+2774 170 2242 joeyl@ufproducts.co.za

OUR PRODUCTS

 

UNITED FOREST PRODUCTS International FSC® Accreditation

 

The company carries the prestigious Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) chain of custody accreditation.  This is an international audit benchmark used by consumers to differentiate sustainably-sourced roundwood products from those made from timber of unknown origin. FSC® chain of custody accreditation provides peace of mind for consumers, who are assured that timber sourced by the company originates from forests that are managed in a sustainable and responsible manner, according to the environmental social and economic principles of the Forest Stewardship Council®.

 

United Forest Product’s timber is sourced exclusively from sustainable forestry plantations from provinces in South Africa, Mozambique and the Kingdom of Eswatini, and most commonly includes various Eucalyptus, Pine and Wattle species.  The products are offered in roundwood or sawn timber categories and cover a multiplicity of applications.

 

Roundwood and Sawn Timber

 

Roundwood refers to wood in its natural state which is felled, with or without bark, and is sold without being squared by sewing or hewing. Roundwood can be used for industrial purposes, either in its round form as transmission poles, thatching poles, fencing poles and building applications, or as raw material to be processed into industrial products such as sawn wood, mining support, panel products or pulp.

 

Sawn timber refers to wood cut from logs into various shapes and sizes.  United Forest Products represents several smaller mills in marketing their kiln dried and wet off-saw timber.  Both Eucalyptus and Pine are used to produce sawn timber for various applications.

 

Hazard Treatment

Depending on the application, United Forest Products will ensure that timber is tailored to a customer’s specific requirements.  Hazard treatment applied based on application, is a pressure treatment with either Cooper Chrome Arsenic (CCA), Creosote or Tanalith E to retain the integrity of the timber and prevent pest and/or environmental damage. The specification starts with H2 (low hazard) and goes up to H5 specification (high hazard), as required for a particular application.  Hazard treatment is carried out in line with the South African National Standard for hazard classification for preservative treatment of timber.

 

Genus and Species and Their Uses

 

Genus Species Uses
Pine Patula

Elliotii,

Taeda

Timber from planation thinning operations is used for the manufacturing of pulp, shavings, boxes and crates.

Logs from mature trees (20-30-year-old) is used for building and construction timber.

High-quality logs are used for veneer and furniture.

Eucalyptus

(Hardwood)

Grandis

Cloeziana

Nitens

Fastigata

Paniculata

 

 

 

Camaldulensis

Sideroxylin

Timber from plantation thinning operations and coppice management is used for agricultural poles; fencing poles; as brandering when securing thatching grass to structures; roof covering on pergolas for shade purposes; garden edging; landscaping applications and lath screen fencing.

Logs from mature timber (6-11-year-old trees) are used for sawn timber, mining timber, transmission poles, building and construction timber, thatching poles, pulp logs, charcoal manufacturing and more.

 

Mainly used in charcoal production.

Acacia

(Hardwood)

Mearnsii/Black wattle Wood chips, pulp logs and charcoal manufacturing.

 

 

Hazard Treatment and Product Applications

 

Hazard Treatment Level and Usage H2

 

Internal/Low Hazard

H3

 

Exterior Above/Ground

Moderate Hazard

H4

 

Ground Contact

High Hazard

H5

 

Fresh Water

High Hazard

Possible Applications Roof trusses

Laminated beams

Internal structural timber

Ceiling boards

Flooring

Panelling

Doors

Cupboards

Skirting

Window frames

Plywood

Balustrades

Fencing bearers and slats

Outdoor decking and beams

Garden furniture

Laminated beams

Weather board

Stairs

Cladding

Log homes

Gates

Fascia boards

Plywood

Spacers and cross arms used with electrical distribution

Prevent agricultural posts and landscaping structures from rotting and termite attack.

Playground structures

Fencing

Pergolas

Carports

Flower boxes, decking

Bridges

Stakes

Electrical distribution Telephone poles

Light posts

Used in wet soils

Jetties

Drains

Walkways

Retaining walls Slipways

 

 

 

United Forest Products: Commodities

 

 

Commodity Commodity Detail Description Genus Length (meter) Diameter (mm)
From To Min Max
Pulp Logs A lower quality log normally utilised in the manufacture of

paper pulp:

Dissolving wood pulp (DWP)

Particle board

Medium density fibre board

Wood chips

Pine, Eucalyptus Wattle 1.8 6 75 480
Sawdust By-product from saw milling operations Pine

Eucalyptus

0.01 0.05 <2 >2
Wood Chips By-product from mining and saw milling operations

(Can be screened for size)

Pine, Eucalyptus Wattle 0.4 1.8 10 100
Off-cuts By-product from harvesting operations, sawmills and merchandising depots. Eucalyptus

 

0.4 1.8 75 480
Agricultural Poles Banana Poles Poles recovered from thinning operations and coppice reduction.

Utilised as props for banana trees.

