1st trip to Asia

Between 27th of November and 4th of December,  representatives of all project partners went to  Malaysia and Thailand, visiting in total 13 companies, institutes, organisations and universities. First contacts were established, the concept was presented and the framework was set for further cooperation.“ 

During their stay at FRIM (Forest Research Institute Malaysa) in Kepong the visitors were given deep insights into the large variety of technical equipment available at the institute. Focus was set on sawmilling, preservation, drying and material testing technologies.
Technical discussions with FRIM Staff about project participation and first steps, lead by Dr. Gan Kee Seng. The German project team is in this case taking great advantage of the extraordinary experience of one of the founders of Palmwood R+D (Prof. Dr. Fruehwald), who has during his career at Hamburg University stayed many times at FRIM and is still well known there.
First contact with real oil palms for most of the industrial partners from Germany: Lead by Prof. Edi of UPM the visitors were taken on a tour to see several oil palm plantations at different stages in their life cycle. This picture shows a discussion inside a very “young” plantation (about 3 year old oil palm trees), right at the verge to enter its productive period.
At the beginning of their trip to Malaysia and Thailand, the German delegation met at Jowat Manufacturing SDN BHD in Bandar Enstek for starting discussions and final preparations of all upcoming meetings. A factory tour was followed by discussions of wood and adhesive technologies at the technical center: Foreground: Andreas Kisselbach (Leitz) and Stefan Moehringer (Moehringer); Background: Michaella Nunes (R&D Jowat Malaysia), Prof. Dr. Dieter Fink (Palmwood R+D) and Max Theobald of Leitz Tools (Singapore).
Max Theobald discussing with Dr. Hubertus Zeddies of Minda and Jowat local staff (Dr. Palanikumar Maniam (R&D) and Mohd Hafiz).
Visit of MPOB (Malaysian Palm Oil Board) oil palm fibres MDF pilot plant (f.l.t.r.: Max Theobald & Andreas Kisselbach; Leitz/ Dr. Hartmut Henneken; Jowat / Dr. Anis Mokhtar; MPOB/ Dr. Hubertus Zeddies; Minda/ Dr. Stefan Möhringer; Möhringer/ Prof. Dr. Dieter Fink; Palmwood R+D).
Meeting at UPM (Universiti Putra Malaysia): Lead by Chairman Prof. Dr. Zaidon Ashaari (Deputy Dean/ Faculty of Forestry (Research & Innovation)) the German visitors presented their project approach and discussed the state-of-the-art of OPT research in Malaysia and at UPM.
Chairman Dato Dr. Jalaluddin Harun/ Director General of MTIB (Malaysian Timber Industry Board/ Ministry Of Plantation Industries & Commodities) hosted a meeting of the German delegation at his site. The meeting was also attended by representatives of MTC (Malaysian Timber Council) and MTCC (Malaysian Timber Certification Council); (left: German delegation, middle: Dato Dr. Jalaluddin, right: MTIB, MTC and MTCC). Besides talking about technical details concerning production of oil palm trunk based products a special focus was set to discuss certification issues, market situation and promotion events.

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