The new, fully operational line will see the Timber Systems Division of leading forestry and sawmilling business, James Jones and Sons Ltd, more than double its production capacity, making it the largest, fastest and most efficient I-Joist line in Europe.

The investment of £8.5m will not only significantly increase the production capacity to 20 million lineal metres a year, but will allow faster production times. This increased production speed will ensure increased stock levels and even better service for distributors and their end users. In-line innovations include a tension tester and precision end trim saws, which will help reduce on site waste and maximise floor and roof design optimisation by cutting to specified lengths suited to off-site manufacturing.

Speaking about the new JJI-Joist line, Angus Macfarlane, General Manager of James Jones and Sons’ Timber Systems Division commented:

“Housebuilders are under some pressure to meet government’s new home build figures; we believe our investment in the new facility comes at a vital time and will enable us to support the UK’s construction industry and many of our loyal customers to meet these targets. Other innovations that we are launching in 2020 include a pre-insulated I-Joist that not only provides the necessary thermal properties required in roof design, but can also provide enhanced acoustic performance for floor and wall design. We have also recently launched our new ‘JJI Design’ software, a newly built CAD based 3D modelling program, significantly upgrading from our existing software with improved compatibility and increased speed of design.

This recent investment follows on from the £4.5 million installation of a new finger jointing line in 2015 and we are committed to supporting a programme of continued investment, allowing us to lead the way in engineered timber products long into the future”.