The Specialty Wood Products Research Partnership aims to develop a high-value specialty wood products industry. The focus is on three key alternatives to radiata pine:
The vision: to create an industry which will generate $350 million of exports by 2030, driven by new plantings of diverse species, and regional growth. This is a seven year, $14 million industry/government partnership which began in 2015.
The SWP has three main research aims:
- Improving the value of the current resource – trees already growing
- researching new products and processing techniques. The focus is on Douglas fir and non-durable eucalypts, mainly Eucalyptus nitens, E. fastigata and E. regnans.
- Improving the growth, form and wood quality of future plantings
- developing novel tools and screening techniques to identify the best genetic material for the alternative species involved, and then breeding improved planting stock from selected populations.
- Developing integrated regional strategies
- working with industry partners to get a good fit between regions where the various alternative species grow well and processing and marketing activities. The four main regions are :
- East Coast North Island
- Central North Island
Our seven-year research plan
The activities planned over the seven years of the programme under each research aim (RA) and their timing are described in full in the SWP Strategy Document (link when available). The research will be carried out by Scion, the University of Canterbury, and the NZ Dryland Forests Initiative.