Wednesday October 21, 2020

Pallet firm warns timber shortage is starving sector

Industry leader Ire Wel says felling licence backlog means it is having to import raw materials

30th August, 2020
Mary Walsh, co-founder of pallet maker Ire Wel: says felling licence issue coming to a head Picture: Ken Hayes

A crisis in forestry licences is putting Ireland’s pallet manufacturers at risk, the owner of a leading company in the industry has warned.

Mary B Walsh, the co-founder of Ire Wel, which produces around 30,000 pallets a week, said the hold-up in felling licences has meant Irish sawmills are rapidly running out of wood.

“The felling licence issue has been bubbling away since 2014,” Walsh told the Business Post, “but it’s really coming to...

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