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Mitsui Bussan Woodchip Oceania

Mitsui has supplied and traded plantation-grown woodchips from Australia since the 1980s. In the 1990s, the company began investing in plantations, and in recent years has expanded into log processing and woodchip-exporting businesses. In 2009, Mitsui consolidated its wholly owned forestry investments into Mitsui Bussan Woodchip Oceania Pty Ltd (MWO).

MWO sells hardwood and softwood woodchips from Australia to our customers in Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, and India.


MWO employs 10 people in Australia – nine based in Melbourne and one in Portland, Victoria. MWO also indirectly employs around 30 people through its wholly and part-owned subsidiaries. We also employ many contractors and casual staff from the plantation growing, harvesting and haulage industries.

Plantations

MWO has investments in five plantations on the east and west coasts of Australia, totalling more than 33,000 hectares.

Project Bunbury Treefarm Project
Location Bunbury–Margaret River region of Western Australia
Size Approximately 10,000 hectares
Year of establishment 1996
Variety of trees Tasmanian Blue Gum (Eucalyptus globulus)
Ownership Plantation owned by MWO's joint venture with Nippon Paper Group. Planted on freehold and leasehold land
  
Project Bunbury Fibre Plantations
Location Bunbury–Margaret River region of Western Australia
Size Approximately 13,000 hectares
Year of establishment Acquired in 2011
Variety of trees Tasmanian Blue Gum (Eucalyptus globulus)
Ownership Plantation owned by MWO. Planted on leasehold land
  
Project Green Triangle Treefarm Project
Location Portland–Mount Gambier region of Victoria and South Australia
Size Approximately 1,300 hectares
Year of establishment 1999
Variety of trees Tasmanian Blue Gum (Eucalyptus globulus)
Ownership Plantation owned by individual land holders. Log off-take joint venture with Nippon Paper Industries
  
Project Portland Treefarm Project
Location Portland–Mount Gambier region of Victoria and South Australia
Size Approximately 1,500 hectares
Year of establishment 2001
Variety of trees Tasmanian Blue Gum (Eucalyptus globulus)
Ownership Plantation owned by an MWO joint venture with Nippon Paper Industries and Toyota. Planted on leasehold land
  

Processing and export facility

MWO has investments in two log processing and woodchip exporting businesses located in Victoria and Western Australia.

South West Fibre

South West Fibre is a log processing and woodchip exporting joint venture business between MWO and Midway. Located in Myamyn, Victoria, the plant was built in 2009, and handles more than 1,000,000 tonnes of woodchips each year. This facility exports to Japan and China, and its customers include Nippon Paper and Australian Bluegum Plantations. The Myamyn plant has around 15 employees.

Bunbury Fibre Exports

Bunbury Fibre Exports is a log processing and woodchip exporting business wholly owned by MWO. MWO acquired this plant in 2011. Located in the Bunbury region of Western Australia, this facility handles around 550,000 tonnes of woodchips each year. BFE exports woodchips mainly to customers in Japan and China. BFE directly employs around 20 staff and indirectly employs many more contractors.

Woodchip export trading projects

Carter Holt Harvey radiata pine woodchip trading

Mitsui has been trading radiata pine softwood woodchips from Carter Holt Harvey to Japan for over 20 years. Mitsui performs various roles to facilitate the trade from supplier to customer including vessel loading attendance, contract management, market reporting, price negotiation facilitation and various other functions. Mitsui has enjoyed a strong and productive relationship with both supplier and customer for decades.
Carter Holt Harvey radiata pine softwood woodchips are exported by Mitsui from Portland, Victoria, Australia.

Tiwi Plantation Corporation Acacia woodchip trading

Mitsui is responsible for marketing Acacia mangium hardwood woodchips from the Tiwi Islands on behalf of Tiwi Plantation Corporation (TPC). Mitsui has been providing marketing support to the Tiwi project for a number of years prior to the commencement of harvest. Mitsui was successful in securing an off-take commitment from a key customer at an early stage, which assisted TPC to secure all necessary resources to develop the infrastructure required to bring the woodchip to market. Mitsui continues to provide a range of services to TPC including FSC® Controlled Wood verification, contract management, LC management and woodchip marketing. Tiwi Plantation Corporation Acacia mangium hardwood woodchips are exported by Mitsui from Port Melville, Northern Territory, Australia.

New trading opportunities

Mitsui continues to offer marketing services to plantation woodchip suppliers in Oceania. Any inquiries regarding woodchip trading may be directed to Lachlan Cook at email: L.COOK@MITSUI.COM or phone: +61 3 9605 8858.

Mitsui's woodchip certification programs


Mitsui Bussan Woodchip Oceania (MWO) sources the majority of its woodchips from plantations which have been certified by Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) and/or The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC™). FSC® and PEFC™ certify forest managers, wood processors and wood exporters who comply with stringent standards to ensure wood and wood products are produced in an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable manner.

In 2011, MWO received FSC® chain-of-custody certification and has maintained this certification to date. In 2015, MWO extended its certifications to also include FSC® Controlled Wood certification and PEFC™ chain-of-custody certification.

MWO is certified by FSC® and PEFC™ to handle certified woodchips from all MWO’s current woodchip export businesses and ports. MWO is certified to verify sources of wood as being Controlled Wood consistent with FSC® Standard 40 005 – Standard for Company Evaluation of FSC Controlled Wood.

MWO has verified woodchips sourced from Acacia mangium plantations growing on the Tiwi Islands as being FSC® Controlled Wood. MWO’s risk assessment for Controlled Wood from Tiwi Islands can be found on the FSC® Australia website at http://info.FSC®.org/details.php?id=a0240000007TeI2AAK&type=certificate&return=certificate.php.

MWO’s current valid certificates are as follows:

• FSC® Chain of Custody SCS-COC-005216
• FSC® Controlled Wood SCS-CW-005216
• PEFC™ Chain of Custody SCS-PEFC/COC-005216

In compliance with FSC® rules, MWO’s Chain of Custody Policy, Controlled Wood Policy, Complaints Mechanism, and Product Group List are publically available here.



 

 

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