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CRS Timber Products extends sawn timber manufacturing capacity in South Africa CRS Timber Products gain extra traction with a series of mill upgrades to boost efficiency and drive product diversification. CRS Timber Products’ Brondal-based mill lies tucked-up in one of the many valleys that crisscross the area northwest of Nelspruit, South Africa. In addition to its legendary... more
Depending on Wood-Mizer Blades – in spite of your sawmill brand Mr. Vukasin Marcetic started his own sawmill company, Balat Promet, in the Serbian village of Radicevic in 1989. "At that time," shares Mr. Marcetic, "there was a huge demand for construction timber. The nearest sawmill was 50 km away from our village. We built our first sawmill ourselves. It... more
Five pallets ahead of the competition By implementing more efficient sawmilling technology, these Serbian pallet producers are staying ahead of the competition. Together with his brother and friend, Zoran Jakovlevic has been involved in the wood industry for 25 years. In the early ‘90s, they started their own business cutting and... more
A firewood supplier finds a profitable addition to his business with a Wood-Mizer sawmill Illustrating that success is still within reach during times of economic crisis, a small family company from the Croatian village of Mala Maslenjaca is demonstrating how business diversification is a key ingredient for lasting profitability. The Kovacic family works together producing firewood,... more
Gradual development A philosophy of gradual growth has helped this Croatian wood processing company grow into a major manufacturer of pallets and briquettes. A lathe operator by profession, Zelimir Koscal founded his own company in 1993. "He began working out of the garage, then hired one worker, then the second,... more
Small log processing shields Nothern Irish pallet maker from recession By acquiring the right kit he no longer finds himself hostage to bought-in sawn timber; and the whole operation caneasily be removed to another location whereprofitsare for the taking! Established by Stephen Sufferin in 2005 predominately to produce pallets, S& J Contracts operates from the small... more
Italian pallet maker sustains la dolce vita with an LT70 band sawmill In the dramatic Viterbo countryside North-West of Rome, Giovan Battista Boggi set up a successful pallet and bins manufacturing operation ten years ago and it still does pretty well despite recession. His semi-industrial band sawmill is a key to this enviable situation. Born in Grotte di Castro, in... more
Croatian small log processing cuts costs, ups production "When our country joined the European Union we wood processors realised that we would face exacting standards in both product quality and safety procedures. "We were right and additionally, labour costs rose in Croatia. "Consequently, running a successful sawmill became difficult –– however,... more
French pallet maker's thin kerf technology and altruism score The French pallet maker, Scierie Pallets du Littoral SA has announced almost doubled output. At the same time as this manufacturing surge it has set up a separate, non-profit making training establishment. At first glance, the two developments seem unlinked. However, altruism and commercial... more
Industrial band sawmill improves Latvian pallet maker's margins Latvian citizens’ access to Europe’s booming labour-market following EU accession has caused a brain drain from the Baltic country. Skilled woodworkers are leaving Latvia for other EU countries – such as Ireland – where they earn higher wages leading those that stay at home in a strong position to... more
Industrial bandsaw transforms Anglo-Dutch steel mill’s pallet production Anglo-Dutch steel giant, Corus, has improved the efficiency and cost of thousands of wooden pallets on which it transports flat, rolled steel around Europe.It had responded favourably when one of its operators, David Holden, at the Blackburn mill in the North of England (a former British Steel... more
Multi head resaw launches Latvian pallet maker on to British market Aldis Drikis states and… conquers the English market The ''Toto'' company bought a Wood-Mizer's MultiHead in December 2000, when the timber market in Europe was, frankly speaking, cheerless. However the new equipment gave him the possibility to fulfill orders which had previously been beyond the... more
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