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About AKD Softwoods

Associated Kiln Driers Pty Ltd (trading as AKD Softwoods) is a 100% Australian owned and operated integrated forestry and timber processing company based in the South Western Districts of Victoria.

AKD is the largest sawmilling company in Victoria, and the second largest Australian owned sawmilling company in the country. AKD is distinctive amongst its key competitors for its reputation as a high quality producer, its exceptional customer service and its vertically integrated operations which comprise:

  • Two sawmills processing approximately 630,000m3 of sawlog per annum
  • Approximately 8,000 hectares of radiata pine plantations located in Victoria and South Australia.
  • Two preservation businesses
  • A softwood chip export operation
  • Two log export locations
  • A remanufacturing business and in-house engineering and trucking divisions.

Building an excellent reputation on its quality, service and flexibility, AKD has a wide range of products, and an end to end planning process that enables products to be made to order and dispatched on its own truck fleet, to customers across Australia.

The company's primary manufacturing site is in Colac. As a regional employer, AKD plays an active part in supporting a variety of local community activities and sees its 330+ employees as the vital ingredient in its past and future success.

Since its founding, AKD has continually made significant investments to ensure long term growth and prosperity. AKD has grown its business over the long term, by building a stable foundation. This solid foundation includes stable ownership, long term customer relationships, long term log contracts, its own plantations and multiple state of the art processing facilities.

These foundations are constantly being enhanced by continual reinvestment in the business, plant expansions, plantation growth, employee development and the latest processing, automation, scanning and optimisation technology.

AKD is proud of its 60 year history in the Colac-Otway region, having retained its headquarters at the site on which it was founded in 1955 by an association of local family companies. The four equal shareholder companies that own AKD have been involved since day 1. Namely, Hayden Bros. Pty Ltd, W.H. Bennett & Sons Pty Ltd, IR&D Investments Pty Ltd and Kilmour Investments Pty Ltd.

Featured News

Colac's AKD Softwoods set to be the world's most modern sawmill

AKD Softwoods’ Shane Vicary says the expansion of the Colac business’s Forest Street plant is part of “AKD’s ongoing quest to be internationally competitive”

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$6.2-million upgrade for Colac timber company

AKD's Continuous Kilns upgrade was featured in the Colac Herald

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