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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2523

Finlays shows how timber life to be extended by preservatives

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune -

Colombo, 15 February, (Asiantribune.com): Finlays Rentokil (Ceylon) Ltd, a subsidiary of James Finlay & Co (Colombo) Ltd, started its pest control department 25 years ago involved in termite control, and gradually expanded its services to the industrial, commercial and domestic sectors to cover general pest control services.

It started its treating timber by Vacuum Pressure impregnation technique with Celcure A (P) wood preservatives under license to Celcure Ltd UK in 1992 as a service provider to the timber based industries in its applications such as construction, furniture and wooden transmission poles in electrification projects with an investment of approximately 13 million.

Due to timber shortage in Sri Lanka and various restrictions imposed by the government of felling trees and transporting them, large quantities of timber are now imported specially from Malaysia and Singapore, but only a few knows that most of these imported timber are not treated and therefore the durability of these timber are in danger.

Out of these untreated timber Finleys Rentokil treats only 10 percent and a few years ago the Institute for Construction Training and Development (ICTAD) has issued a warning that the ‘Imported Kempas Timber’ are either untreated or inadequately treated.

To avert this danger of using untreated timber, Finlays Rentokil has now launched an extensive publicity campaign to educate the possible timber users of the tremendous advantages of using treated timber as low cost unconventional timber and imported timber could be brought up to the standards of conventional hardwood in durability at a nominal cost.

To explain the awareness launch Finlay Rentokil held a press briefing at Palm Beach Hotel Hekitta, Wattala. Prior to the Press Briefing the Media was shown their factory in Hendala Wattala where the timber treatment is carried out.

At the Press Briefing it was pointed out that even unconventional timber like ‘Lunumidella’ and ‘Elbicia’ could be treated and brought to the durability levels other conventional hard timber and it could make a vast price difference. The cost for treating would be only approximately 7 to 8 percent. By using treated timber according to standard will enhance the quality of the construction industry and finally help the nation to preserve the forest resources.

The additional cost involved in treating the timber is only approximately 7 to 8 percent when it is compared with the cost of Malaysian timber. Finlays point out that by using treated timber according to standards would enhance the quality of the construction industry and finally help the nation to preserve the forest resources.

- Asian Tribune -

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