Wood Industry and Utilization

Wood Industry and Utilization Division was created some few years after Forest Products Research Institute was fully established under Ghana Academy of Sciences as a research institute in 1964. The Division, headed by Mr. FFK Ampong, had three sections namely Mechanical Processing, Preservation and drying. Some Research Scientists at that time included Mr. Martin Ben-dzam, Mr. FFK Ampong, Mr. WK Ashiabor, Dr. J. Ofori, Dr. A. Addae-Mensah and Mr. Joshua Ayarkwa. In the late 80’s, the Division, which was renamed as Engineering and Mechanical Processing, was headed by Dr. Addae-Mensah until 1996 when he handed over to Dr. J. Ofori. The Division was incharge of the utilization programme that was introduced as one of the core research areas. In 2007 under the Directorship of Dr. VK Agyeman, the name of the Division was changed to Wood Industry Development and Trade (strategic plan III) and again, was renamed as Wood Industry Development in 2012 (strategic plan IV). During the implementation of strategic plan III, the rotational headship of the division among scientists started. In August 2015 the division was renamed again as Wood Industry and Utilization. The block of the division, Dr. J.R Cobbinah block, is named after an Eminent Scientist and former Director of the Institute. Since January 2010 the following have headed the division:

Mr. JK Appiah (2010 and 2012)
Mr. Francis Wilson Owusu ( 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2016)
Dr. Lawrence Damnyag (Jan-June 2015)
Dr. Emmanuel Enanyenle (July-Dec 2015)

The division seeks to develop technologies for efficient processing and utilization of wood and non-wood forest products as a means to improve exploitation. Priority areas include:

  • Wood processing and products development
  • Reduction of residues and residue utilization
  • Processing of LUS and lesser known species
  • Small diameter logs and non-traditional timber processing
  • Incubation and linkage to industry/small medium enterprises
  • Setting up standards and regulations to govern the operations of small scale and medium scale forest enterprises (including development of informal wood sector)
  • Support specialized training and craftsmanship schemes for wood processing, bamboo, rubber wood, rattan and lesser-known tree species.
  • Biofuel

SENIOR MEMBERS

Head: Dr. Emmanuel Ebanyenle

Name Position Field of Expertise
Mr. Francis Wilson Owusu Principal Research Scientist Wood technology and management
Dr. Emmanuel Ebanyenle Senior Research Scientist Wood anatomy/Bamboo Expert
Dr. Charles Essien Research Scientist Wood anatomy
Dr.Emmanuel Appiah-Kubi Research Scientist Civil engineering
Mrs.Brentuo Bridgette Research Scientist Wood physics
Dr. James Korang Research Scientist Chemist
Mr.Haruna Seidu Principal Technologist Timber Mechanics/Information Technology
Mr.James Kojo Govina Principal Technologist Wood Anatomy/ Bamboo Propagation
Mrs. Judith Odei Owusu-Asante Principal Technologist Analytical Chemist
Mr. Prosper Mensah Principal Technologist Wood Science/ Wood Construction

SENIOR AND JUNIOR STAFF

Name Position
Mr. Michael Mensah Chief Technical Officer
Mr. Peter L. Arthur  Chief Technical Officer
Mr. Felix Boakye Chief Technical Officer
Mrs. Jemima Owusu Chief Technical Officer
Mr. Richard Boamah Junior Foreman
Mrs. Ruth Esi Amuzu Overseer

Facilities

The Division has five sections/laboratories which include

  • Wood Anatomy Laboratory
  • Chemistry and Chemical Technology Laboratory
  • Wood Preservation, Wood Physics and Drying
  • A workshop for preparation of wood samples and production of wood products