Jelutong (Jelatong)

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Jelutong (Jelatong)


Base product, specialist hardwood timber. A lower grade form of Gutta Percha, grayish-white in colour, exported in considerable quantities from Malaysia. It is generally formed into flat slabs usually packed into hessian bags or wooden cases. Although technically it is a hardwood, it has many properties which are similar to softwood, such as Balsa Wood. The wood is therefore popular with model makers.

The roots are also used as a substitute for cork. Originally the latex was used in the manufacture of chewing gum and sometimes rubber, but this use has been abandoned meanwhile

Jelutong has certain objectionable qualities which often leads to rotting of packing before discharge. Has a very high moisture content and is subject to considerable loss in weight. This can occur in a very short time. Is also liable to loss through drainage, especially if subjected to high temperatures. Particular attention should be paid to stowage and storage.

Jelutong should not be stowed close to delicate goods, including rubber which will become mouldy.

Full information on this product is in the process of completion.