Balsa Plantations | WRC Estates

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High-Quality Balsa

WR Carpenter is the largest single owner of plantation land in Papua New Guinea. We grow and harvest Balsa plantations and manufacture high quality Balsa wood for its unique low to medium density and weight specific mechanical properties.

Volcanic soils, excellent climate conditions of PNG, silver culture of seed stock, well managed nurseries and efficient operations at our Gunanur factory, ensures that high quality Balsa logs are grown sustainably and shipped internationally. To prevent extensive splitting after the felling of Balsa trees, the Gunanur factory is located in close proximity to the Balsa forests, ensuring quick turnaround times from harvest, milling to shipping.

Maintaining continuous availability and sustainability of high-quality Balsa logs throughout the year is paramount to WR Carpenter. 

Grown in a controlled and uniform plantation with utmost care, Balsa trees are logged at the 5-year age mark, cut into timber and dried in kiln dryers to produce DRST (Dry Rough Sawn Timber) Balsa. They are then sorted based on the quality and density and then processed according to the customer requirements and shipped internationally. At the same time, new seedlings from the nursery are continuously planted uniformly in the estate to ensure yearly supply of Balsa.

Balsa Nursery

Young Balsa plantation

Mature Balsa plantation

Balsa logs stacked at mill

Balsa logs to be processed

17 Balsa kiln dryers

Drying Capacity
  • 17 kiln dryers with 2,500 m3 capacity
Shipping Schedule
  • Twice weekly from Rabaul to Shanghai
Planting Style
  • Uniform planting of trees

Year Planted


Total Hectares Planted

2014


100

2015


600

2016


200

2017


1,500

2018


100

Our high-quality Balsa wood is renowned for its:

  • Low specific weight
  • Significant sound absorption and thermal insulation properties
  • High fatigue resistance
  • Excellent impact resistance
  • Compatibility with different types of resins and adhesives
  • High moisture resistance

We wholesale the world’s best Balsa in:

  • Rough sawn kiln dried luner in light density <= 110kg/m^3
  • Medium & heavy densities
  • Without sealer
  • Panel (with or without sealer)
  • Flexible scrim backed panel (with or without sealer)

Large volumes of Balsa wood have been shipped across the world for applications in the renewable wind mill industry, building and construction and other automotive and aero dynamic modelling space.

Renewable wind mill industry: 

Our recent investment in Balsa has been channelled towards supplying to renewable energy projects for a cleaner, safer and greener future.

Significant components like the rotator blades of a wind mill are crucial for the ultimate performance of the wind turbines. We have been manufacturing Balsa wood for the wind turbine industry to develop the most efficient and robust rotor blades. Balsa’s properties of light weight, rigidity, durability, long term sustainability and competitive pricing has made it an essential requirement in the development of high performing wind turbines.

Building & Construction:

With the world moving towards light weight, simpler and sustainable timber solutions for buildings and earthquake safety solutions, our Balsa has been extremely popular in this industry. Known for its durability, weather resistance capabilities, excellent insulating properties, low weight and sustainability – we have partnered with customers across the world to service all their construction needs, by helping them achieve lower life cycle and maintenance costs, while achieving maximum efficiency.

To order or enquire, click the button below to contact Darrell Joseph Dharmaja, WR Carpenter Estates General Manager.