New kiln boosts our export trade

The exportation of pallets is an integral part of our operations

December 9, 2013

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As part of our continuous investment into Ethical Forestry infrastructure and development, we’ve recently purchased a new kiln for the treatment of our pallets for exportation. This new addition to our operations will boost our pallet export trade significantly, providing yet another robust exit route for our products.

In 2006, the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) implemented the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures 15 (ISPM15) in Costa Rica – a set of guidelines regulating wood packaging material for international trade. To put it simply, the strict controls reduce the risk of introducing and spreading tree pests through the heat treatment of wood, which is exactly what our new kiln has been designed to do.

Constructed using the latest technology, our kiln heats our wood to a minimum temperature of 56ºC for at least 30 minutes. Only then are we permitted to display the IPPC certification symbol that shows our pallets are safe to ship.

Dedicated to maintaining environmentally sound operations as well as commercial efficiency, we chose this particular kiln because of its special features:

  • Designed to run on sawdust generated from our timber mill, a sustainable process using natural by-products from our operations

  • Chosen for both its efficiency and ability to dry Melina for products such as flooring, finger joints and panelling for the furniture industry

  • Initial kiln space will allow for the treatment of 1,200 pallets over an 8 hour period

  • Our boiler has a 500,000 kcal/h capacity, allowing expansion to 4 kilns and an output of 2,400 pallets every 4 hours

This is an exciting new acquisition and represents the first phase of our kiln infrastructure. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on our kiln development programme in future news releases