Exportation heats up

New kiln facility boosts pallet production

October 6, 2014


Back in our Autumn 2013 newsletter, we informed our customers about our new kiln for the heat-treatment of our pallets for exportation. Since then, we’ve been working hard to integrate the new infrastructure into our operations, and we’re pleased to report that our kiln is now in full swing.

An example of our continuous expansion, our kiln allows us to heat-treat our pallets and wood products onsite, rather than outsourcing the process to a third-party company. 

Not only does this make our operations more time efficient, it also reinforces our self-sufficiency. And because we run our kiln on sawdust – a by-product of our operations – we’re also enhancing our sustainability.

Designed to prevent the spread of diseases and insects when pallets are used for export, this was an important development for us and a good alternative to the less environmentally friendly method of fumigation with methyl bromide.

As suppliers of the food packaging industry, we are required by law to heat-treat our wood to 56ºc for at least 30 minutes. Once our wood has reached this temperature for the prescribed time, we’re permitted to display the ‘Wheat Stamp’ – a seal showing compliance with ISPM 15 (International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures). Developed by the IPPC (International Plant Protection Commission), this important measure is a prerequisite for companies such as Del Monte, who buy many pallets from us and form a large part of our export trade.