SA Pine installs new preservative treatment plant
State-of-the-art facility in Monarto South, SA
SA PINE has recently started LOSP production at its upgraded Monarto South preservative treatment facility. This is an exciting development for the South Australian business with Ian Robinson, SA Pine General Manager, explaining “SA Pine needed to provide the treated market with an environmentally friendly product as an alternative to CCA. In conjunction with our exclusive distributor, ITI, LOSP was chosen as the preservative treatment to take us forward.”
SA Pine embarked on an investigation of the plant options and with the help of Koppers Performance Chemicals, many options were investigated including converting the current CCA plant to LOSP. It was decided to continue to offer CCA as a treatment process and install a new LOSP plant. “Bror Moldrup from Moldrup-IWT was commissioned to supply the new plant and after a few teething problems we are very happy with the end result,” Ian said
SA Pine Pty Ltd was formed in September 2012 when Garry Tucker, the owner of Recut Industries, joined forces with Greg Boulton the part owner of SA Sawmilling Pty Ltd. SA Pine consists of a sawmill based at Kuitpo in the Adelaide Hills and a drymill based at Monarto in the Murray Lands 63km east-southeast of Adelaide. SA Pine has a license with Forestry SA to source 75,000 cubic metres of pine sawlog coming solely from the Mt Lofty Ranges. SA Pine targets a 70% recovery into treated product and supplies material for both the building and renovation and addition markets
The new plant is a “state-of-the-art” facility for speed and efficiency and is controlled using the latest Koppers Performance Chemicals PCS control system. The plant has a unique automated pack loading system which minimises the changeovers to a few minutes, thereby maximising product throughput. The Koppers PCS has a simple computer controlled interface in which the operator can easily and reliably operate the plant. Currently the plant is capable of treating around 80m3 on a single shift which gives a capacity on a 2-shift operation to contract/custom treat of around 1,500m3 per month.
“The plant was installed and commissioned in collaboration with SA Pine, Moldrup-IWT and Koppers PC and I thank our own staff and our suppliers for their great work in completing the plant, in particular I would like to thank Koppers who managed the process from ordering to commissioning,” said Ian.
SA Pine is now ready to offer custom treating for both CCA H3 and H4 and LOSP H3 and will also be able to offer H2F blue in the near future.