Pan Pac Forest Products Ltd


Pan Pac Forest products is an integrated Forestry company with forestry ownership, Pulp mill and large sawmill located in the Hawkes bay of New Zealand.

It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Oji Green Resources Limited, a part of Oji Holdings in Japan.

Forest Estates in Hawkes Bay of 33,000 hectares provide fibre to the Pulp mill and logs to the sawmill.

Pan Pac Lumber sawmill is the largest appearance grade mill in New Zealand producing 430,000 m3 of sawn lumber per year.

Products range from fully clear boards to corewood utility grades and are sold into fifteen countries globally.

The sawmill processes both pruned and sawlogs from Pan Pac’s own forests as well as those in the Hawkes Bay and adjacent provinces.

Pan Pac Lumber specialises in appearance and utility grade products.

Kiln dried products are supplied to remanufacturing industries making furniture, doors, windows, panels, picture frames and a variety of building products.

Green products are supplied to remanufacturing industries making cable drums, pallets, packaging and a variety of crates and bins.


Shipping is direct from the Port of Napier, only 20 kms from the plant.

Pan Pac has a strong reputation for high quality, on time delivery and reliable supply amongst all of the markets, as well as being a large scale supplier with a substantial company ownership.

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LumberLink Limited celebrates its 10th Birthday


For over 10 years now LumberLink has been successfully developing international markets for lumber from New Zealand, South America and Australia.

Led by timber industry professionals and staffed by experienced lumber sales people, we pride ourselves on our ability to match our customers’ lumber needs with the right supply from the right sawmills.

Our head office is in Auckland, New Zealand, and we have offices in Qingdao and Shenzhen in China and Bangkok in Thailand.


We have an extensive established customer base in Asia, USA, Australia and Europe. We ship regularly to many countries in Asia – China, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, South Korea, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Over the years we have developed close long-standing relationships with the best mills in New Zealand, South America, USA and Australia.

We like our suppliers to think of us as an extension of their business and in New Zealand, our main supply base, we are in contact with all the major players in the market on a daily basis.


At LumberLink we specialise in lumber from sustainably managed forests. Because of this Radiata Pine, Douglas Fir, Taeda Pine and Eucalyptus Grandis comprise the majority of our offering. We do source other species if required of course.

We can readily supply most grades of timber in either Green or Kiln Dried; Treated or Untreated; Rough Sawn or Surfaced.

Common Rough Sawn widths 50, 75, 100, 125, 150, 200, 250 or 300 millimetres and common thicknesses are 25, 38, and 50 millimetres. Some grades are supplied in random width and commonly in thicknesses of 36 or 44mm. Different dimensions can be requested if required.


Naturally, we are committed to promoting environmentally, socially and economically responsible forest management and hold the internationally recognised Forest Stewardship Council™’s Chain of Custody Certification. FSC™ certification allows our customers to label their products accordingly, and in turn gives end users the choice to support responsibly managed forests.


Our aim is to make lumber export as easy as possible for our customers and our suppliers. 

Whether you are reading this as a potential customer or supplier we know we can add value to your business and would welcome the chance to prove ourselves to you.

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Kiwi Lumber

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Kiwi Lumber was established in 1991, and is a privately owned New Zealand company operating three modern sawmills located in the North Island of New Zealand. Our three mills located at Putaruru, Dannevirke and Masterton have a combined production of 120,000 m3 of sawn timber output per annum, with the capacity to kiln dry and planer finish all of our production.

Kiwi Lumber produce an extensive range of products that are specific to our customer’s needs. By providing a consistent quality of resource along with the use of modern technology and systems, Kiwi Lumber is able to produce a diverse ranges of products to stringent quality and service standards.

Our New Zealand Radiata Pine timber is milled entirely from renewable plantations and complies with all New Zealand environmental management policies. Kiwi Lumber’s two Appearance Grade mills (Putaruru & Dannevirke) are also FSC certified. Our production is wholesaled throughout New Zealand as well as a range of export markets that include North America, Europe, Australia, Asia and the Pacific Islands

All Kiwi Lumber sawmills are maintained to the highest possible standards, and through the use of modern technology we are able to ensure excellent cutting accuracy and efficiency of production. Kiwi Lumber Dannevirke and Kiwi Lumber Putaruru are both dedicated to cutting pruned logs. These pruned log sawmills are designed for maximising grade recovery of high grade Clear lumber.

