|Various species of pine were found to be most suitable although the introduction of pine into the company’s factories resulted in certain changes that had to be made to the production processes. By 2007, the company’s forestry operations had evolved to the stage where an independent forestry business was established within The Lion Match Company (Pty) Limited, being Lion Match Forestry (Pty) Limited. Whilst timber is provided to the Rosslyn factory from this business unit, the company still makes use of timber supplied by independent growers and by the state-owned Komatiland forests.
|Today, 95% of match production in South Africa utilises pine as its primary raw material and Lion Match is approaching the position where it will be fully self-sufficient in terms of timber supply.
The company’s forestry operations are conscious of their responsibilities in terms of nature conservation and ensure that they act responsibly in respect of preservation of vleis and wetlands, and in the effective prevention and combatting of fires.