ANWE takes over SEFE op­er­a­tions

Australian Forests and Timber - - IN THE NEWS -

AF­TER 45 years of op­er­a­tions, South East Fi­bre Ex­ports at Eden in south east New South Wales will be sold to new Aus­tralian owned com­pany Al­lied Nat­u­ral Wood Ex­ports Pty Ltd.

Al­lied Nat­u­ral Wood Ex­ports (ANWE) is a new world class wood prod­ucts mar­ket­ing and lo­gis­tics com­pany that will sell cer­ti­fied nat­u­ral and plan­ta­tion grown wood prod­ucts from public and pri­vate grow­ers to the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket. Draw­ing on a wealth of in­ter­na­tional mar­ket­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, ANWE has agreed to meet the ex­ist­ing chip ex­port sup­ply agree­ments which run to 2018, how­ever, their ultimate goal is to en­hance and im­prove the way Aus­tralian wood prod­uct ex­ports are man­aged and mar­keted.

Spokesman for Al­lied Nat­u­ral Wood Ex­ports lo­cal forester, Rob de Fégely says that ANWE will be part­ner­ing with Aus­tralian Mar­shalling Ser­vices Pty Ltd, an es­tab­lished Aus­tralian lo­gis­tics busi­ness, which has been op­er­at­ing at Eden and in the sur­round­ing re­gion for nearly 20 years.

ANWE took own­er­ship of South East Fi­bre Ex­ports on 23 De­cem­ber 2015.

All the SEFE staff and con­trac­tors have been no­ti­fied of the sale and a num­ber of new po­si­tions in line with the longer term ob­jec­tives of the com­pany will be of­fered to both the staff and the har­vest­ing and haulage con­trac­tors. ANWE’s goal is to grow the busi­ness with the ob­jec­tive of cre­at­ing a range of sus­tain­able eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties for the re­gion.

Lo­cal res­i­dent and ex­pe­ri­enced forest in­dus­try op­er­a­tor Kel Henry has been ap­pointed Gen­eral Man­ager of ANWE.

In the longer term ANWE sees hard­wood and soft­wood plan­ta­tion de­vel­op­ment, new wood pro­cess­ing tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion as the key strate­gies for their fu­ture and they will be ac­tively ex­plor­ing these new op­por­tu­ni­ties to de­velop their busi­ness along the far south coast of New South Wales and through­out eastern Vic­to­ria.

Aus­tralian Forest Prod­ucts As­so­ci­a­tion Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Ross Hamp­ton said it was pleas­ing to see the strong vote of con­fi­dence by ANWE in wood prod­uct ex­ports and the forestry in­dus­try in south east NSW.

“The SEFE fa­cil­ity has been, and will con­tinue to be, an in­te­gral part of the so­cial and eco­nomic fab­ric of the Eden re­gion, sus­tain­ing hun­dreds of di­rect and in­di­rect jobs. SEFE has ex­ported more than 35 mil­lion tonnes of wood­chips to the in­ter­na­tional pa­per­mak­ing in­dus­try and achieved sales of more than $2.3 bil­lion in its proud 45 years of oper­a­tion,” Mr Hamp­ton said.

ANWE ac­knowl­edged the pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion of the cur­rent and pre­vi­ous own­ers of SEFE to the Eden and the re­gional forest com­mu­nity.

ANWE is com­mit­ted to the growth of the busi­ness and looks for­ward to work­ing with all stake­hold­ers.

The Eden site.

Kel Henry has been ap­pointed Gen­eral Man­ager of ANWE.

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