Juken New Zealand Limited Proposing to Refocus Assembly at Gisborne and Wairarapa Wood-processing Mills to Boost Competitiveness and Defended Long-Term Approaching
Forestry and copse processing company, Juken New Zealand has today amorphous consulting advisers at its Gisborne wood-processing comminute about abeyant changes to the articles fabricated there in adjustment to acknowledgment the bulb to advantage and defended its abiding future.
The Juken comminute at Matawhero opened in 1994 and employs about 200 abounding time employees. The comminute processes Radiata Pine from the company’s East Coast forests to aftermath a ambit of solid copse and engineered copse articles like Plywood, LVL (Laminated Appearance Lumber) and SLVL (veneer), mainly for the Japanese apartment market.
At the aforementioned time, the aggregation is additionally authoritative changes to what it makes at its Wairarapa mill, accretion assembly of its ‘J-frame’ framing for the New Zealand apartment and architecture bazaar and abbreviating the specialist articles fabricated for the Japanese architecture market. These changes won’t aftereffect in job losses for any of Juken’s 222 abiding agents in Wairarapa.
General Manager of Juken, Dave Hilliard and added chief agents accept been affair bounded workers this afternoon to altercate the proposed changes and the affidavit for them. He says there’s been a cogent bead in appeal from Juken’s capital consign bazaar in Japan for Plywood and structural LVL architecture articles in the accomplished few years, which has apparent these genitalia of Juken’s New Zealand processing business operating at a loss.
“The Japanese apartment bazaar has been in abatement and approaching appeal for these articles is not accepted to advance because of the ageing citizenry in Japan.”
Hilliard says the company’s Plywood is additionally more clumsy to attempt in the calm and all-embracing markets adjoin artefact out of all-embracing copse processing plants from the brand of China and South America.
“All of our bodies accept formed adamantine over the aftermost bristles years to break competitive, including accretion our New Zealand and Australian sales to abate our assurance on the Japanese market, invested in a form-ply plant, bargain costs and hours of operation.”
Hilliard said admitting these efforts, the mills accepted Plywood and LVL assembly adequacy and artefact mix doesn’t bout the aggregate and amount adapted by barter – which has led to accretion losses from Ply and LVL production.
“Significant advance would be adapted to admission to a calibration to attempt internationally. At this time, there’s aloof not the log or accomplishment aggregate of adapted affection and amount to absolve that investment.”
The proposals presented to agents today would see the mills acknowledgment to advantage to accumulate high-value copse processing jobs and advance in Gisborne and Wairarapa by refocusing on value-add articles area there’s able chump appeal and Juken has a aggressive advantage, including its exceptional sawn clearwood products.
“One of Juken’s advantages is that we action balk from our own forests on the East Coast and the Wairarapa. We’re one of the few forestry companies in New Zealand who abound and action our own timber”.
In Gisborne, we’ve invested to move from unpruned logs ill-fitted to Plywood and SLVL (veneer) articles to a greater admeasurement of pruned logs ill-fitted to college amount clearwood articles acclimated for high-end residential and bartering autogenous cabinetry, furniture, solid doors and affection walls.”
“We’ve additionally added our advance in kilns for the Gisborne and Wairarapa mills so we can admission assembly from the sawline bearing these clearwood products.”
“We’re refocusing on bearing high-quality solid copse articles from both mills.”
“The solid copse saw milling and finishing curve in Gisborne would abide with added advance over time to acquiesce the comminute to action all of Juken’s different pruned logs from its forests.”
“This advance will acceptable initially be in log administration and sawmilling, but could aggrandize to accommodate assembly processes that use the sawmilled barge products.”
He said if the accommodation is fabricated to go advanced with the changes in Gisborne the comminute would stop bearing Plywood and LVL articles and abate the accomplish of SLVL (veneer). About 100 abounding time positions would abide at the Mill.
“We are consulting with agents and will be alive carefully with them as we assignment through this proposal”.
“The proposed changes in Gisborne, if implemented, will be difficult for our people, decidedly as they appear in the New Year. We’ll be alive with Government agencies and Gisborne iwi, civic, association and business leaders, over another application opportunities for our bodies should the changes go ahead,” said Dave Hilliard.
Hilliard said the proposed changes would accept no appulse on Juken’s forestry operations.
“We are committed to the approaching of the backwoods and copse processing industry and to developing our high-value balk processing and addition business”.
“But, as an exporting architect we accept to ensure that our copse processing business is focussed on bearing the appropriate aerial amount articles to accommodated alteration chump demand”.
The aggregation brash agents that the appointment aeon in Gisborne would run for two weeks. After that it would accede acknowledgment on the proposed changes afore authoritative any final decisions on the approaching anatomy and achievement of that mill.
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