Balsa wood is one of the lightest and most pliable industrial timbers available today. This popular wood, grown in Ecuador, is much loved for its buoyancy and excellent ability to insulate vibration, sound, and heat. Because of the balsa tree’s high growth rate, this timber is an environmentally friendly choice for various usages, such as wooden house construction and decoration, surfboards, roofing, furniture, ceiling panels, and composite structures. The wood is converted into an essential and sustainable construction material, balsa core boards and sheets. These construction materials have gained popularity because of their exceptional lightweight, thermal insulation, natural fire retardancy, and excellent mechanical properties. Moreover, they are all-natural, non-toxic, safe, and renewable alternatives to polymeric foams such as polyurethane, polystyrene, concrete, or metals like aluminum and copper
How do we manufacture balsa wood core boards and sheets? The recycled balsa wood is defibrated using thermomechanical pulping, which utilizes an atmospheric refiner to produce a wood fiber/water mixture. Subsequently, this mixture is foamed and dried, generating a pressure-resistant balsa core foam without using synthetic binding agents. Thus, our balsa foam core materials have no chemicals or artificial additives. At APM, we commit to the sustainability and high-end quality of the process, from locally sourced, all-natural raw materials and state-of-the-art manufacturing processes down to the packaging and on-time delivery to the end user. Moreover, we utilize new technology that uses emitted CO2 as raw material for the foaming process, thus promoting a carbon neutral economy. Our balsa core material comes from 100% all natural and authentic balsa wood grain, sourced and produced in Ecuador.
There are hundreds of commercial uses for this material. For example, the manufacture of sandwich composite panels is one of balsa core’s popular applications. These panels are used for thermal and noise insulation, ceilings, and windows for private houses, commercial buildings, wooden house construction and decoration, and industrial building construction, among other uses. They are also used in laminated structures commonly found in doors, ceiling and roofing panels, partitions, and sidewalls and seat bottoms for vehicles (such as cars, buses, and trucks), trains, yachts, and cruise ships. Due to its durability and lightweight properties, balsa core board can also be used to manufacture indoor and outdoor furniture, such as tables, benches, chairs, walking closets, and drawers. They are also used in marine hulls, decking, engine beds, bulkheads, and interior construction and decoration.
Moreover, these core boards and sheets are also used in wind turbine construction, specifically in the rotor blades and nacelles. The defense and aerospace industries also use it in aircraft interior structures, golf carts, cargo pellets and containers, and floor construction panels, among others. An additional primary application of balsa core boards is in the construction of surf and ski boards. And the list goes on and on!
What kind of processing techniques are used for our balsa core boards and sheets to turn them into useful items?
Lamination is a way of making a composite system that improves stability, appearance, mechanical strength, and performance by sandwiching our core material. It can be done manually and mechanically with adhesive bonding or by spraying resin and chopped fiber using a handgun. Our balsa core board is a great candidate for this because of its excellent compatibility with resins, initiating a complete sandwich panel construction used for noise and thermal insulation, and even fire-retardant panels, roofing, and ceilings
This is an additional processing technique used in making composite panels to improve the material's mechanical properties, physical strength, and thermal and chemical stability. Pre-preg is a term for composite materials that are "pre-impregnated" with resins and then hardened, such as in the case of carbon, graphite, or glass fibers. This pre-impregnation can be done via heat, solvent, or resin filming.
In this processing technique, the core material is placed in a temperature-controlled chamber and then reshaped under pressure using a hydraulic press. This makes it possible to compress, mold, and shape balsa foam material easily. These materials are known for their easy workability, significantly extending their uses from indoor to outdoor applications.
Our balsa core boards offer many advantages compared to their alternatives, such as aluminum, concrete, and polystyrene foams.
First, they are an all-natural, completely organic, and renewable alternative to these polymeric-based foams
They also have superior mechanical properties, such as exceptional strength-to-weight ratio, fatigue and impact resistance, excellent durability, and exceptionally lightweight!
Balsa core boards are widely known for their phenomenal sound. Their thermal insulation is also naturally based on fire-resistant material. In the event of a fire, no toxic chemicals are produced, so it is safe for your health and sustainable for the environment. They are halogen-free!
They are robust materials popular for outdoor applications because of their excellent corrosion, weather, UV, and chemical resistance properties.
Due to their easy workability and compatibility, they can be painted, laminated, or coated easily with thermoset resins and adhesives. It can reduce resin uptake by 70%. These cores have exceptional bonding properties.
Our core boards offer ultimate quality, performance, and cost-effective alternatives. This material is widely acknowledged and approved in the maritime industry, as we are certified by Lloyd’s Register and DNV GL! We deliver premium-quality products that you can trust!
At APM, we have a large selection of high-quality balsa core boards and sheets. Our raw materials and additives are sourced locally. Therefore, we guarantee absolute quality and performance. These products are 100% recyclable, compostable, and biodegradable. APM's processing technique uses neither toxic chemicals nor unsustainable additives due to our firm commitment to sustainability. You can request product specifications, TDS, and MSDS via our website, email, or phone.
We are strongly committed to the absolute quality and performance of our balsa core board and sheet materials. Our materials processing is guaranteed 100% sustainable (raw materials from all-natural and renewable sources of Balsa wood sourced from Ecuador), modern, and state-of-the-art in alignment with international environmental regulatory compliance certifications, including ISO, EPD, REACH and certified by Forest Stewardship Council (FSCTM). Apart from these, our balsa foam boards are highly acknowledged in the maritime industry, as we are registered by Lloyd’s and approved by DNV GL. We offer super competitive pricing and other benefits over other manufacturers and suppliers, including replacement material supply at no extra cost, free shipping on qualified order volumes, on-time delivery to meet target demand, and free technical support and consultancy. Moreover, we offer custom production and processing based on your application needs.
Get in touch with us via our website, email, or phone to request samples, product specifications, TDS, and MSDS. We are committed to supply you the best quality product for your application need.
Jay Mondal (CEO/CTO), PhD
Phone: +1 929 476 3870