Ekki timber suppliers have seen demand for Ekki wood grow substantially in recent years as the unique properties of this tropical hardwood have gained wider recognition, including its impressive Class 1 durability that rates it for a lifespan of up to 50 years, and often much more even than that.

Coupled with the top-class durability, Ekki wood also features a host of other unique characteristics such as interlocked grains, which provide exceptional resistance to splitting. Ekki also boasts an average weight of 29.5kg per cubic foot, making it one of the very few timber species able to sink in water, ideal for waterlogged bogs.

Responsible Ekki timber suppliers are helping to bring the species back to healthier population levels, as sustainable forestry of Ekki wood tackles the substantial illegal deforestation that has occurred in relatively recent history. Timbermat ensure to source all of our timber, including Ekki, from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) verified suppliers and provide the necessary documentation, to prove that the wood was imported in line with all of the relevant environmental legislation.

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Hardwood Hard Facts: Ekki Wood

We’ve listed the main characteristics of our Ekki wood mats below, which should help you to calculate the thickness and size of mats you need, to determine if Ekki mats are the right choice for you, and to compare them with our tropical hardwood Dabema mats and our European oak and beech hardwood bog mats.

  • Botanic Name: Lophira alata
  • Common Names: Ekki, Azobe, Red Ironwood
  • Volume Mass: 1,010 kg per cubic metre
  • Elasticity Module: 18,600 N per mm sq
  • Flexibility Strength: 157 N per mm sq
  • Pressure Strength: 72 N per mm sq
  • Slide Strength: 17.1 N per mm sq
  • Durability Class: 1

One of the most significant characteristics of Ekki wood – and the reason why it has surged in popularity in recent years – is its unparalleled Class 1 durability, which gives Ekki bog mats a usable lifespan of as much as 50 years or more, even in the poorest conditions.

For this reason, if you need a strong tropical hardwood usable in tidal locations, wetlands and other waterlogged sites, without significantly reducing the longevity of the timber, Ekki bog mats are comfortably among the best options available.

What size Ekki wood mats do I need?

The excellent strength and durability of Ekki bog mats make this tropical hardwood a good option for some of the strongest mats of any size and particularly of any thickness.

From our thinnest bog mats of around 70 mm to our thickest, toughest ground protection mats of 300 mm thick, Ekki timber mats give you some of the best shock absorptions in the most challenging environments, and the confidence that your mats will be in good condition when you need them again in future.

Ekki mats are available in our smaller standard size of 1m x 3m, suitable for confined areas or for use as crane mats, or the larger 1m x 5m size to spread pressure over a larger area per mat, and their strength means that whether you apply the force over a smaller area or wish to dissipate it as evenly as possible, Ekki bog mats are a good way to do just that.

Should I buy or hire Ekki bog mats?

We work hard with certified Ekki timber suppliers to make sure we can meet the demand for responsibly sourced and legally imported Ekki bog mats, and if you choose to hire Ekki mats from Timbermat, you can rest assured that they will always be in good condition.

It is worth remembering that this is a tropical hardwood that is unparalleled in terms of its durability, and as an ever-increasing number of people recognise that fact, demand continues to grow.

Thanks to its incredible longevity under the most difficult working conditions, you may want to buy Ekki bog mats and keep a stock of your own for future projects, so you know you will always have them nearby when you need some ground protection or a temporary roadway over marshy land.

About our Ekki timber bog mats

Our Ekki bog mats are available in a range of sizes, with each size suited to a variety of requirements and out thickest being able to handle even the heaviest of loads. Our team will work with you to ensure you get the perfect mats for your project.

Each of our mats have two steel-reinforced lifting points which contain an M24 steel bar. The bar is then secured on the side of the mat using a countersunk steel bolt and washer, ensuring a flush finish. These dual lifting points make it much easier to move your mats between locations as your cranes need to move whilst providing the dual-benefit of ensuring the mat itself stays stable during motion.

All the timber used to make our timber mats is sourced sustainably, this is verified via registration with the Forest Stewardship Council so you can have complete peace of mind that your mats are created using sustainable timber.

The Timbermat team is here for any enquiries you might have about our Ekki wood bog mats, current stock levels to buy and to hire, or anything else you may want to know about this tropical hardwood.

You can call us on 08000 12 12 31 to ask us directly, or fill in our online contact form and we will aim to answer any questions as quickly and fully as we can.

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