Palmholz Co.,Ltd.will establish
a consortium for OPT utilization

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Problems with OPT

Oil palm is planted to squeeze palm oil in Malaysia,Indonesia and so on. The fats and oils found in fruits are used for soap and edible vegetable oil, which is the first rank among vegetable oils in the world.
Oil palm was brought to Malaysia in the 1900s and planted in a vast plantation. As a result, it became a production country accounting for 51% of world production, but the infulence on the environment as conpensation is very large, and it is a problem now.
Oil palm begins to bear fruit in 3 years, and palm oil can be squeezed. But the amount of fruit decreases with time, so in order to stably extract palm oil in 25-30 years oil palm must be cut and replanted.
Originally fruit and empty fruit bunches are valuable as resources, but the oil palm trunk (Oil Palm Trunk = OPT) is not strong enough to be used as a building material because of its low strength. There remains a problem with the processing method because of no use OPT after felling.
For this reason, the plantation has become a state that is full of OPT which has been cut down. Currently, Palmholz is researching how to use it.
In order to squeeze palm oil, it is necessary to plant oil palm, so it is inevitable to cut down oil palm that is not worth it. This is a problem for oil palm plantations.

Research on utilization of OPT

If the use of oil palm trunks (OPT) can be realized, it will become a new value for oil palm plantations and contribute to environmental problems caused by felling.
So we started researching how to use OPT. The research was carried out with the formation of “TEAM Palmholz” with about 20 experts.

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As a study on the utilization of OPT, we assumed that the compression technology of Japanese ceder (Sugi) could be applied. Compression technology was originally developed in Sugi utilization research where many trees were planted in Japan after the war and utilization after felling was a problem. This technology is patented by our previous company.
Based on this assumption, we started research on compression of OPT. OPT, which has completely different properties from Sugi.We struggled to adjust the weight of the pressher. But unlike cedar, we found a merit that the material included in OPT can be used instead of adhesive, and make plywood without any petrochemical adhesive.
After repeated research, we succeeded in transforming OPT into plywood using compression technology.

Verification of utilization of OPT

In order to verify whether OPT, which was reborn as a valuable resource of plywood with high added value that does not use any petrochemical substances due to compression technology, could be a valuable resource, we conducted an experiment with model construction in Japan.
As a result, we were able to obtain model construction results that can be used in the same way as other building materials. OPT has proven to be a valuable resource.

OPT installation example

The following is an example of building using OPT.

  • KKR Gero Shirasagi

    Gero-city, Gifu-pref. Japan

    By using Japanese cypress (Hinoki) compression material on the surface of OPT, the surface gives the texture of Hinoki, and OPT and Hinoki are integrally molded, so it feels full of luxury of Hinoki solid wood. It is using into the bridge and the washroom wall and counter. The bridge is at over a pond of a gardenl. It is the worst place for timber, but it has been used for two years without any problems.

  • Nagoya University of Economics

    Inuyama-city, Aichi-pref. Japan

    By using compressed material of Sugi and OPTl, the surface gives the texture of Sugi. OPT is using for the core part of the bench installed outside the university. Unlike using 100% Sugi, it not only increases strength but also reduces costs by up to 1/3.

Construction examples using the same technology as OPT

This is not an example of OPT application, but we will introduce an example of construction that uses the same technology as OPT. They can be constructed with OPT.

  • Toyota City Hall

    Toyota-city, Aichi-pref. Japan

    By using Sugi compression material on the surface, the outlooks has Sugi texture. Unlike using 100% Sugi, it not only increases three times of the wear resistance strength but also reduces the cost up to 1/3.

  • Fukiage Library

    Hioki-city, Kagoshima-pref. Japan

    By using Sugi compression material on the surface, the outlooks has Sugi texture and the wear resistance is tripled. Unlike using 100% cedar, it not only increases wear strength but also reduces the costs up to 1/3.

  • Aya Teruha Dome

    Higashimorōkata-gun, Miyazaki-pref. Japan

    By using Sugi compression material on the surface, the outlooks has Sugi texture and the wear resistance is tripled. Unlike using 100% cedar, it not only increases wear strength but also reduces the costs up to 1/3. By increasing the strength, it can fully use against competitions that place a burden on the floor such as wheelchair baskets.

In addition, we found that OPT can be used on a cell-by-cell basis. OPT can be fully utilized.

  • Plywood

  • Vascular bundles

  • Soft tissue

For OPT utilization

We have researched and developed the use of OPT for more than 12 years without leaving precious resources. We have tried to establish plywood processing technology, use of vascular bundles, and use of soft tissue. The activative use of OPT is mostly successful.
Therefore, in order to expand the utilization of OPT as a business, we will secure stable supply route of OPT, support mass production technology of OPT plywood, research and development of manufacturing using OPT, and sale of products using OPT. We will establish a consortium (joint venture) in spring of 2020 between Malaysian members, which are actively producing palm oil and struggling with the use of OPT.

