Wood and biofibres are vital biomaterials for all aspects of the human being life. They are used in varieties of applications such as making ropes, buildings and automotive applications as well as extraction of bioproducts for health care and food applications. Recently, the developments of the wood and biofibre products have been growing with the increase of environmental concern. The biomaterials are renewable, environmentally friendly and they have large diversities of applications. This is the 2nd Wood and Biofibre International Conference (WOBIC2019) continuous from the previous one on 2017 that will take place 3rd to 5th December 2019 in Promenade Hotel, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. The conference will be an immediate assistance to those involved in the growing of the wood and biofibre products research and industry including researchers, investor, educators, supplier, and engineers. WOBIC2019 is organized by Institute of Tropical Forestry and Forest Products, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Malaysia.
WOBIC was previously named as the International Conference on Kenaf and Allied Fibres (ICKAF), which is held every 4 years and will carry on the tradition of the international conferences begun in 2009. INTROP is recognising the value of a holistic approach to sustainable wood and biofibre production, so that the final product meets the needs of all. A strategic decision has been made to change the name of the conference to expand its scope by covering other fibres and ascertains the evolution and significance of the wood and biofibre sector in the global economy.
WOBIC2019 seeks to bring together industry and academia to discuss the latest developments in wood and biofibre, from upstream agricultural-related topic to downstream fibre processing and product advancement as well as the socio-economic impact of these commodities.