James Jones & Sons Ltd is investing in a further six kilns from Mahild in a move which will boost annual kilning capacity at its Steven’s Croft mill operation at Lockerbie to 160,000m3.

The latest move at the site will take the group’s total number of kilns to 16.

The new units are expected to come on stream during October and reflect the growing volumes being processed through the new sawline at the Lockerbie 3 mill.

Existing kilns at the site are fitted with a heat recovery system and have already successfully reduced energy consumption.

The kilning complex is being heated with hot water provided by the neighbouring Eon biomass power plant and conveyed by a pipeline installed in 2010. James Jones said the system saves an estimated 9,000 tonnes of carbon emissions annually.