||At the end of 2002, a total of about 270,000 ha. of forest plantations was established in Malaysia. Of this, an area of 80,000 ha. was established in Peninsular Malaysia while an area of 140,000 ha. and 50,000 ha. were established in Sabah and Sarawak respectively. The timber species identified are: Acacia mangium and Acacia hybrid, and teak (Tectona grandis) from Peninsular Malaysia, Acacia mangium and Engkabang (Shorea macrophylla) from Sarawak, and Acacia mangium from Sabah. There is a critical need to improve the end-uses and value-adding of plantation timbers in Malaysia.
The overall development objective of the project is to contribute to the sustainable development of the wood-based industries from plantation resources. Specially, the project is designed to produce technical data on wood characteristics of selected plantation grown species from Malaysia based on the harmonized procedure developed to evaluate the properties of plantation timbers. After the assessment of technical information and data for selected plantation timbers, it is also designed to develop suitable techniques for production of value-added timber products from existing plantations and to transfer technology to interested parties in Malaysia.
The expected outputs include harmonized procedures for evaluation of basic properties of plantation species; technical information and data on anatomical, physical, chemical and mechanical properties of test timber species as well as their sawing, machining, veneering, drying and bonding properties; technical evaluation on the production of value-added products such as doors, windows, solid flooring boards, and advanced composite; and a project website containing project related materials including data, reports, manuals and training workshops/ seminars.