A $100m investment by Timberlink into its sawmills will increase regional manufacturing jobs and strengthen Australia’s timber supply.

The Tarpeena sawmill is located 4.5 hours southeast of the South Australian capital of Adelaide. The company’s program to upgrade its Tarpeena and Bell Bay sawmill facilities will increase the processing capacity of Timberlink by 15 per cent, highlighting the continued recovery of the Australian forestry sector.

The main focus of the investment is in Tarpeena, in the southeast of South Australia, where a state-of-the-art saw line, stacker and edger will be installed, alongside additional contraflow and batch kilns to dry timber.Major infrastructure changes, such as road networks and storage facilities, will be undertaken in both South Australia and Tasmania, while new planer mill equipment and a contraflow kiln will be installed at Bell Bay, Tasmania.

Timberlink CEO Ian Tyson said the investment was a great day for Australian manufacturing.“We are ensuring that all aspects of the business are internationally competitive to secure our long-term future, and this significant investment will secure Timberlink’s position as one of Australasia’s leading softwood sawmillers,” he said.