Timber company PG Bison has announced an infrastructure investment of close to R1 billion in its particleboard plants that will ensure the maintenance of international standards and production capacity.
PG Bison CEO Gerhard Victor says the investment in a state-of-the-art new continuous press will enable the company to produce 1000m3 of particleboard per day. “Our current daylight press is 31 years old, while international standards have shifted. With our new press, we will be able to produce chipboard comparable to the best in the world. This means our customers will reap the benefit of quality materials being manufactured locally. We will be able to deal with South Africa’s future demand for chipboard,” Victor said.
The company said in a statement the new line will be completed in two phases, the first of which is the installation of the Continuous Press and Forming Line at a cost of R559 million. This will expand the existing plant’s capacity by 80m3, to 680m3 per day. This first phase is expected to be completed in the next two years.
The second phase entails an upgrade to the Raw Material Preparation and Drying Area. This will bring the plant up to a 1 000m3 capacity within another two to three years.
The company said the development will increase its total chipboard capacity to 2 000m3, as its facility in Ugie 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 international standard,” Victor said.
He said that Piet Retief is a suitable site for the development thanks to its proximity to the Gauteng market.
Other recent PG Bison investments include the installation of a new Medium Density Fiberboard press in Boksburg, while a Gloss Board Line is planned for the second quarter of next year.
Its R1.3 billion board plant in Ugie in the Eastern Cape was opened in 2008, while the new medium density fibre board (MDF) line in Boksburg came on line in 2012.
PG Bison is a locally-owned subsidiary of KAP Industrial Holdings.