Pacific Rim Wood, the UK sales agents and representatives for premium quality timber products from Indonesia, have been presented with a prestigious Primaduta Award by the Indonesian Government.
The globally recognised award acknowledges the Indonesian Government’s appreciation to loyal overseas partners for their commitment to continuously develop products from Indonesia and the fact that this year it has been awarded to a UK timber company, is particularly significant.
Pacific Rim Wood’s Sales Director, Shaun Hannan explained, “It’s extremely rare for a UK company to win a Primaduta award in any industry, let alone the timber industry, so we are particularly proud and honoured to receive this, especially when you consider the context.
“This is a fantastic success story for Indonesia and one which clearly demonstrates that a developing country can make wholesale changes to provide a legality of timber supply. That would be a tall order for a developed country. Less than 20 years ago, Indonesia was targeted by Greenpeace for its poor forest management and since then, the government has turned the industry around with regards to the legality and efficiency of raw material supply and usage.
“Indonesia was the first country in the world to ship FLEGT licenced timber (Forest Law Enforcement Governance of Trade) to the UK in November 2016 which is amazing when you consider that at the start of the millennium it was under the environmental spotlight and is now making all shipments on at least a legal basis and in many cases legal and sustainable.”
The Primaduta Awards have seen 45 recipients from 31 countries in all industries recognised, and following a ceremony in Jakarta where the Presidency of the Republic of Indonesia presented the awards, a second event took place recently at the London Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia where Mr Hannan collected Pacific Rim’s award.
Established in 1992, Pacific Rim have been developing and marketing timber products in Indonesia for almost 30 years. Working in partnership with mills in Java, Kalimantan and Sulawesi, they have created an impressive portfolio of premium quality, certified products for the UK specification market.
Pacific Rim Wood’s product range includes; Flamebreak door blanks, which are now one of the biggest selling door blanks by volume in the UK market; SP101 Plywood, a high-quality panel manufactured to meet the stringent requirements of the UK construction and flooring industries; Performance Plywood, which has been developed specifically for the construction industry, as well as a collection of high-quality, lightweight and thin panels which are used for various applications in the construction and leisure industries.