Komaza will soon establish industrial-scale wood processing facilities to add significant value to our wood and supply our markets with much-needed products at competitive prices. We have already secured investment for a CCA treatment plant and development plans are underway, and we look forward to establishing a small sawmill and a workshop to manufacture furniture and pre-fabricated housing components in the near future.
Komaza is soon to establish the first CCA wood treatment plant in Coastal & Eastern Kenya! This equipment from South Africa will allow us to produce industry-leading long-life timber products resistant to fungal rot and insect attack. Outdoor fence posts, building poles, and electricity poles will boast a 25+ year lifespan, and indoor roofing rafters or construction timber will last 50+ years. Considering the borer beetles and hot, humid conditions on the coast, our treated products will offer significant competitive advantages over building with untreated wood.
We also plan to establish a small sawmill in 2019 in order to supply the market with much-needed timber. With no local forestry industry, there is currently no primary sawmill in Coastal & Eastern Kenya. All locally-consumed industrial timber is trucked in at great cost from Tanzania, Central/Western Kenya, Uganda, or the Congo, with some small-scale local timber production coming from incredibly inefficient chainsawing of planks from large indigenous trees. With a small-scale sawmill, drying kiln, and finger-jointing factory, Komaza will be able to produce high-quality long-length planks to serve growing construction and furniture markets.