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3A Composites' Baltek SBC is C-neutral core material

Dec '20
Pic: 3A Composites
Pic: 3A Composites
3A Composites Core Materials, as first supplier of balsa wood core materials from FSC-certified plantations to the market, has passed the annual FSC review. It has also confirmed Baltek SBC as first carbon-neutral core material in the world. Baltek SBC comes from 100 per cent controlled plantations, with full traceability from the seed to the finished good.

Sustainable forest management has ever since been a key element in the wood production of 3A Composites Core Materials. The company’s Ecuadorian forestry site passed the annual FSC review in November 2020.

“We are not only pleased to continue supplying the market with our balsa products from sustainable resources but also that our sustainable forestry plan has ensured the availability of prime balsa wood to meet the growing demand of our customers even in this challenging year filled with supply chain concerns,” says Juan Matheus, global product manager Baltek products. “Passing the annual review, it proves our commitment to the FSC-requirements and that we just believe to do the right thing – not only for the environment but also for the communities we work in and for the standards of the industry.”

Its structural core material Baltek SBC comes from 100 per cent controlled plantations as 3A Composites Core Materials owns and manages several thousand ha of FSC-certified balsa plantations in Ecuador (FSC-C019065) and Papua New Guinea (FSC-C125018) allowing to be the only one in the market with full traceability of the wood from the seed to the finished good and ensuring the product’s quality from legal plantations. Providing a natural material that is biodegradable, 3A Composites Core Materials contributes to the carbon neutrality efforts of the industries they serve to ensure the circular economy.

The company even goes beyond the requirements. Its Baltek SBC is the first carbon neutral core material in the world capturing more GHG emissions than caused by the production and making therefore a clear positive impact on the climate.

3A Composites Core Materials’ sustainability plan at the forestry sites is in line with three areas of the United Nations SDGs and FSC Certification Principles and Criteria and covers significant reduction of environmental pollution, the conservation of natural resources and the economic, social and ecological well-being of the communities in which the company operates. The company has been awarded with the SACHA Acknowledgements for Responsible Forest Management and Responsible Wood Innovations Award and the United Nations Global Compact Award for Best Practices for Sustainable Development.

“Balsa is an amazing lightweight wood and native species of Ecuador. We leave the natural ecosystems by holding and managing own plantations and not touching primary forest,” says Eric Gauthier, CEO 3A Composites Core Materials. “Our divers global team is deeply committed and lives our values every day. I am confident that we will continue to make further progress in the coming years.”

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