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Arbor Forest Products expands with £12m investment
Timber importer and timber products manufacturer, Arbor Forest Products, is investing £6m in expanding its North Lincolnshire premises to incorporate what is set to be one of the most advanced sawmill planing lines in the UK.
The new facility, which is an expansion of the company’s headquarters in New Holland, is currently undergoing internal fit-out, with production aiming to begin in January 2021. The company estimates that the new sawmill will create an additional 20 permanent jobs once operational.
This is the first phase in what the family-run business reports as the biggest investment it has ever made in a single year, with upcoming plans for additional storage taking the total investment to around £12m.
Arbor Forest Products sees the new facilities as crucial to the long-term vision for the company. Described by Arbor Forest as a ‘UK first’, the new facility will feature scanning technology that is unique within the UK market, and which will allow Arbor Forest Products to identify and eliminate defects in lengths of timber before they reach customers – significantly reducing waste, and – crucially – saving building manufacturers valuable time.
Arbor Forest Products’ managing director, Jason Ostler, said: “We’re proud to be investing in the future of the company at what is, for many, a challenging time to be doing business. However, as a family-run business that has been setting the standard for UK timber for generations, we are able to take a longer-term view that makes an investment like this a sound business decision for us.”
Arbor Forest Products has a long history of investing in its facilities and judging where opportunities will come from within the industry. Six years ago, the company launched its first MDF production unit, which has since expanded and has seen sales grow month on month ever since its launch. The company also secured UK distribution rights for Trex, the world’s leading composite decking brand, in 2011 – the brand has now achieved sales in excess of £40m in the UK.