First bamboo–to-timber board production line with UNIDO backing | Sunday Observer

First bamboo–to-timber board production line with UNIDO backing

UNIDO, with the public sector, has granted hi-tech machinery for the production of bamboo boards from within Sri Lanka for the first time. The first such hi-tech machinery series used for the production of bamboo boards to be set up in Sri Lanka, it greatly enhances creation of glue laminated timber boards based on local bamboo supplies.

The latest breakthrough is a part of “Bamboo Processing Sri Lanka”- a project launched by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), funded by Global Environment Facility (GEF) and is implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Industries and Supply Management of Sri Lanka.

The project aims to develop a bamboo supply chain and product industry in Sri Lanka. Bamboo is an exceptionally fast growing and resilient plant. Producing laminated boards from bamboo will reduce logging pressure on existing forests and therefore protect the environment.

Until now, glue laminated bamboo boards had to be imported to Sri Lanka from neighbouring countries.

This machinery enhances creation of glue laminated timber boards from bamboo within Sri Lanka, which can then be further processed with standard wood processing machinery into the full range of timber products, without depending on local timber supplies.

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