The process under pressure leaves residual humidity in the wood during the process that works as a catalyst for thermal reaction and reduces the brittleness of the finished product. The plant in New Zealand offers service treatment for other companies while the plant in Chile is for the operator’s own wooden products.
Both plants have emission control systems to eliminate emissions from the plant itself during operation. The market for thermally modified wood especially for cladding has increased dramatically in Europe during the past 2 – 3 years after many years of steady growth since thermal treatment was introduced industrially 25 years ago. A similar development is expected in North America and Oceania.
Source: IWT-Moldrup Asia Pacific
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