Coillte is a commercial company operating in forestry, land based businesses, renewable energy and panel products. The company employs around 1,200 people and was established in 1988. It owns over 445,000 hectares of land, about 6.5% of the land cover of Ireland.
Coillte’s forestry businesses include log sales, farm forestry services, plant sales and laboratory services. Coillte’s core purpose is to enrich lives locally, nationally and globally through the innovative and sustainable management of natural resources for which it receives internationally recognised Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) certification.
The company also has a Panel Products Division comprising SmartPly Europe Ltd. which produces Oriented Strand Board (OSB) and Medite Europe Ltd. producers of Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF). These sustainable timber products play a key part of building for a carbon neutral future as well as demonstrating innovation.
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Coillte launch new panel product
Coillte Panel Products, a division of the Coillte Group, has launched an innovative and groundbreaking new product – Medite Tricoya – at Timber Expo 2011 in Coventry.
Speaking at the event Gerry Britchfield, Managing Director of Coillte Panel Products said: “Medite Tricoya represents the culmination of two years of intensive joint effort with our partners, Accsys Technologies. During that time, we have concluded a substantial body of research and development together to create the new product we are launching this week.
“Medite Tricoya is a unique and ground breaking wood based panel product. It handles long term exposure to wet environments, it is a stable and extremely durable fibreboard and it retains the traditional machinability and smoothness expected of all Medite products.
“We believe that Medite Tricoya presents a compelling case for building professionals and manufacturers looking to combine sustainability, durability, stability and design freedom. It genuinely represents leading edge innovation in this space.”
Innovation is a core value at Coillte Panel Products and the launch of Medite Tricoya is a great example of bringing this value to life. In recent years, Coillte Panel Products has launched a range of new products, aimed at adding value to the timber resource managed by Coillte and growing the value of exports.
Commenting on the launch of Medite Tricoya, Chief Executive of Coillte David Gunning said: “The Timber Expo Event in Coventry this week was a unique opportunity for Coillte to launch this new product with our partners Accsys Technologies and tell the story of Coillte and its timber to existing and new customers in the UK, our single largest export market.”
“Working with our sawmill customers to promote Irish timber to the UK market has been a key part of Coillte’s strategy in recent years as the Irish construction sector collapsed,” added Mr Gunning.