A grant from the Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is helping Russwood Ltd invest in a new timber cladding painting facility.

HIE is investing £37,908 towards the project at Russwood’s Station Sawmill site in Newtonmore, with the company investing £150,000 itself.

“This investment in a specialist bespoke paint facility, expanding on the paint line we installed two years ago, will ensure we can develop new products,” said John Russell, Russwood managing director.

“Coating for timber is already a strong market in Europe and has huge potential across Scotland and the UK.”

HIE said there were no other companies currently producing factory-painted timber cladding in Scotland.

“This new paint facility will support Russwood to enter new markets across both Scotland and England,” said Anne Williamson, of HIE.

Russwood cladding products include Scottish larch, Siberian larch, Accoya modified wood, Frake (hardwood), western red cedar and oak.

The company also recently constructed a drying shed.