What a Waste of scarce natural resource! However, the protection due to non-grant or restricted grant of new licenseshas made the industry to flourish as almost no new entrant could penetrate the closely held door industry. Just to know as an eye opener on how adversely it affects our green cover is evident from below figures.

Let us evaluateone Door of size: 2135mm X 915 mm x 35mm. It will require a filling material of 0.055m3. India constructs on an average 20 lacs homes each year and with an average of 5 doors per home a colossal figure of 100 lacs door required each year PAN India.

Our quality of aged plantation utility factor is very low One tree: Total volume = 1,5 m³- 30% usable area because of crooked trunks, branches, termite= 0.45 m³ usable timber. Total demand required to infill door needs of India 12 LACS TREES EVERY YEAR. Everyone know we have no plantations grown for use of the industry to support this infill use. Instead of correcting timber use we whimper on rising temperatures each summer, shorter winters and scanty rains in the rainy season.

But why can’t we Indians say NO to our obsession for timber infilled door?

Save the plantations for better use!! Why do we choose to use an infill material which makes a door nothing but a panel to close a hole in the wall?? The world looks at the door as a performance material to provide privacy of Sight and privacy of Sound as well. Do Indian Doors provide for both? Answer is NO.

Sleek Boards has opened a new business opportunity for furniture manufacturers to foray into the door industry with 100% engineered material eliminating need for any forest department approval. Door now is a piece of Furniture and not a piece of construction material as in past. Now you too can make doors in your furniture factory to cater to large housing / Smart City projects closeby to your factory or in your stronghold markets. Several builders who are providing built in kitchens and built in wardrobes as project amenities are happy to source matching doors from same furniture manufacturers. Several furniture manufacturers have already begun to make beautiful performance doors. How about you?

Sleek Boards are equipped to supply all three engineered components to make doors 1. Engineered LVL for stiles and Rails 2. Tubular Boards for infill and 3.Moisture resistant HDF (Plain, Melamine faced, Painted and Veneered skins) for the faces. You can do edging using PVC or timber lipping in your factory. Glue can be your choice- Cold or Hot pressing.Additionally, KD timber/ Moisture resistant MDF for making door frames is also available making a one stop solution for complete door set manufacture.Now you can make doors as well as frames in combination of various engineered material options to fit every budget. You can add a complete range to offer internal doors, Fire rated doors for 30 minutes, 45 minutes and 60 minutes , sound proof (acoustic) doors from 23dB to 46dB as well as combination doors for dual fire cum acoustic performances.

Doors and Doorsets with 100% sustainable engineered materials with PEFC Certification which are giving consumer a strong yet lighter door, impact resistant, providing fire safety to greater extent and cutting down the noise and low formaldehyde emission for safe breathing internal air quality is now available for you to produce and market and catch the Smart City boom with solutions for better doors to Indian markets.

COMPARISON OF FLUSH DOORS TECHNOLOGIES
COMPONENT/PROPERTY OLD FLUSH DOOR FULLY ENGINEERED DOOR
THICKNESS AVAILABLE 30, 32, 35 & 40MM 30, 32, 35, 40, 44, 50 MM
ECONOMICAL THICKNESS 30 & 32MM 30, 32, 35, 40, 44, 50 MM
STILES & RAILS TIMBER LVL/MDF(MOISTURE RESISTANT)
INFILL TIMBER MADE FROM RECYCLED RESIDUES
SKIN VENEERS OF TIMBER HDF MOISTURE RESISTANT
WEIGHT HEAVY VALUE WEIGHT
SURFACE TELEGRAPHING /SHADOWING SMOOTH SURFACE
  CAN BE SEEN
  UNDULATION FELT
IMPACT RESISTANCE VARIES BY SPECIES MIN 20KGS/CM2
  OF INFILL
CLIMATE STABILITY MEDIUM-PRONE TO HIGH- EXTREME HIGH
  BENDING STABILITY
FIRE RESISTANCE 10-12 MINUTES 20-22 MINUTES
COMMERCIAL DOOR low burning rate inspite of tubular construction
ECOFRIENDLINESS DRAIN ON TIMBER SAVES TIMBER
  10 Million doors need 1.2 million trees as infill Green technology
WHETHER PROPERTIES YES YES
MEET STANDARDS
SOUND REDUCTION 22dB 25dB AND ABOVE
COMMERCIAL DOOR               Base level EVERY 3dB REDUCTION YOU HEAR HALF
GLOBAL USAGE DIMINISHING RAPIDLY INCREASING
  & IN USE 78 COUNTRIES
YEARS IN USE 35-40 YEARS 64 YEARS
INFESTATION TERMITES/BORERS POSSIBILITIES FREE OF INSECTS/BORERS

Interested to add a product line to your furniture range? Improve turnover? Improve profits?

Write to sleekboards@gmail.com.

Mr. Nitin Vaze is a well-known figure in the world of panel products in India and international markets, having been in the business for several decades. His company, Sleek Boards (India) LLP., is one of the country’s leaders in marketing a variety of technologically advanced panel products.