SA Pine in­stalls new preser­va­tive treat­ment plant

State-of-the-art fa­cil­ity in Monarto South, SA

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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.

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