4.7 4.7 30 70
Fruit Trellising & Vineyard Poles Poles in various sizes and lengths from mainstream harvesting operations and used in game, livestock, agricultural, domestic security fencing and vineyard and citrus trellising. 1.8 7.2 50 175
Mining Timber Logs Milling Timber Logs from mainstream harvesting operations.  Utilised by mining timber mills for the production of mining support structures for mining operations. 2.4 2.4 130 180
Specialised Poles 1.4 3 160 240
Dunnage Pulp logs cut on two sides to square it. Used to secure and protect cargo from moisture, contamination and mechanical damage during transportation. 1 2.4 50 80
Poles Building & Fencing Poles Poles in various sizes and lengths from mainstream harvesting operations. Various applications and can be CCA treated according to application. 1.8 7.2 50 175
Transmission Poles Poles in various sizes and lengths from mainstream harvesting operations. Supplied to treating plants for CCA or creosote treatment for powerline or telecommunication line installation. 6 18 100 240
Laths Product of coppice reduction. Various applications like screening, roof & wall covers, garden edging, thatched roofing. 1.5 4.5 20 32
Droppers Product of coppice reduction, thinning operations and young trees. Various applications like fencing, thatched roofing construction. 1.2 2.4 32 50
Saw Logs Gum Logs from mainstream harvesting operations.  Utilised by sawmills for the production of sawn timber. 2.1 3 130 480
Pine Box Wood Logs from thinning operations and mainstream harvesting operations.  Utilised by sawmills for the production of sawn timber. Pine

 

2.4 2.4 190 320
A Class Logs from mainstream harvesting operations.  Utilised by sawmills for the production of sawn timber. 3.6 6 130 170
B Class 3.6 6 190 230
C Class 3.6 6 250 290
D Class 3.6 6 310 600

 

 

 

Grade and sizing

 

Pine
GRADE Thickness

(mm)

Width

(mm)

Length(m)

(300 mm inc)

Recommended Applications
Furniture 25 76

114

0.9 to 3.9 Furniture manufacturing
Structural 38 76

114

152

228

0.9 to 6.6 Wall plates & webbing in trusses

Truss manufacturing

Decking

Shuttering

50 76

152

228

Roof purlins

Truss manufacturing

Structural Mill Run 38

50

76

114

152

228

0.9 to 6.6 Furniture

Raw material for finger jointing

Brandering and battens 38 38

50

2.7 to 6.6 Ceilings

Tiled roofing

Industrial 25 76

114

152

228

0.9 to 6.6 Pallets

Upholstered furniture

Furniture components

Crates

Cable tolls

19 76 0.9 to 1.2 Pallets

Upholstered furniture

Furniture components

Crating 25 76

114

0.9 to 6.6 Crates

General utility products

 

 

Eucalyptus Grandis
GRADE Thickness

(mm)

Width

(mm)

Length(m)

(300 mm inc)

Recommended Applications
Select 25 76

102

127

152

178

190

1.8 to 4.5

(300 mm inc)

 

Furniture manufacturing

Doors

Mouldings

Laminated products

Decking

Flooring

Clear 25 50

76

102

152

0.45 to 1.5m

(150 mm inc)

Standard Grade 25 76

102

127

152

178

190

0.9 to 4.5

(300 mm inc)

 

Charcoal

 

Charcoal is produced from exotic Eucalyptus hardwoods (Camaldulensis, Sideroxylon and Cloeziana) and from sustainable Acacia and Eucalyptus forestry plantations.  A variety of charcoal manufacturing plants, with an average monthly capacity of 4,000 tons of charcoal, produces 100% natural lump-wood charcoal, charcoal fines and powder for industrial application, domestic and restaurant use. Fixed carbon is 75-85 and moisture 5-8% and the charcoal can be screened to specific size.

 

Current capacity for sale and export of charcoal is up to 60 000 tons per annum.  United Forest Products would be happy to work with you to ensure supply chain efficiency for charcoal exports.

 

Potential Investment Opportunities in Charcoal Manufacturing

There are many opportunities for investment in the charcoal business which provide short, medium and long-term solutions for the creation of robust businesses in the charcoal sector.   This sector is a major contributor to job creation and employment in the region and significant scope exists for proposals which empower individuals and start-ups to set up successful manufacturing plants.

 

Forestry and Other Services

The company has its own harvesting division, which is equipped with a highly-skilled workforce.  The harvesting division harvests timber on behalf of landowners from sustainable Eucalyptus and Pine plantations.  Forestry landowners are encouraged to contact the company should they have sustainable plantations they wish to sell.

 

Transport

A variety of transport companies are registered with the company to ensure secure and reliable transport of product, security of payment and access to transport opportunities within the forestry industry.

 

CONTACTS

Ms Joey Lascelles

Chief Executive Officer

Email: joeyl@ufproducts.co.za

www.unitedforestproducts.co.za

Cell: +27 82 854 6155

Office: +27 74 170 2242

 

PO Box 8185

White River, Mpumalanga

South Africa 1240

 

Fountains Business Park

Corner of R40 Hazyview and R538 Numbi Road

White River, 1240

South Africa