PG Bison is the leading producer of wood-based decorative panels in Africa, servicing the retail, construction, furniture/kitchen manufacturing, and residential development markets, primarily in southern Africa.

We have integrated forestry, timber, and resin manufacturing operations, featuring both primary and secondary upgrading processes. Our manufacturing operations are equipped with the latest technology, which enables PG Bison to compete globally in the decorative panel market. Our business is market-focused and we constantly take evolving consumer trends closely into account when developing our product ranges. This is an essential feature of our strategy to secure market share and sustainable growth in both existing and new markets. We are passionate about inspiring and enabling our customers by providing them with products and services to create beautiful spaces.

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PG Bison is the leading producer of wood-based decorative panels in Africa, servicing the retail, construction, furniture/kitchen manufacturing, and residential development markets, primarily in southern Africa.

We have integrated forestry, timber, and resin manufacturing operations, featuring both primary and secondary upgrading processes. 

Our manufacturing operations are equipped with the latest technology, which enables PG Bison to compete globally in the decorative panel market. Our business is market-focused and we constantly take evolving consumer trends closely into account when developing our product ranges. This is an essential feature of our strategy to secure market share and sustainable growth in both existing and new markets. We are passionate about inspiring and enabling our customers by providing them with products and services to create beautiful spaces.

Visit the PG Bison website

8 Manufacturing
plants

96 157 hectares of land of which 43 817 hectares are sustainable forestry land

Over 18 million trees
planted since 2018

New 1 000m3 per day plant
commissioned in March 2022

8 Manufacturing
plants

96 157 hectares of land of which 43 817 hectares are sustainable forestry land

Over 18 million trees
planted since 2018

New 1 000m3 per day plant
commissioned in March 2022

Value proposition

PG Bison is the leading producer of wood-based decorative panels in Africa, servicing the retail, construction, furniture/kitchen manufacturing, and residential development markets, primarily in southern Africa.

 We have integrated forestry, timber, and resin manufacturing operations, featuring both primary and secondary upgrading processes. The integrated supply chain, supporting a value-added strategy, enables us to extract the most optimal margin from our assets. Managing our key raw materials of timber and resin is critical to ensure a sustainable supply chain. 

 The business is market-focused and is constantly taking into account the evolving consumer trends when developing our decorative panel ranges, which are updated frequently. This is an essential feature of our strategy to secure market share and sustainable growth in both existing and new markets. The paper resin impregnation plant creates the flexibility to supply the market with a wide range of bespoke wood-based decorative panels. 

 PG Bison is considered the leading brand in the market, having manufactured and supplied board products for over 50 years. We are passionate about collaborating with our customers and inspiring and enabling them and their consumers by providing them with products and services to create beautiful spaces. 

Our manufacturing operations are equipped with the latest technology, which enables PG Bison to match European product quality standards and compete globally in the decorative panel market. 

At PG Bison, we aspire to be recognised globally as the leader in the decorative wood panel industry. 

Products & services

Forestry
Sawlogs, poles, pulpwood

Primary processing
Structural timber, poles

Board
Particleboard, medium-density fibreboard (‘MDF’)

Resin
Formaldehyde and UF resin (used primarily in the timber panel industry)

Treated paper
Used only in the wood-based panel industry to manufacture MFB

Secondary processing
Gloss-coated board
Matt-coated board
Melamine-faced board (‘MFB’)
Foil-faced board
Worktops

Certification and accreditation

How we add value

Innovation

We regularly evaluate our product line in relation to evolving consumer trends. In line with this strategy, we develop exclusive MFB colours and finishes with the input of local and international designers to meet the needs of our specific markets.

PG Bison is one of two gloss wood-based decorative board manufacturers and the only manufacturer of matt wood-based decorative board in the market. The range includes a unique innovation – a matt-coated MFB with an antibacterial additive, which is exclusive to PG Bison. 

In March 2022, PG Bison successfully commissioned its latest expansion project in eMkhondo (Piet Retief) which increased the plant’s capacity by 37% to 1 000m3 per day, bringing it in line with our Ugie plant. 

With a cost of R560 million, the project consisted of a complete replacement of the entire fibre preparation line with new technology and higher capacity. This included installing a state-of-the-art Büttner energy plant and driers, screening equipment, a new flaker, and new conveyor systems.

PG Bison has consistently invested in local manufacturing, having committed R2.5 billion to capital investment projects in the past two years. The most recent investment is the construction of a new medium-density fibreboard line, scheduled for commissioning in mid-2024, also at the eMkhondo site.

