SAWMILLING, VENEERS & PLYWOOD
RH has established four sawmills in Papua New Guinea.
Kamusie Sawmill in Western Province was established in 1991. It employs more than 200 people. It also features a high-capacity kiln-drying operation. There are also significant infrastructure developments that are part of the project, including airstrips, roads, shipyards and slipways. Social infrastructure developed as part of the project includes schools and medical facilities that cater for a population of 3,000 in the region.
Teredau Sawmill is an integrated processing facility in Gulf Province. The sawmill employs more than 260 people. RH has also invested in a kiln-drying facility that commenced operating in 2007.
SARCO Timber Yard is located in Port Moresby. It employs 60 people. It features a kiln-drying facility, secondary processing, timber wholesale and retail.
Saban Enterprises in Milne Bay Province is a 100 per cent downstream processing facility. It was upgraded in 2002.
Veneer and Plywood
RH's Panakawa timber processing facility in Western Province was established in 1996-1997. Initially operating solely as a veneer processing mill, it expanded to incorporate plywood processing in 2007. The facility employs approximately 570 people.
The operations' principal products are high-quality timber veneer and plywood. RH won the Manufacturers Council of Papua New Guinea's "Exporter of the Year" award in 2003.