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As part of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Hon Bill English's visit to the Waimakariri Electorate last week, North Canterbury MP’s Matt Doocey and Stuart Smith included a visit and tour of large local employer Daiken’s Customwood Factory near Sefton.

“It was important for Stuart and I as MP’s working together for North Canterbury to showcase to the Deputy Prime Minister some of the great things happening here especially the Daiken Custonwood Factory that is an important player in the local economy and a major exporter of locally produced product”, said Matt Doocey.

Daiken brings in 54 truck and trailer loads per day of raw material. Per annum 210,000 tonnes of logs and 175,000 tonnes of wood chips are used in the process of producing customwood. 21 truck and trailer loads of customwood leave the factory each day. 70% of what is produced is exported to Japan with the balance exported to Asia and Australia. 16% of what is produced is used in New Zealand.

“The Deputy Prime Minister was impressed that such a significant producer and exporter of customwood product is here in North Canterbury. The factory is important for our local economy employing 175 people as well supporting local logging and trucking operations”.

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