The wood based industry plays a significant role in the growth and development of Malaysia's economy. The industry contributes significantly to Malaysia's economy as a foreign exchange earner. This is reflected by the fact that gross exports of weed products amounted to RM 6.0 billion in 2001.
Of the total exports of wood products in 2001, sawn timber and wood mouldings accounted for approximately 38.3% and 10.0% of it respectively.
According to the Malaysian Industrial Development Authority, the wood based industry comprises the following sub-sectors:-
- Plywood and Block board
- Moulding and Builders Carpentry and Joinery
- Reconstituted Wood based Panels
- Furniture and Furniture Components
Discovery of Ultra-High Performance Concrete
Steel fiber reinforced reactive powder concrete (SFR-RPC) was first introduced by the French in the mid 1990's with the mechanical properties of their RPC demonstrated compressive strength greater than 200 MPa and modulus of rupture of 20-50 MPa. Today, this type of concrete is more commonly known as the ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC) instead of reactive powder concrete (RPC) due to this composite tends to exhibit superior properties such as advanced strength, durability and long-term stability when comparing to high-performance concrete (HPC). Although this technology has been developed in recent decades, yet, its presence still remains in the infant stage for many developing nations.