Premier Forest Products
Premier Forest Products

10th October 2006

Premier Forest Products Launches Green Tree Plywood,
An FSC® certified plywood from Central South America

A Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) certified Central South American Plywood is to be launched in the UK market this month.  Green Tree Plywood, which will be imported and distributed by leading independent timber importers Premier Forest Products, has been welcomed by FSC and Greenpeace, and fulfils an industry need for a quality and cost effective sustainable plywood product.

After nearly a year of research and development work, Premier's first containers of Green Tree Plywood will arrive in the UK at the beginning of October, and the company is so confident of the market demand of Green Tree Plywood that they have committed to over 1,000 cubic metres in forward order quantities in an exclusive supply deal.  The new plywood will also be supported by a promotional campaign featuring a South American model.

green tree

Terry Edgell, Director at Premier Forest Products, says:
'The demand for fully certified Plywood which meets social, economic and ecological needs has never been higher.  Growing public awareness of forest destruction and degradation has meant that our customers and the industry as a whole now expects quality products at a realist price which also have increasingly important green credentials.  That's exactly what Green Tree Plywood is.  There quite simply is nothing else like it in the marketplace.  We've invested heavily in the product not only because we're convinced its what our customers want and need but also because as a company we recognise the importance of responsible environmental practices.'

FSC UK Construction Advisor, Beck Woodrow, comments;
“Premier Forest Products' commitment to sustainable timber is very welcome, and a clear answer to those who say that FSC certified timber is hard to find or vastly more expensive.  As FSC's Construction Advisor, I deal with enquiries ranging from multi-million pound projects to local authority renovation, so knowing that we have such dedicated and knowledgeable suppliers as Premier on hand is very encouraging and gives assurance that it is possible to put environmental policies calling for FSC timber into practice on site”.

Patrick Venditti, Greenpeace's Senior Forest Campaigner, adds;
“Buying FSC is the best assurance of environmentally and socially responsible timber sourcing.  We're pleased that Premier Forest Products has responded to environmental concerns
with this move to FSC certified product.”

green tree

And, so committed is Premier to environmental excellence that the company, unlike many timber importers, has committed to purchasing significant quantities of Green Tree Plywood to make it a viable brand choice for those customers committed to environmental purchasing.

Over the past 2 years, Premier has stepped up its environmental activity, undergoing the rigorous processes that this entails.  Premier has recently been through the scrupulous BM TRADA certification process, and were pleased to be awarded with FSC and PEFC Chain of Custody certification.  To achieve certification, companies must undergo an assessment from an independent, qualified and accredited expert who verifies in writing that the wood flow from forest to business follows and meets the exacting requirements of the certification scheme.

Green Tree Plywood is available in a range of sizes, from 4mm – 25mm.  In addition to the commercial grade, marine grade specifications will soon be added to the range - expected to be another industry first.  For further information please contact the sales team at Premier on 01633 254422 or e-mail  More information on Premier and Green Tree Plywood can also be found on Premier's website,

Update 9 May 2011

Following on from several years of established success with the unrivalled original Greentree branded FSC certified plywood from central South America, Premier responded to the demands of their customer base and sought to expand the successful Greentree brand to encompass other products which were felt to be worthy of bearing the logo.

"The Greentree brand represents our commitment to achieving the most rigorous environmental standards." explains Terry Edgell, Premier's Purchasing Director. "The unmitigated success of the original Greentree plywood has shown that there is clear market for top quality panels with unassailable environmental credentials, but there was also a demand for a wider scope of products, giving our customers the option of a range of prices to choose from, with the same peace of mind."

Subsequent research and development culminated in a new range of Malaysian and Chinese plywoods being introduced in 2010 which were felt worthy of sporting the Greentree stamp, widening the choice for the customer. Greentree Chinese and Greentree Malaysian plywood is available in a 2440x1220 sheets in a full range of standard thicknesses



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