Dolphin Bay regularly collaborates with timber treatment plant construction company, SpecPipe, and Bertus believes that it’s their capacity and impeccable workmanship that has helped to cement a good working relationship between the two companies.SpecPipe started as a structural steel manufacturing company 26 years ago but has since expanded its services by building timber treatment plants. According to SpecPipe co-owner, Dick Kotze, this year alone they have orders to build six treatment plants.Of the six new plants now under construction, two are being built in South Africa, while the rest will be constructed in other countries on the continent. The plants outside South Africa are being built mainly to meet the demand for treated poles. “These poles are required for the telecommunications and electricity distribution infrastructure that supports growing African economies, says Dick.“We value SpecPipe’s technical experience and capacity to serve these developing markets,” says Bertus.Based on the West Rand in Gauteng, SpecPipe views itself as the leading supplier of timber treatment plants in Africa. Dick estimates SpecPipe, which he co-owns with his son, Dion, has built, refurbished and upgraded some 80 timber treatment plants in South Africa and other countries on the continent since it was established in 1988.Timber operations requiring treatment plants often approach SpecPipe directly.“We have a good relationship with Dolphin Bay and are happy to work with them to ensure that the plants comply fully with their specifications and requirements,” says Dick.Companies considering the establishment of a timber treatment plant need to assess a number of factors before proceeding, explains Bertus. These include assessments of:• The type or types of timber they intend to treat, and the viability of doing so.• Whether they have access to sufficient timber resources to sustain their operations.• Whether they have a market for the volumes of treated timber they plan to produce.This will determine the size of their plant and how it should be operated. In addition, they will need to ensure they are able to meet timber treatment and associated regulatory requirements.Bertus adds that companies planning to expand their timber treatment plants or to build new plants should contact Dolphin Bay, which can provide all the advice and specifications they require, and facilitate construction.SpecPipe undertakes most of the engineering for timber treatment plants at its home base and then transports components on-site where they are assembled. Plants take about three months to build and commission, and cost between R1 million and R2.5 million depending on their capacity.Dick says they’ve made a number of innovative improvements to its plants over the years.These include a quick lock door which reduces turn-around time for offloading and loading by an hour per charge; electronic recording and monitoring of plant data; and utilisation of load cells which enable the use of a single common tank as a working and measuring tank.If you need more information or considering upgrading or installing a timber treatment plant please contact any one of our Dolphin Bay team members.