assets, some of our customers call the plywood already “Gretapanel”.
These are only the ecological advantages of our albasia plywood. The panels also have a wide number of technical characteristics that make them ideal for industrial use. You will find more information here. Also, we will publish more details soon here!