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David Ridley

The establishment of Ta Ann Tasmania’s two rotary peeling mills is a story of international cooperation and innovation.

Attracted by the sustainable timber resource and investment-ready sites provided through Forestry Tasmania and its partners, Malaysian-based Ta Ann Pty Ltd has quickly developed two state-of-the art processing facilities.

The mills, now operating in the Huon Valley in the state’s south and Smithton in the n orth respectively, produce peeled veneer from wood previously destined to be wood-chipped.

Utilising the latest Japanese, German and Malaysian technologies, the purpose-built facilities are turning low-value logs into high-value vene ers for the international market.

With an all-up investment of $60million, Ta Ann’s David Ridley says resource security is still the key to the future.

“We have a 20-year wood supply agreement with Forestry Tasmania and are already looking beyond that. We currently employ 130 people statewide and have the capacity to increase that in the future.”

With Australian Forestry Standard and Chain of Custody certification providing surety to customers, Ta Ann has built its latest mill with expansion in mind.

“In Smithton we can put up to three lines into production which would see a significant lift in production and an increase in the workforce required.”

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