October 2012: Dolphin Bay produces CCA; the new-generation wood preservative ACQ, which can be used in certain high-hazard applications; Boron, one of the world's most environmentally friendly wood treatments, and P-TBTN, an LOSP preservative. The company has ensured a continuity of supply of CCA, for which demand is continuing to grow sharply, fuelled partly by the ongoing creosote shortage.
Dolphin Bay successfully registered its ACQ with the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and was able to have the product accepted by SANS (South African National Standards). This will create export opportunities for customers to countries where ACQ-treated timber is in high demand.
“We are not rushing the implementation of new generation wood preservatives, but rather evaluating the place that they will take in the industry,” says Bertus. “We do not see them as a replacement for any existing wood preservative but rather as an additional preservative for certain markets, as should be the case with all new-generation products.”