Pallisco

Introduction

PALLISCO Company (LLC) was established in Cameroon in 1972 to meet a supply of logs and sawn timber of quality for the manufacture of PASQUET Group in France. A site of logging and sawmill are located in the East of Cameroon in Eboumetoum village located at 240 kms from Yaounde (Messamena Municipality, Department of Upper Nyong).

After an orientation in 1985 towards the second transformation with the establishment of a workshop for drying and planing to put more value in some species, a second site closer to the forest resource was created in 1996 in Mindourou with the creation of a processing unit CIFM (Mindourou Industrial and Forestry Centre).

The granting and logging system in Cameroon (Licensing) is replaced by that of FMU (Forest Management Unit). The PALLISCO company operates from 1999 a FMU contract partnership. Then in 2000, a second FMU is operated with the same principle of partnership and exclusivity.

In January 2001, PALLISCO gets a FMU by award transfer of one of its partners enabling the company to get its first own forest title (FMU 10-041).

For the results of the FMU tender award in 2001, PALLISCO and its partners secure three FMU, increasing forest resource FMU to five in total, approximately 303,000 acres surface of forests in the East Cameroon province, the management and logging are assigned exclusively to PALLISCO.

In January 2002, PALLISCO is the first company to create an internal planning cell with technical support from the Belgian association "Nature +" specialized in forest management and financial support from the AFD, which approves the choice of TWE Society (now called TEREA) by PALLISCO for periodic monitoring. 

To meet various development plans, PALLISCO planning cell realizes beginning from 2002 forest inventories, socio-economic studies and faunal surveys in relation to national and specialty approved organisms. A nursery of seedlings of various species (about 30,000 plants) is also located. 

On July 1, 2003, PALLISCO and its partners get the combination of their FMU to the common boundary (three FMU to 176,000 ha) to better manage the forest industry for long term. The first initiative in Cameroon validated by the Ministry in charge of forests, one management plan will be developed for this forest. 

To increase the volume of processing as close to the forest resource, the construction of a second processing workshop specialized in Tali sawn began in November 2003 on the Mindourou site; it becomes operational in July 2004.

At the end of November 2004, the two management plans are approved by the Ministry in charge of forests. The entire PALLISCO logs resource will be achieved after a logging exploitation under development plan by January 2005.

On July 6, 2005, PALLISCO and CIFM are certified OLB (Origin and Legality of timber) of BVQI-Eurocertifor agency rewarding companies´ efforts on compliance and its internal system for monitoring the origin of timber (PALLISCO logs and CIFM processed timber products).

During September 2005, the restructuring of the Eboumetoum processing site ends with the closure of activities and the end of negotiations with the personnel: the factory is sold on 30/12/2005. The Mindourou site now covers all activities of PALLISCO and CIFM companies (timber exploitation and processing). 

FMU 10-039 assigned to partner ASSEN NKOU is transferred to PALLISCO by notification of the transfer on 26/10/2005. The total area of FMUs allocated exclusively to PALLISCO is then 189,396 ha. 

On February 1, 2006, PALLISCO implements Health, Safety and Environment service on its Mindourou site.

PALLISCO receives its Approval to forest inventories by Order on 21/04/2006.

The CIFM industrial site develops in August 2006 with the establishment of a timber boiler and drying units for the production of dry lumber. 

SODETRANCAM, a partner, is notified on 06/10/2006 of the allocation of the FMU 10-031 following the results of last tender. This FMU of 41 202 hectares located in the north of the FMU 10-030 (common boundary) is incorporated into PALLISCO. The entire forest area is 341,708 ha. 

CIFM company launches the production of planed timbers with its new planing workshop in August 2007.

The results of the OLB custody audit conducted in June 2008 confirm the extension of OLB certificate scope for FMU 10-031 and new timber products (dry and planed). PALLISCO and CIFM offer their customers a range of 100% OLB certified timber products from September 2007: logs, sawn timber, dry and planed timber. 

CIFM industrial development continues with the introduction of two new drying cells in April 2008, which leads to a total drying capacity of 400 m3.

In October of the same year, Bureau Veritas Certification gives the FSC forest management certificate and chain control to PALLISCO and CIFM compagnies. 

In September, 2010, the OLB certificate is renewed for PALLISCO and CIFM.

In 2011, UFA managed PALLISCO are reallocated between the different partners to standardize their management.

In August, 2012, PALLISCO company is notified of the assignation of the FMU 10-047b having 47.241 ha situated in the Dja (42.200 ha) and Messamena (5.041 ha) districts. It then obtains on the 02/01/2013, the signature of the temporary agreement for this FMU.

In May, 2013, the FMU 10 039 allowed to the Ets ASSENE NKOU is transferred to La forestière de Mbalmayo S.A, a new partner of PALLISCO and CIFM companies.

En octobre 2013, le certificat FSC est renouvelé pour PALLISO et CIFM. In October, 2013, the FSC certification is renewed for PALLISO and CIFM companies.