3A expands balsa holdings by 20 percent

3A Composites has purchased more land in Ecuador to expand its balsa wood plantations, and invested in additional industrialization.

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With its latest purchase of land, 3A Composites (Sins, Switzerland) has increased its balsa plantation base by 20 percent and now owns almost 10,000 hectares in Ecuador. This significant increase in plantation capacity, combined with investments in machinery, further strengthens 3A Composites’ position in the balsa core materials business. The company is confident that customers will always have access to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified balsa.

With its strength and stiffness characteristics, balsa is a core material of choice for many sandwich applications ranging from wind rotor blades to marine as well as construction applications. 3A Composites owns the entire product cycle from seedling to finished core material and can guarantee long term supply volumes as well as process and quality controls, resulting in trademarked BALTEK SBC – the only FSC-certified balsa world-wide.

3A Composites has focused on innovation as well as continuous investment in additional industrialization and automation, combined with a commitment to sustainability. Roman Thomassin, CEO of 3A Composites Core Materials states “Long-term availability guarantees for BALTEK balsa, combined with tomorrow’s enhanced products, assures that we can offer a local supply chain to our customers in a volatile market place.”