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Kiwi Lumber Masterton is a structural mill focussed on producing framing timber primarily for domestic construction. These products are mechanically stress graded to ensure compliance with the relevant New Zealand Standards. Kiwi Lumber also uses a third part auditing body to oversee our Quality Assurance testing and procedures.

Our structural mill also produces a wider range of treated products for outdoor and landscaping purposes and well as industrial grades for pallet manufacturing.

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All three sawmills operate Winsor Kilns which are computer controlled using the Dryspec system and operated by qualified kiln operators. Kiwi Lumber sawmills also employ environmentally friendly energy recycling systems that minimise impact to the environment by utilising sawmill residues to heat our kilns.

Kiwi Lumber runs various Weinig planners/moulders at all three sites along with cut to length optimisers. This gives Kiwi Lumber the ability produce a range of products that includes S4S boards, profiled decking, customer specific precision profiles and cut to length components. Kiwi Lumber also has the ability to supply various treated options that include CCA, LOSP and ACQ.

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Craigpine Timber Ltd

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NZTE Seminar, Bangkok March 2014


NZPEC were invited to hold a seminar together with the Faculty of Forestry from the Katestart University in Bangkok on Wednesday 12th March 2014. The purpose of the seminar was to share the latest information and knowledge regarding New Zealand pine and its use in wood working applications. Craigpine Timber Ltd, along with Pine Sawmills New Zealand were invited to hold the seminar and present it in English with Thai translators from the Faculty of Forestry to Thai manufacturers who utilise raw timber for such purposes as furniture, windows and doors, construction and packaging.

The event was superbly run and was a credit to NZTE in Thailand for the great turnout of over 120 delegates and the wonderful facilities lent to us by the Faculty of Forestry at Katestart University, the lecture hall was only 18 months old and had fantastic audio visual equipment. Over 200 invitations were sent out to timber manufacturers in the greater Bangkok area and even though it was heavily attended by packaging companies there were a wide range of other timber users who currently do not use pine but understand the benefits of using a plantation, sustainable timber.

Using translators for speeches is always a slow process however it makes sure everybody understands exactly what is being said and the questions raised during and afterwards were both inquisitive and varied as the delegates look at using a new specie in their varied businesses.

The main topics discussed were:-

  • The physical properties of NZ pine

  • The grades and sizes used in both structural and non structural timber

  • The kiln drying process

  • Chemicals and preservatives that can be used

  • Comparisons to other species

  • The finishing achieved with NZ pine

  • Followed by a Question and answer session

All enquiry was directed to the NZPEC website where any of the member mills will be able to answer any enquiry or question put to them.

The plan is to hold a return trip to New Zealand later in the year to bring a group of delegates to look at forestry, sawmilling and further processing here in New Zealand and funding has been made available for the trip.

Craigpine Timber Ltd, would like to thank NZTE for the opportunity to attend the seminar and looks forward to answering any questions regarding the event.


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PO Box 55 Winton 9741  |  139 Florence Road Winton New Zealand 9782

Telephone +64 3 236 7533  |  Facsimile + 64 3 236 7464   


Niagara Sawmills – About Us

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Originally established in the small Southland country settlement of Niagara, the company, which has been wholly owned by the Richardson family since 1954, has graduated from three sawmills to its present site at Kennington on the outskirts of Invercargill.

Ensuring they utilise each tree to maximum capacity means they provide a full spectrum of products, from milled timber through to precision building products and everything in between, including bark, chip, sawdust, firewood and briquettes.

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Niagara produces only radiata pine. All material is sourced from plantations in Southland and areas of neighbouring Otago. The white timber of radiata pine has a multitude of uses and is highly sought after on the global market. The Southland region of New Zealand lends itself perfectly to the growth of quality radiata pine with an abundance of suitable plantation sites.

Niagara sources its material from a variety of locations and while it owns some of its own plantations, the company also purchases logs from privately owned blocks. Niagara was among the first sawmills in New Zealand to be certified as a supplier of FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) timber products.

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Producing approximately 100,000/m3 of sawn timber from it’s Kennington sawmill each year, Niagara understands the importance of quality and accuracy to its worldwide customer base. From the start of the sawmilling process cutting edge technology scans each log for maximum sawn timber recovery. This precision scanning also ensures accuracy, which is vital as each piece continues its journey throughout the sawmill.

Niagara’s horizontal saw takes care of the next stage of production, followed by a six saw automated edger system, which scans each piece to ensure the optimum width recovery is achieved.

