Hyne & Laminex Mill Tour 201910 December 2019
Natbuild worked closely together with Laminex & Hyne to build an informative and educational tour to Laminex and Hyne’s facilities in QLD.
The tour group consisted of 20 Natbuild members, suppliers and staff and kicked off at Laminex’s MDF (Medium Density Fibreboard) Plant at Toolara on December 2nd. Informative guides took time to explain the full production process of MDF and answered any questions the group had. We then ventured a short distance to Laminex’s Monkland site for another very informative tour which included observing the particle board production process.
The following day began with a tour of the HQP (Hancock Queensland Plantations) Nursery where the group had the opportunity to see how the trees grow, from seed sorting to seedling planting, trimming and packing ready to be planted in forests, a real highlight of the tour.,
We then traveled a short distance to the harvesting site to see some very impressive machinery in action where the trees are cut, trimmed, sorted and stacked ready for transport to the mill.
We continued our tour at the Tuan Saw Mill. We were taken through the process from receiving the logs to producing the finished product ready for delivery to merchant’s yards. This included seeing state of the art machinery in action that scan, cut and grade each log to ensure 100% of the log is utilised.
To finish off the day we had a tour of Hyne’s new GLT (Glue Laminated Timber) production facility. Here we witnessed the transition from a highly manual and labour intensive process to a fully automated process which will significantly increase the volume of output.
Wednesday’s itinerary was an optional extension for those wanting to experience more of what Hervey Bay & surrounds had to offer with a trip to Lady Elliott Island. Lady Elliott turned on the most perfect weather and conditions for a glass bottom boat ride, relaxing by the pool or on the beach and snorkeling along the Great Barrier Reef, where we we had the chance to see many species of tropical fish, coral, and swim alongside turtles.