INDUSTRIAL TREE PLANTATIONS

Industrial tree plantations (ITPs) are an essential industry which ensures that sectors of land are cultivated with trees in order to ensure continual wood flow that will meet increasing industry demands while conserving natural forests. Samling Group undertakes steps in environmental protection by abiding by best practices such as low impact land clearing and minimal burning.

ITPs represent a key economic activity and source of income for local communities, the state, as well as private companies. The Samling Group invests heavily in fast-growing, high-yield species that are planted and managed for large-scale commercial log production in Sarawak.

 

SARAWAK ITPs

Syarikat Samling Timber Sdn Bhd certifies the forest management of its Industrial tree plantations (ITPs) under the Malaysian Timber Certification Council’s (MTCC) Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS). The MTCS is endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) - the world’s largest forest management certification organisation.

Segan ITP (10,800ha) was certified by SIRIM QAS International Sdn Bhd in July 2014 and 9,393ha of Lana ITP was certified in January 2017 – also by SIRIM. It is expected that 19,941ha of Marudi LPF will be certified in 2018 with a part of Paong ITP following in 2019.

The cut-off date imposed by PEFC means that areas that are converted to ITP after 31 December 2010 are currently not eligible for the MTCS. After certification an area must undergo two annual surveillance audits after which the area must be re-certified.

Over the past 18 years, Samling has developed its own in-house expertise to manage ITPs in Sarawak according to international best practices. There are now 31 750 hectares planted with well over 35 million trees - the majority of which comprises Acacia mangium, Acacia hybrid, Eucalyptus pellita, Gmelina arborea and Falcataria moluccana.

These species can be harvested between eight to 15 years after planting and our objective is to produce logs suitable for plywood and sawn timber. To meet growing needs from its downstream mills, Samling strives to increase supply from forest plantations while exploring opportunities to expand hectarage.

The versatile plantation timber

Plantation timber such as acacia is versatile and can be used in high-value end products. Acacia is ideal for furniture and building materials, both indoor and outdoor.

Samling has started the first harvesting cycle for its tree plantations in Sarawak which were planted in early 2000s. All plantation logs including BORNEOTEAK® (Samling's registered trade name for its Acacia mangium trees) are fully used, with close to zero waste, in the manufacture of sawn timber, plywood, furniture and furniture components, flooring, wall panels, door and window frames.

Our fibre board plant produces high quality door skins using small diameter and reject logs from the plantation together with offcuts and processing residues from the mills.

Tropical plantation timber has tremendous potential, and Samling is committed to discovering and developing new applications for timber from its forest plantations.