August 12, 2014, Port Shepstone - The wood preservation and building
timber industry is set to embark on a revolutionary new product, called Biligom®
timber, that will pioneer a platform for entrepreneurial opportunities
and job creation as well as to provide solutions to some of the industry's
Biligom International (Pty) Ltd, a
South African company, has developed and patented a way to manufacture
Eucalyptus construction and building timber that complies with all requirements
for ongoing technical and quality accreditation as demanded by the industry.
Biligom is currently in full production and will shortly be negotiating license
agreements with interested parties who want to produce the product. Lonza Wood
Protection has played an instrumental role in the design of the treatment plants
for Biligom® timber, with the first TanalithTM E plant already
installed and in production near Tzaneen in the Limpopo Province.
The project has received notable
endorsements from various financing houses and other institutions. Furthermore,
Abie Steers, Head of the South African Technical Auditing Services (SATAS), has
confirmed that he has audited and awarded full SATAS accreditation to Biligom,
and is satisfied that the entire production process together with all the
documentation submitted has been verified with the wood preservation treatment.
Biligom is positioned as a lucrative
business opportunity for black entrepreneurs, who will be able to establish
themselves in a sustainable construction wood and preservation treatment business
that will create job opportunities within their communities. Prospective
clients who obtain a license for the Biligom®/SATAS certified
business kit will enjoy a reasonably hassle free start up experience and Lonza
will be responsible for the supply and installation of the TanalithTM E treatment
plants and the supply of Tanalith E timber preservative at each production unit.
During the research stage of this product,
a thesis by post graduate student Philip Crafford, mentored by Brand Wessels
from the University of Stellenbosch, was commissioned by Biligom (http://scholar.sun.ac.za/handle/10019.1/80072). The recommendations from this
study were implemented and led to the final stages of adjudication for actual
truss strength values by MiTek based in Midrand, Gauteng. MiTek have endorsed
this product and have written the necessary software for its commercial
Biligom® timber addresses
and provides a groundbreaking solution to the growing industry problem of a
shortage of pine. In comparison to the 20 - 35 year growth turnaround time of
pine, sawn green eucalyptus gum can now be treated with TanalithTM E while still
wet - meaning a much shorter 6-year turnaround time.
Biligom just treated
Biligom Treated Timber
||The fact that Biligom® timber
can be produced to any length that is suitable for construction timber, has
attracted the attention of many of the country's leading roof truss
manufacturers', some of whom are already using the product. Biligom®
timber is on average stronger and firmer than SA Pine and complies to the SANS
Grade S7 bending firm and strength requirements. This means that to cover the
same roof area trusses made from Biligom® timber will in most cases
require less wood than trusses made from Grade S5 SA Pine.
"The introduction of Biligom®
timber is an exciting development in the construction wood and preservation industry
because it embraces an important combination of product development and job
creation, both of which fall directly in line with Lonza's strategic approach
to the industry. We are thrilled to be associated with Biligom and
look forward to giving the project our full support in the years ahead," said Lonza's
General Manager, Doug Sayce.