Review of the current timber industry in Malaysia

Yap, Fui It (2004) Review of the current timber industry in Malaysia. [USQ Project]


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The timber industry is currently growing rapidly in Malaysia, who is the second largest tropical timber production exporter in the world. The timber industry contributes to various sectors such as furniture and components, panel products, mouldings and joinery, and the construction especially for the roof trusses. Most of the Malaysian buildings are adopted the timber roof truss system because of its availability, economics, simple design and fast installation due to the prefabricated method. However, there are some challenges such as the impact from steel trusses, raw material supply, and technology and techniques. This review will provide the information that will be extremely useful to the timber roofing industry. 62% of the total land area of Malaysia is covered by tropical forest. The natural resources are used for farming, agricultural, mining, timber and urbanisation and infrastructure. The forest use is controlled by the government to achieve a definite and stable forest resource. The timber must be certified by the Malaysian Timber Certification Council to show that the timber products are from the sustainable managed forests or else a penalty will be imposed. The forest industry and timber industry are closely related. The Malaysian timber industry can be classified into three main sectors, i.e. sawmilling, wood chipping and veneer manufacturing. The sawmilling produces the sawn timber that is adopted for the timber roof truss system. The research aims to review the current timber industry in Malaysia, particularly in the construction technique of roof trusses. The objectives of this research are as follows: - investigate the classifications, properties, uses and market of Malaysian timber; - review the roofing industry in Malaysia; - document the standard and quality of timber required for the timber trusses; and - review the design method and the costing involved for the system.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:13
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:30
Uncontrolled Keywords: timber industry, Malaysia, roofing
Fields of Research (2008): 12 Built Environment and Design > 1202 Building > 120201 Building Construction Management and Project Planning
12 Built Environment and Design > 1202 Building > 120299 Building not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 33 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 3302 Building > 330202 Building construction management and project planning
33 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 3302 Building > 330299 Building not elsewhere classified

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