In 2015 Ta Ann Tasmania opened its new plywood plant with an installed capacity of 36,000m3/year to produce a premium grade, zero-emission product sold in the Australian market under the brand TPLY.
TPLY products include structural plywood and formply aimed primarily at the construction industry and higher quality ply is used for interior design and architectural applications.
When at full production the Smithton plywood plant will inject about $40 million a year into the local economy. The mill currently provides jobs for 30 FTE in regional Tasmania, some of whom were previously unemployed. Employment numbers are expected to grow when mill production increase to cater for more market demand.
Ta Ann’s two rotary veneer plants currently employ 100 FTEs and over the past five years have contributed $184 million into the local regional economies.
Ta Ann continues to invest in research and development of new products. Future growth in veneer and plywood production will come from private forests and plantation log supplies.