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About the consortium

Background

Sugi is light and soft and occupies most of Japanese forest, but its use is limited due to light, soft and low strength. So the wood research company Mywood Corporation, the predecessor of Team Palmholz, was established. So far, it had received a total investment of more than 1.2 billion yen from Japanese government agencies and have succeeded in developing Sugi compression.
This was sent to the market as an excellent building material with high wear resistance, and has gained a market enough to be continuously used as an indispensable building material in the construction industry.
One day, Fukuyama, one of founder (founder) of Palmholz Co., Ltd., saw the news on TV. OPT, which may be a high-quality material with fewer nodes than Sugi, becomes a good resource in Japan and can be used as an unused resource.Succeeded in Sugi for the first time in Japan by seeing OPT that could become an unfilled resource and telling Malaysia the compression technology that supports the Japanese building industry I began to think that my business could be applied to Malaysian OPT.

Shortly after consulting with a university professor in Indonesia, Fukuyama started research on applying compression technology to OPT with experts from the team “Mywood Co., Ltd.” who was involved in the development of compression technology in Sugi.
Palm oil from oil palm is the most used edible oil in the world. Oil palm planting area is 6.5 million ha in Malaysia and twice as large in Indonesia as OPT, which is an unused resource I thought it would be a very useful resource if I could use it.
12 years later, as a result of long-term research and development and collection of local information on Indonesia, Malaysia, Colombia, Nigeria, etc.

Now that the manufacturing technology has been established, the team “Palmholtz” has finally come to the stage of commercialization in Malaysia.
However, launching the world's first big business in Malaysia, an oil palm plantation and timber industry, in a foreign country, Malaysia cannot be easily accomplished by a single Japanese company. Collaboration with many companies is indispensable.
Therefore, by launching this consortium, team “Palm Holtz” met local companies suitable for collaboration, learned from each other, overcome each other's challenges, and utilized unused resources in Malaysia to utilize oil palm plantations and timber industry I wanted to start a business that innovated and contributed to the goals of many SDGs.

Objective

By revitalizing the Malaysian timber industry through the mass production of OPT compacted materials and utilizing unused resources (OPT), both Japanese and Malaysian companies became WIN-WIN and started new businesses in the process. Wake up to create a place of employment in rural areas and practice many SDG issues such as reducing the poor and protecting the environment.

Application overview

  • Oil palm farms who are interested in using OPT and can make a partner with wood processing companies.

  • Wood processing companies who are interested in using OPT and can make a partner with oil palm farms

  • Investors who are interested in OPT utilization, environmental conservation and SDGs.

  • Companies interested in production and sales using plywood.

  • A company who is interested in using OPT and can make products together with friendly to the people and the environment.

Activity content

  • Technical transfer of compression technology to Malaysian companies and joint ventures

  • Procuring stable raw materials from the oil palm plantation

  • Establish a mass production system and quality control system for factories that perform compression processing

  • Establish a sales system for OPT consolidated board materials

  • Establishing a logistics system that is necessary in every part of the production process

  • Holding forums to strengthen collaboration between related companies and explore new paths

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About organization overview

team name TEAM Palmholz
leader director FUKUYAMA Masao(Palmholz Co.,Ltd)
Address 2-63 Matumoto-cho Inuyama- City Aichi 484-0086 Japan
Member
  • ARIMA Takanori (The University of Tokyo professor emeritus)
  • TAKASU Yasuo (Aichi Industrial Reserch Association)
  • OZAKI Masaaki (JETORO)
  • NAGATANI Kazumi (JETORO)
  • YAMADA Minoru (JK intellectual property strategy patent attorney office)
  • MORITA Kenichi (SO-A International Patent Firm)
  • HIRABAYASHI Jun (QUNIE CORPORATION)
  • ITO Koji (INOAC CORPORATION)
  • KATO Hidetsugu (INOAC CORPORATION - previous company)
  • HIBINO Ryotaro open_in_newPalmholz Co.,Ltd
  • FUKUYAMA Masao open_in_newPalmholz Co.,Ltd
  • GETTO Hideo open_in_newPalmholz Co.,Ltd
  • KATO Masaru open_in_newPalmholz Co.,Ltd

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Registered patent
  • Patent No. 5963195 "oil palm compacted material"
  • Patent No. 6014396 “Laminated plywood”
  • Patent No.6083691 “Manufacturing method of plywood”
  • Patent No.6083692 “Manufacturing method of laminated plywood”
  • Patent No. 6083700 “Oil palm drying device and drying method”
  • Patent No. 6073701 “Compactd material and its manufacturing method”
  • Patent No.6083894 “Strain-removed compacted material and its manufacturing equipment, its manufacturing method”
  • Patent No. 6086521 "Joint composition of oil palm veneer and its joining method"
  • Patent No. 6086522 "Oil palm compacted material"
  • Patent No. 6086523 "Oil palm compacted material"
  • Patent number registered in Malaysia Patent Office: MY-166988-A “Oil Palm Molded and Manufacturing Method, Laminated Plywood”
In addition, 5 applications have been filed overseas.
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