Opening a New Sawmill in South Africa
PalletBiz Franchising Zrt. a Hungarian Headquartered international company is investing in the rural parts of South Africa by opening a Sawmill for the development of a local pallet manufacturing plant.
This results in our operations relocating from our Bronkhorstspruit facility to Sabie, where we establish and develop the sawmill operations. We have been receiving continuous support from SAFCOL & The Office Of The MEC (Mpumalanga) as well as the Local and District Municipality Authorities.
The Sawmill Development Project nature has become a Strategic Project of the MEC, the province, and the District.
The Sawmill Project
The South African wooden-pallet manufacturing industry is a highly competitive industry. Therefore, we identified there are significant operational efficiencies and market share gains through value-chain integration. This means acquiring land (Forest/Plantation) to supply a sawmill that will meet all sourcing requirements of manufacturing wooden products, including pallets. A significant part of the growth plan for the development of the local PalletBiz operation was through cooperative and collaborative partnerships with all stakeholders involved in setting up a Sawmill. Apart from benefiting from a reduction in production costs, the Sawmill will also allow the company to enter new markets in the structural timber industry and support the local community’s economic development.
With this, PalletBiz’s plan is to put South African timber products on the map of the international stage from small beginnings within this timber processing complex to bigger visions of green energy generation CHP plants. We are not a company that is interested in extracting resources in RSA but rather a company that are interested in establishing local processing capacity, employing locals, bringing cutting-edge technology and producing world-class timber processing specialists’ skills. Hence the critical requirement from all stakeholders to make sure this effort is a success, from local government to utility providers, civil society and communities, to local business people and organized labor.
More details will follow after our official press event on the 14th of December in Mercure Hotel, Budapest, Hungary, where public figures will participate in providing insight into the current market situation in industrial packaging and handling and the road ahead for sustainability in this sphere – stay tuned!