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$63m investment brought forward for Bell Bay


17 Dec 2021

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The investment will allow Timberlink to increase supply of structural timber for use in the construction of homes in Australia.

A $63 million capital investment at Bell Bay Tasmania will provide an increase of more than 50 per cent in on island sovereign timber manufactured from sustainability managed pine plantations.

The project will commence in 2022 with commissioning expected by the end of 2025.

The expansion project installation and construction is in two stages, from 2022, with full output achieved at the end of 2025 this will include:
* Offline Log Debarking and Sorting;
* Saw mill expansion;
* Residue and Energy optimisation;
* Additional continuous Kiln for drying of timber;
* Planer infeed systems; and
* Site infrastructure improvements.

Timberlink Chief Executive Officer Ian Tyson said upon completion the combined output of Timberlink’s Bell Bay Tasmania and Tarpeena South Australia manufacturing facilities would position Timberlink to increase supply of manufacture of structural timber for use in the construction of homes in Australia.

"The project has been brought forward by over two years in order to support additional supply into the Australian market,” Mr Tyson said. 

Federal Member for Bass Bridget Archer said the significant investment is yet another example of Timberlink committing to the region.

“As an elected representative, I’ve had a long-standing relationship with Timberlink since it began production in Bell Bay in 2008 and I appreciate the ongoing economic and social benefits the company provides to our local area,” Ms Archer said.

The upgrade will increase both the volume of renewable plantation pine logs that can be processed and the yield per log, creating a workplace of the future, with high tech machinery improved accuracy, safety and job security.

The planned investment is in addition to major upgrades completed two years ago and the construction of Tasmania’s first Wood Plastic Composites manufacturing facility announced earlier this year for the Bell Bay site.

In addition to 25 contractor jobs during the capital upgrades and expansion, Timberlink expects that this project will create 18 new permanent full-time jobs at the facility for the next generation.

It is estimated that the Timberlink Bell Bay manufacturing facility supports about 600 direct and indirect jobs in the region.