Wesbeam's engineered LVL is produced from plantation timbers which has many beneficial spin-offs for the environment.
Adding value to plantation timber:
Wesbeam LVL is manufactured from plantation timbers. By applying the latest technology and design to plantation timbers, Wesbeam is able to turn a low value wood into a strong highly engineered wood product that has a high load bearing capacity.
A renewable resource:
Because Wesbeam LVL is engineered to be strong and straight, it can be used as a replacement not only for steel but also for traditional hardwoods that are sourced from old growth forests in the South West of Western Australia, or South East Asia.
Wesbeam uses 100 per cent of every log that comes through the factory gates. The bark is stripped off and supplied to mulch manufacturers for use in the horticultural industry.
Tree planting program:
Wesbeam will implement a comprehensive tree planting program ($1,000,000 per year) from 2009. Wesbeam will partner with the Forest Products Commission and with farmers to create commercial tree plantations on their properties.
Alternative energy source:
Research is currently being undertaken to assess if the stumps, branches and treetops left on site after the logs have been harvested can be used to fuel a wood-residue power station, which may be located near to the Wesbeam manufacturing facility.
Restoring native vegetation:
Wesbeam sources its raw material primarily from plantations in Perth. Consecutive Western Australian State Governments have had a long-standing commitment to revert 20,000 hectares of the Gnangara Pine Plantation back to Banksia woodland. The Wesbeam agreement with the Western Australian Government to harvest this pine plantation provides an economic incentive for the Government to realise that commitment.
Water quality and preservation:
The Gnangara Pine Plantation, one of the plantations Wesbeam sources its timber from is located on the Gnangara Water Mounds, which supplies around 60 per cent of Perth's water. By harvesting the pine from the Gnangara Water Mounds, Wesbeam is helping to reduce the pressure on this water source, whilst preserving the quality of the water by allowing the land to revert to native vegetation.
In working with the Forest Products Commission and farmers to promote commercial tree planting, Wesbeam is helping to address the issue of salinity. Salinity is a major blight on the agricultural land of Western Australia, caused by land clearing. The removal of trees from the landscape has caused the water table to rise, bringing the sales to the surface and contaminating the land.