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Increasing Production Capacity as a Manufacturing Base of Quality Timber and Building Materials

Nelson Pine Industries Ltd.

Sumitomo Forestry, seeing a business opportunity in New Zealand where the forestry industry is strong, established Nelson Pine Industries Ltd. (NPIL) in 1984 to utilize the abundant timber resources for expansion of our medium density fiberboard (MDF) business.

In June 2016, the Sumitomo Forestry Group acquired approximately 30,000 hectares of timberlands in New Zealand. NPIL is able to obtain a steady supply of good quality radiata pine from these timberlands, leading to the manufacture of products of even higher quality. These products are supplied to various countries around the world—mainly China, India, and Southeast Asia—through Sumitomo Forestry’s overseas distribution network.

In addition to MDF, NPIL also manufactures structural laminated veneer lumber and other wood products. Faithfully implementing the environmental philosophy handed down from Sumitomo Forestry, NPIL’s production uses every piece of log as raw material, from end to end and including the bark.

Collaborating with Australian Major Housing Builder Henley Properties Group

Henley Properties Group's zero emissions demonstration house

With an eye on the ever growing Australian housing market, Sumitomo Forestry incorporated a joint venture with local representative Henley Properties Group in 2008 to start construction and sales of spec homes in Australia. In 2009 we took a stake in Henley Properties Group when we sold all our spec homes for our first term, officially entering the Australian spec home market full-scale.

Henley Properties Group announced a demonstration of Australia's first zero-emissions house, featuring special energysaving and water-saving measures. The initiative is attracting much attention, as its use of designs suited to the surrounding environment and solar power generation is expected to be at least 70% more energy efficient than traditional housing.

Sumitomo Forestry is commit ted to using the environmentally friendly housing technologies and expertise that it has cultivated in Japan to further benefit the housing industry in Australia.

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