Rubber wood has become established as a substitute for light tropical hardwoods and as one of the major timbers for the production of furniture and indoor building components. The main reasons are its favourable timber and woodworking properties and the relatively low raw material costs since rubber wood is an agricultural by-product. This factor makes the timber highly competitive in comparison with timber from forest species which have comparably high raw material costs. An additional asset is its "green" aspect: rubber trees have to be removed for replanting once the latex yield has declined to uneconomical levels. Rubber plantations are now managed in a sustainable manner. The acceptance of rubber wood as a sustainable, plantation-grown, "environmentally friendly" timber has contributed to its universal appeal. Strong research and aggressive marketing have contributed towards making rubber wood one of the most important Southeast Asian export timbers. It remains to be seen whether the increasing plantation area in Southeast Asia will be sufficient to meet the growing demand for rubber wood products
SIZE : 8’ X 4’
THICKNESS : 12, 18 AND 25 MM.