The Nelson-Marlborough region is one of New Zealand's major forestry areas, with 16 percent of the productive land area planted in production forests. Nelson Pine Industries has the capacity to process one million cubic metres per annum, or 40 percent of the region's annual harvest.
The company produces GoldenEdge MDF (Medium Density Fibreboard) and NelsonPine LVL (Laminated Veneer Lumber) from radiata pine grown in the plantation forests of Nelson, New Zealand.
Nelson Pine Industries has grown to be one of the largest single site producers of MDF in the world, while NelsonPine LVL has gained a niche offering in the construction sector in New Zealand and in offshore markets. It has a reputation for product consistency and quality, sustainable timber resource management, low environmental impact practices and market led research into product and production development.
Forest product processing technologies have recently undergone extraordinary advances with improvements being achieved in quality, recovery rates and safety. Nelson Pine is committed to maintaining compliance with evolving safety standards and utilising the latest control and safety technologies. As safety standards continued to advance, it was clear that an upgrade was required at the plant. Nelson Pine called on Rockwell Automation to develop a solution that integrated control and safety while minimising production downtime.