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Timber company boosts productivity

Serafina Silaitoga
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Valebasoga Tropik Board has invested more to meet demands on timber products.

The company installed two lathes plus two more plyboard pressing lines worth $2 million to boost production capacity and meet the burgeoning demand in the local construction industry propelled by the sound economic policies of the government.

The growth in the construction industry is unprecedented. Currently, we have four lathes and three pressing machines operating in contrast to one of each previously.

The main Lathe will be refurbished by the Japanese engineers during the holidays.


We have established a new sawmill that was bought from NZ for about $0.5 million and would be operational by January 2018. This will create employment for 30 odd workers. The demand for TT Pine Timber in both sawn and profile form is immense after the devastation sustained from Cyclone Winston. Consequently, we are geared to cater for the need of the nation with the view to curtail importation and help retain our national wealth within the confines of our borders as it was observed that massive amount of reserves were lost offshore emanating from our collective inability to provide the timber materials required urgently for reconstruction and rehabilitation projects undertaken by the stakeholders.

Thus, we are fully committed to the domestic market and will only export surplus in line with the revamped marketing plan pursued currently.

Treatment plant

We are in the process of modifying the existing plant to have an increased capacity to be on par with the increased influx of timber anticipated from the new sawmill. This project will cost $250k.


We enjoy majority of the market share and our products are preferred over competitor's due to its superior quality and a congenial business relationship established and cherished over the past two decades. The palpable bonhomie enjoyed is privileged which sets us apart.

We have a total workforce of about 400 workers and pay approximately $50k of weekly wages.

Our affiliated companies — Valebasoga Quarries Ltd and Ali's Civil Engineering Ltd are the team leaders in their respective sectors.

The wellbeing of our workers, the resource owners in the North and especially those affiliated with our group of companies is of paramount importance to us.

Our motto: "Sustainability is the way forward" is synchronised and intrinsic with the government's policy on climate change.

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