The Lumin story.
Weyerhaeuser established its presence in Uruguay, South America, through a series of joint venture relationships and in 1996 began planting trees. Ten years later, outside the small town of Tacuarembó in the north central region of Uruguay, our Lumin plywood mill, Weyerhaeuser Productos SA, started operating amid a diverse landscape of forest, agriculture, and grazing lands.
Today, Weyerhaeuser Productos SA processes 225,000 tons of wood fiber per year and utilizes virtually every portion of the log, converting it into plywood panels and turning the residuals into forms of alternate energy. Weyerhaeuser continues to grow in Tacuarembó with industrial investments to include plants for bioenergy, engineered wood products and lumber. Because of the positive economic impact these investments will have on rural Uruguay, our projects were named "Projects of National Interest" in 1999 and 2004. Learn more about our efforts in sustainability and renewable energy.
In Uruguay, our forestry operations are maintained on plantations, which are available for use by local ranchers. This provides a sustainable source of employment in the region, stimulating the creation of new business and supporting industries. As of the first quarter of 2008, Weyerhaeuser's total land base in Uruguay was 140,000 hectares planted with pine, eucalyptus, and poplar. That same year we planted more than 6 million seedlings in Uruguay and continue to plant more than we harvest. Depending on its suitability, nonforested land will be used for cattle and sheep grazing, employed as agriculture for biofuels, or left in its natural state as environmental reserve tracts.
In addition to Lumin plywood panels, we offer Lyptus® hardwood products, which are also grown to sustainable forest certification standards.