Equatoria Teak Company (ETC) is South Sudan’s leading sustainable forestry company. ETC manages teak plantations in Western Equatoria State, and is one of the largest private sector employers in the region.
ETC is an investee company of the Maris Group, an Africa focused holding company that has been managing investments in South Sudan since 2006
Our average tree age at harvesting is 50 years, producing a fine grain, high density, well-colored lumber suitable for all applications. We produce rough squares, flooring and decking. The majority of our products are air-dried, though we do have kilns with a monthly production capacity of 400 cbm.
Equatoria Teak Company is headquartered in the historic Nzara Agricultural Complex that was once home to the region's cotton, palm oil and groundnut industries. Bordering the DRC and the CAR, Western Equatoria receives the highest annual rainfall in South Sudan, and its climate and soil are ideal for many forms of agriculture.
"Beyond the creation of a substantial number of jobs, ETC has demonstrated the role that a vibrant forestry industry can play in South Sudan. In addition to their operations, they have also built the only functional secondary school in Nzara County. Other corporate social responsibility emphases have included a comprehensive health package for their staff, an employment insurance scheme, a vegetable production centre for local HIV treatment facilities, and an active capacity building/skills transfer program." USAID Report 2015