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Niagara understands the importance of accurate moisture content and kiln drying to its worldwide customer base, which is why Niagara’s state-of the art kiln complex is fully computerised using the latest technology.

Niagara’s kiln complex includes four Mahild continuous drying kilns plus three Winsor medium temperature kilns that operate around the clock seven days a week. With a drying capacity of over 100,000m3 per annum Niagara can ensure all its customers’ requirements are fulfilled on time and to the highest quality.

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The Niagara remanufacturing plant uses FSC certified radiata pine sourced from their sawmill to produce finger jointed blanks. These are further processed into engineered timber products of superior quality and appearance for local and overseas customers. Rough sawn kiln dried timber coming into the remanufacturing plant is machined through a Stetson-Ross planer  to give a smooth uniform finish ready for defecting and finger jointing. The timber is constantly checked to ensure that only the product that meets strict quality specifications is used.

Using modern technology the timber is then scanned through a Woodeye at up to 220 metres per minute. The Woodeye takes a snapshot of the entire length of each board, identifying the different grades of timber contained within the piece and selecting only the best material for finger jointing. This information is then communicated to two Dimpter Opticut 450 saws that cut each piece of timber at the right places to yield finger jointing blocks in grades to meet our customers needs. Blocks range from 180mm to 500mm in length.

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The company has both vertical and horizontal finger jointers, giving the flexibility to offer either a face-to-face or edge-to-edge joint in lengths ranging from 1.8 to 7.2m. Throughout the manufacturing processes there are documented quality assurance systems that guarantee customers only receive product that meets their specification. Niagara’s finger jointing operation is also certified and independently audited to AS/NZS 1491 and AS 5068. After finger jointing, all the finger jointed blanks are dispatched to the Ashburton finishing and distribution operation

The Niagara Ashburton site further processes finger jointed blanks from Invercargill; moulding, laminating, trimming, treating and priming the blanks to produce a range of quality engineered timber products for domestic and international markets. Like the operations in Invercargill, Ashburton uses the latest equipment and best industry practices to deliver what their customers require. Niagara has two moulders, a Wienig and an SCM that produce a wide range of both standard and custom profiles some of which have also been laminated using static or rotary laminating presses.

Contact us or visit our website:

NIAGARA Head Office/Sawmill

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74 Kennington Rd,
PO Box 542, Invercargill 9840, NZ
p: +64 3 230 3030    f: +64 3 230 4812   m: +64 27 702 4966

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Southern Cross Forest Products – An Overview

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Southern Cross Forest Products (SCFP) is one of New Zealand’s largest and most respected sawmillers / manufacturers of pine products.

Headquartered in Dunedin, SCFP has six manufacturing sites, situated throughout New Zealand.  Strategically located close to the largest productive Radiata Pine forests in both the North and South Islands, these manufacturing sites are supported by a substantial Forestry and Log Marketing operation, as well as off shore sales offices located in the US, Australia and China.


Southern Cross Forest Products, Forestry & Log Marketing Division, specialising in log sales and harvest management nationwide.  Managing up to 8 contract harvesting crews at any point in time and harvest, market or procure over 500,000 tonnes of log per annum. 

Sawmilling & Remanufacturing

With a total of six separate manufacturing sites (4 sawmills and 2 remanufacturing) throughout the country producing 200,000 m3 sawn lumber per annum, SCFP has ensured product and market diversity.

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SCFP’s major markets are North America, Asia and Australia. Recognising the importance of in market representation, SCFP has staff on the ground ready to service customer’s needs.

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Southern Cross Forest Products have been a major import supplier of quality, FSC certified, Radiata Pine Boards and Mouldings for over 15 years.

As one of the largest processors of Pruned Radiata Pine logs in New Zealand, SCFP have become established as a preferred supplier to many companies throughout the US, both Retail and Distributors alike.

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SCFP is one of NZ’s premier manufacturers of lumber sold to Asia, exporting over 7000m3/month.  With lumber grades available to meet most manufacturing needs, from highly accurate, clear grade furniture lumber and components, to economic industrial grades for pallet making.

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Southern Cross Forest Products have expanded their global operations to include a full product and servicing offering to Australian consumers. For the first time, the Australian market can have full access to SCFPs extensive range (1200 SKU’s) of Boards, Mouldings and Outdoor products. Many of these products are currently unique in the Australian marketplace and not available from anyone else.

