Newport-based timber and panel importer and distributor Premier Forest Group has struck a deal to supply OSB to the furniture manufacturing sector in South China.

Premier has teamed up with its partner in Romania to deliver the OSB after being approached by Chinese manufacturers to help them source the product. An initial trial order comprises 20 40ft containers of the product and a further two containers of Scandinavian timber worth a combined €250,000.

"We have seen huge demand for our products from British furniture producers and it is testament to the quality of European OSB that manufacturers from as far afield as China are keen to use it too," said Nigel Williams, director and co-founder of Premier.

"Hopefully we will continue to see foreign manufacturers looking to European suppliers for high quality wood products," added Mr Williams.