Clear wood products will survive in CNI
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.