Kebony’s hardwood alternative enjoys rock solid sales
For many years, Norwegian manufacturer Kebony has provided an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional hardwoods such as teak and iroko, materials that are staples both above and below decks on yachts of all sizes.
Kebony technology utilises a process that enables faster growing softwoods such as pine to adopt similar characteristics to hardwood, achieved by impregnating the wood with a bio based liquid derived from crop waste.
The result is a hard-wearing wood, ideal for decking, that has a substantially lower carbon footprint than its tropical hardwood equivalent.
Kebony’s latest project a partnership with RAND picnic boats, a Danish company that has been working at developing a fleet of environmentally friendly-solar powered electric pleasure boats.
Given the environmentally sound credentials of the new project, the decision to use Kebony in the boats was a simple one.
Carsten Løppenthin Møller, Kebony Denmark MD, explained: “Kebony wood is being used on the boat helm, table and decking and these are areas that will be constantly exposed to the elements.
“In these conditions, Kebony develops a very attractive silver-grey patina over time and requires no further maintenance apart from normal cleaning.
“At the same time, it represents an ecologically sound alternative to traditional hardwoods.”
Sales in Kebony remain strong and construction has commenced on Kebony’s second European factory, which is situated in Flanders, which represents a £17m investment and will create 25 new jobs in the area.
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