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Welcome from the project leader

Welcome_webWelkam! It is my pleasure to welcome you to the new ACIAR project: "Development of Durable Engineered Wood Products in PNG and Australia". 

Supported by a multidisciplinary team of international experts with access to leading edge research facilities, our project aims to work with the private sector to contribute to the development of novel engineered wood products (EWPs) in both Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Australia. The main objectives are to accelerate the development of EWPs through appropriate matching of the timber resources and potential markets. In parallel to adding efficiency on market access, we will investigate how public private partnerships can operate to promote expansion of value adding wood processing in PNG. The activities will build on the momentum of earlier ACIAR research efforts with researchers working alongside private sector partners in both countries through the accelerated development of innovative wood-based processes and prototypes.

I look forward to bringing you further updates on project achievements in the future.

Dr. Henri Bailleres, Forest Product Innovation, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Brisbane, Australia

 

Affordable wood products for PNG

WPP_Affordable_productsThe forest is a common source of building materials for many rural Papua New Guineans. For most, they can only afford to chop the tree down and use as is for post and house frame. Some Papua New Guineans living in the urban centres can afford to buy a house that has been built with treated timber post (or steel) and furnished with finished forest products.

Still, what is challenging for Papua New Guinea (PNG) is the fact that while the country is endowed with natural forest resources, the prices of sawn timber and finished forest products appear to be well above an average person's salary; hence creating a situation where they opt to buy cheap, imported timber products rather than PNG made products from the urban centres. For the rural folks, they continue to use what the forest provides in its simplest form (post and house frame).

As the country coordinator of this ACIAR funded project, I look forward to the project outcome that envisages some good quality timber products being created using wood processing technologies, and which will be affordable to many Papua New Guineans.

Dr. Ruth Turia, Director Forest Policy and Planning, PNG Forest Authority, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

 

The timber industry today

LogsPapua New Guinea (PNG) has a forest area of over 29 million hectares, covering nearly two thirds of the country.  Harvesting from these forests and subsequent processing activities generate significant social and economic benefits for landowners, communities and local economies. Traditionally the PNG forest industry has been a major log exporter to markets in Japan, Korea and China, with a much smaller proportion of value-adding enterprises operating within PNG.

Recent government policies are encouraging the development of processing and manufacturing operations in order to creatre more value in-country, and realise the asociated socio, economic and environmental benefits. For example, in the PNG Development Strategic Plan (2010-2030), Forestry is expected to increase the level of domestic processing of the annual log harvest from 20% to 80% by 2030, thereby building a sector that is sustainable and highly profitable.

 

How will the project help?

Peeling_2This 3-year project aims to work with the private sector to contribute to the development of novel engineered wood products (EWPs) in both PNG and Australia.

The project team and PNG authorities will be working directly with private sector businesses to develop new engineered wood products, and improve industry skills, knowledge and capacity. Industry and research personnel in PNG will receive expert, technical support and training to develop more sophisticated wood processing and new, engineered wood products. Co-operative, industry clusters will be tried to see how they can help to develop new engineered wood products more quickly. The new engineered wood products will be appropriate for the forest timber resources as well as potential markets. Public private partnerships (PPPs) will be reviewed to see if they can help to improve value-added wood processing operations in PNG.

 

What are the expected outcomes?

Economic outcomes

  • Higher log values will give landholders higher rental incomes or royalties.Cluster
  • Wood product values will increase and processing costs will decrease for processors and manufacturers.
  • Efficient processing premises and reduced waste will improve productivity.
  • New products suitable for export markets will reduce reliance on imported materials.

Social outcomes

  • Industry skills, knowledge and capacity in processing wood will improve.
  • Processing facilities will be safer by cultivating work safety culture and promoting worker health.
  • Construction timeframes will be reduced as construction sites become safer.
  • Strategies for increasing women’s participation will benefit women in the timber industry.
  • Better skills, safer work places and more women participating in the industry is expected to improve the quality of life for local communities.

Environmental outcomes

  • There will be less waste as wood resources become used more efficiently.
  • Fewer harmful preservatives and adhesives will be used and handling and storage protocols will improve.

 

Who is collaborating on this project?

LogosThe project is financed by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) with support from the PNG Forest Authority (PNGFA). Project activities are led by the Queensland Government's Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) with in-country support from the PNGFA in Port Moresby and the Forest Research Institute (FRI) in Lae. Project activities are implemented in collaboration with another ACIAR project: "Enhancing Value Added Wood Processing in Papua New Guinea" (led by the University of Melbourne).  Both projects are guided by a single Project Steering Committee, which includes the following partner organisations:

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How can we communicate with you?

LogoThe project communications strategy involves hands-on training, together with broadscale information dissemination activities that link up directly with wood processors, product and component manufacturers, and public sector service providers. The project outputs listed below are freely available for viewing and downloading.

 

Project outline

Project news

Research reports

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  • pdf Gender equity and social inclusion workshop
  • pdf PNG market analysis

Wood processors tool kit

The project is developing a set of multi-media resources for the public and private sectors (e.g. fact sheets, guidelines and training videos) to improve the uptake and impact of the project's research outputs. These resources are freely available from the Wood Processors Tool Kit that is hosted on the Resources section of this website. They include:

Databases
Pamphlets
Manuals
Reports

Wood processors news

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  • Access the Wood Processors Videos on YouTube
  • Follow the Wood Processors Took Kit on Facebook
  • Subscribe to the Wood Processors News Updates and Alerts

Photo gallery

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 24 April 2018: Project partners attending he fourth joint steering comittee meeting at the Forest Research Institute (FRI) in Lae.

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17 April 2018: Industrial design students presenting their first design concepts for PNG school furniture.

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20 March 2018: Industrial design students learning about wood properties at Salisbury Research Facility in Brisbane with Julieth Jiap (project engineer).

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30 August 2017: Project partners participating in the first gender and social Inclusion (GESI) workshop at the Timber and Forestry Training College (TFTC) in Lae.

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29 August 2017: Project partners attending the mid-term review meetings at the Forest Research Institute (FRI) in Lae.

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 28 August 2017: Project partners attending the third joint steering comittee meeting at the Forest Research Institute (FRI) in Lae.

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February 2017: Rod Vella and Bill Leggate commencing project research activities with industry partners in PNG.  This included squeezing water from balsa wastewood with Rabaul Metal Industries in ENB Province.

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September 2016: Jon Marlow and Bill Leggate visiting industry stakeholders in PNG, and attending the first joint steering committee meeting at the Forest Research Institute (FRI) in Lae.

 

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