Teak characteristics

Teak (Tectona grandis) is one of the world´s most highly valuable hardwood timbers, famous for its dark color, fine grain and exceptional durability.

There is broad consensus that global roundwood demand, including teak, will continue to increase over the long term. The global market will continue to consume increasing volumes of forest products, mainly driven by population growth and economic development.

Teak occurs naturally in India, Myanmar, Laos and Thailand, and has since been successfully introduced into other regions of the world for commercial purposes. The supply of natural teak logs into the world timber market has been drastically reduced due to the high rate of deforestation, combined with export bans of naturally sourced teak logs. With the decreasing availability of teak from native forests, plantation teak has become an increasingly important source of timber to meet the growing demand.