Thursday, 28 November 2019 06:08

Sri Lanka gets 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 onlocal bamboo supplies, officials said.

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

The objective ofthis project is to develop a bamboo supply chain and product industry in SriLanka. Bamboo is an exceptionally fast growing and resilient plant. Producingl aminated 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 greatly enhances creation of glue laminated timber boards from bamboo within Sri Lanka for the first time, which can then be further processed with standard wood processing machinery into the full range of timber products, without depending on local timber supplies. By transferring advanced technology to the private sector in this way, UNIDO is improving the competitiveness of small and medium enterprises and greening of supply chains.

UNIDO, in collaboration with the public sector, has granted the line of equipment for the production of bamboo laminated boards to CEO of the Dathri/Dowell Creations Display Systems, on 25 November.

The machinery is to be used in the bamboo processing facility in Negombo. The launch event took place in Kadirana, Negombo, on November 25 in the presence of representatives of different UN Organizations and the public sector.

The two-day training oftrainers for this production by IDB started on the same day. This hands-onworkshop provides opportunities to IDB trainers to gain the needed knowledge and experience on how to use and maintain the equipment properly, which theywill disseminate at their facilities from next year.

Second bamboo production machinery line will be imported and set up at the Industrial Development Board of Ceylon (IDB) in Moratuwa early next year, to support local capacities for technology promotion and transfer of necessary soft skills.

(LI)

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