Equatoria Teak Company (ETC) is South Sudan’s leading sustainable forestry company. ETC was founded in 2006, and currently manages five teak concessions in in Gbudue State (formerly Western Equatoria State) totalling 1,700 ha. of planted teak and over 18,000 ha. of concession area. The company plants and sustainably harvests Tectona Grandis, the highest quality plantation teak outside Myanmar. The average tree age at harvesting is 50 years, producing a fine grain, high density, well colored timber suitable for all applications. The teak is sold both regionally and internationally for indoor and outdoor applications.
ETC is passionate about the sustainability of forest lands in the region and has developed South Sudan’s most advanced nursery and replanting scheme. The company is actively coppicing existing plantations and expanding new planted areas that will come to maturity within 20-25 years.
The company has developed a close association with the local community and invests heavily in its development. Over 90% of the workforce is drawn from the local Nzara community, who receive significant investment in employee training programmes. Beyond this, the company has formed a unique community fund programme to fund projects to directly benefit the local community.
ETC is managed by Ian Paterson and has been majority owned by Maris Limited since 2012.
Our average tree age at harvesting is 50 years, producing a fine grain, high density, well-colored timber suitable for all applications. We produce skimmed logs, rough sawn squares and timber boards to a range of specifications. The majority of our products are air-dried, though we do have kilns with a monthly production capacity of 400 cbm.
Equatoria Teak Company is headquartered in the historic Nzara Agricultural Complex that was once home to the region's cotton, palm oil and groundnut industries. Bordering the DRC and the CAR, Western Equatoria receives the highest annual rainfall in South Sudan, and its climate and soil are ideal for many forms of agriculture.
"Beyond the creation of a substantial number of jobs, ETC has demonstrated the role that a vibrant forestry industry can play in South Sudan. In addition to their operations, they have also built the only functional secondary school in Nzara County. Other corporate social responsibility emphases have included a comprehensive health package for their staff, an employment insurance scheme, a vegetable production centre for local HIV treatment facilities, and an active capacity building/skills transfer program." USAID Report 2015