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Sumitomo carving out larger New Zealand timber supply

Trading house expanding forest holdings as demand grows in China, around Asia

Sumitomo Corp. owns 29,000 hectares of forest on New Zealand's North Island.

TOKYO -- Sumitomo Corp. seeks a 60% increase in its New Zealand lumber capacity by the year ending in March 2020, as the Japanese trading house anticipates growing demand in China and other parts of Asia.

Sumitomo subsidiary Summit Forests New Zealand owns forests on the country's North Island totaling some 29,000 hectares, as of the end of March. The unit plans to spend around 7 billion yen ($64.1 million) to expand its holdings to 36,000 hectares. Summit inked an agreement with landowners to acquire some 4,000 forested hectares on the North Island by September.

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