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  • Bamboo Investment "The Global Market For Bamboo Is Expected To Reach $20 Billion By 2015." 2 comments
    May 2, 2014 10:58 AM

    Bamboo Investment

    "The global market for Bamboo is expected to reach $20 billion by 2015."- Ministry of Agriculture, India."

    As an investment, bamboo is not only a socially responsible investment but has the advantage of delivering annual returns as early as the second year of planting if its bamboo shoots are harvested for food. Due to the fast growing characteristics of bamboo it can be commercially harvested for timber, pulp and biomass from year four. Investors will then benefit from commercial harvests from the poles (culms) and shoots annually until year 15 at which point the investment term concludes.

    In parts of Thailand, growers use the term "Golden Bamboo" when talking about its value as a commodity. Bamboo lends itself to many uses including supplying domestic and international food demand, and global timber markets.

    The plant has a greater tensile strength than steel and is widely used across Asia in the construction industry. Scaffolding and structural support is a major application whilst over a billion people already live in houses made of bamboo.

    Bamboo also produces the highest quality and hardest wearing timber flooring now used worldwide by major retailers, such as B&Q in the UK.

    As well as being used in textiles, clothing production, cosmetics and medicines, bamboo is also valued as a food source and is a staple ingredient in Asian diets and cuisine.

    The shoots can contain up to 18 amino acids, is low in carbohydrates, crude fat and crude fiber.

    This particular investment is classed as a short-term income producing returns from year 2 until year 15 as opposed to a long-term capital appreciating investment.

    Demand: The Ministry of Agriculture in India predicts that the global market for bamboo will reach $20 billion by 2015.

    The useable features of bamboo are in demand throughout the world. Over 1 billion people live in houses made of bamboo. In India alone 2.2 million tones of bamboo is used for paper annually.

    The demand also extends into the renewable energy sector, where bamboo is used as a replacement for traditional energy sources such as oil and gas.

    Supply: Asia is by far the largest producer of bamboo products.

    In the Philippines, Bamboo has a thick wall composition thus is ideal for use in furniture used indoors and outdoors. At present the market share of bamboo products is marginal compared to wood products, nevertheless it is annually increasing. Most Bamboo harvested for commercial use is from naturally growing stands, however in recent years, more attention has been given to plantation bamboo.

    Robert Doucette
    Bamboo Grove Furniture.

    Bamboo Grove Furniture is a manufacturer and exporter of Export Quality Bamboo Furnishings, Gazebos, Bars etc located in Cebu, Philippines.

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    Or Call Us: +63.32 406.5381

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  • bigkid53
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    bamboo guy. What listed companies outside of furniture would provide a return in this area?
    2 May 2014, 12:32 PM Reply Like
  • Bamboo Guy
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    Author’s reply » Hi bigkid53,
    The only "Listed" company I know of is Asian Bamboo.
    However they are getting out of the Bamboo business for the property business in China.
    One of their reasons for this was the lack of farm labour.
    3 May 2014, 11:02 AM Reply Like
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