Much of the timber harvested in the country of Guyana is used as processed timber. For example, the harvested wood may be used as boards that go into the construction of doors, flooring, wall panels, and furniture. Some of that timber is used as hardwood shingles for the protection of homes. In recent years, the production of products created from value-added, processed timber has increased throughout Guyana.
The growth in this area is supported by increased numbers of manufacturers who focus on producing wooden products. These companies work closely with the Forest Products Development and Marketing Council Guyana Inc (FPDMC). Innovations in products and designs lead to wider varieties of products that satisfy new home builders. This competition has lead to important surveys of manufacturers and wood working companies in the country.
One example of these surveys includes a visit to an integrated timber company. The company focuses on the production of kiln-dried timber products that are used for mouldings and wall and ceiling panels. They are also used to create designed wooden window frames and other components used in building. The timber products, including hardwood shingles, are also used in the construction of pre-fab housing units and for exports to overseas markets.
Another example of one of the companies surveyed has to do with a manufacturer that focuses on delivering a variety of local timber products. These products are created from a variety of species of trees and the downstream products include wall paneling, flooring, balustrades, and decking. Some new homeowners benefit from the manufacture of pre-cut homes and existing homeowners purchase Wallaba shingles. Many of the products from this company are exported for increased profits.
A final example of the companies supported through the use of hardwood harvested from Guyana focuses on a growing business. This company had to both relocate and then upgrade its machinery because there was so much demand for its products. These products include hardwood doors, stairs, mouldings, kitchen cabinets, and a variety of similar building components.
As more of the world becomes aware of the value-added, processed timber from Guyana, there’s sure to be even more growth. What are you building?