Sonae for Sustainability
2 November 2005, News release from Sonae UK Ltd
Sonae UK Ltd has received renewed FSC certification for chain of custody for its products and was one of 3 finalists for the Timber Trades Journal environment award last month.
Sonae UK Limited at Knowsley, Mersyside was developed on a brown field site after a £100m investment by Sonae Industria it's Portuguese owner. This complemented its global presence in the wood based panel industry, having already successfully set up plants in Canada, South Africa, Germany, France, Spain and Brazil in addition to its plants in Portugal.
Largest Wood Recycler
Sonae UK manufactures wood based panels for the construction and furniture industries at two sites in Liverpool and Northern Ireland. Woodchip used in the manufacturing process comes mainly from wood pallets and wood packaging. Sonae's wood based panels consist of around 98% recycled material and as part of the Sonae Industria group is one of the world's largest wood recyclers, producing over 7.5 million m3 of wood based products each year from its plants worldwide.
Last year Sonae UK's Knowsley plant produced over 390,000 m3 of wood based panels, the equivalent of 12,500 trucks. This year it has seen a £6.5m investment from the Group to improve its on site chip cleaning facility and environmental performance and for this reason the company was runner up in the new environment award from the TTJ.
FSC certification for chain of custody has been granted in respect to manufacture, sale and distribution of its particleboard, MDF and OSB, plus value added decorative products such as decorative melamine faced chipboard for the furniture industry.
The FSC certification signifies that Portugese owned Sonae UK based at Knowsley meets the requirements within the BM Trada scheme for TRADA-Trak chain of custody.
FSC approval is now essential when dealing with construction companies who increasingly ask for proof of sustainability and accountability of suppliers of raw materials.
Sonae is also authorised by the FSC to use the Mixed Dests label which states that Sonae particleboard is manufactured with raw material which comes from well managed forests, controlled sources and recycled wood fibre. Sonae currently uses around 98% recycled wood material and is aiming for 100% recycled content.
Products from Sonae
Wood based panels for the construction and furniture industries, comprising:
Standard furniture grade and moisture resistant chipboard; domestic and industrial flooring including Safedek and Tongue and Groove P5; decorative panels of melamine faced chipboard for kitchen, bedroom and office furniture are also available. Products made at Sonae's Coleraine plant include Mezzdek, access flooring, loft packs and edged panels.
As part of the Sonae Industria Group of companies, Sonae UK sells products from its sister companies such as Glunz and Isoroy which manufacture OSB, MDF and a range of construction products. Niche products from the Group include coloured MDF and bendy MDF (Topan) from Glunz and a range of building systems (Agepan) and wood based decorative acoustic panels (Tavapan).
The most energy efficient of these being a complete insulation building system, Agepan, wood fibre insulation boards which have been made using the dry process used particularly in refurbishments and timber frame housing.
The most recent addition to its portfolio of products is Tavapan, a wood based panel with high acoustic properties but with a decorative surface, ideal for concert halls, hotels and offices.
For further information please email Sonae UK Ltd