Thailand is the world’s largest producer of natural rubber. Green River is located at the heart of the country’s rubber plantations and enjoys advantages in sourcing rubberwood. The rubber tree produces latex from age 7 to 25 years after which it is felled and the area replanted. Logs from the felled trees are extracted for use by producers of rubberwood products.
Green River utilizes 100% fresh rubberwood in the production of particleboard without mixing other woods or recycling furniture. The use of a single species of wood ensures more stable and efficient production as well as more consistent board properties. Rubberwood is a medium density tropical hardwood of light color which is preferred by end users of particleboard. The sourcing of rubberwood from sustainable forest plantations reduces the demand for wood from natural forests. Particleboard is an engineered wood panel with uniform density in the core layer which ensures good screw-holding properties.
The use of one single species of rubberwood, even density, for production of Green River particleboard results in longer life of cutting tools compared with other particleboards produced with mixed wood materials.