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    Tan-Treat™ Brings Technology To The Forefront Of Timber Preservation Quality Support

Tan-Treat™ Brings Technology To The Forefront Of Timber Preservation Quality Support

The launch of Lonza Wood Protection’s Tan-Treat™ Quality Support System comes at a perfect time to align the wood preservation sector with future technology trends, according to Lonza’s General Manager, Doug Sayce.
The Tan-Treat™ system is an integrated electronic record keeping system that replaces the printed Charge Sheet, Receipt/Issue and Mixing and Stock Reconciliation books. Not only is the system secure and user-friendly; it also eliminates the risk of human calculation errors. After viewing the demo model, the South African Technical Auditing Service (SATAS) and the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) added their endorsement to Tan-Treat™ as an alternative to the current Charge Sheet system.
Sayce, explains, “The first Tan-Treat™ programme was recently introduced at a newly built treatment plant that had never used the book system. Within 3 days the operator, who had no computer literacy, had mastered the programme and the business was able to reap the benefits of using an integrated quality system. Lonza has since enjoyed a 90% buy-in from its customer base, which is the highest success rate on any of our programmes, and is available to all our customers in South Africa”.
The next phase is the recruitment of an IT software company to develop the Tan-Treat™ system as a proprietary software programme. This program will further control user rights, as well as feature enhanced security and backup capabilities. It will also cater for data entry for an indefinite period as an improvement of the current Tan-Treat™, which caters for a one-year period.
Lonza offers full field and telephonic support during office hours to users of their Tan-Treat™ Quality Support System. For further information, please call 039 315 8401.
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    Permalink (L): The skillfully crafted entry/exit design that eliminates the installation of a traditional gate and (R) the ranch fencing runs the entire perimeter of the sports field.Gallery

    Tanapole™ Ranch Fencing Captures a Spirit of Adventure at Camp Discovery

Tanapole™ Ranch Fencing Captures a Spirit of Adventure at Camp Discovery

January 30, 2014, Port Shepstone – A spirit of adventure is felt at Camp Discovery, where together humans and wildlife embrace the beauty of the natural surroundings of the 270-hectare game farm. However, when the wildlife began to pose a problem by roaming onto the sports field, Camp Discovery approached Khulani Timber Industries, who provided a solution by installing Tanapole™ ranch fencing around the perimeter of the field to alleviate the problem.

The installation took two-weeks and features an interesting entry/exit design that eliminates the use of a traditional gate that requires opening and closing. The skillfully designed “zig-zag” formation of the poles allows for humans to navigate their way on and off the field, while keeping the wildlife at bay. To withstand the outdoor conditions of the sports field and provide protection against wood decay caused by fungi, the poles were treated with Tanalith™ C wood preservative and Weatherwood™ water repellent additive.

Established in 1991 and located in Modjadjiskloof in Limpopo, Khulani Timber Industries is a leading treated pole producer for both the building / fencing pole market and the agricultural / transmission pole market throughout Africa. The treatment of timber poles is carried out in two treatment plants, one of which was upgraded and commissioned by Lonza Wood Protection in 2010. All poles adhere to the SANS 457 pole specification requirements. Khulani is also listed on the Tanalised™ Wood Preservative Guarantee programme, which offers end-users, such as Camp Discovery, the peace-of-mind of a product that is backed by a 15-year guarantee.

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  • The learners of Vulingqondo Crèche
    Permalink The learners of Vulingqondo Crèche with (back row left to right) Saloshinee Judnarain (Assistant Financial Accountant, Lonza), Zodwa Majola (Teacher), Father Christmas, Graham Ponter (Finance Manager, Lonza), Amsilla Naidoo (Bookeeper, Lonza), Iris Ndlovu (Teacher).Gallery

    Vulingqondo Graduation Bears Testament to Lonza’s Unwavering Support

Vulingqondo Graduation Bears Testament to Lonza’s Unwavering Support

It was a proud moment for Lonza Wood Protection when the management and staff attended the Vulingqondo Crèche graduation to witness 18 learners proudly graduate and set their sights to beginning a new journey next year at Mavundla Primary School.

“We are very proud to be able to contribute to the education of these remarkable children this year through the donation of a computer. It has provided a much-needed service to produce reports and other necessary teaching aids for the kids. Old photographs of the school have also been uploaded for the children to view and the teachers have been able to hone their computer skills with access to the internet and emails. Watching how the school and children progress from year to year never ceases to bring tears of joy to the Lonza staff,” said Graham Ponter, Lonza’s Finance Manager.

The graduation was followed by shrieks of excitement as Father Christmas arrived with his bag of gifts for the much-anticipated Christmas party. Big smiles and lots of laughter ended the day on a high-note as the children unwrapped their gifts and tucked into the sweets and snacks.

“Lonza has been supporting the Vulingqondo Crèche for the past seven years as one of its community projects. We are grateful for the opportunity to be able to contribute to the education of these exceptional learners and we look forward to offering further support in 2014,” said Gerard Busse, Marketing Manager, Lonza Wood Protection.

Lonza’s Value-Chain Collaboration Is Key To Success

Lonza Wood Protection’s effective supply chain collaboration with treater Commondale Poles and treated pole end-user Biggarsberg Thatchers, successfully achieves the common goal to promote quality products in the thatching industry. This joint initiative went beyond the day-to-day business when all three supply chain partners came together at the Ermelo Show to promote the Biggarsberg’s thatched lapa and the use of Tanapole™, or Tanalised™ wood preservative treated poles.

Lonza Wood Protection’s Marketing Manager, Gerard Busse, commented, “Participating in the manning of the stand, side-by-side with our customers, was a prime example of how Lonza’s longstanding collaborative customer relationships extend throughout the supply chain”.

Commondale Poles, who is a major supplier of Tanapole™ products, supplied the poles to well-known thatcher in the Ladysmith area, Biggarsberg Thatchers, for their permanent Lapa stand that would showcase their thatch roof construction prowess. The use of quality Eucalyptus Grandis treated Tanapole™ delivered a first-hand understanding of how the use of wood treatment achieves aesthetically pleasing results.

Not only was the Lapa built in a record construction time of less than three weeks to meet the show deadline, but has also won awards for Overall 1st Place ‘Best Exhibition Venue

For Indoor and Outdoor’ in 2012 and 1st Prize ‘Best Outdoor Exhibition’ in 2013. Visitors to the stand expressed an overwhelming positive response and orders have been placed for Lapas and thatching projects.

Jannie Raath, Manager at Commondale Poles, said, “Our aim is to produce poles that are treated to the highest standard and of lasting quality, which is achieved by using Lonza’s wood preservative products at our treatment facility.  We are proud to promote Tanapole™ as a premium pole product in all our projects and are great supporters of the ‘Keep The Tanapole Flying High™’ […]

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    The latest issue of Wood SA & Timber Times is available online

The latest issue of Wood SA & Timber Times is available online

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