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Responsible Wood strengthens ties in Queensland

Platinum Timber’s Damon Goodwin (Internal Sales), Ben Kennedy (Area Manager), Jackie Goodwin (Director) and Brett Beanland (Area Manager) with Responsible Wood Sustainability Manager Matt de Jongh.

Responsible Wood Sustainability Manager, Matt de Jongh, recently visited Brisbane to strengthen partnerships and advocate for sustainable practices in the timber industry. Source: Timberbiz

His agenda included meetings with key industry players and participation in the Sustainable Industrial Manufacturing Asia Pacific Conference (SIM-PAC) 2024.

One of the notable meetings during Mr de Jongh’s visit was with Responsible Wood certificate holder Platinum Timber, a leading timber supplier committed to responsible and sustainable practices. He discussed the importance of Responsible Wood certification with Platinum Timber’s Director, Peter Kennedy.

Mr Kennedy emphasised the value of Responsible Wood certification.

“At Platinum Timber, we believe in the significance of responsible wood sourcing, ensuring that our products contribute to a sustainable and eco-friendly future,” he said.

Platinum Timber has been a frontrunner in promoting environmentally conscious timber sourcing, and their dedication aligns with Responsible Wood’s mission to ensure the responsible management of forests worldwide.

Jonathan Tibbits, Responsible Wood, Marketing and Communications Manager, emphasised the value of collaborating with an organisation such as Platinum Timber.

“Platinum Timber not only promotes the sustainable and responsible use of timber, but has demonstrated this for many years,” he said.

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Mr de Jongh also actively participated as a speaker in the SIM-PAC conference in Brisbane. He highlighted the pivotal role of responsible wood practices in industrial manufacturing processes.

“Conferences like SIM-PAC provide a platform to share insights and innovations in sustainable manufacturing. Responsible wood sourcing is an integral part of creating a more environmentally friendly industrial sector,” he said.

The SIM-PAC conference, as detailed on their website SIM-PAC, serves as a nexus for professionals in sustainable industrial manufacturing, facilitating discussions on eco-friendly practices and cutting-edge technologies.

During his visit, Mr de Jongh and CEO of Responsible Wood, Simon Dorries met with Sebastian Jaimes from Rothoblaas, a global leader in providing sustainable solutions for timber construction. The meeting aimed to foster collaboration and exchange ideas on advancing sustainable practices in the timber industry.

“Engaging with industry leaders like Rothoblaas is crucial for driving positive change. Together, we can elevate the standards of sustainability in timber construction,” Mr Dorries said.

Mr Jaimes echoed the sentiment, emphasizing Rothoblaas’ commitment to developing innovative solutions that prioritize environmental responsibility.

More information about Rothoblaas can be found at

Mr de Jongh’s visit to Brisbane showcased the growing momentum in the timber industry towards responsible and sustainable practices. These partnerships and engagements underscore the collective commitment to creating a more environmentally conscious future for the timber sector.