Ma­jor in­vest­ment to main­tain com­pet­i­tive edge

Australasian Timber - - BUSINESS PROFILE - HYNE -

HYNE TIM­BER,.Aus­tralia’s largest pri­vate tim­ber pro­ducer, is about to spend sev­eral mil­lion dol­lars on new scan­ning tech­nol­ogy at its Tum­barumba mill in south-west New South Wales in.a bid to cap­i­talise on a resur­gence in build­ing ac­tiv­ity.

Over the next three months ap­prox­i­mately $2.3 mil­lion will be spent on log and board op­ti­mi­sa­tion – scan­ning tech­nolo­gies that help the mill make bet­ter de­ci­sions about how the tim­ber is cut.

Over the next three to six months an ad­di­tional $1.2 mil­lion will be spent on process im­prove­ment and up­grades – tech­nol­ogy that makes the mill more ef­fi­cient. Hyne Tim­ber has also in­vested over $1.5 mil­lion in train­ing for all its em­ploy­ees. “This in­vest­ment is part of a pro­gram called Busi­ness Ex­cel­lence. All em­ploy­ees at Tum­barumba are un­der­tak­ing train­ing for ei­ther Cer­tifi­cate III or IV in Com­pet­i­tive Sys­tems and Prac­tices qual­i­fi­ca­tions and Cer­tifi­cate III in Forests and For­est Prod­ucts,” said Man­u­fac­tur­ing Man­ager Chris Skeels-Pig­gins.

“There are also a num­ber of ap­pren­tice­ships in en­gi­neer­ing and elec­tri­cal fields. We recog­nise as an or­gan­i­sa­tion that we need to in­vest in our staff to se­cure our fu­ture, and con­se­quently the fu­ture of the mill and Tum­barumba. When you are such a large em­ployer in a small com­mu­nity, this comes with a re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure we are do­ing every­thing we can to keep young, lo­cal peo­ple in the com­mu­nity by pro­vid­ing di­verse ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties for them,” he said.

“Over the past 10 years the tim­ber in­dus­try has un­der­gone a great deal of ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tion, with many mill clo­sures across Aus­tralia, it is im­por­tant that Aus­tralian mills are com­pet­i­tive on a global stage, and the cur­rent in­vest­ment in the Tum­barumba mill is tes­ta­ment to this.

“As we are a fram­ing mill, any in­crease in hous­ing mar­kets has a di­rect im­pact on the prof­itabil­ity and the vol­umes we can put through the mill,” Skeels-Pig­gins told ABC Ru­ral.

“Even our cap­i­tal fo­cus, over the next six to twelve months, is all about mak­ing sure we can put more vol­umes through, more ef­fi­ciently, to en­able us to bet­ter op­ti­mise the tim­ber and make bet­ter saw­ing de­ci­sions.”

Ae­rial view of.Tum­barumba Hyne Mill.

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