In­te­grated preser­va­tive treated tim­ber so­lu­tions

Tech­nolo­gies de­vel­oped fol­low­ing ex­ten­sive re­search and test­ing

Australasian Timber - - NEWS -

KOPPERS PER­FOR­MANCE Chem­i­cals Aus­tralia (Koppers PC) is a part of a world­wide group that has a long his­tory of ser­vice to the in­ter­na­tional and Aus­tralasian tim­ber preser­va­tive treat­ment in­dus­try.

Koppers PC man­u­fac­tures a range of tim­ber preser­va­tive treat­ment prod­ucts and dis­trib­utes those to its cus­tomers through­out Aus­tralia, how­ever, there is a lot more to be­ing a tim­ber preser­va­tive sup­plier. In fact, Koppers PC is a sup­plier and de­vel­oper of Preser­va­tive Treat­ment Tech­nolo­gies.

These tech­nolo­gies are de­vel­oped fol­low­ing ex­ten­sive re­search and test­ing which in­volves tri­als in test sites that are sit­u­ated in known high fun­gal de­cay and in­sect at­tack ar­eas around the world in­clud­ing Aus­tralia.

These tri­als give con­fi­dence that any new preser­va­tive for­mu­la­tions and pro­cesses per­form as ex­pected com­pared to tra­di­tional for­mu­la­tions.

Unique ap­pli­ca­tion

An ex­am­ple of this is the de­vel­op­ment of Deter­mite® “Blue Fram­ing” us­ing a unique ap­pli­ca­tion of Bifen­thrin, which is a third gen­er­a­tion syn­thetic pyrethroid, where test stakes of treated fram­ing and mini frames were sub­jected to long-term high in­ten­sity ter­mite tri­als in Aus­tralia.

To pro­vide the full so­lu­tion, how­ever, re­quired an ap­pli­ca­tion sys­tem which could work in large vol­ume mills as well as smaller treat­ment fa­cil­i­ties and this meant part­ner­ing with equip­ment sup­pli­ers to de­velop in­line and trans­verse spray ap­pli­ca­tion units to ac­cu­rately ap­ply the Deter­mite for­mu­la­tion to the tim­ber.

Once the full sys­tem, that is, a for­mu­la­tion and ap­pli­ca­tion method have been de­vel­oped, the sys­tem must be reg­is­tered by the Aus­tralian Pes­ti­cides and Ve­teri­nary Medicines Author­ity (APVMA) which as­sesses the new treat­ment chem­i­cal for its ef­fec­tive­ness (ef­fi­cacy) as well as safety in its ap­pli­ca­tion and use. Only then is the new treat­ment tech­nol­ogy ready for the mar­ket.


Koppers PC re­search fa­cil­i­ties are sit­u­ated in Aus­tralia, New Zealand and many other parts of the world and their work has re­sulted in some of the most in­no­va­tive prod­ucts avail­able to­day in­clud­ing Mi­croPro® treat­ment tech­nol­ogy and Mi­croPro Si­enna® colour pig­ment sys­tem.

Koppers PC is par­tic­u­larly proud that Mi­croPro tim­ber treat­ment tech­nol­ogy was the first and is the only treated tim­ber process to be cer­ti­fied un­der Sci­en­tific Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion

Sys­tem’s En­vi­ron­men­tally Prefer­able Prod­uct Pro­gram1 based on Life-Cy­cle As­sess­ment. In ad­di­tion, Mi­croPro has been awarded other en­vi­ron­men­tal cer­ti­fi­ca­tions2.

In­no­va­tive and re­li­able prod­ucts are one thing, how­ever Koppers PC is not just a sup­plier, as Elias Akle, Koppers PC Gen­eral Man­ager ex­plains: “Sup­ply­ing tim­ber preser­va­tives is only part of what we do. Our State Man­agers work closely with cus­tomers to en­sure that their needs are met and this can mean trou­ble shoot­ing prob­lems, if they arise, at short no­tice. Not only that, we of­fer a range of ser­vices to our cus­tomers that makes us unique.”

One of those ser­vices in­cludes engi­neer­ing de­sign for new plant and mod­i­fi­ca­tions.

On­site ser­vices

Koppers PC has ded­i­cated engi­neer­ing staff that pro­vide de­sign and on­site ser­vices so that they can pro­vide engi­neer­ing so­lu­tions in con­junc­tion with var­i­ous engi­neer­ing con­trac­tors. An­other as­pect of Koppers PC engi­neer­ing ca­pa­bil­ity is the Process Con­trol Sys­tem (PCS) which has been in­stalled in around 150 plants in North and South Amer­ica and at over 40 plants in Aus­tralia and New Zealand.

This is the most ad­vanced preser­va­tive treat­ment plant con­trol soft­ware world­wide and can con­trol mul­ti­ple chemistries and the com­pli­ca­tion of mod­ern multi-com­po­nent treat­ment for­mu­la­tions. The PCS can be ac­cessed re­motely by Koppers PC en­gi­neers and the pow­er­ful record­ing and re­port­ing func­tions are im­por­tant ad­juncts to com­pany Qual­ity Con­trol sys­tems.

Koppers PC also has ded­i­cated mar­ket­ing and busi­ness de­vel­op­ment ser­vices in­clud­ing the de­vel­op­ment of cus­tom cus­tomer brochures and other mar­ket­ing ma­te­rial as well as the de­vel­op­ment and main­te­nance of web­sites.

In­dus­try fo­rums

An­other as­pect of the busi­ness de­vel­op­ment func­tion is to par­tic­i­pate in tim­ber in­dus­try fo­rums and con­trib­ute where pos­si­ble and this ex­tends to roles in the de­vel­op­ment of Aus­tralian stan­dards and in­dus­try guides.

Be­ing aware of in­dus­try changes such as the ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­ments in com­mer­cial multi-storey con­struc­tion means that there may be op­por­tu­ni­ties for preser­va­tive and fire pro­tec­tion prod­ucts for the fu­ture.

“Koppers PC is proud to be an in­te­gral part of the Aus­tralian tim­ber in­dus­try and our of­fer­ing of in­no­va­tive preser­va­tive treat­ment so­lu­tions will be ex­pand­ing to meet the re­quire­ments of our cus­tomers and the wider in­dus­try”, said Mr Akle.

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