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Steel Wood launches new composite wood material

DUBAI, September 22, 2019

Steel Wood Industries (Dubai Ranch) has launched a revolutionary-new “wood-type” of environmental-friendly composite wood material, SDB (Steel Wood Density Board), which is now added to the database of APA, the engineered wood association.

After months of testing, international standard cross-checking, and cooperation between APA and SWI, SDB is now introduced as a new wood type due to  “The environmental eminence SDB acquires along with the uniqueness in the selectiveness of the raw material combined with the supremacy on the mechanical and physical features,” as quoted by APA.

Steel Wood Density Board (SDB) by definition is an environmental-friendly composite-wood material, that is made up of 100 per cent post-consumer recycled random mix wood species (including SDB waste panels (excluding for MDF). Trees are not to be cut to manufacture SDB as the “raw material” need 100 per cent unusable wood residues and waste wood.

In addition, SDB guidelines have to maintain certain minimum mechanical properties, low emission as well as other environmental criteria set by Steel Wood Industries (Dubai Ranch).  SDB mechanical properties can be considered as a “One-Type-Substitute-All-Generic-Types” when it comes to performance (SWI- OX-Products Breed-Range, …). Needless, the Environmental awareness of SDB which understands the increase in international demands in the market as well as the increased need for preserving our forests and enforces the no cutting of trees for SDB production!

SDB comes in a variety of specifications depending on final applications.  It can be moisture resistant (MR), high moisture resistant (HMR), Water and Boil Proof (WBP) along with its international standards in fire safety.  Generally, a panel can either be the above mentioned or fire-rated; SDB however has the ability to provide a panel with high moisture resistance along with high fire rating standards without harmful chemical additives.

All of this is achieved with the urea formaldehyde resin manufactured at Steel Wood Industries (Dubai Ranch) premises while maintaining ultra-low formaldehyde emissions.  In addition, the revolutionary mechanical properties allow all the above to perform equivalent to solid wood, plywood, mdf, osb applications combined (and even superior)!  

SWI is not calling for stop cutting of trees; trees are natural raw material that is directly proportional to the increase in population worldwide.  SWI, however, realizes the abundance of post-consumer wood waste in various forms and the scientific utilization of such “random-waste combinations” not only helps us in covering the increase in demands but also allows for the equivalent demand volumes of trees to “breath in Carbon Dioxide” and “breath out Oxygen” naturally giving enough time for earth to recover (a ratio of 1 ton of wood is equivalent capture of 2.47 tons of Carbon Dioxide).

The natural direct capture of carbon dioxide of trees aids the UNFCCC and thus the Paris Agreement commitments by countries worldwide to reach the ultimate goal of slowing down the rapidly accelerated climate change we witness on a daily basis.

“All of this can happen while providing the end user superior-quality SDB maintaining a positive economy and providing a healthy atmosphere, minimizing landfill sites, etc. to future humankind and species habituating earth,” said the managing partner and inventor (MPI), Ghassan Afiouni of Steel Wood Industries (Dubai Ranch).

“We extend our hands to our “partner” competitors and international manufacturers to engage in SDB production in a portion of their mills worldwide and collectively we can protect our bigger home, Earth, while providing safer homes,” he added. – TradeArabia News Service


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