A MULTI-million dollar expansion at Radial Timber Australia is well underway, with new equipment being installed this month.
Gippsland MHR Darren Chester said Radial Timber had received $1.5 million in government funding to install a new state-of-the-art streamlined radial sawmill in Yarram.
The expansion is expected to create five new jobs and increase production four-fold.
Mr Chester visited Radial Timber last week to receive an update on the expansion.
“Specialised equipment has been commissioned to scan each log before sawing and capitalise on the radial sawing technique,” Mr Chester said.
“This will be part of a large new mill which has been built on site.
“The first stage of equipment will be moved in during the next few weeks.”
Mr Chester said Radial Timber had two warehouses in Melbourne, where its key markets were located.
“The key product being produced by Radial Timber at present is tongue and groove cladding, which is popular for interior and exterior feature walls in new builds,” Mr Chester said.
“Radial Timber is also producing large amounts of screen boards and timber decking.”
Mr Chester said the expansion would allow Radial Timber to increase the intake of raw product four-fold.
“It will be a staged growth, but I understand that production will begin to increase by the end of this year and the aim is to increase production four-fold within the next few years,” Mr Chester said.
“There are expected to be five or six new jobs on site through this expansion, plus new jobs in the harvesting of additional timber.”
Radial Timber has received $1.5 million under the Next Generation Manufacturing Investment Program, which is jointly funded by the state and federal governments.