Kochi, Feb 6: Cylinder-shaped fire woods tucked neatly at one of the stalls at the ongoing Kerala Business-to-Business Meet 2016 have drawn a huge crowd of international buyers visiting the three-day event at the CIAL Trade Fair & Exhibition Centre.
Known as briquette, the new generation fire wood offers a greener and affordable alternative to petroleum-based fuels in boilers and furnaces.
Mr Salih C I, owner of Kasaragod-based B-Tree Industries which manufactures the briquettes from wood dust collected from timber factories says the briquette is less polluting when compared to petroleum-based products like diesel which is normally used in boilers.
Salih’s clientele includes manufacturers of food products, ayurvedic and herbal products and chocolate factories. His company also caters to state-owned milk producer Milma.
At the B2B Meet, Salih received many inquiries from international buyers mainly from Belgium, Australia, Sri Lanka and the US. He has also got invitation from Sri Lanka to start a unit there.
“Some factories which were using LPG in their boilers, have now moved to briquette as this is cheaper,” he added. Above all, this can produce more heat than other conventional fuels. The firewood when burned produces less ash compared to normal wood.
Briquette is manufactured by compressing dried wood dust. Around 60 tons of briquettes can be produced from B-Tree’s plant in a day. Now there is a demand for 40 tons of briquettes per day for the company.
Stalls featuring traditional Kerala-style furniture were another crowd-puller from the timber industry segment at the B2B Meet. “There has been a high demand for traditional style furniture,” said Prem Sagar, Manager, Prime Decor Furniture.
Shri P M Francis, Director, Industries and Commerce said “It is commendable that the furniture industry is coming up with innovative ideas for promoting the sector even at the time of online furniture showrooms. The efforts taken by manufacturers in finding new markets for the traditional furniture industry are really laudable.”
The B2B Meet featured 20 stalls dedicated to SMEs engaged in wood-based industries. The meet concluded on Saturday.
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