PG Bison is investing close to R600 million in its particleboard plants to ensure that international standards and production capacity are maintained.
Diversified timber company, PG Bison’s, investment in a new, state-of-the-art continuous press at its Piet Retief plant will enable the facility to produce 1 000m3 of particleboard per day and increase its overall capacity to 2 000m3.
This is part of infrastructure developments of close to R600 million at the plant to ensure that international standards and production capacity are maintained, and that the local demand for quality chipboard is met.
According to PG Bison’s chief executive officer, Gerhard Victor, the company’s existing daylight press is 31 years old and international standards have changed over the years. “With our new press, we will be able to produce chipboard comparable to the best in the world,” he says.
The Piet Retief plant was selected for the upgrade due to its close proximity to the Gauteng market.
The expansion details
The upgrade will be done in two phases, of which the first is the installation of the continuous press and forming line that will expand the existing plant’s capacity by 80m3 to 680m3 per day. This phase is expected to be completed within the next two years.
The second phase will see an upgrade to the raw material preparation and drying area, bringing the plant’s capacity up to 1 000m3 within another two to three years. Once completed, the company’s total chipboard capacity will reach 2 000m3, since the Ugie facility in the Eastern Cape also produces 1 000m3 per day.
“The new line will significantly improve the quality of the Piet Retief board and will ensure PG Bison has the best quality product in the market, manufactured on equipment of an international standard,” Victor states.
Upon completion of the new Piet Retief line, all PG Bison’s products will be produced on new-generation Siemplekamp presses, allowing the company to transfer skills and utilise certain spare parts across all its operations.
Its R1,3-billion board plant in Ugie in the Eastern Cape was opened in 2008, while a new medium-density fibre board line in Boksburg came on line in 2012, with a gloss board line planned for the second quarter of next year.
PG Bison is one of the largest suppliers of wood-based panel products to the building industry in South Africa, and also exports to 20 countries. The company’s main focus is the production of particle board and medium-density fibreboard.
“Our products are used predominantly in home storage, such as kitchen and built-in cupboards, as well as household and office furniture and the shop-fitting industry,” notes Victor.
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PG Bison brands
• Bisonbord – premium quality, interior grade particleboard.
• SupaWood – exceptional medium-density fibreboard.
• DecoBord – particle board surfaced with a resin-coated, pre-finished, printed paper foil.
• MelaWood – durable, scratch- and moisture-resistant melamine faced board.
• Formica – high-pressure laminates.
• DuPont™ Corian® & DuPont™ Basic – solid surfacing.
• Woodline Long-Life Poles – poles for the agricultural industry, transmission lines and road signage.