News and Views
What is happening in 3A Composites PNG Ltd. right now:
Second Playscool in Company Compound opens
The opening of the second company's own playschool was celebrated together with the certification of the four qualified playschool teachers. 3A Composites PNG Ltd. is the only company in Papua New Guinea to provide their own playschool for the children of its employees.
1st July 2015
3A Composites closes acquisition of PNG Balsa
10th and 19th June 2015
Domestic Violence Awareness
with the SP Hunters Team
We held 2 events with the National Rugby team as guest speakers and Aidah Idilik from "The Women's Council as main speaker. Due to the gravity of the subject, we made the meetings mandatory for all employees working on factory ground. 1000 employees participated in total.
The events were the first of it's kind in ENBP and PNG Balsa is very happy and proud, that The SP Hunter's chose the company as partners to bring out such an important message as to stop ALL form of Domestic Violence.
31st May 2015
Integral Human Development training
Mr. Pilipo Raphael from "SHAIKA Early Childhood Learning" in Keravat, held a very interesting training session for the tenants in the 2 compounds.
The goal was to emphasize the neccesity of early childhood education. The message is; the better educated you are, the easier it will be to fullfill your dreams and become succesfull in life.
10th April 2015
Training of Play School teachers
In order to emphazise the education of children of PNG Balsa staff living in the 2 Takubar compounds, we saw the need to develop the skills and knowledge of the ladies who run the Play Schools.
The 4 compound mothers, Emily Kasirei, Regina Joel, Norma Tonok and Emeliah Kenoi, who volunteer as teachers for our 40 Play School children have succesfully finished the first modul of a 3 weeks training session to be educated as certified teachers up to 5th Grade.
The intensive training is provided by Mrs. Shirley Kamuso and Mr. Raphael Pilipo from SHAIKA , Early Childhood Learning ( ECH) and LEM Phonics Training Center in Keravat. The participants as well as teachers are posing on the photo with Lisbeth Moneton, Community Development Worker at PNGBalsa.
2nd April 2015
As of 1st April 2015 all our balsa products are 100% FSC certified.The PNG Balsa Company Ltd. now holds FSC certificates for both their Chain of Custody (COC) and Forest management (FM). For the FM the License code is FSC-C123469, the Certification code is: SCS-FM/COC-005149.
2nd December 2014
The PNG Balsa Company Ltd. has been successful in obtaining FSC certification for their Chain of Custody (COC), Certification code: SCS-COC-005114 , ‘License code: FSC-C 123469’.
Customers can look forward to receiving our FSC 100% certified balsa products once the certificate for Forest Management is issued.
28th November 2014
Cross- Cultural Training
The first session of a series of Cross Culture Trainings was held today. Sabine Hess, PNG Balsa's FSC Coordinator, holds a PhD in Anthropology and has organized this training in order for both expats and nationals to avoid misunderstandings and frustration when working in a company with colleagues from different cultural backgrounds.
For the expat groups, a local employee will participate and assist in exploring the cultural differences and commonalities relevant to working in a multi-cultural company and living in Papua New Guinea. For the national groups, an expat employee will be present at the trainings as well to ensure plural perspectives. We find it equally important that both expats and nationals respect each other’s cultures and continue to work together in a productive and positive working environment.
9th and 22nd November 2014
Graduation in the 2 Compound Play Schools.
A total of 15 children graduated and will now enter the Elementary School after 7 succefull months in the Play Schools. The students have learned the basic knowledge of writing, reading and counting in English which will serve them well in school. Furthermore, they have been taugth Sign Language.
The graudants were dressed in traditional custumes from their area. Together with their parents and tenants in the compounds, they performed amazing sing sings ( traditional songs and dances).
3rd November 2014
The PNG Balsa Company Ltd. confirms the aquisition of the company by Schweiter Technologies AG.The transaction is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2015.
Information about New Minimum Wages
10th & 13th October 2014
Piere Moneton, CEO of Png Balsa conducted together with Samuel Sowembari, Provincial Labour Officer of Kokopo an information meeting for more than 300 employees regarding the New Minimum Wages
Hepatitis B Awareness Meeting
9th October 2014
During our recent blood donation to St.Mary's Hospital, we discovered that 40% of our employees were infected wiht Hepatitis B and therefor unsuited for blood donation. We decided with Steven Toivita from St. Mary's Hospital Laboratory to inform our employees how to prevent getting infected as well a the treatment. Hepatitis B can lead to severe liver damage if un treated.
Malaria Awareness Meeting
8th October 2014
The 4 Health Officers John Vogae, John Kiatro, Allison Sikin, Judy Gamamai from PSI (Population Services International), Port Moresby conducted this important awareness meeting. They took turn to talk about prevention against malaria, who are in risk and what medicaments to take.
Blood Donation to St. Mary's Hospital
26th September 2014
Once again, St. Mary's Hospital Vunapope turned to PNG Balsa for Blood Donation. They arrived with 8 heath workers / nurses and all their mobile blood bank. The employee's blood is tested for HIV and Hepatitis to see if they are suitable to give blood. All participants recieves a piece of soap and cordials and bisquits from the hospital
Fire Exercise in main factory and offices
23rd September 2014
A big fire execsise implicating 300 employees was held today.
Sam Gela, PNG Balsa's Fire and OH&S Officer conducted the exercise with the participation of the Kokopo Fire Brigade lead by Mr. Nason Palaua.
