KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Timber Industries Association (STIA) has successfully completed the research and development project called ‘To develop commercial truck flooring boards from plantation-grown acacia resource in Sabah’ on September 2015.
The project funded by Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) was started on September 2013, said STIA president Datuk James Hwong in his text speech read by its treasurer-general Tan Peng Juan.
Under the project, he said six milestones and 24 activities costing RM650,000 was completed besides a grant of RM500,000 contributed by MOSTI under community innofund project (CIF).
“The initiation of the project was timely as acacia timber producers is facing various challenges to consistently produce quality acacia sawn timber, mainly due to the inherent characteristics of the timber, and the prolong drying time required to dry the timber down to the targeted moisture content suitable for downstream processing,” said James.
He said this during the launch of a workshop on “Technology Transfer on Value-adding the Acacia Lumber from Sabah by Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Madius Tangau at a hotel yesterday.- Sayangsabah