turns into an iwood panel
panels are made of sawdust and wood flour, or alternatively of the
husk of rice, grain or similar. Sawdust and wood flour are by-products
of the wood and the furniture industry. Both saw dust and wood flour
are used almost exclusively for generating production energy and
as a surface material for chipboards. The price paid per cubic meter
saw dust on the free market is between 34 cents and 5 euros (depending
on the area in Europe). The handling of these by-products can easily
cost more than the sales return, not to mention transport. These
extremely low prices express how difficult it is to dispose of saw
dust and wood flour.
Switzerland it is assumed that sawmill expansion will be limited
because of the lack of demand for the by-products (of which saw
dust and wood flour are a part). If these by-products cannot be
sold, operating the sawmills is no longer commercially viable. The
total volume of oddments must be marketable, as this income is vital
for the sawyers. Industry members say that clever marketing of the
by-products can mean the difference between making a profit or loss.
is especially true in the case of saw dust. Some sawyers are discussing
the necessity of 'disposing of the by-products against
a charge in the future.