Pan Pac to upgrade saw and chip mills
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.