We love the Poplar tree because of all the wonderful things it can do, its natural beauty, and its typical stance, so dear to Italian landscape enthusiasts. We love it most of all because it is precisely the poplar, that ensures the planet of a sustainable future, starting now. In this sense it is unrivalled!
This site is about this hero, the tree which we in the Panguaneta company have always appreciated, cultivated and transformed since1960, with our factory and all its workforce, and with the woods that have so profoundly characterised the banks of the Po River. Many of these woods grow right outside our doorstep, in Sabbioneta.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN (FAO), to be able to ensure global and sustainable development, industrial woods will have to come from plantations. The same organisation also forecasted that by 2050, 75% of raw material will be taken from “short rotation forestry,” founded on fast growing species, precisely like the poplar.
Renewable forests, cultivated according to the criteria of protection of ecosystems and biodiversity, are a fundamental option also in Europe. Due to its rapid growth and positive contribution to the natural habitat, in terms of environmental sustainability the poplar tree is unrivalled. One of its characteristic properties is the capacity to act as a carbon sink, which makes the poplar tree and its plywood, an ideal system within a policy of countering climate change.
The technical characteristics of the poplar make it an extremely interesting item in terms of industrial uses: its rapid growth favours a real economic convenience, and the uniformity of the raw material corresponds to a high quality standard, ideal for a multitude of applications.
The poplar, especially in the selections made available by research (e.g. the I-214 clone), offers objective commodity-related benefits: pure and homogeneous fibres that are also beautiful, flexible, light, and easy to process. Its transformation into plywood increases mechanical characteristics such as elasticity and resistance to cuts, pulling, bending and compression.
Thanks to its aesthetic features, the whiteness of the wood paste, high uniformity of the surfaces with the slightest veins and perfect homogeneity, the Panguaneta poplar is a success in all its various applications, from furnishing to production of automotive and caravan parts, and from sports to toys and the construction industry.
Panguaneta is committed to supporting the cultivation and above all, the “culture” of the poplar tree aimed at a sustainable development, from positive spinoffs at local, European and world levels. The company has achieved an exemplary programme that established its leading role in the 100% “Made in Italy” Poplar label (the very first 100% Poplar certification bears the Panguaneta trademark!) of the world organisation, “Pro-Populus,” for the promotion and environmental safeguard of poplar trees, and that of the Forest Stewardship Council, the international non-government organization which establishes the standards for good forestry management; and participation in the PEFC.
The European Council had already proposed in 2000, a strategy to make the economy of its Member States more dynamic and competitive, without foregoing its commitment to sustainable development. Panguaneta is part of this strategy since the raw material it offers to industries comes exclusively from renewable poplar forests, managed in a responsible and sustainable manner.
But how does the Panguaneta poplar live? Why is its life cycle so important? Poplar cultivations are not only beneficial to development and the markets, but give rise to an incredibly rich and vital habitat.