Azobé (also: Bongossi) is among the hardest and most resistant construction timbers, and has successfully been applied in exterior construction for decades. This type of timber especially plays a major role in hydraulic construction.


Botanical name: Lophira alata
Overall character: Very heavy dark wood with a porous yet even surface.
Color and structure: The splint has a width of up to 3 centimetres and a light auburn to grey color. The splint is separated from the violet heartwood through a pinkish-brown core layer that can be up to 7 centimetres long.
Characteristics/features: Very heavy timber with particularly high strength properties, which allow for efficient utilization thanks to the large size of the round wood. Despite having a hard feel while fresh, Azobe (Bongossi) can be easily processed with equipped tools. However, it takes more time and strength than other hardwoods.
Areas of use: Azobé is very popular and often used for outdoor construction exterior and hydraulic engineering. For particularly stressed building components with greater dimensional tolerance, Azobé is suitable for harbor construction, bridges, floating docks, cooling tower construction, treatment plants, noise and sight protection walls and fence systems.