Nelson Pine Industries Limited

Environment

Environmental Certifications

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) – Independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation that promotes the responsible management of the world’s forests, and provides internationally recognised forest certification.

  • FSC Chain of Custody Certification.

TELARC – New Zealand’s leading certifier of quality, environmental, food and occupational health safety management systems.

  • ISO 14001 Environmental Management.

Environmental Choice NZ – The official environmental label for New Zealand. The ECNZ ecolabel offers strong proof of environmental performance.

  • EC-32-17 Furniture, Fittings and Flooring.

Formaldehyde Emission Standards

Formaldehyde is present in many everyday items including wood, foods, and even occurring naturally in the oxygen we breathe. Formaldehyde is also produced in the production of building materials and wood products, particularly GoldenEdge MDF. Research carried out in conjunction with resin suppliers has resulted in significant reductions in formaldehyde levels of GoldenEdge MDF. Production for special markets is made to low fuming levels similar to the formaldehyde levels found in natural wood products. Monitoring shows the level of formaldehyde from production processes is well below recommended levels and is often no different upwind or downwind of the plant. The prevailing wind disperses gases in a way which renders them harmless.

NPIL can produce GoldenEdge MDF at E1, E0, or SE0 standards, making our products environmentally certified and highly reputable in significantly reducing formaldehyde levels.

  • The Super E0 (SE0) product range is made with very low formaldehyde emissions, similar to levels emitted from kiln dried wood. In 2005, NPIL became the first MDF manufacturer to offer only products that meet the JIS F**** standard to the Japanese market.
  • NPIL is registered under the CARB system through the CARB PHASE 2 certification. required in the United States of America. CARB stands for the California Environmental Agency. Its control measures, put in place in 2008, have been adopted across North America to reduce emissions from composite wood products including MDF. Meeting the CARB emission standard meant making some minor changes to the recipes of products, putting a tighter testing regime in place and adding a new system of accreditation for staff. Complaince is tested quarterly by a third party.

Energy Management

Nelson Pine Industries was the proud recipient of the 2012 EECA Energy Award for its moves to save electricity through modifying and enhancing its production systems.

  • “The Nelson Pine Industries energy saving project sought to win hearts and minds – on the shopfloor and in management – and demonstrated an understanding of culture, and the courage to design and implement energy efficiency while managing risks to product quality”.
    • Judging Panel, EECA Energy Awards 2012.

Raw materials

Sustainable plantation radiata pine forests reach maturity in about 28 years. Produced from these forests in the Nelson region, GoldenEdge Medium Density Fibreboard and NelsonPine Laminated Veneer Lumber are viewed favourably as substitutes for tropical hardwoods which take 200 years to reach maturity.

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