Kempas Wood - Thailand's Best

The very little-known wood is one of the highest quality woods from the Southeast Asian region, especially from Thailand and Indonesia. Kempas Wood has excellent characteristics of where to use it, and what it looks like is covered in detail in this article.

Technical values

Reading Descriptionvalue
Darrdichteapprox. 880 kg / m³
Brinell hardnessapprox. 45 - 52 N / mm² (for comparison: oak: 34 N / mm²)
flexural strengthapprox. 118 N / mm²
Compressive strengthapprox. 67 N / mm²

Botanical name

Kempas wood comes from a tree species called Koompassia malaccensis, a tree species found in tropical rainforests in Southeast Asia. These trees can grow up to 40 meters high and reach a diameter of around 1.5 meters.



The structure of Kempas is rough, the pores are very large and few in number. They are scattered. The structure looks very decorative and reminds a bit of mahogany.


The sapwood is very bright, almost white, may also have a slightly yellowish color. The heartwood is slightly pink to brown-orange in the fresh state and darkens to darker shades under light, down to deep brown.


Kempas has a very high hardness and flexural strength. The strength values ​​are clearly superior to those of oak wood. Also noteworthy is the high acid resistance of Kempas.

Shrinkage and drying

The drying is relatively easy despite the high hardness, the shrinkage is only moderate at Kempas.


Kempas is very durable and highly weather-resistant. It is very resistant to fungal and insect attack. Kempas is classified in the resistance class 2 and thus corresponds approximately to oak and sweet chestnut.


Kempas is rarely used here. In Europe, it is mainly used for floor construction, for very hard and durable parquet or planks. Basically, it is also ideal for all outdoor applications, for terraced or GaLa construction, and also very decorative and noble acting.


Kempas is native to Southeast Asia, where it is native. The most important regions of origin are Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Here you will find an overview of the most important types of wood worldwide. An overview of the most important tropical wood species, such as Kempas can be found here

Tips & Tricks

At Kempas parquet you should always make sure that the wood can be prone to forming joints if the room air is too dry. In addition, you should always consider the high weight of the floor before laying - from a static point of view, this floor is in many cases a very high load on the ground.

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