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    Author(s): Zhiyong Cai
    Date: 2010
    Source: 2009 Wood and Fiber Product Seminar : VTT and USDA joint activity, September 22-23, 2009. VTT symposium ; 263. [Helsinki], Finland : VTT, c2010: p. 43-51: ISBN: 9789513875893 (soft back ed.): 951387589X (soft back ed.): 9789513875909 (electronic ed.): 9513875903 (electronic ed.)
    Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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    Our forests are a naturally renewable resource that has been used as a principal source of bio-energy and building materials for centuries. The growth of world population and affluence has resulted in substantial increases in demand and in consumption for all raw materials. Resulting increases in demand for wood products provides a unique opportunity for developing new generations of renewal, sustainable and materials efficient bio-based composites. The 100-year history of the softwood plywood industry provides a good example of a successful development of an idea, a process, and eventually marketable product. The key to effectively developing marketable bio-based composites for use as building products that can be used for construction of safe and affordable structures is to identify the research and development and market needs for such products. This includes understanding the requirements for product performance, engineering processes, and product implementation.

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    Cai, Zhiyong. 2010. Opportunities of using bio-based materials for value-added composites. In: Harlin, Ali; Vikman, Minna, eds. 2009 Wood and fiber product seminar, VTT and USDA joint activity, VTT Symposium 263. 2009 September 22-23. Helsinki, Finland: VTT, c2010: 43-51: ISBN: 9789513875893 (soft back ed.): 951387589X (soft back ed.): 9789513875909 (electronic ed.): 9513875903 (electronic ed.)


    Value added, forest products industry, marketing, forest products, economic aspects, composite materials, building materials, sustainable forestry, sustainability, market surveys, plywood, supply, demand, renewable natural resources, research, consumption, laminated wood, veneers, veneering, plywood, history, biocomposites, softwoods, utilization, review article

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