THE AIMS OF NEWLY FORMED WOOD TECHNOLOGISTS ASSOCIATION
To create a platform for technical deliberations for making the young Wood Technologists aware of the latest developments in Wood and Wood-based industry.
To equip the Wood Technologists, who are Graduates and Post Graduates from IPIRTI, with hands-on training and assist them in guiding the Industry to run on scientific lines.
To assist the Wood Technologists to deploy their knowledge and experience for in-house R&D activities of Plywood companies throughout the country.
Traditionally, wood industries were manned by self-taught experienced workers. The Wood Technologists being available now can help correct inefficient manufacturing practices and avoid wastages/losses apart from improving the environment, and thereby improve quality, quantity and profitability of the manufacturing units.
Lots of face quality timber like GURJAN, KEURING etc. are being imported from Burma, Indonesia, Malaysia, China and other countries. Similarly, large quantities of Phenol and Methanol, used during manufacture of Synthetic Resin, are being imported. The young Wood Technologists can help in indigenous development of similar products by using local resources, thus saving valuable foreign exchange for the country. Karnataka has already taken a step towards self-reliance by planting and propagating growth and use of SILVER OAK TIMBER for manufacturer of different type of plywood panel products. As on date most of plywood factories in Karnataka are using Silver Oak which is also gaining ground in other south Indian states.
CSIR-Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology (CSIR-IHBT) at Palampur, Himachal Pradesh, has done extensive research on growth of various high-density, short-cycle rotation Timber Species, of which 10-12 timber species have shown excellent results. SILVER OAK and EUCALYPTUS are also part of this study. Young Wood Technologists can spread awareness and availability of these species, for the benefit of the industry and society.
Young Technologists, with cooperation of Plywood manufacturers along with guidance from various Research Institutes can help spread use of latest technological advancements now available thereby helping industry march towards self-reliance
WTA endeavors to fulfill dreams of our eminent Scientists, Visionaries and doyens like Late Dr. D. Narayanmurti, the father of Plywood Industry in India, Late Mr. K.S. Lauly of Indian Plywoods and Mr. A.K. Kadarkutty of Western India Plywood and other such stalwarts of Indian Plywood Industry.
ANAND AMREEK SINGH
Wood Technologist Association (WTA) is a non-government organization of plywood and other wood-processing industries in India