Timber used as building material and as a sustainable raw material has many advantages in terms of ecology and economic efficiency. The mechanical benefits of timber as a building material must also be noted. The micro structure of timber ensures a low tare weight and a very high load capacity. Based on its own weight, timber can bear 14 times that of steel; its compressive strength corresponds to that of reinforced concrete. Timber is highly tensile and elastic, making it ideal for use in building materials in earthquake zones. With its universal testing machines Zwick offers various standardized testing solutions for the testing mechanical properties (tensile strength, flexural strength, and shear strength) of timber. Testing machines can be used for individual tests (for example, pull-out tests) according to company standards.