Pan Pac to up­grade saw and chip mills

New Zealand Logger - - Dana Conference 2018 -

PAN PAC IS LOOK­ING TO UP­GRADE BOTH THE SAW MILL AND chip mill at its Hawkes’ Bay site, last month’s 2018 DANA Forestry Con­fer­ence in Taupo was told.

The con­fi­dence of owner, Ja­pan’s Oji Cor­po­ra­tion, has seen it in­vest more than $170 mil­lion at the site over the past five years, says Michael Re­aburn, Gen­eral Man­ager of Wood Pro­cess­ing.

And now it is set to go through an­other up­grade that will see the saw mill ex­pand its ca­pac­ity to be able to pro­duce 500,000 cu­bic me­tres of wood an­nu­ally by next year, with a con­tin­u­ous dry­ing mill among the items to be in­stalled.

Mr Re­aburn also told the con­fer­ence that re­duced de­mand for newsprint is also likely to see the pulp mill con­verted to fully pro­duce bleached chem­i­cal pulp in fu­ture, which has wider mar­ket uses.


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