3A Composites AirexBaltekBanova (Horgen, Switzerland) research activities on applied genetics technology to improve balsa quality in commercial plantations wasawarded with a Sacha Award in the category of Forestry Research. The Improved Balsa Genetics Program analyzes the genetic traits of interest and its propagation to obtain identical specimens, which after validation processes will be used to establish improved balsa plantations. 3A Composites AirexBaltekBanova long-term commitment to best environmental practices in the use of legal timber and forest care was also honored with a Sacha Award in the category of Forestry Management.
“3A Composites AirexBaltekBanova has always been a driver in making forestry management sustainable and we heavily invest in R&D to improve the quality of our balsa’s sourcing business. All our balsa production centers in the world are 100 percent FSC certified and our balsa products come from sustainable resources,” said Roman Thomassin, CEO of 3A Composites Core Materials division, producer and manufacturer of the AirexBaltekBanova products.
“Applied genetics to balsa cells are one of the most promising technologies to make our balsa sourcing business even more efficient and sustainable. The recognition of our Improved Balsa Genetics Program and Responsible Forestry Management projects at the Sacha Awards underlines the relevance of our activities. I congratulate the whole team on this great achievement.”
The Sacha Awards are awarded every two years for projects on best forestry management and processing of legal timber practices in Ecuador. The jury is composed of Ecuadorian and international forestry experts and is supported by the FAO, INBAR, WWF, Ecuador Forestal and other public and private organizations.
3A Composites Core Materials, a global organization with operations in Europe, North America, Ecuador and China and is part of 3A Composites, a division of Schweiter Technologies AG. The branded products AIREX and BALTEK core materials are used by fabricators to make lightweight sandwich structures for the wind energy, marine and transportation markets as well as other industrial applications.