Glulam Plant – a brief highlight on its launching

With changing economic scenario and increasing demand from the customers, Natural Resources Development Corporation (NRDCL) is always keen to venture into product diversification and value addition.

The introduction of glulam technology for meeting the special sized and length timber is seen as a useful venture for the company. With collaborative approach between NRDCL and Royal Academy Project (RAP), the first ever glulam technology got introduced in the country with the inauguration of a pilot plant on the 10th day of March 2016 at Pangbisa in Paro. Glulam is produced by laminating a number of smaller pieces of timber into a single, large, strong, structural member where wood is bonded together with special glue and compressed.

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                    DHI Chairman inaugurates the plant                                  Guests with sample products

The introduction of glulam technology is expected to meet the following objectives;

a) The collaborative approach between NRDCL and RAP for introduction of glulam pilot project is to meet the supply of glulam timber for the Academy.

b) To showcase the technology and create alternative choice of timber resources for construction industry in the country.

c) To introduce finger jointing in the long run and make judicious use of small and short length wood that would otherwise get wasted.

Due to absence of expertise within the country, Mr. Chris Haring, President of Haring Group of Companies Ltd. Muttenz in Switzerland, who already had some past association with the DoFPS was taken on board for technical support. Three staff from NRDCL has been trained by the consultant in Switzerland for few weeks on glulam instructions.

During the inauguration, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NRDCL while welcoming the guests briefed on how the glulam project came into existence for the long term benefit of saving the timber resources. The CEO extended his heartfelt gratitude to all the stakeholders who contributed to make the project successful. Some of the future plans were also shared to the participants especially relating to glulam processing plans and certification of its product on quality aspects.

The occasion was graced by the Hon’ble Chairman of Druk Holding and Investments (DHI) as the Chief Guest with senior officials from the DHI, NRDCL Board, RAP, CEO’s of various DHI Owned Companies, DoFPS, Bhutan Trust Fund, Swiss Development Cooperation, Bhutan office etc.

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               Address by the Chief Guest                                              Demonstration by the Consultant

The Chief Guest thanked the management of NDCL and RAP for taking the initiative to introduce glulam technology in the country despite the hurdles and shared some of the his thoughts as below;

The introduction of glulam technology for value addition and saving of resources is in line with the vision of their Majesties - the fourth and the fifth Kings and urged the relevant stakeholders to further work hard and improve the overall efficiency in close coordination with the consultant.

While the priority is to meet the supply of timber to RAP, it is important to promote to other customers, as well. As no private sector could initiate this project, so far, it is a big scope for NRDCL to showcase the benefit of the technology and its final product to construction industry in the near future. As the technology picks up, the private entrepreneurs may come forward and take it over, as well, remarked the Chairman. The Chairman also stressed his concerns on future scope of glulam product and its sustainability. He expressed his willingness to render any support towards the improvement of the technology and the product.

The keynote address of the Chairman was followed by the remarks from the Consultant, Mr. Chris Haring. He spelt out the huge scope of accepting the product in the Bhutanese as well as outside market and urged that the work should be carried forward with due diligence to make it a success.

The plant was formally inaugurated by the Chief Guest followed by demonstration process on glulam production by the Consultant and our team members.

Following this, a guided tour of the Royal Academy Project site was organized by the Project Director of RAP and the programme ended at around 2.00 PM.