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Feasibility of using cinnamon as an alternative to rainforest timber : a study based on Sri Lanka

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dc.contributor.advisor Dasanayake, Prof. SWSB Paranamanage, JC 2014-05-29T13:03:44Z 2014-05-29T13:03:44Z 2014-05-29
dc.description.abstract This research is an empirical investigation on cinnamon wood in finding its possibility to use as a substitute to rainforest timber. Physical and mechanical characteristics of cinnamon wood, manufacturing tests were carried out with studying the market potential and recommend improvements in timber producing to product development and improve market potential. Situational analysis and a semi structured interviews and questionnaires were used in understanding the context and for data gathering. Relevant organisational officials, Cinnamon Exporters, Bailers, Farmers, wooden products buyers and shop visits were carried out to study timber life cycle and end products and market potential. Cinnamon timber is a low value by-product which is poorly treated. It has considerably high mechanical qualities as a raw material and also the workshop tests and observations were satisfactorily high. Eco literacy of customers were high depends on market type and market is still in a premature stage in going green. Farmers were selected from two, out of nine districts where cinnamon is cultivated in Sri Lanka. Limited numbers of laboratory tests were carried out due to limited laboratory facilities available. Shop visits and customer selection was based on Colombo area only. In the interest of developing industry of cinnamon wood product, improving quality of wood process was suggested. Also making eco-friendly wooden products improvement mechanisms and a market segment for such products were suggested. By improving a low value by-product in cinnamon industry, farmers would benefit. This also would add to the small list of end products of cinnamon made in Sri Lanka and contributing to the economic growth. Out of many researches carried out on Cinnamon industry, cinnamon timber as a by-product was never being explored in depth including commercial value improvements. The technique may suite for many eco-friendly materials for different market segments. Key words: Cinnamon wood, Rainforest timber, Technology, commercialization, Sri Lanka en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject MANAGEMENT OF TECHNLOGY - Dissertation en_US
dc.title Feasibility of using cinnamon as an alternative to rainforest timber : a study based on Sri Lanka en_US
dc.type Thesis-Abstract en_US
dc.identifier.faculty Engineering en_US MBA en_US
dc.identifier.department Department of Management of Technology en_US 2011
dc.identifier.accno 104426 en_US

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