Local company wins wood products award
Representatives from Guyana’s forest products sector recently attended the International Wood Products Association (IWPA) World of Wood Convention in Miami Beach, Florida from April 28 to April 30.
At the convention, which drew nearly 300 industry leaders from 30 countries, Guyana’ssustainable wood sector was showcased during a special presentation, and the Guyanese company Durable Wood Products won the IWPA Innovative Excellence award.
The Guyana delegation included members of the Forest Products Association of Guyana (FPA), the FPA became members in 2006. Participation has led to important industry connections, including orders from Guyana Manufacturers & Services Association, and representatives from the USAID/Guyana Trade and Investment Support (GTIS) project, and several timber companies, including Toolsie Persaud Ltd., Guyana Timber Products, Guyana Shield Forest Resources Ltd., Durable Wood Products, and Ganesh Singh and Brothers Logging/Sawmilling.
On April 29, at the annual presentation of the IWPA Awards of Excellence, Durable Wood Products was honoured with the IWPA Innovative Excellence award for their Turada Wallaba shingles.
Cedar and other wood shingles need to be treated with chemicals to make them more resistant to fire, insects, and decay, but the Turada Wallaba Shingles manufactured in Guyana need no chemical enhancement, making them a more environmentally friendly product.
Of the award, Director of Durable Wood Products, Rafeek Khan said, “It has always been our passion to seek new ways of promoting wood products from Guyana. Our Turada brand has allowed Wallaba shingles to reach every continent with great success.”
Khan added, “The IWPA conference has certainly helped put Guyana on the world stage for wood products, and more specifically it should help to attract buyers in the US market.”
Khan, and Director of Guyana Timber Products and the Senior Vice President of the FPA, Mr. Khalawan, also gave a special presentation that focused on Guyana’s strong code of practice and the current initiatives underway towards a legal assurance system for the country’s forest products.
The talk also highlighted Guyana’s wood species and alternative uses for them while comparing their superior durability to US species. This was the fourth year that a delegation from Guyana has attended the IWPA World of Wood Conference since international companies such as McCorry, Robinson Lumber, and Aljoma Lumber, among others. At the 2006 IWPA conference, a meeting between the company DLH Nordisk and the Guyana representatives in attendance eventually led to DLH establishing a procurement office and warehouse facility in Georgetown.
While in Miami, the group also visited two US lumber mills and factories to learn more about their value-added wood products. Hollywood Woodwork specialises in custom woodwork for use in premier hotels, spas, casinos, country clubs, public projects and corporate offices throughout the United States and Caribbean.
Federal Millwork has a product line that includes in-stock architectural millwork and custom wood products ranging from doors and moldings to cabinetry and high-end furniture.