Panels & Furniture Asia Mar/Apr 2018

March / April 2018 • Issue 2 • PANELS & FURNITURE ASIA 50 MATERIALS " Ɵmura’s modified wood is as durable as the endangered and coveted tropical wood. " Thermally modified and pressed, timura’s products are more than just practical By thermally processing and pressing ecologically grown native wood, timura Holzmanufaktur offers wood in the same durability class as tropical wood. timura’s thermo wood technology R enowned for their philosophy in design and innovation as much as their commitment to preserving the world’s tropical forests, timura Holzmanufaktur GmbH, a wood manufacturer based in Südharz, Germany, is dedicated to improving the lives of those around them in an ecologically sound way. Certified by both the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) Schemes, one of timura’s most unique aspects is that they offer modified wood that is as durable as the endangered and coveted tropical wood – but made of sustainably sourced German wood. “The initial idea was to save the tropical rainforests here in Southeast Asia, which we can do as we have enough resources in Europe, and especially Germany where our forests have been sustainable for 300 years and still growing,” Christian Pongratz, senior sales manager of timura, explained. “We use ash, spruce, pine and beech for our products, and do not add chemicals to improve their lifespan.” THERMAL TECHNOLOGY timura uses the vacuum press drying procedure to press the wood flooring with a force of over 70 tonnes, improving the heat transfer in the chamber and slightly compressing thewood. Moreover, the vacuumencourages the expulsion of volatile accessories while also keeping the process gentle and precisely controlled. Additionally, the thermal modification ensures that on top of eliminating internal cracks, thus enhancing its dimensional stability, timura’s products are homogenous and each batch can be exactly replicated in terms of their dryness and quality. The wood before being heated, compressed and modified