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Malaysia Furniture Industry
Rubberwood
Malaysia is famous the world over for its quality timber. First in the furniture industry is rubberwood, which makes up 85% of total wood furniture exports.
Rubberwood is the common name of Hevea brasiliensis, the rubber tree that is found in plantations all over the country. Its timber characteristics are moderate hardness, light to moderate weight, and an even, straight grain in a light colour tone; all these details make rubberwood ideal for furniture manufacturing. Easy to machine and nail, rubberwood is a furniture designer's dream, allowing for a limitless palette of design options. Even its light coloration lends itself to any finishing, whether by staining, lacquering, painting, laminating, and so on.
Sourced from Plantations
Malaysian rubberwood comes from rubber plantations, making rubberwood a plantation crop; it does not come from our valuable virgin rainforests. When you acquire Malaysian rubberwood furniture, you acquire all the natural charm and quality of real wood, yet none of the destructive effects of deforestation.
Good for the Environment
Rubberwood comes from mature rubber trees. This means that they have had about 30 years of productive life, providing rubber from their sap. During that lifespan, they help reduce global warming by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. Rubber trees used to be burned at the end of their productive lifespan, but are now harvested for rubberwood. Since mature rubber trees grow to about 30 metres in height and 1 metre in diameter, they provide plenty of renewal, environmentally beneficial timber.
Rubberwood Facts
Rubberwood Facts
Scientific name
: Hevea brasiliensis

Hardness
: Moderate

Weight
: Light to moderate

Grain
: Even and straight

Coloration
: Light

Machining
: Moderate ease to slight difficulty

Nailing
: Good