Job losses at Boral’s Murwillumbah factory

EIGHT positions have been lost from timber company Boral's Murwillumbah factory in recent months, but there would be no further job losses despite the company's recent announcement that it is discontinuing the manufacture of floorboards at the facility.

A company spokeswoman said a nation-wide downturn in sales and increase in competition from exports had seen eight employees who left or were re-deployed not replaced at the Murwillumbah factory in recent times.

But she said the Pacific Highway based factory's remaining 34 staff would continue to produce solid timber flooring.

The changes at the local factory are part of a company-wide restructure which would result in eight permanent employees being made redundant, Boral Timber executive, Steve Dadd said in a recent statement.

He announced that Boral would exit the residue and woodchip export business and sell the associated processing plant and equipment based at Tea Gardens and at the Port of Newcastle.

The company would also exit the softwood distribution business in Queensland and will appoint an external distributor for these products.

"The strength of the Australian dollar and associated high volume of imports, combined with low levels of demand and high manufacturing costs, are all creating very challenging conditions for the business," Mr Dadd said.

"We are leaving no stone unturned to reduce costs and increase efficiencies where we can."

The Murwillumbah factory has been around for over four decades but 10 years ago underwent a major upgrade.

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