Mammoet is making the switch from hardwood timbers to sustainable bamboo jacking beams across all its operations.
For many years the heavy lifting industry has relied on jacking timbers made from a tropical hardwood – azobé. As use of hardwood from endangered tropical forests became an increasing concern, Mammoet collaborated with MOSO, a manufacturer in bamboo solutions, to find a suitable replacement.
After extensive operational and quality assurance testing, these jacking beams are now also available for use by other companies, said Mammoet.
The beams are created from a bamboo and resin composite, which provides increased stiffness and strength.
“Mammoet will only order bamboo jacking beams from now on,” said chief operating officer, Jan Kleijn. “This decision fits with Mammoet’s belief in continuously raising standards within our profession and working to move the world towards a more sustainable future.”
The engineered transport and heavy lift specialist added that bamboo has many advantages over the traditional hardwood material; it is stronger than azobé, grows very quickly and absorbs more carbon dioxide while releasing more oxygen than almost any other plant.