Inside a traditional Malaysian charcoal factory

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Despite environmental concerns, charcoal production in Malaysia is still thriving. Japan purchases 60 percent of the 3,500 tons of charcoal monthly. Inside a traditional factory, the production process is time consuming. Wood used to make the resource must burn for almost a month with specific temperature requirements to become proper charcoal. Click below to see stunning images of the fascinating process inside a traditional Malaysian charcoal factory.

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Inside a traditional Malaysian charcoal factory
KUALA SEPETANG, MALAYSIA - SEPTEMBER 21: Foreign workers install the charcoal after three weeks of finishing process inside the plant at a traditional Malaysian charcoal factory on September 21, 2015 in Kuala Sepetang, Malaysia. The charcoal is made from greenwood that has been harvested from the mangrove forest reserve and these trees are transported by boat, Malaysians are toiling in baking heat to produce quality mangrove charcoal for Japanese customers who have helped revive this industry despite environmental concerns, 80+ year old factory continues to thrive as 60% of charcoal produced are exported to Japan with a total production of around 3,500 tonnes of charcoal a month. (Photo by Mohd Samsul Mohd Said/Getty Images)
KUALA SEPETANG, MALAYSIA - SEPTEMBER 21: A worker is seen burning the mangrove bark in the charcoal kiln at a traditional Malaysian charcoal factory on September 21, 2015 in Kuala Sepetang, Malaysia. The charcoal is made from greenwood that has been harvested from the mangrove forest reserve and these trees are transported by boat, Malaysians are toiling in baking heat to produce quality mangrove charcoal for Japanese customers who have helped revive this industry despite environmental concerns, 80+ year old factory continues to thrive as 60% of charcoal produced are exported to Japan with a total production of around 3,500 tonnes of charcoal a month. (Photo by Mohd Samsul Mohd Said/Getty Images)
KUALA SEPETANG, MALAYSIA - SEPTEMBER 21: A foreign worker waits for his turn to install the charcoal after three weeks of finishing process inside the plant at a traditional Malaysian charcoal factory on September 21, 2015 in Kuala Sepetang, Malaysia. The charcoal is made from greenwood that has been harvested from the mangrove forest reserve and these trees are transported by boat, Malaysians are toiling in baking heat to produce quality mangrove charcoal for Japanese customers who have helped revive this industry despite environmental concerns, 80+ year old factory continues to thrive as 60% of charcoal produced are exported to Japan with a total production of around 3,500 tonnes of charcoal a month. (Photo by Mohd Samsul Mohd Said/Getty Images)
KUALA SEPETANG, MALAYSIA - SEPTEMBER 21: A worker waits for her turn to install the charcoal after three weeks of finishing process inside the plant at a traditional Malaysian charcoal factory on September 21, 2015 in Kuala Sepetang, Malaysia. The charcoal is made from greenwood that has been harvested from the mangrove forest reserve and these trees are transported by boat, Malaysians are toiling in baking heat to produce quality mangrove charcoal for Japanese customers who have helped revive this industry despite environmental concerns, 80+ year old factory continues to thrive as 60% of charcoal produced are exported to Japan with a total production of around 3,500 tonnes of charcoal a month. (Photo by Mohd Samsul Mohd Said/Getty Images)
KUALA SEPETANG, MALAYSIA - SEPTEMBER 21: A worker collects charcoal outside the kilns at a traditional Malaysian charcoal factory on September 21, 2015 in Kuala Sepetang, Malaysia. The charcoal is made from greenwood that has been harvested from the mangrove forest reserve and these trees are transported by boat, Malaysians are toiling in baking heat to produce quality mangrove charcoal for Japanese customers who have helped revive this industry despite environmental concerns, 80+ year old factory continues to thrive as 60% of charcoal produced are exported to Japan with a total production of around 3,500 tonnes of charcoal a month. (Photo by Mohd Samsul Mohd Said/Getty Images)
KUALA SEPETANG, MALAYSIA - SEPTEMBER 21: A worker rides a motorcycle near the mangrove logs at a traditional Malaysian charcoal factory on September 21, 2015 in Kuala Sepetang, Malaysia. The charcoal is made from greenwood that has been harvested from the mangrove forest reserve and these trees are transported by boat, Malaysians are toiling in baking heat to produce quality mangrove charcoal for Japanese customers who have helped revive this industry despite environmental concerns, 80+ year old factory continues to thrive as 60% of charcoal produced are exported to Japan with a total production of around 3,500 tonnes of charcoal a month. (Photo by Mohd Samsul Mohd Said/Getty Images)
KUALA SEPETANG, MALAYSIA - SEPTEMBER 21: A worker is seen peeling the mangrovebark outside the charcoal kilns at a traditional Malaysian charcoal factory on September 21, 2015 in Kuala Sepetang, Malaysia. The charcoal is made from greenwood that has been harvested from the mangrove forest reserve and these trees are transported by boat, Malaysians are toiling in baking heat to produce quality mangrove charcoal for Japanese customers who have helped revive this industry despite environmental concerns, 80+ year old factory continues to thrive as 60% of charcoal produced are exported to Japan with a total production of around 3,500 tonnes of charcoal a month. (Photo by Mohd Samsul Mohd Said/Getty Images)
