Swartland was established in
Moorreesburg in 1951 and has become renowned for quality,
meticulous attention to detail and for producing products
specifically for our harsh South African environment.
environmentally friendly wood
Swartland has a strict policy
of buying timber from responsible commercial loggers and is
their responsible contribution towards ensuring the world's
natural resources are preserved.
They believe that supplies of
the traditional tropical hardwood "Meranti" have been
irresponsibly depleted and quality and colour
inconsistencies have made the timber unfavourable for use in
At Swartland, they only use
Okoumé, a tropical hardwood from Gabon in West Africa, and
the supply is strictly controlled.
Swartland not only offers a
100% guarantee for quality, craftsmanship and longevity but
a further 8% for ideal moisture content. German kiln
technology is used to provide the optimal moisture content
in Swartland wood that enable it be tough enough to
withstand a climate of ever changing of moisture, heat and
cold. 90% of South Africa’s climate has an average moisture
content of 8%.
Research has also revealed
that in most modern homes with indoor air-conditioning and
heating the average moisture content is also 8%. Wood is
naturally ‘hydroscopic’. This means wood will tend to
progress towards a state of equilibrium that balances with
the moisture content of its surrounding environment. The
less wood has to accommodate for the difference between its
own moisture content and that of the outside the less the
wood will swell, contract or warp. The fewer changes