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Inspection of Canadian Treated Wood at its 4th Year Finds Them Intact in Korea

Tae Hwang

By Tae Hwang

Program Manager / Market Development & Market Access, Canada Wood Korea

March 19, 2015

FPInnovations, GNTECH and CWK inspecting stakes. Some of control stakes were replaced due to sever decay.

FPInnovations, GNTECH and CWK inspecting stakes. Some of control stakes were replaced due to sever decay.

Jieying Wang, Senior Scientist, Durability and Sustainability, FPInnovations, visited Korea and conducted inspection of Spruce and Hemlock stakes treated to Canadian Standards at the field stake testing site in Jinju, a city located in Gyeongnam Province, on October 22nd, 2014 in collaboration with Professor Jong Bum Ra, Gyeongnam National University of Science and Technology (GNTECH) and Canada Wood Korea.

Professor Ra and Senior Scientist Wang examining ground proximity specimens

Professor Ra and Senior Scientist Wang examining ground proximity specimens

Field testing of stakes in ground contact condition and pieces on concrete masonry blocks for ground proximity test are set up in 2010 in order to collect scientific data on the performance of treated Canadian wood and Jieying has been visiting Korea every year for the inspection and has found that treated Canadian Spruce and Hemlock are all in excellent condition in its 4th year of testing, while untreated control samples were attacked by fungi and termites and some have to be replaced.

Professor Ra and Senior Scientist Wang inspect a stake for evaluation.

Professor Ra and Senior Scientist Wang inspect a stake for evaluation.

The performance data collected from the field testing will strongly support more use of Canadian wood in treated wood market and devising of proper use category and treatment standards in Korea, where scientific data of performance of treated wood lacks.