UCS, Accoya win IPWA’s Innovative Excellence Award

LONDON – The International Wood Products Association (IWPA) presented UCS Forest Group of Companies (Sierra Forest Products, Upper Canada Forest Products, UCS Global and A&M Wood Specialty) with the Innovative Excellence Award for their submission on Accoya wood. The award was made at IWPA’s Annual Convention in New Orleans in April. The prestigious award is given annually to the company implementing innovative solutions to using, manufacturing, marketing or distributing imported wood products.

The IWPA award program highlights how architects and designers benefit from an expanding palette of wood opportunities. The program also shows how their increased specification leads to the expansion of sustainable forest management and supports forest-dependent communities.

UCS, Accoya win IPWA’s Innovative Excellence AwardUCS Forest Group of Companies, a premier importer, exporter and distributor of environmentally responsible wood products and technologies, is the largest supplier of Accoya wood in North America. Accoya wood is manufactured by Accsys Technologies and distributed worldwide.

“We are honored to have been presented the Innovative Excellence award from the respected IWPA,” said Warren Spitz, President & CEO of UCS Forest Group of Companies. “Accsys Technologies is a valued partner in our continued mission to provide our customers with sustainable, innovative products,” Spitz added.

Accoya wood is produced from sustainably sourced, fast-growing woods, and undergoes a non-toxic proprietary acetylation process to increase its dimensional stability, durability and other benefits beyond that of even the best tropical hardwoods. Accoya wood is well suited for demanding exterior applications including windows, cladding, decking, or even bridges, canals or marinas.

“This International Wood Products award demonstrates the strength of our respected distribution partnership with UCS Forest Group,” said Paul Clegg, CEO of Accsys Technologies. “Being recognized as an innovative product is truly a testament that the industry is open to new and innovative technologies,” he said.

Accoya wood is warranted against rot and decay. Accsys Technologies warrants Accoya for 50 years above-ground and 25 years in-ground or in fresh water immersion or saltwater spray applications, such as marina decking. The shrink and swell cycle is reduced by more than 75%, resulting in coatings lasting three to five times longer than unmodified wood under normal circumstances. Accoya is available as FSC certified.

Accoya is available worldwide through a network of independent distributors.


About Accsys Technologies:
Accsys Technologies is an environmental science and technology company that produces Accoya®wood (www.accoya.com), the world’s leading high technology wood made using a non-toxic proprietary process that effectively converts sustainably grown softwoods and non-durable hardwoods into a high performance wood that is beautiful, durable, stable and sustainable wood product. It has been recognized with many environmental certifications and awards including MBDC’s Cradle-to-Cradle Gold level. Accsys Technologies has offices in London, England, Arnhem the Netherlands and Dallas, Texas USA.

About UCS Forest Group of Companies
UCS Forest Group is North America's premier importer, exporter, and distributor of specialty products serving discerning customers in the architectural woodworking industry. UCS is Sierra Forest Products in the United States, Upper Canada Forest Products in Canada and UCS Global Internationally. For more than twenty years, UCS has focused on setting the industry standard for value creation. Extraordinary people, unique supplier relationships, customer-focused technologies and state of the art warehouses provide an unparalleled level of service in the industry.

SOURCE: UCS Forest Group of Companies

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