Nelson Pine Industries Limited

Forest safety measures on show

Nelson turned on the spring sunshine to show a group of SFC executives the hi-tech harvesting techniques used in the Moutere forest owned by Tasman Pine Forests. They attended a field day organised by the Forest Growers Research (FGR), in the company of Louise Upston, the Associate Minister for Primary Industries. The innovative and safety enhancing products and equipment demonstrated have been developed by equipment manufacturers and logging contractors in conjunction with Forest Growers Research.

September 28th, 2017

Arkay has the Edge

Arkay Benchtops in Christchurch is one of the South Island’s largest benchtop manufacturers. “They have been using GoldenEdge MDF as their substrate for as long as I can remember,” says NPIL South Island Area Manager Ken Spicer.
Late last year they made a decision to change from GoldenEdge Liteboard to GoldenEdge HMR (High Moisture Resistance).
“We wanted a point of difference in the market and to reinforce our focus on a quality product,” said co-owner Steven Berry (pictured). “We, along with all the other fabricators, used to use GoldenEdge Liteboard as the substrate of choice, but we trialled GoldenEdge HMR and decided that it provided a superior substrate and consequently a superior end-product…hence the switch.”
Ken Spicer says Arkay have not looked back and are currently as busy as ever on the back of a very buoyant Christchurch residential and commercial market.

March 12th, 2017

LVL proves itself in Kaikoura Earthquake

One of the many advantages of LVL is its earthquake strength, particularly when compared with concrete and steel in commercial multi-story uses. The recent Kaikoura earthquake put the new LVL building housing the Council offices, library and museum through its paces.

One of the engineers involved with the project, Andy Reid from CGW Consulting Engineers, flew down after the quake to see how the building had fared:

“We were glad to report that the building appears to have been scarcely affected by the shaking, with no signs of superstructure movement or distress; and no sign of wall rocking, dissipater yielding or wall displacement. There was some pavement and plaster damage, some movement at sliding joints, but nothing of consequence.

I’m not so brave as to say it has been through a greater than design level shake unscathed, as we all understand that different shakes have different frequency components and durations that affect different buildings variously. But certainly, it has fared well in a severe quake and certainly proved a timely asset for the incoming council to host the hundreds of visiting police, Civil Defence, Red Cross, NZDF and international navy personnel who leapt in to re-establish the essentials to the region.

Walking in confidently post-quake to start using the building in such a manner should be pretty pleasing to all involved.”

March 12th, 2017


NPIL is best known for its two products – MDF and LVL – but we also supply plywood, with the advantage that we can run it off in longer lengths (up to 9m) than most purely panel manufacturers.

We are sending long-length 21mm cross-band ply to our Melbourne customer, Qikpanel, along with LVL used for the flanges in their floor panels. They are working with another company, Vicbeam to create a flooring system that adds strength to the overall structure.

Another big advantage of the system is that it creates an instant work platform, which is especially useful in multi-storey apartments.




December 11th, 2016
Stress skin floor panels going into a Canberra apartment.

Wide open spaces

The concept of ‘open plan’ can achieve really wide open spaces under a unique post and beam system using MDF and LVL, devised by Glenroy Homes in Marlborough.

Glenroy owner Philip Vine uses MDF notched into the studs, providing bracing that allows construction with more wide-open space. Phil has been using sawn timber, but like others in the building sector, is fast becoming a convert to LVL8.




December 11th, 2016