keyboard_arrow_upMetal-free wood preservative
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Lonza Wood Protection, formerly Arch Wood Protection, recently announced the launch of Vacsol™ Azure™ – a premium wood preservative – in the South African market. This is the first metal-free wood preservative in the light organic solvent market and it carries the Ecospecifier Global endorsement, which provides the assurance that Vacsol Azure preservative treated wood exhibits ecological and health preferable characteristics in the various categories tested by the third party. 

keyboard_arrow_upName change in wood protection
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Following the acquisition of Arch Chemicals Inc. by Lonza in October 2011, Arch Wood Protection has become part of Lonza Microbial Control, the world’s largest microbial control business. As a result, Arch Wood Protection will now be known as Lonza Wood Protection. Over the short term, customers may find both the Arch Wood Protection (SA) name and the Lonza brand name on materials supplied by the company.  Lonza Wood Protection specialises in products for the industrial pre-treatment and surface protection of wood and has global operations in North and South America, Europe, key markets in Middle Africa, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. In its approach to business Lonza focuses on delivering innovative products, valued brands and exceptional customer service. 

keyboard_arrow_upNew wood treatment plant in Zimbabwe
keyboard_arrow_downNew wood treatment plant in Zimbabwe

Arch Wood Protection (SA) (Pty) Ltd, a Lonza Company, has recently completed the installation of the largest CCA treatment plant in Zimbabwe for The Wattle Company. The plant, with a minimum capacity of about 110m³ per shift, falls in line with The Wattle Company’s decision to expand into the treatment sector and establish a state-of-the-art treatment plant.  The Wattle Company project director, Joseph Musemwa, explained the decision to use the services of Arch Wood Protection. “We particularly wanted to take advantage of Arch’s experience in the design and installation of CCA treatment plants. The supply of ‘everything under one roof’: the plant design, installation, commissioning, training, the chemicals and after-sales service, was a huge draw card as well. Being new to the treatment sector, we believed it was a sound decision to enter the market with the expert backing of Arch in order to market our products as effectively as possible and to support our application for ISO 9001 certification.”

keyboard_arrow_upSwiss group acquires Arch Chemicals
keyboard_arrow_downSwiss group acquires Arch Chemicals

 Lonza Group Ltd, which is headquartered in Basel, Switzerland and is a leading supplier to the global life sciences, healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, acquired Arch Chemicals Inc and its worldwide interests towards the end of 2011. The acquisition includes Arch Wood Protection’s South African operation, Arch Wood Protection (SA) (Pty) Ltd, supplier of timber treatment products to the South African timber industry.

keyboard_arrow_upTreated timber for transfrontier park buildings
keyboard_arrow_downTreated timber for transfrontier park buildings

Two building projects in the Ponta do Ouro Marine Reserve and the Maputo Special Reserve demonstrate that where environmental protection is paramount, the terrain is difficult, resources are limited and time is of the essence, treated timber is the only practical construction material.  This is the view of Gerard Busse, marketing manager of Arch Wood Protection which is committed to the interests of the timber sector and the effective use of treated timber in Southern Africa.

keyboard_arrow_upTreated timber for new KZN game lodge
keyboard_arrow_downTreated timber for new KZN game lodge

Bivane Game Lodge in northern KwaZulu-Natal presents a prime example of the use of treated timber in construction in the natural environment.  The lodge was acquired in 1999 by entrepreneur Des Robins and, with the changes and upgrading he has implemented, it has carved itself a special niche among visitors from local and international markets.  The lodge comprises two family units – thatched chalets that sleep four each, plus three chalets that sleep two each and a split-level chalet that offers extra luxury. There is also a full restaurant that caters for functions and meals, and a bar.

keyboard_arrow_upA growing role for eco-friendly timber
keyboard_arrow_downA growing role for eco-friendly timber

The Institute of Timber Frame Builders (ITFB) (formerly known as the Timber Frame Building Association) recently held its annual general meeting at the Eikendal wine farm in Stellenbosch. This annual gathering of the industry also sees the presentation of the ITFB Awards for timber buildings in various categories, as well as for timber decking and boardwalks.

keyboard_arrow_upTimber construction on remote Mozambique island
keyboard_arrow_downTimber construction on remote Mozambique island

Cova de Tubarao, a lodge on Macaneta Island off the Mozambique coast, demonstrates the attributes of treated timber in construction. The island is just 15km wide and 70 km long and the environment is characterised by wetlands and dunes. Care has been taken in the construction of the lodge – and in further development currently under way – to protect the fragile ecology of the island.

keyboard_arrow_upTimber construction to scale at Interbuild 2010
keyboard_arrow_downTimber construction to scale at Interbuild 2010

The Interbuild exhibition in Johannesburg in September provided a platform to showcase timber in construction in a full-scale timber frame home which was erected in one of the exhibition halls. The idea was first put forward by the Institute of Timber Frame Builders (ITFB) and the exhibition house was coordinated as a joint venture by the Wood Foundation and the Institute of Timber Construction (ITC) so that all aspects of timber construction could be displayed.

keyboard_arrow_upSA Pine for boutique hotel
keyboard_arrow_downSA Pine for boutique hotel

The versatility of treated SA pine as a structural material was once again demonstrated with its extensive use in the Tintswalo Atlantic Boutique Hotel in Hout Bay, Cape Town. With unsurpassed views of The Sentinel, the hotel is situated on a pebbled private beach. It offers 10 luxury suites and a presidential suite, within metres of the waves. All the suites are linked to the main hotel by a boardwalk and the main building includes a restaurant overlooking Hout Bay.