Sep 16
agora

AGORA A ‘HIVE OF ACTIVITY’ AFTER AGREEMENT WITH DOLPHIN BAY

Agora Wood Products in Tanzania is the latest East African company to benefit from a partnership with Dolphin Bay, which has helped its sales reach double-digit growth. After providing support to the company for several years, we reached a formal supply agreement early this year. “We always liked the business... read more →
Sep 16
COPPER AZOLE

DOLPHIN BAY ADDS COPPER AZOLE TO PRODUCT RANGE

Dolphin Bay has added copper azole to its range of wood preservative products, offering customers an even broader choice and broadening their opportunities to export. “While chromated copper arsenate (CCA) remains the most effective solution, we wanted to offer our customers a wider choice, should the need arise for alternative... read more →
Sep 16
TIMBER TREATMENT PLANT

HOW AFRICAN PLANTS CAN INCREASE OUTPUT BY 30%

Wood treatment processing plants across Africa can increase their efficiency – and turnover – by 30% or more, by implementing a cost-effective modification. In much of Africa, where the industry is still relatively new, most plants run dry vacuum processes, which generally take longer than the alternative. A key modification,... read more →
Sep 16
Kwambo

“FRIENDLY AND KNOWLEDGEABLE” APPROACH CLINCHES DEAL WITH KWAMBO

Kwambo Poles & Timber has brought on Dolphin Bay as a supplier in a decision that owner Colin Lucke says is “not just about price, but about service”. This follows extensive advice and guidance from Dolphin Bay’s Mark Duckham long before Colin bought the business, to someone he “knew little... read more →
Aug 01
Green Resources signs Dolphin Bays Quality Pledge

GREEN RESOURCES SIGNS QUALITY PLEDGE

Green Resources’ recent signing of the Dolphin Bay Quality Pledge was witnessed by the Mozambican energy utility EDM (Electricidade de Moçambique), demonstrating the company’s commitment to providing quality poles to the parastatal. Green Resources, one of south-eastern Africa’s largest pole and timber suppliers, is part of a growing number of... read more →
Aug 01

CONCERNS AND CONFUSION AS CARBON TAX KICKS IN

The Carbon Tax came into effect on 01 June 2019, amid a flurry of confusion and controversy for the forestry, sawmilling, and timber-treatment industries. “The National Treasury has done this incorrectly,” says Michael Peter of Forestry South Africa. “The thinking and methodology are flawed, and the fact that they have... read more →
Aug 01

MANAGING A LARGE CLEAN-UP FROM START TO FINISH

It has become customary for companies to use service as a marketing tactic, promising to solve their customers’ problems but rarely following through. The Dolphin Bay team invests time and effort in our clients’ operations, implementing the solutions they need even when it takes time to do so. These solutions... read more →
Aug 01
Green Resources and Dolphin Bay Chemicals

SUPPLY AGREEMENT WITH GREEN RESOURCES

Dolphin Bay has signed a three-year sole-supplier agreement with the Norway-based Green Resources AS group, cementing a long-standing relationship. We have been supplying Green Resources’ Sao Hill plant in Tanzania and another member of the group, Busoga Forestry Company in Uganda, for some time. We will also supply the company’s... read more →
Aug 01
Hans Rosling

THE SPIRIT OF DOING BUSINESS IN AFRICA

Embracing contradictions We live in a world of the quick fix and instant gratification. Yet our industry, by its very nature, requires long-term investment. Forestry companies must plant large tracts of trees and nurture them over decades. Treatment plants must ensure a long-term supply of timber, work through tangles of... read more →
Jun 13
Mike Schussler

SOUTH AFRICAN GDP “MUCH HIGHER THAN REPORTED”

The government is underestimating South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) by at least 10%, or as much as 20%. This means that our GDP, the most often cited barometer of the country’s economic health, is at least R450-billion larger than we currently believe. If this were widely known, it could... read more →