The main purpose for the exercise was to educate the employees in which evacuation procedures to follow in case of major incidents. Fire and Safety representatives have been announced for each department and they have been educated in emergency procedures. They worked closely with Sam Gela in assuring a calm and orderly exercise.
Opening of Moneton Play School 1 building
The new Play School building was inaugurated in the presence of several members of The Management Committe as well as Pastor Robin Dale, who dedicated the school building. Mr. Lukas, Chairman of Takbuar Elementary School also attended .
We expected 150 children, parents and tenants from our 2 compounds, but more than 300 people showed up.
Both Play School Sings Sings groups performed songs and dances , but parents and tenants had also prepared great performance shows. Dressed in traditionally customes, they amazed us all. We had 9-10 differents dance groups performing, both break dance, little men's dance and purely women's dances were represented.
Cordial and cake were served to everybody and we had a wonderful day!
ANZ Awareness Meeting
17th July 2014
- Would you like to improve your money skills?
- Do you always seem to run out of money without knowing why?
- Would you like to be able to make your money last until next pay day?
PNG Balsa Library
16th June 2014
We created a library for the office staff and managers with English books collected in Switzerland. 26 members and more than 100 books; romans, thrillers, classics etc.
Domestic Awareness Meetings
April and May 2014
Min. 68% of women has experienced physical or sexual violence in PNG. We decided to take up this important topic for our awareness meetings. We have held 2 meetings in the factory for approx. 200 people. The meetings were conducted by Peter Totuai from "The Womens Council" of Kokopo
Play School in Compound 1
14th May 2014
We started our second Play School for our compound 1 children. 12 children attended the school. We divided them into 2 groups. They are performing very well and even 3-4 years old children can spell and write their names after 2 months in the school.
Play School in Compound Takubar 2
30th April 2014
We started our first ever Play School for the children of employees living in our compound Takubar 2.
28 children attend the play school. We divided them into 2 groups and they were given school materials; books, excercise books, pens, color pens etc. The play school is run by 6 engaged mothers.
HIV awareness meeting and HIV testing
8th and 24th April 2014
We conducted our second and third awareness days this time for our Green Mill employees.
The awareness meeting was conducted by a special guest;a young local HIV positive man, Stanley, who in a very informative, passionate yet emotional way talked about life with HIV. It was a big eye wakener for many of the employees to get first hand information about this terrible sickness. HIV is increasing in PNG so we have decided to make an extra effort in informing our staff as much as possible and get as many as possible tested.
Total of tested employees: 125
Blood Donation to St. Mary's Hospital, Vunapope
16th April 2014
The local hospital often misses blood for operations and transfusions, so they've requested for us for help. We sat up a mobile blood donations station and had 18 of our employees voluntarily giving blood within 2 hours.
However, we found out that 40 % of the participants were suffering from Hepatitis B and weren't able to give blood, so we have arranged for an immediate awareness meeting to inform our employees about the sickness and how to avoid / get rid out it.
Children's Christmas Party in our compound
13th December 2013
We gathered 150 compound mothers and children to a festive x-mas celebration in our compound 1. All 75 children got a Christmas present and we served Christmas cake and cordials for all. It was a fun and lovely day ( even the heavy rain couldn't spoil the joy). The children from each compound had prepared and performed beautiful sings sings and dances.
HIV awareness meeting and HIV testing
29th November 2013
In connection with the WORLD AIDS DAY 1st December, we held our first HIV awareness meeting including HIV testing of more than 40 employees. The meeting was conducted by Sr. Susan from Peter Torot VCCT Centre Vunapope and her colleagues.
Visit of H.E. The French Ambassador to PNG
Friday 15th November, PNG Blasa had an honorable visit of The French Ambassador to PNG, Mr. Pascal Maubert and his lovely wife Catherine.
Posted 25th November
Fire in the Green Mill
On 1st August, an important fire broke out in the maintenance room next to the Green Mill. The fire destroyed all material in the room as well as part of the Green Mill.
Everybody in the company are very committed in getting the factory up at normal capacitly level as soon as possible.
Posted on 3rd August 2013
The Volcano Tavurvur, located just next to Rabaul, is in eruption since 10 days and all flights to and from East New Britain have been cancelled indefinately.
It is an amazing sight, but leaves dust all over over Kokopo town as the wind blows in our direction.
In 1994, the same volcano destroyed the town of Rabaul and therefore Kokopo wich is located about 25 km from Rabaul has developped as the new Capital of ENB.
Posted 28 January 2013
Presentation to Amos Steven.
Amos designed, tested and implemented a new glue application method for plugs.
This change has resulted in decreased glue usage, uniform glue on the plugs resulting in better quality plugs and reduced the glue residue left on the surface of the panel.
In recognition of Amos’s contribution to process improvement at PNG Balsa we have presented him with a prize.
On the photo, Amos Steven is surrounded by; from left Alice Oliver, Shana Read, Pierre Moneton, Katie Feurer and Melissa Nakikus
Posted 19 June 2012
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, ACIAR
The PNG Balsa Company is participating in the AusAid funded ACIAR Project “Improving the PNG balsa chain to improve smallholder livelihoods”. The Project aim is “to enhance the value, value recovery and international competitiveness of the PNG balsa industy and, by doing so, optimise its benefits for smallholder growers”. The overall project objective is “to enhance the livelihoods of smallholder balsa growers, improve value recovery for balsa growers and processors and to provide the basis for strengthening PNG’s position in the International balsa market.” http://aciar.gov.au/project/FST/2009/016
Posted 17th December 2011