Friday, November 27, 2020
blessed to have very wise parents, even more so to have an excellent mentor in
my Dad,” says Pieter van der Linde, then 22-year old owner of Duva Timbers
outside Polokwane in South Africa’s Limpopo Province.
parents saved for me to study after school. After school, my Dad, with my
Mother’s blessing gave me a choice. Go study or start a business – you choose?
Dad, who had a sawmill as part of a successful career in business, suggested a
sawmill. My mother, who had funds available to start me off agreed.
funds from my Dad also in my pocket, I had the green light,” Pieter smiles.
Wood-Mizer oils the gears
Pieter van der Linde for the first time, it is noticeable how young he is.
That, and the respect that he commands, is seemingly first at odds with his
The LT70 transfers cut boards without labour to the edger. Feeding boards from both sides to the EG800 drives Duva’s inline layout success.
when his early business success is compared with his school mates’’ emerging
careers at the same age, it’s clear that his authority is earned.
has a crystal-clear vision of where his business is heading.
was not always the case when he started Duva Timbers in 2016.
Dad first told me about Wood-Mizer after I wasted time searching for sawmilling
equipment,” Pieter says. “But with Wood-Mizer in my corner, it went fast.”
first Wood-Mizer LT15 sawmill in 2016 allowed him to try his hand at pallet
timber. But the low profits of pallet material and an initial hobby approach to
the business did not bring much success.
in the structural timber market drew Pieter’s attention. The change in focus
brought immediate success with a Wood-Mizer EG300 Board Edger and a second LT15
in early 2017 proof of this.
Pieter had his eye on a bigger prize.
output and recovery targets saw Pieter trading in his first LT15 in July 2017
for a Wood-Mizer
The remote configuration of the LT70 allows the operator to control all the functions needed to process the logs into boards in an efficient, fast and automated manner.
benefits it offered allowed Pieter to put a simple but highly productive
in-line sawmill layout in place with which he could reach the targets that he
had set himself.
remote configuration of the LT70 allows the operator to control all the
functions needed to process the 6 – 6.6 m log intake into boards with wane in
an efficient, fast and automated manner. From log intake to the board exiting
the unit, minimal labour is needed to move the board to the recently commissioned
Wood-Mizer TITAN EG800 edger where final sizes are cut.
fact that Pieter commissioned his first LT70 Remote scarcely one year after his
first LT15 is testimony to Duva Timbers’ growth and his ambition to succeed.
second LT70 Remote followed in 2019, the two units now combining to increase
productivity even further.
also duplicated, Duva Timbers currently selling air-dried structural timber in
all the popular sizes to hardware’s across the Limpopo Province, to walk-in
customers and custom orders delivered to clients by a fleet of trucks owned by
The EG800’s high throughput capacity and 120 mm throat height is ideal for producing popular structural timber sizes.
same fleet also truck logs in from Komatiland Forests to Duva for an estimated
monthly output of between 800 and 1000 cubic meters of sawn timber.
Setting the future with more growth
areas earmarked by Pieter van der Linde for future growth include improving
recovery figures further. Planers and a finger-joint line form part of the
strategy to turn offcuts into a saleable product.
on the already successful inline sawmill layout is also on the cards.
recently commissioned Wood-Mizer TITAN EG800 Edger that replaced the EG300 is
the first step to achieve this. The EG800’s high throughput capacity can
significantly expand production going forward. It’s 120 mm throat height is
also ideal for producing popular structural timber sizes for overall
has also earmarked land for future commercial forests, the availability of logs
providing for an integrated production cycle from forest to final form. “I have
time on my side to grow forests,” Pieter smiles knowingly.
Duva Timbers’ simple but highly productive mill layout.
success to date has also been my team. Expanding on this strength going forward
is important,” says Pieter. “Michael Ferreira, Duva Timbers’ Sales Manager,
Alicia Zeelie who looks after HR and Sales and my Dad, have been instrumental
in my success to date.
A final take
rare to encounter the energy and focus that Pieter van der Linde has – even
more at such a young age.
Structural timber ready for shipment to customers.
of it is an instinctive sense to find partners to build his dream into reality.
partnership with Wood-Mizer has been and remains an extremely important part of
the ingredients that have helped me grow to where I am now.”
Pieter van der Linde, Managing Director of Duva Timbers.
Pieter van der Linde another five years, but then again, the sky is the limit.
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