If you are looking for wood suppliers in South Africa or Africa, look no further.
Vuka Timbers is a trusted supplier of treated timber located in Mpumalanga, South Africa. And there are many reasons why our clients keep coming back! We list our top six reasons in this blog post.
Superior wood quality & quality checks
All our wood is sourced from sustainable plantations. Situated in the heart of Mpumalanga, the province “where the sun rises,” we are ideally located in a climate where trees grow very well. All our treated poles are made from eucalyptus wood. This wood is strong and the trees grow up to 30m tall, ensuring that our poles are long enough for your required applications.
Over the past thirty years, we have built strong relationships with reliable foresters in the area. They supply us with good quality wood year-round to ensure that we can deliver our products to our clients in reasonable lead time. All our timber is grown under high environmental standards.
Our skilled workers inspect the wood as soon as it enters our pole yard. Further quality checks are performed throughout the treatment process and no timber product leaves our yard without passing the final quality test.
ACT stamp of approval
Not only are our wooden poles subjected to consistent quality tests before, during and after the treatment process, they also have the stamp to prove it!
The ACT stamp of approval confirms that our wooden poles meet all safety and standard regulations of South Africa and the African countries we deliver to.
Advanced treatment methods
As treated wood suppliers, the quality of our treatments is equally important as the quality of our wood. All our timber products are pressure treated. We have the treatment process down to an exact science.
We use two types of chemicals to treat our wood: CCA and creosote. Both chemicals protect the wood they impregnate from damage due to insects and harsh environmental conditions. Creosote poles have a characteristic black colour, while CCA-treatment gives poles a greenish tint.
Different environmental conditions require different treatment levels, and our treated poles are thus classified according to hazard classes. You can read more about these hazard classes here.
We handle logistics
Not only do we produce high-quality timber products, but we also deliver them too! Vuka Timbers handles the complete logistics via land and sea to deliver our treated gum poles to clients across the country and the African continent.
As treated wood suppliers, we currently have satisfied clients in South Africa, Swaziland, Namibia, Mozambique, Angola, Mauritius, Mozambique, Peru, Lesotho, Botswana, Kenya, Zambia, Tanzania and Seychelles.
Over the past six years, Vuka Timbers has shown sustainable growth. This can also be seen in our growth in infrastructure.
Our current infrastructure includes the following:
A creosote treating plant with a capacity of 4000m
A CCA treating plant with a capacity of 4000m
Administrative offices for management and administration personnel
2 boilers for steam production to heat creosote and to dry and season poles in the kiln(s)
A 15-hectare property where we stockpile raw materials and treated poles
A workshop where our staff maintain and repair all machinery and equipment to keep down-time on machinery to an absolute minimum
The workshop also contains a weighbridge to ensure that loads are maximized, both in incoming and dispatched material
22 Bell loggers
2 Front-end loaders
Various other implements
This improved infrastructure allows us to process more wood at a time, and thus we can deliver our products to our clients in a shorter lead time.
Our Human Resources
As wood suppliers, our employees are our greatest asset. Vuka Timbers has grown to a permanent workforce of more than 200 people. The company continuously develops and improves its employees’ skills in harvesting, pole grading, sorting, treating and quality control. This allows us to guarantee that our team, from management to worker, is professional and highly dedicated. In turn, you can rest assured that the service and products you receive from us are of the highest quality.