Feature - Timer Focus

Plenty of people have told Hikurangi Forest Farms (HFF) that the ambitious plan to stop in-forest log making in favour of transporting stems to a stand-alone optimising plant near Gisborne would never work.


By the end of July, HFF aims to prove all the doubters wrong as it puts the final touches to a project that began some 18 months ago (not including the planning).


It’s been a long journey but the end is in sight, says Ian Brown, General Manager of HFF.


There were times when the company itself doubted whether the Optilog operation at Matawhero would ever work the way it was envisaged. The challenge of taking a ten-year-old log making line from Otago and turning it into a state-of-the-art optimising facility that would double its previous output was looking increasingly difficult, as constant break-downs and a host of other issues took their toll.


It was, however, the sort of challenge that appealed to Ian Brown...


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