Bambrella® Ltd was formed by the directors of the Woodstocks International group of companies, who have been manufacturing garden furniture and parasols in Indonesia since 1996. Prior to this the directors were wooden boat builders. The wealth of experience gained over the years in this industry has inspired us to invest time and resources into the research and rigorous testing of materials, in order to produce a superior parasol product. We use unique patented designs and innovative technology to manufacture parasols of unsurpassed quality.
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Bambrella® has proven to be the highest quality laminated bamboo parasol on the market. One of the reasons is its ability to resist the inherent problem that inferior products have of mould and mildew occurring when bamboo is exposed to the elements. This effective resistance has taken years of testing to overcome. Another reason is the patented joint system which enables us to hot press and glue long lengths of laminations. These innovations make it very difficult for other manufacturers to replicate the quality of Bambrella®. Independent laboratory-testing has been conducted for mould and mildew defence and the ability to prevent de-lamination, this gives us and our customers confidence in this fine product.
Our mission is to supply commercial, contract and domestic users with a strong, durable and well-designed parasol which will last, whilst maintaining a natural wood look, finish and feel. At Bambrella®, we constantly look to improve and enhance our product range and we are designing and testing an exciting new range of outdoor furniture using high-quality modern materials combined with bamboo. The materials used in the production of our outdoor furniture and umbrellas are known to be the best available, so that they can withstand the many differing climates and conditions around the world where our products are found. The process of producing Bambrella® parasols starts with the careful selection of the bamboo. After years of research and rigorous testing we found Moso bamboo to be the only species suitable for outdoor use. The characteristics of Moso bamboo, which set it apart from over a thousand other species, is the size of the individual fibre strands. These strands which are much smaller and more tightly condensed are similar to the structures in fine grained hardwoods like teak. We found other bamboos that had larger strands and were not so tightly condensed were more like softwoods, as the fibres/strands would peel individually, as well as being more susceptible to mould and mildew.
Once the bamboo has been harvested, the bamboo is split down the length of the pole into strips which are then planed flat ready for lamination. The first stage of the process is to kiln dry the strips which gradually reduces the moisture content to stabilise the bamboo and prevent cracking, warping and splitting. The next stage is the carbonising process which takes away the starch giving the bamboo a rich golden colour. We then laminate the bamboo together to make different sizes of lumber using a hot press which guarantees the glue penetrates and has a much more reliable and even adhesion than the cold press laminating.
Obviously this is the basic process but to make the bamboo suitable for outdoor use is far more technical and has taken years of research and development. The bamboo is then precisely machined into different shaped and sized components before being carefully finished with our specially formulated penetrating oil. The parasols are then carefully assembled using quality 304 brushed stainless steel fittings and covers of your choice.