Looking ahead

Covid-19 has fundamentally changed the way in which the world works, lives, and plays. We anticipate that consumer focus on the integration of home, work, and social environments will continue to be a fundamental feature of the market and we foresee that demand is likely to continue outstripping supply in the short and medium term. Further, civil unrest during July 2021 caused extensive damage to large-scale shopping malls, schools, warehouses, and furniture retailers, and this is likely to fuel further demand for our products.

Global supply chains continue to be disrupted, which is impacting the import of both panel products and furniture. Customers and consumers are increasingly considering locally manufactured products as an alternative. 

Limited local production capacity has constrained supply into the market, with PG Bison’s customers being on product allocation. However, the recent successful commissioning of the new press in eMkhondo (Piet Retief) creates the opportunity to grow market share. Additional value-adding capacity will be commissioned in the next financial year with an additional MFB and gloss line.

PG Bison successfully completes eMkhondo particleboard line expansion

Bearing these market conditions in mind, we will continue to implement our five-year growth plan, which is aimed at improving market share within existing markets as well as entering into new markets.

We aim to achieve this through continued investment in our production capabilities as well as by developing and introducing new products.

Latest operational overview – 31 December 2021
VALUE PROPOSITION

Value proposition

PG Bison is the leading producer of wood-based decorative panels in Africa, servicing the retail, construction, furniture/kitchen manufacturing, and residential development markets, primarily in southern Africa.

 We have integrated forestry, timber, and resin manufacturing operations, featuring both primary and secondary upgrading processes. The integrated supply chain, supporting a value-added strategy, enables us to extract the most optimal margin from our assets.

Managing our key raw materials of timber and resin is critical to ensure a sustainable supply chain. 

 The business is market-focused and is constantly taking into account the evolving consumer trends when developing our decorative panel ranges, which are updated frequently. This is an essential feature of our strategy to secure market share and sustainable growth in both existing and new markets. The paper resin impregnation plant creates the flexibility to supply the market with a wide range of bespoke wood-based decorative panels. 

 PG Bison is considered the leading brand in the market, having manufactured and supplied board products for over 50 years. We are passionate about collaborating with our customers and inspiring and enabling them and their consumers by providing them with products and services to create beautiful spaces. 

Our manufacturing operations are equipped with the latest technology, which enables PG Bison to match European product quality standards and compete globally in the decorative panel market. 

At PG Bison, we aspire to be recognised globally as the leader in the decorative wood panel industry. 

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Products & services

Forestry
Sawlogs, poles, pulpwood

Primary processing
Structural timber, poles

Board
Particleboard, medium-density fibreboard (‘MDF’)

Resin
Formaldehyde and UF resin (used primarily in the timber panel industry)

Treated paper
Used only in the wood-based panel industry to manufacture MFB

Secondary processing
Gloss-coated board
Matt-coated board
Melamine-faced board (‘MFB’)
Foil-faced board
Worktops

CERTIFICATION & ACCREDITATION

Certification and accreditation

HOW WE ADD VALUE

How we add value

INNOVATION

Innovation

We regularly evaluate our product line in relation to evolving consumer trends. In line with this strategy, we develop exclusive MFB colours and finishes with the input of local and international designers to meet the needs of our specific markets.

PG Bison is one of two gloss wood-based decorative board manufacturers and the only manufacturer of matt wood-based decorative board in the market. The range includes a unique innovation – a matt-coated MFB with an antibacterial additive, which is exclusive to PG Bison.

In March 2022, PG Bison successfully commissioned its latest expansion project in eMkhondo (Piet Retief) which increased the plant’s capacity by 37% to 1 000m3 per day, bringing it in line with our Ugie plant. 

With a cost of R560 million, the project consisted of a complete replacement of the entire fibre preparation line with new technology and higher capacity. This included installing a state-of-the-art Büttner energy plant and driers, screening equipment, a new flaker, and new conveyor systems.

PG Bison has consistently invested in local manufacturing, having committed R2.5 billion to capital investment projects in the past two years. The most recent investment is the construction of a new medium-density fibreboard line, scheduled for commissioning in mid-2024, also at the eMkhondo site.

LOOKING AHEAD

Looking ahead

Covid-19 has fundamentally changed the way in which the world works, lives, and plays. We anticipate that consumer focus on the integration of home, work, and social environments will continue to be a fundamental feature of the market and we foresee that demand is likely to continue outstripping supply in the short and medium term. Further, civil unrest during July 2021 caused extensive damage to large-scale shopping malls, schools, warehouses, and furniture retailers, and this is likely to fuel further demand for our products.

Global supply chains continue to be disrupted, which is impacting the import of both panel products and furniture. Customers and consumers are increasingly considering locally manufactured products as an alternative. 

