Hardwood Timber Manufacturing and Processing
Raw material grading
To maximize the value of the resource, Lafor’s grading technicians classify each log with great care; and with their extensive knowledge, they also make sure that every log is classified the best way.
To ensure high-quality products resulting from hardwood timber manufacturing and processing, Lafor’s experienced and well-trained production technicians use the latest available technology, including band saw, twin band saw, a multi-blade rip, optimizing machine, cut off saw. Steaming
The hardwood timber manufacturing and processing continues with steaming. The beechwood timber is steamed right after it is sawn, and before it has a chance to be exposed to accidental air-drying. After steaming, the white sapwood becomes much darker, looking at times almost as dark as the heartwood. The heartwood, when heated, also changes color, becoming a little bit darker. These color effects develop throughout the lumber and not just at the surface. Steaming is a process to improve sapwood's appearance and becoming more critical nowadays as log diameters are smaller, meaning more timber with a higher percentage of sapwood.
During steaming process, the beech lumber takes on a distinctive pink color. After steaming, the hot lumber is removed from the steaming chamber, stickered, air-dried, and afterward loaded into a dry kiln room.
Lafor’s longtime kiln drying expertise and the right equipment make us hardwood timber leaders, including difficult to dry, thick timber. With over 1,700cubm of kiln drying capacity and massive air-dry lumber storage warehouses, Lafor Wood Products can deliver large quantities of export-ready hardwood timber just in time. Grading
For hardwood timber manufacturing and processing, we employ the latest grading technology: scanners, optimizing machines along very experienced technicians in order to maximize the yield and to deliver high-quality products to our customers. We continually invest in the most efficient and precise computer-aided equipment to ensure maximum production output while retaining quality
Most of our timber is produced in advance and sold to customers at a later time. Custom hardwood timber is made to order. For specific orders, customers are welcome to inspect the hardwood timber at our sawmill.