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Grade Right Review on Kingfisher Spruce™

Paul Carpenter, a New Zealand timber industry expert has worked closely with our team to certify the new Kingfisher Spruce™ range to NZ structural standards. Grade Right's industry expertise and knowledge of timber species and properties was a valuable asset in the development of this exciting new range. 

"In regards the imported European spruce (Picea spp.) beams imported into NZ, I can confirm that I witnessed the testing of 30 randomly selected pieces of each of four sizes, namely140, 190, 240 and 290x90mm beams on the 18th of August 2014 at the ATS Timber site in Levin. Structurally, they exceeded the equivalent properties of SG8, comfortably met the equivalent requirements of SG10 and in a number of cases were equivalent to SG12. The timber was white to pale yellow in colour and very close grained, often having 10-20+ growth rings per inch with very small knots for the most part. All but one of the pieces easily met the requirements of No 1 Framing as per NZS3631:1988 “New Zealand timber grading rules” and therefore would meet the visual grade requirements of Visually Stress Graded 8 (SG8) and Visually Stress Graded 10 (SG10) for the domestic NZ market. Some pieces had a small percentage of sapwood but for the most part the majority were mainly or totally heartwood. The moisture content of most pieces was between 10 and 15% with most pieces being very straight and only a couple having noticeable twist but well within the requirements for twist contained in NZS3631..." Paul Carpenter, Managing Director, Grade Right (NZ) Ltd

Testing the four largest sizes in the new range that are the most demanding proved without a doubt the superior structural properties of this product over against other alternatives in the market. Other key features you will notice Paul Carpenter mentioned was the timber density (close grained), stability, heartwood content, straightness and superior visual grade.   

NEW Kingfisher Spruce Range “Making the unbelievable, affordable”

We decided to radically change the norm of the New Zealand timber industry.

Being industry experts in visual, solid timber for over 20 years, ATS Timber saw an increasing demand for a highly visual and structural, solid timber beam range.

Over 7 years ago we launched our unique range of Kingfisher SG8 solid Pine, kiln dried beams. Producing these Radiata Pine beams from the NZ timber resource presented us with numerous, ongoing challenges.

There had to be a superior alternative. It had to be a better visual grade, have superior structural properties to Radiata Pine, meet or exceed all appropriate NZ Standards, be more dimensionally stable, be price competitive and be environmentally certified.

We would accept nothing less than the best in the world.

Twelve months of R&D has resulted in this launch of Kingfisher Spruce "Making the unbelievable, affordable."

We have done special introductory pricing for this range for a limited period of time that brings it comparable to our existing ranges of Radiata Pine, Douglas Fir and Macrocarpa. This offers almost unbelievable value-for-money.

The full range will be available ex stock from January 2015 including the full range of visual SG8 and SG10 Verified beams and framing and a reversible designed TGV paneling and sarking product.