products that do not harm the environment! That is exactly what we all
need now! Not only is it necessary to emit fewer greenhouse gases, it is also
necessary to remove them from the atmosphere. If the bucket is too full, just
closing the tap is not enough.
products from Dragonwood® made from bamboo composite you are in the right
place, because these products absorb more CO2 during their production and use
than they emit: a negative CO2 footprint! These products therefore
belong to the Negative Emissions Technologies (NETs) and contribute to a
necessary healthier future.
The greenhouse gas CO2 is one of the main causes of climate change. Recent research has shown that, even after sea transport, the Dragonwood® products made from bamboo composite absorb more CO2 than they emit during their production, transport and use.
This allows the high ambitions to reduce CO2 emissions to be achieved when Dragonwood® products are used.
Dragonwood® expands its product range and now also delivers jacking beams. Jacking beams are used in combination with hydraulic jacks to jack up heavy loads. The jacking beams can be supplied in customer specific precise dimensions. The dimensions are usually around 10 cm x 10 cm x 110 cm.
These beams have been thoroughly tested and are stronger than the tropical hardwood beams.
In collaboration with Aboma, Dragonwood® has carried out additional strength tests on the crane mats made of bamboo composite. This has already been described in an earlier news item. The certification is now complete and Aboma endorses the strength and quality of the Dragonwood® crane mats.
This demonstrates that these crane mats are ready to be used in any working area where the traditional hardwood crane mats are also used.
The production facility in China has loaded a first container with crane mats made of bamboo composite. This container is on its way to the Netherlands. These crane mats are meant for renting out and to gain the first experiences in the Netherlands.
This container contains 10 mats with the dimensions: 5.8m long, 1m wide and 20cm thick;
and 10 mats with the dimensions: 5.8m long, 1m wide and 15cm thick.
Interested parties can come by to view them and get acquainted with them.
Lately, I speak to many people who use dragline mats. This gives me a good picture of the experiences gained with the existing crane mats.
The current crane mats are made of tropical hardwood. Azobé is a very common material, but due to the high demand in the slow growth of these trees, the quality of these deteriorates rapidly. More and more young trees are being cut down, often from protected areas. As an alternative, softer woods are used. In a standard crane mat, the outer beams are often made of the hard Azobé and the inner beams of a softer type of wood.
The effect of this is that the inner beams wear faster and cause a cavity. Another effect is that the softer beams are less resistant to water and will eventually rot. This of course does not benefit the overall strength and stiffness of the crane mat.
A better alternative is the use of bamboo composite. With this, the strength is not lost and the resistance to water, and with it rotting, is many times greater.
Bamboo composite has been used for years along the water in the form of scaffolding. It is exposed to water intensively and remains free of rot for up to 30 years. This proves that it is an excellent material for the crane mats.