UCL’s Sawmills in Kwa-Zulu Natal
The UCL group is the controlling shareholder of Midlands Pine Products (Pty) Ltd, commonly known as MPP. The Company operates two sawmills and two timber growing estates. Seven Oaks Sawmills is located in Seven Oaks on the road between Greytown and Pietermaritzburg. Küsel sawmills is situated in Glenside, 12km from Dalton. The timber estates are situated in New Hanover and the Karkloof respectively.
The Sawmill Operation, Threats and Opportunities
The sawmills are supplied with sawlog raw material from both their own farms as well as from affiliated suppliers throughout the district. The sustainable and consistent supply of raw material is perhaps the single most important issue facing sawmillers in South Africa and this holds true for MPP. Consequently, MPP has invested significant resources towards securing long terms supplies of pine timber. Good relations are fundamental to the success of the business and MPP offers the following services to all suppliers at competitive rates:
- Thinning; and
The sawmills cut mostly structural timber for use in the building industry but they also manufacture industrial timber, pallets and crating. The production process results in a steady supply of woodchips which are marketed externally.
Anyone interested in supplying MPP with sawlogs should kindly contact Keith Bailey on 082 808 7953.
Anyone interested in purchasing lumber from MPP should kindly contact Louis van der Linde on 082 411 7584.