Limited local production capacity has constrained supply into the market, with PG Bison’s customers being on product allocation. However, the recent successful commissioning of the new press in eMkhondo (Piet Retief) creates the opportunity to grow market share. Additional value-adding capacity will be commissioned in the next financial year with an additional MFB and gloss line.

PG Bison successfully completes eMkhondo particleboard line expansion

Bearing these market conditions in mind, we will continue to implement our five-year growth plan, which is aimed at improving market share within existing markets as well as entering into new markets.

We aim to achieve this through continued investment in our production capabilities as well as by developing and introducing new products.

Latest operational overview – 31 December 2021
VALUE PROPOSITION

Value proposition

PG Bison is the leading producer of wood-based decorative panels in Africa, servicing the retail, construction, furniture/kitchen manufacturing, and residential development markets, primarily in southern Africa.

 We have integrated forestry, timber, and resin manufacturing operations, featuring both primary and secondary upgrading processes. The integrated supply chain, supporting a value-added strategy, enables us to extract the most optimal margin from our assets.

Managing our key raw materials of timber and resin is critical to ensure a sustainable supply chain. 

 The business is market-focused and is constantly taking into account the evolving consumer trends when developing our decorative panel ranges, which are updated frequently. This is an essential feature of our strategy to secure market share and sustainable growth in both existing and new markets. The paper resin impregnation plant creates the flexibility to supply the market with a wide range of bespoke wood-based decorative panels. 

 PG Bison is considered the leading brand in the market, having manufactured and supplied board products for over 50 years. We are passionate about collaborating with our customers and inspiring and enabling them and their consumers by providing them with products and services to create beautiful spaces. 

Our manufacturing operations are equipped with the latest technology, which enables PG Bison to match European product quality standards and compete globally in the decorative panel market. 

At PG Bison, we aspire to be recognised globally as the leader in the decorative wood panel industry. 

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Products & services

Forestry
Sawlogs, poles, pulpwood

Primary processing
Structural timber, poles

Board
Particleboard, medium-density fibreboard (‘MDF’)

Resin
Formaldehyde and UF resin (used primarily in the timber panel industry)

Treated paper
Used only in the wood-based panel industry to manufacture MFB

Secondary processing
Gloss-coated board
Matt-coated board
Melamine-faced board (‘MFB’)
Foil-faced board
Worktops

CERTIFICATION & ACCREDITATION

Certification and accreditation

HOW WE ADD VALUE

How we add value

INNOVATION

Innovation

We regularly evaluate our product line in relation to evolving consumer trends. In line with this strategy, we develop exclusive MFB colours and finishes with the input of local and international designers to meet the needs of our specific markets.

PG Bison is one of two gloss wood-based decorative board manufacturers and the only manufacturer of matt wood-based decorative board in the market. The range includes a unique innovation – a matt-coated MFB with an antibacterial additive, which is exclusive to PG Bison.

In March 2022, PG Bison successfully commissioned its latest expansion project in eMkhondo (Piet Retief) which increased the plant’s capacity by 37% to 1 000m3 per day, bringing it in line with our Ugie plant. 

With a cost of R560 million, the project consisted of a complete replacement of the entire fibre preparation line with new technology and higher capacity. This included installing a state-of-the-art Büttner energy plant and driers, screening equipment, a new flaker, and new conveyor systems.

PG Bison has consistently invested in local manufacturing, having committed R2.5 billion to capital investment projects in the past two years. The most recent investment is the construction of a new medium-density fibreboard line, scheduled for commissioning in mid-2024, also at the eMkhondo site.

LOOKING AHEAD

Looking ahead

Covid-19 has fundamentally changed the way in which the world works, lives, and plays. We anticipate that consumer focus on the integration of home, work, and social environments will continue to be a fundamental feature of the market and we foresee that demand is likely to continue outstripping supply in the short and medium term. Further, civil unrest during July 2021 caused extensive damage to large-scale shopping malls, schools, warehouses, and furniture retailers, and this is likely to fuel further demand for our products.

Global supply chains continue to be disrupted, which is impacting the import of both panel products and furniture. Customers and consumers are increasingly considering locally manufactured products as an alternative. 

Limited local production capacity has constrained supply into the market, with PG Bison’s customers being on product allocation. However, the recent successful commissioning of the new press in eMkhondo (Piet Retief) creates the opportunity to grow market share. Additional value-adding capacity will be commissioned in the next financial year with an additional MFB and gloss line.

PG Bison successfully completes eMkhondo particleboard line expansion

Bearing these market conditions in mind, we will continue to implement our five-year growth plan, which is aimed at improving market share within existing markets as well as entering into new markets.

We aim to achieve this through continued investment in our production capabilities as well as by developing and introducing new products.

Latest operational overview – 31 Dec 2021