In 2017, Sapulut partnered with Universiti Malaysia Sabah to pioneer cross-laminated timber (CLT) fabrication, marking a significant leap in construction technology. CLT offers a large-scale, prefabricated, solid-engineered wood panel with vast potential for innovation and sustainability.

Trees from Sapulut’s plantations, especially the Paraserianthes Falcataria (Batai) and Neolamarckia Cadamba (Laran) species underwent meticulous testing. These tests covered a wide range of crucial parameters for top-tier CLT development:

  1. Layer Configurations: We explored varied configurations to optimize structural integrity and load-bearing capacity.
  2. Fire Resistance: Stringent assessments ensured CLT panels meet the highest fire resistance standards for building safety.
  3. Glue Spread Amount: We precisely controlled glue spread for optimal bonding and long-term durability.
  4. Termite Resistance: Thorough evaluations assessed CLT panels’ resistance to termite attacks for structural longevity.
  5. Finger Joint Layout: Innovative layouts enhanced structural cohesion and minimized material wastage.
  6. Adhesive Properties: We explored different adhesive properties and lamina combinations to achieve the desired performance characteristics.
  7. Bonding Properties: Comprehensive analyses ensured structural reliability under diverse environmental conditions.

Strategic investment and innovation aim to position Sapulut’s CLT from Sabah’s tropical timber as a global contender in construction. Sapulut-produced CLT offers sustainability-driven benefits:

  1. Exceptional Strength: Despite its lightweight nature, Sapulut’s CLT is powerful, facilitating more accessible transportation and installation. Additionally, 
  2. Efficiency: Fast and easy installation reduces construction time and labor costs. Moreover,
  3. Performance: Superior acoustic, fire, seismic, and thermal properties ensure heightened safety and comfort for occupants. Furthermore,
  4. Minimal Waste: Minimal on-site waste contributes to a cleaner and more sustainable construction industry. Also,
  5. Flexibility: Sapulut’s CLT offers unparalleled design flexibility, fostering creativity while minimizing environmental impact.

By embracing CLT, Sapulut underscores its commitment to sustainable development, innovation, and excellence in construction. Collaborative efforts and dedication to environmental stewardship ensure Sapulut’s engineered wood solutions shape the future of construction locally and globally.