Skip to main content

Alternative to Wood Developed



 FEATURE

MSME



                                                                                Jacob Abraham*


            All over the world hard wood becomes a scarce commodity.  The furniture manufacturers are vigorously searching for an ecofriendly alternative to wood.  The National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (NIIST) at Thiruvananthapuram, a constituent laboratory of CSIR has developed the technology to make wood substitute from natural fibre polymer composites.  It has been a pioneer in the research of natural fibre - composites for more than two decades.

            
The natural fibre polymer composite christened as 'Polycoir' developed by NIIST has been found suitable substitute for wood.  The composite material utilizes coir fibre all other natural fibres such as coir, jute and sisal.


            According to Director, NIIST there is great potential for using many unutilized lingo-cellulose fibre for making composite material.  The material can be manufactured as per our requirement.  It possess several unique properties such as resistance to fibre, termites and water.  Surface properties and physical and mechanical properties can be finetuned as per requirement. 

            The NIIST has signed an MoU with the Kerala Furniture Consoritium Pvt Ltd (KFCPL) to commercialise the technology.

            Located at Perumbavoor, Ernakulam district, the consortium is one of the seven innovation clusters benchmarked by National Innovation Council under the chairmanship of Sam Pitroda.  It is a common facility centre to pursue seasoning, designing, standardisation, testing and finishing of rubber wood for manufacturing furniture. 

            KFCPL as an innovation cluster, of national importance is dedicated to develop patented alternate substitutes for the scarce forest hard wood as part of its stringent environment policy.  The cluster is destined to boost innovation and competition even in MSME sector in the state by upgrading the qualities of the furniture and related industry business environment
            Under the MoU the coir composite developed by NIIST will be adopted by the furniture consortium as a substitute to hard wood.  Further technical development required for commercialisation of fibre composites will be undertaken by NIIST and KFCPL.

            The composite will be metamorphed by KFCPL into unique design formats of furniture and accessories on market requirements.  According to the Managing Director of KFCPL, the consortium has plans to bring out a range of knock down furniture series using this material during this financial year.    


(PIB Features.)
*****

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Union HRD Minister to Release NBT-NCAER Study on Reading Habits of the Literate Youth of North-East India

Youth of North-East India: Demographics and Readership (Highlights) Union Human Resource Development Minister Dr M  M   Pallam   Raju ,  will release a report  Youth of North-East India: Demographics and Readership  in New Delhi tomorrow,  20 th  November, 2012. Ministers of State for HRD,  Sh   Jitin   Prasada  and Dr  Shashi   Tharoor  would also be present on the occasion. This focused Report attempts to give an analytical and detailed account of the reading habits of the literate youth in the north-eastern states and their exposure to different forms of media, and how diverse socio-economic and motivational factors impact their reading habit. The reading of ‘leisure or non-text books’ among the literate youth is the special focus of the study. The Report is a follow-up study of the  National Youth Readership Survey  (2009-10) assigned to National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) by the NBT under the National Action Plan for the Readership Development amon

NIOS to open study centre at Gaghidh central jail

Jamshedpur : In a boost to increase educational opportunities for inmates of the Gaghidih central jail, the prison administration has joined hands with National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS). The NIOS regional office has agreed to open study centre in the Gaghidih jail next month. To start with, 30 inmates of the jail will pursue matriculation and senior secondary board examinations through NIOS study centres. "Initially, 30 inmates will pursue their academic career through NIOS and the classes shall begin by July," said jail superintendent Tushar Ranjan Gupta. The state government will bear the study expenses of the inmates. The NIOS will charge about Rs 2,000 from each inmate who seeks to appear in any of the two examinations. The institute will conduct biennial examinations In April and October every year. According to sources, out of the 12-odd CPI (Maoist) rebels who are currently lodged in the jail, a few have expressed their desire to pursue studies

Patriotic Songs by Retd. IPS Sheel Madhur