Teak is a durable hardwood produced by the species Tectona grandis. It is rich in oil, giving it a superior ability to withstand the elements and making it ideal for constructing buildings, outdoor furniture, flooring and decking.
World consumption of hardwoods, such as teak, amounted to 1,657 million M3 in 2012, an increase of 2.4% from the global figure exhibited five years previously. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), conducted a Teak Resources and Market Assessment in 2011, surveying 60 tropical countries. The survey showed that natural teak forests are declining worldwide and that the quality of natural grown teak wood is deteriorating. The survey also revealed that plantation teak forests are producing high quality timber.
There is an international boycott on felling teak trees in the world’s natural rainforests so the only alternative source of supply is cultivated plantations. It is an ideal species for plantations because it grows quickly.
At just 6 months the trees are already approximately 10 feet high. By year 5 they are well established as young durable trees, the girth and height will have grown significantly and starting to gain considerable canopy mass. At year 18 the trees exhibit ideal moisture content, sap density and girth for optimum commercial use.