Clear wood prod­ucts will sur­vive in CNI

New Zealand Logger - - Dana Conference 2018 -

DE­SPITE THE GLOOMY OUT­LOOK FOR cen­tral North Is­land mills fac­ing sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced pruned log sup­plies, one com­pany re­mains up­beat about its fu­ture.

Tenon’s Tech­ni­cal Devel­op­ment Man­ager, Wayne Miller, told the 2018 DANA Forestry Con­fer­ence in Taupo last month that his mill is talk­ing to a num­ber of for­est own­ers to se­cure its fu­ture and he is con­fi­dent it will suc­ceed.

He also forsees the de­mand for its clear wood prod­ucts con­tin­u­ing to rise on the back of on­go­ing pop­u­lar­ity in ap­pear­ance grade wood in the United States and more in­ter­est in mod­i­fied wood in Europe.

Tenon has boosted sales to both those mar­kets in re­cent years based on the ex­cel­lent prop­er­ties of New Zealand Ra­di­ata Pine, which lends it­self to ma­chin­ing, glu­ing, stain­ing and also be­ing mod­i­fied through heat or chem­i­cals.

It is par­tic­u­larly suited to be­ing ther­mally or chem­i­cally mod­i­fied and Mr Miller says this is a new growth mar­ket for high grade Ra­di­ata. His com­pany is al­ready sup­ply­ing pro­duc­ers in Europe, where mod­i­fied tim­ber has been used in such projects as build­ing a large bridge in the Nether­lands.

He can see ex­ports of New Zealand clear wood des­tined to be­come mod­i­fied tim­ber prod­ucts dou­bling in quan­tity over the next two years, con­sum­ing more than one mil­lion cu­bic me­tres of pruned logs.

The con­fer­ence heard that in the ab­sence of prun­ing in New Zealand forests there is an op­por­tu­nity for trees to be bred with re­duced branch­ing and smaller knots in fu­ture that can be used in clear wood pro­duc­tion.


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