tipwood a substitute for wood has been developed for use in the construction industry. Tipwood maintains the aesthetic nature of wood but scores over the latter as it is termite-proof, fire-resistant, does not need solvent treatment and maintenance-free. The technology behind the product, made by Tipco Industries Ltd (til), is a combination of synthetic resins and renewable fibres -- jute. The result of five years of research and development is a composite that can act as a replacement for wood.
Tipwood products are eco-friendly. The products do not swell when immersed in water. Wood absorbs upto 6-8 per cent moisture when immersed in boiling water, whereas in the case of Tipwood the figure was only 0.3 per cent.
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