- Peter Allan Timber has extended its business into the residential and commercial timber treatment market by installing a Vacsol® Azure® treatment plant.
- A trusted long-term supplier relationship and being able to offer a certified green and clear liquid timber treatment, prompted the decision to turn to Arxada.
- The commissioning of a second treatment plant for Peter Allan Timber, showcases Arxada’s commitment to adding value to its customers’ business.
Port Shepstone, South Africa, 25 October 2022
After focusing on CCA (Copper Chrome Arsenate) treatment for structural and landscape timber over the past 18 years, Peter Allan Timber has extended its business into the residential and commercial timber market with the installation of a Vacsol® Azure® treatment plant in the Western Cape. Being able to offer a certified green and clear liquid preservation solution which maintains the wood’s natural colour, prompted the decision to turn to Arxada, a global leader in wood treatment technologies.
A Hands-on Customer Centric Approach
Known and trusted for their hands-on customer-centric approach, Arxada was on hand to offer a complete project management service from start to finish.
To get the project underway, Arxada’s engineering co-ordinator, Robert Fourie, and Customer Account Manager, Absolom Mngomezulu, met with the plant contractor to guide them in the manufacturing process and to assist with the sourcing and refurbishment of the new treatment plant. Working as a team with Peter Allan Timber, they assisted with the civil design, made recommendations on how to improve the plant process and advised on the engineering standards required for a Vacsol® Azure® treatment plant.
Arxada remained on site throughout the entire installation and commissioning of the plant, to ensure the system was operating optimally and troubleshoot if necessary. During this time, the plant operator received training on how to manage consumption, performance and efficiency.
Continually Adding Value to Customers’ Business
Jurie Van Graan, joint owner of Peter Allan Timber (formerly Thesen) chose to work with Arxada because of existing confidence not only in their products, but in their service provision:
“Our relationship with Arxada, then trading as Koppers Arch, goes back to 2003 when we installed our CCA plant. Service, particularly customer relationships, are of high value to me so it was an obvious choice to place our trust in Arxada to oversee the installation of our Vacsol® Azure® treatment plant. Their technical knowledge and customer service is of vital importance to the success of our operation.”
JJ du Plessis, senior regional sales manager for Arxada, trading as Arch Wood Protection South Africa, said: “The relationship we have built with Peter Allan Timber is based on a commitment to continually find ways to add value to their business. Seeing their treatment plant grow from strength to strength makes us feel privileged to have been able to play a part by supplying quality products that are globally recognised and have been trusted by treaters for decades. We appreciate the trust that has been placed not only in our brands, Tanalith® C and Vacsol® Azure®, but also in our technical expertise and customer service.”
About Vacsol® Azure®
In 2012, Vacsol® Azure® wood treatment made its mark in the South Africa market as the first metal-free Light Organic Solvent Preservative that meets consumer demand for green rated products in residential and commercial applications. Today, it still holds full market share as the only alternative with environmental advantages over its predecessor solvent-based wood preservative products – namely TBTN, TBTO-L and PCP.
Absolom Mngomezulu, Arxada’s Customer Account Manager for the Cape, overseeing the installation and commissioning of the Vacsol® Azure® treatment plant at Peter Allan Timber
About Peter Allan Timber
In 1996, the company started manufacturing trusses and supplying the market with treated rough sawn timber. The product range was further enhanced in 2003 when the finger-jointing, processing and treating facility was opened, transforming the business into a fully-fledged timber merchant. In July 2021, Thesen and the Peter Allan Building Material Trust ended their partnership, and the company began trading as Peter Allan Timber.