International forest products company, Weyerhaeuser, has expanded its European distributor network with the appointment of Altripan UK. Building on a longstanding relationship with Belgium-based parent company, Altripan, Weyerhaeuser appointed Altripan UK as an approved stockist to increase the UK reach and availability of its sustainable South American plywood products.

Carefully selecting distribution partners based on proven sustainable credentials, Weyerhaeuser reviews the environmental practices of all companies prior to approval. This certified plywood range fits with Altripan’s wider company commitment to sustainability and Altripan UK will be stocking the full range of Weyerhaeuser’s eucalyptus and pine plywood panels, which are manufactured at a state-of-the-art mill in Uruguay, from trees grown on responsibly-managed local plantations.

Koen De Witte, managing director, Altripan, comments: “Having benefited from a long term working relationship with Weyerhaeuser in continental Europe, we welcomed the opportunity to extend the distribution agreement to our UK arm.

We appreciate that our business will survive and prosper if we take care properly of the environment and the people depending on it – Weyerhaeuser’s South American operations are a best practice benchmark for this very ethos. We are looking forward to developing a long term relationship with Weyerhaeuser and expanding the distribution of their product range throughout the UK.”

Weyerhaeuser’s eucalyptus and pine plywood offers superior qualities to many existing panels and is aimed at both the appearance and structural end user markets. CE2+ certified, the panels are also approved for exterior use. An established panel and plywood product importer and distributor, Altripan UK has already taken delivery of the first shipment of Weyerhaeuser plywood products into its Quay Facility in Tilbury Dock. The arrival of this shipment will complement Altripan UK’s growing stock profile and marks the start of the distribution partnership.

John Guerin, European commercial director, Weyerhaeuser, concludes: “Sustainability is a key priority for Weyerhaeuser. We are focused on responsible sourcing and sustainable supply of all products in our South American portfolio. The development of our relationship with Altripan, with the appointment of Altripan UK, is testament to our commitment to taking this vision through to fostering long term and sustainable relationships with our distribution partners.”

Weyerhaeuser sells to Europe through Weyerhaeuser Products Limited, headquartered in Belgium. For further information on Weyerhaeuser products please visit or call Weyerhaeuser on +32 (0)10 68 64 25.