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    Modified wood outperforms Class 1 timbers in AFRC tests

    Mathews Timber Pty Ltd

    Accoya modified wood manufactured by Accsys Technologies and available in Australia through Mathews Timber Pty Ltd showed exceptional performance over Class 1 timbers in recent tests carried out by the Australian Forest Research Company (AFRC).

    AFRC trialled Accoya modified wood against five different fungi found in Australia to determine the product’s decay resistance. The modified timber showed exceptionally high levels of resistance to decay against all five fungal species and excelled against Western Red Cedar (durability class 2) and Spotted Gum (durability class 1). Accoya also outperformed Chromated Copper Aresenate (CCA) H4 level wood preservative, Western Red Cedar, Merbau and Teak in nine-year, ground durability testing in New Zealand.

    Accoya also displayed excellent resistance against two termite species, the Coptomotermes acinaciformis and Mastotermes darwiniensis in above-ground field tests in Australia.

    According to AFRC Managing Director James Hague, Accoya showed exceptional resistance to both wood destroying fungi and Australia’s two most destructive species of termite in laboratory as well as field testing. Accoya’s performance particularly against the giant northern termite was impressive.

    Bryan Crennell, Director of Sales and Marketing at Accsys Technologies adds the AFRC tests confirm that Accoya is one of the most superior modified wood products on the market. Accsys’ confidence in Accoya is seen in the 50-year warranty offered on the product.

    Accoya modified wood has been successfully used in 15 of KFC’s restaurants across New Zealand, and was also specified for an extensive urban revitalisation project in New Plymouth, New Zealand where it was used to create street furniture.

    Made with FSC certified wood from legal, manageable and sustainable forests, Accoya is Cradle to Cradle Gold certified and offers an attractive wood product perfect for a variety of applications from windows and doors to external cladding, structural projects and decking.

    Accoya is available from Mathews Timber and Agora Timber in Australia and Timspec in New Zealand.

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