To support this expansion into Australia, SCFP created Coast-to-Coast Logistics & Service Pty Ltd (C2CLS), allowing customers from all parts of the value-chain to access our products via distribution centres in Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth!

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Please visit our web page for more information

Red Stag Timber – An Overview


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Red Stag Timber’s Waipa sawmill is based in Rotorua and is the largest sawmill in New Zealand producing structural timber for the residential housing market.

The Waipa site has a very long history that started in 1939 when the New Zealand government built the mill to pioneer the use of Radiata pine instead of native timber species. The site was fully privatised in 1996 when sold to a Fletcher Challenge and CITIC lead consortium. This lasted until 2000 when the site was put into receivership before being resurrected as Red Stag in 2003 and then sold to a privately owned company. Red Stag is now the largest private employer in Rotorua with 240 staff and 50 contractors.

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Red Stag produces over 400,000m3 of sawn timber per annum – that is the equivalent of 80,000 kilometres of 100mmx50mm! In order to achieve this level of production, 100-150 truck-loads per day of logs arrive to feed our two sawmills that run on two 10 hour shifts per day from Monday to Thursday. As well as timber, Red Stag produces wood chips, which are sent to pulp and paper operations, and bark / sawdust residues, which are burnt in our own co-generation plant that produces electricity and steam to heat our kilns that dry timber. Utilising the residues for electricity and energy makes the site almost carbon neutral and makes sure that nothing goes to waste.

Red Stag now operates New Zealand’s first continuous drying kiln (and is building the second). This new technology produces excellent results and reduces our kiln energy usage by more than 30%. Very useful when we dry nearly 80% of our production!

Red Stag uses two mechanically stress graders to ensure the performance of structural timber used in New Zealand and Australia. Treatment facility on site treats with Boron for interior use and CCA or LOSP for exterior use. And the remanufacturing plant that produces finger jointed material for further processing into mouldings and weatherboards.

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About 50% of the timber produced at Waipa becomes structural timber used to build houses in New Zealand and Australia. The rest becomes other timber products which are used in:

  • Outdoor construction (such as retaining walls, decking and fencing) in New Zealand;
  • Industrial uses such as manufacturing pallets in New Zealand or Asian countries;
  • Furniture manufacture in China and other Asian countries.

The Red Stag Timber brand is prominent and is readily recognised buy customers in New Zealand, Australia, and other timber markets. It is a sign of quality and service.

Log prices, ETS bode well for forestry – NZ Herald

It’s a good time to consider planting trees, says incoming New Zealand Farm Forestry Association president John Dermer.

“A 20 per cent plus lift in log prices over the last year, with the prospect of more to come, the ability to sell carbon [emission trading units] and Government support for new planting add up to an exciting future,” Dermer said.

The rise in prices was mainly because of demand in China, which had run into difficulty getting timber from Russia after it applied a levy, Dermer said.

“I think these [prices] could well be with us for a while,” he said.

“The USA hasn’t really got back into re-building mode after the recession but when they kick in that’s going to be pretty interesting for anyone with a few trees to harvest, I think.

The ANZ Commodity Price Index for March recorded a 9.2 per cent rise log prices – sending it to an 18-month high and a 50 per cent increase on a low in mid-2009.

The Government’s Emissions Trading Scheme will apply a price to greenhouse gas emissions to provide an incentive to reduce emissions and plant forests to absorb carbon dioxide.

The transport, energy and industrial sectors will join the scheme on July 1 and agriculture on January 1, 2015.

Carbon trading could give foresters a yearly income from their trees, which as they grow would retain carbon from the atmosphere and earn emission units.

“You’re taking exchange rate risks, you’re taking political risks but if you want to have a go and be cautious … there is that opportunity,” he said.

Dermer, 65, said the Government’s Afforestation Grants Scheme was worth investigating.

The grower receives an up-front payment of around $2000 a hectare in exchange for the first 10 years’ carbon units, he said. “This has to be one of the best incentives the Government has ever come up with,” he said.

The association would lobby for more funds to be put into the scheme.

“There is plenty of eroding hill country which desperately needs tree cover so a good, hard look at this scheme is a must for any farmer with serious erosion problems.”

Additional prospects for wood included biofuel, he said.

“You could summarise the case by saying that in a world of rising energy costs and pressure to constrain carbon emissions, low energy, carbon sequestering wood has to be a winner.”