Indonesian Merkusii Pine/Sumatran Pine (Pinus Merkusii) is very different with Rubberwood. It is also a plantation wood, but the replanting program for this specie is very rare as it also takes about 20 years for the Pine tree to grow up to the size suitable for sawmill or wood processing. Unlike Rubberwood which is planted for the latex production, this Merkusii Pine is planted only for the resin/natural pine tree oil production only, and usually in very small quantity. Geographically, Merkusii Pine can be found mainly on mountainous area. We have good source of Merkusii Pine as Medan is located amongst the biggest forests and mountain areas, which has many Pine plantations.
Merkusii Pine is a light – medium density wood and is very light colored. Its stability is very good and therefore can be used for many applications. Japan market especially, has many demands for this specie due to its color, density and stability for interior usage and decorative purposes.
Light weight, stability and light color makes Merkusii Pine a very good option as core materials for products such as engineering door and even high quality interior furniture.
2. Trees are generally cut after 25 to 30 years of latex production. The unproductive rubber trees are considered as “waste”.
3. The old trees will be replanted by new trees for a sustainable cycle.
A sustainable cycle.
Rubberwood (Hevea Brasiliensis) is considered to be one of the most ‘environmentally friendly’ plantation hardwood, because the source is harvested from a renewable source, unlike other timber species that are cut down for the sole purpose of producing furniture and other timber products. As forest resources are diminishing, we believe that only sustainable species like Rubberwood can be a very good substitute for increasing demand of timber products in the future.
Rubberwood has a good medium-hard density making it suitable for many applications, although its natural bending grain could cause some problems in the production, giving it an infamous nickname “Trouble Wood”. However with good knowledge, experience and proper production control, we are able to solve all those “trouble”.
- Naturally light in color with proper treatment with good strong density, making it suitable for many indoor applications.
- Green and sustainable
- Relatively cheaper in price making it suitable for much application from cheaper priced to more expensive products, after production touch-up
All of those advantages make Rubberwood the best species to replace the expansive natural hard wood which is rapidly diminishing.
Budi Tamora Permai
PT Budi Tamora Permai is a wood working manufacturing company specializes in Rubberwood (Hevea Brasiliensis) Finger Joint Laminated Board.
(62-61) 7945 888
Jl. Perintis Kemerdekaan No. 88
Tg. Morawa – 20362
North Sumatra, Indonesia