Climate emergency. Rising energy prices. National targets for carbon reduction. Local timber pioneer Balcas says there is one way Northern Ireland can take control; by increasing responsible, commercial forestry and innovating in the area of renewable energy.
Balcas has been manufacturing in Enniskillen with locally grown timber for decades and in Invergordon in Scotland since 2007. Having started in the creation of sustainable timber products for commercial and agricultural purposes in 1962, Balcas branched out into renewable energy in 2004 and currently employ close to 380 people directly and 300 indirectly, throughout the UK and Ireland.
The company today refreshed its identity to re-emphasise its pride in the Balcas name. The two business units will simply be known as Balcas Timber and Balcas Energy and will be united under the Balcas name. This is an important step to prepare the company for a bright future at the head of a market that needs renewable, carbon neutral solutions that can be implemented fast.
Balcas CEO Brian Murphy explained, “Balcas isn’t just a business, it’s part of the community. Generations of families have worked here and we want to remain here for generations to come. We do this by being a pioneer, investing in new and world class technologies and committing to making our operations more efficient. Like any crop, replanting everything we use to ensure forest sustainability. For example, our Combined Heat and Power unit on site in Enniskillen powers our entire site with enough left over to add back into the national grid. The value of our company lies in the history and integrity of the local Balcas name, and the brand refresh underlines this.”
Business Development Director of Balcas Energy, Ian McCracken added, “Our society depends on a constant supply of energy. Balcas Energy is unique because our wood pellets offer a viable renewable alternative to fossil fuel that is available immediately and consistently all year round. We have updated brand name, and in doing so have created strength by tying this industry-leading product with the environmental credentials of Balcas.”
Sales Director Balcas Timber, Martin Batts commented, “Balcas Timber’s products are a locally made, natural alternative to more energy-hungry metals building materials. We’ve been creating sustainable timber products since the 1960s, so we know how to make them last in our local wet, cold climate. This guaranteed life span makes Balcas Timber great value for money.”