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Binder-Jones joint venture announced

7. November 2007

Binder Holz Group and James Jones & Sons Ltd have joined forces to create Binder-Jones Ltd to manufacture and supply BBS® panels (cross laminated, solid wood panels) to the UK construction sector.

"The formation of Binder-Jones Ltd brings together two leading European sawmilling groups both of which have diversified in to engineered wood products. This international collaboration will allow us to develop the market for laminated solid wood panels, and to look at expanding the product portfolio for sustainable building solutions." states Tom Bruce-Jones, Binder-Jones Ltd's new chairman.

Binder-Jones Ltd will initially import the BBS® panels from Binder Holz's state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Austria. It is the new company's ultimate aim to set up a manufacturing plant utilising boards originating from British grown forestry and processed in James Jones & Sons Ltd's sawmills. Successful trials have already been conducted in Austria on James Jones & Sons Ltd's boards and the finished panels are due to be utilised in a school extension in Scotland.


BBS® panels are now used extensively across Europe and are specified because of the demand for off site construction, the ease and speed of construction and because of the panels' ability to store carbon, create a breathable building membrane and for ensuring enhanced thermal and acoustic properties. BBS® panels can be utilised for the entire building construction or for walls, floors and roofs.

"Binder Holz Group has witnessed strong BBS® panel growth and demand in Europe and we are very excited about the launch of Binder-Jones Ltd", says Reinhard Binder, Member of the Executive Board of Binder Holz Group . "BBS® panels are ideally suited for whole house engineering and enhanced structural stability and will become one of the primary environmental building solutions in the UK's drive towards sustainable development."

About Binder

Binder Holz Group is one of Europe's leading timber companies producing sawn timber, planed products, glulam, single and multi-ply solid wood panels, BBS®, MDF, pellets and briquettes from its seven sites in Austria and Germany, employing 1,350 people

About James Jones & Sons Ltd

James Jones & Sons Ltd is one of the UK's largest sawmill companies producing sawn timber and engineered wood products from its seven facilities across Scotland, employing 489 people.

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