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

Alpine MDF Industries

Sumitomo Forestry identified a business opportunity to develop medium density fiberboard (MDF) in New Zealand, where the forestry industry is strong and timber resources are plentiful. Thus, we established Nelson Pine Industries Ltd. (NPIL) in 1984.

NPIL has world-class production capacity for MDF as a single plant, supplying MDF made from sustainable radiata pine to various locations around the world.

NPIL also manufactures structural laminated veneer lumber and other wood products. Their production is environmentally sound, using every piece of every log as raw material, from end to end and including the bark.

Additionally, in 2002 Sumitomo Forestry bought out an Australian MDF manufacturing plant (current Alpine MDF Industries Pty Ltd.). This plant and NPIL combine to ensure an annual MDF production capacity of approximately 500,000 m³.

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.