24 No 3

Testing the mettle of tropical timber


Tropical timber is locked in a battle for market share with substitute products such as non-tropical woods, metals such as aluminium, and plastics. Tropical timber has many fine features—such as durability, aesthetic appeal, and strength—but its competitors also have saleable qualities.

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Contents of TFU 24 No. 3

•Declaring for the environment

•Aiming higher with Khaya

•Plywood’s journey from cradle to gate

•Checking the decking

•Will small logs become a big deal?

•The changing timber trade

•Fellowship report

•Market trends

•Topical and tropical

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