KUALA SEPETANG, MALAYSIA - SEPTEMBER 21: A worker is seen on a boat at a traditional Malaysian charcoal factory on September 21, 2015 in Kuala Sepetang, Malaysia. The charcoal is made from greenwood that has been harvested from the mangrove forest reserve and these trees are transported by boat, Malaysians are toiling in baking heat to produce quality mangrove charcoal for Japanese customers who have helped revive this industry despite environmental concerns, 80+ year old factory continues to thrive as 60% of charcoal produced are exported to Japan with a total production of around 3,500 tonnes of charcoal a month. (Photo by Mohd Samsul Mohd Said/Getty Images)
KUALA SEPETANG, MALAYSIA - SEPTEMBER 21: A worker is seen building up a new charcoal kiln at a traditional Malaysian charcoal factory on September 21, 2015 in Kuala Sepetang, Malaysia. The charcoal is made from greenwood that has been harvested from the mangrove forest reserve and these trees are transported by boat, Malaysians are toiling in baking heat to produce quality mangrove charcoal for Japanese customers who have helped revive this industry despite environmental concerns, 80+ year old factory continues to thrive as 60% of charcoal produced are exported to Japan with a total production of around 3,500 tonnes of charcoal a month. (Photo by Mohd Samsul Mohd Said/Getty Images)
KUALA SEPETANG, MALAYSIA - SEPTEMBER 21: Children collect charcoal outside the kilns after three weeks of finishing process at a traditional Malaysian charcoal factory on September 21, 2015 in Kuala Sepetang, Malaysia. The charcoal is made from greenwood that has been harvested from the mangrove forest reserve and these trees are transported by boat, Malaysians are toiling in baking heat to produce quality mangrove charcoal for Japanese customers who have helped revive this industry despite environmental concerns, 80+ year old factory continues to thrive as 60% of charcoal produced are exported to Japan with a total production of around 3,500 tonnes of charcoal a month. (Photo by Mohd Samsul Mohd Said/Getty Images)
KUALA SEPETANG, MALAYSIA - SEPTEMBER 21: A worker collects charcoal after three weeks of finishing process inside the kilns at a traditional Malaysian charcoal factory on September 21, 2015 in Kuala Sepetang, Malaysia. The charcoal is made from greenwood that has been harvested from the mangrove forest reserve and these trees are transported by boat, Malaysians are toiling in baking heat to produce quality mangrove charcoal for Japanese customers who have helped revive this industry despite environmental concerns, 80+ year old factory continues to thrive as 60% of charcoal produced are exported to Japan with a total production of around 3,500 tonnes of charcoal a month. (Photo by Mohd Samsul Mohd Said/Getty Images)
KUALA SEPETANG, MALAYSIA - SEPTEMBER 21: A foreign worker lifts charcoal at a traditional Malaysian charcoal factory on September 21, 2015 in Kuala Sepetang, Malaysia. The charcoal is made from greenwood that has been harvested from the mangrove forest reserve and these trees are transported by boat, Malaysians are toiling in baking heat to produce quality mangrove charcoal for Japanese customers who have helped revive this industry despite environmental concerns, 80+ year old factory continues to thrive as 60% of charcoal produced are exported to Japan with a total production of around 3,500 tonnes of charcoal a month. (Photo by Mohd Samsul Mohd Said/Getty Images)
KUALA SEPETANG, MALAYSIA - SEPTEMBER 21: A foreign worker collects charcoal outside the kilns after three weeks of finishing process at a traditional Malaysian charcoal factory on September 21, 2015 in Kuala Sepetang, Malaysia. The charcoal is made from greenwood that has been harvested from the mangrove forest reserve and these trees are transported by boat, Malaysians are toiling in baking heat to produce quality mangrove charcoal for Japanese customers who have helped revive this industry despite environmental concerns, 80+ year old factory continues to thrive as 60% of charcoal produced are exported to Japan with a total production of around 3,500 tonnes of charcoal a month. (Photo by Mohd Samsul Mohd Said/Getty Images)
KUALA SEPETANG, MALAYSIA - SEPTEMBER 21: A worker arranges the mangrove logs inside the charcoal kiln before starting the burning process at a traditional Malaysian charcoal factory on September 21, 2015 in Kuala Sepetang, Malaysia. The charcoal is made from greenwood that has been harvested from the mangrove forest reserve and these trees are transported by boat, Malaysians are toiling in baking heat to produce quality mangrove charcoal for Japanese customers who have helped revive this industry despite environmental concerns, 80+ year old factory continues to thrive as 60% of charcoal produced are exported to Japan with a total production of around 3,500 tonnes of charcoal a month. (Photo by Mohd Samsul Mohd Said/Getty Images)
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