Strength by Nature

Environmental Statement

Plant a TreeAt Pinepac Group the environment means a lot to us. Predominantly being a Timber production company we can sometimes be associated with worldwide issues such as deforestation. Pinepac Group only use Sustainable and Renewable Radiata Pine grown right here in New Zealand.

The ISO9001 accreditation Pinepac achieved in 1993 is also a guarantee to our customers that we are well organised, efficient and correctly managed in terms of quality and service, and environmental awareness.

Our Production Process:
Pinepac is conscious of its responsibility to the environment and is committed to ensuring its operations have a net positive impact on the environment. We use naturally sustainable resources and employ wood energy management practices to demonstrate this commitment.

Manufacturing at Pinepac is focused on achieving the maximum recovery from each log. It takes more than 28 years for a tree to be ready for sawmilling and nothing should go to waste.

At the start of the process bark is removed from the log and then it is processed through the sawmill. The bark that has been removed is used in a variety of landscaping and planting applications.

As the log travels through the sawmill, it passes through a series of sawing centres that break it down into the various timber sizes. Wood chip and sawdust is also produced with the chip sold to Pulp and Paper manufacturers and some of the sawdust sold for animal bedding and landscaping. Most of the sawdust and left over chip is used in the production of bio energy for kiln drying.

Timber that leaves the Sawmill is then sorted by size, length and grade with most stacked for Kiln Drying. Pinepac’s timber drying kilns use Steam energy produced by the burning of 100% untreated Bioenergy Woodmass. This woodmass is a mix made up of green sawn sawdust, woodchip and is blended with dry timber shavings to provide fuel energy to the boilers. This is a sustainable, carbon-neutral fuel source.

Next, Planers gauge the various timber sizes to their finished dimensions. The dry untreated wood shavings from this process provide the dry fuel for the boilers.
Some of the untreated gauged timber is then ready for sale. Other timber is sent to the optimising line where it is cut into lengths to customer specifications. The offcuts of this manufacturing centre are sold as dry firewood or donated to local community groups such as schools and kindergartens.

The bulk of the timber processed by the planners is then mechanically graded for strength and stiffness. This timber is then treated with a water borne natural boron salt preservative to achieve H1.2 treatment making it suitable for structural framing. This takes place in a fully bunded cylinder where the solution is pumped into the cylinder and absorbed by the timber. The boric preservative is designed to protect against attack from borer and to prevent decay caused by exposure to moist or damp conditions.

Click here to view the current WOODmark® Boron Treated Timber information data sheet.