Australasian Timber

Hyne’s continuous drying kiln goes operationa­l

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HYNE Timber’s much anticipate­d, new continuous drying kiln (CDK) has commenced operations, a milestone marked with an official ribbon cutting event.

Since the initial announceme­nt in March 2021, around 60 additional team members have been recruited to assist with scaling up the Tuan Mill with an added 20% capacity over the next few months.

Hyne Timber CEO, Jon Kleinschmi­dt said Hyne had invested significan­tly over its 139-year history and this latest milestone is yet another chapter for the history book,

“We are currently experienci­ng significan­t demand for our products so this $14.5 million investment for expansion is timely and can bring the constructi­on sector some comfort as we ramp up production over the next few months.

“The CDK not only delivers efficiency for the Tuan Mill in addressing the timber drying bottleneck, but it will also improve the consistenc­y of drying quality and overall quality of our timber in addition to delivering energy efficiency.

“We have had dedicated teams working on this highly specialise­d project for months and I would like to take this opportunit­y to acknowledg­e them. They include several Tuan Mill team members led by David Spencer and Paul Ryan supported by contractor­s including Civil Mining and Constructi­on, Wolff Power, Brisbane Electrical, Platinum Fire, Windsor and representa­tives of The University of Queensland, Centre for Future Timber Structures and ARC Future Timber Hub. I hope they all feel very proud of this achievemen­t as part of our history and for our future.”

“Scaling up our expansion project is paralleled with us working collaborat­ively with our suppliers including HQ Plantation­s, Richers Transport and Log Management Solutions, creating more jobs for the region.

“I would like to thank the Queensland Government, Bruce Saunders and the team at State Developmen­t and the Fraser Coast Regional Council for their ongoing support for growth, jobs and expansion in our region.” Mr Kleinschmi­dt said.

To officially mark the CDK as operating, CEO Jon Kleinschmi­dt was joined by Member for Maryboroug­h, Bruce Saunders, Fraser Coast Deputy Mayor, Darren Everard, Hyne family members, Chris Hyne and Kelly Hyne, Hyne team members David Spencer, Paul Ryan and two of the newest recruits to join the team as part of the expansion, Giaan Muller and Abby Zipf in cutting the ribbon.

The event coincided with the 35-year anniversar­y of the original installati­on of Kilns at the Tuan Mill.

The Tuan Mill now employs around 300 people and is one of Australia’s largest suppliers of softwood framing.

 ?? ?? • Representa­tives from Hyne Timber, Maryboroug­h Member, Bruce Saunders, and Fraser Coast Deputy Mayor, Darren Everard cut the ribbon at the new continuous drying kiln.
• Representa­tives from Hyne Timber, Maryboroug­h Member, Bruce Saunders, and Fraser Coast Deputy Mayor, Darren Everard cut the ribbon at the new continuous drying kiln.

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