Founded in 1968, PDM is Ireland’s only registered supplier of pressure treated creosoted products.
We are a long standing supplier to Utilities such as ESB, Eir and Northern Ireland Electricity.
We also supply a wide range of fencing material to stud farms, fencing contractors, retailers, farmers, agricultural specialists and building contractors, serving every part of Ireland from our facility here in Kill, Co. Kildare.
We are equipped with our own creosote impregnation vessels. These resources enable us to treat large amount of timber quickly and efficiently, meaning we can get your products to you faster. We are committed to ensuring only the finest quality goods and services are offered to our customers. Our 34 highly motivated and customer focused staff ensure this standard is maintained at all times.
PDM is born
T & C Martin commenced creosoting poles and timber in their Dublin plant situated in North Wall.
PDM leaves Dublin
The company ceased trading in Dublin.
PDM moves to Kill, Co. Kildare
Patrick and Derek Martin moved the operation to Kill, Co. Kildare where the company still trades today although no longer owned by the Martin family.
PDM has new owners
Patrick and Derek Martin sold PDM to Ocean Transport & Trading, based in Liverpool. Patrick and Derek both remained as directors and reported to the Sutton Group, based in Cork.
Meyer purchases PDM
In the process they shut down softwood and hardwood sectors and expanded the treating facilities, with large investment in new plant and fabrication sheds.
Saint-Gobain purchases Meyer
In the process acquires the poles division which comprised of two companies, PDM in Ireland and Calders & Grandidge in Lincolnshire, UK.
PDM – a name you can trust
Our vision is to maximise the value added to timber through sustainable treatments, processes, and services. Our people are a key component in this and are renowned for their extensive market knowledge and insight. Many of our customers rely on the in-house technical support that PDM offers to ensure that the product solution meets their requirements.
PDM have a dedicated quality team that inspect utility poles at source and again at the fabrication stage. Raw materials for fencing is graded from the forest in a similar way before it is brought to our supplier’s saw mills for machining to sawn and round timber applications.
Our product has many applications within the Agricultural and Equine sector. It’s most popular use is as stock proof fencing to corral horses and farm animals whilst they graze. It is also used aesthetically to border a property intermingle with hedging and other foliage and can be used to create enclosed arena to train young horses. What makes our product unique is its ability to sustain our damp climate for a significant length of time without compromising it’s intended use.
We use 2 methods of treatment which are designed to impregnate the treatment oil into the cells of the timber under high pressure conditions. Our timber products are inserted into our pressurised treatment vessel through a rail and bogey car transport system. The vessel doors are sealed and the treatment cycle commences using high pressure pumps, initially using air pressure to open the cell membrane of the timber to facilitate the transfer of the treatment oil into the timber.
Creosote is our most popular treatment oil and is transferred to the timber through a high pressure and heat carrying system designed to achieve full sapwood penetration. A treatment cycle will vary from 5 to 11 hours depending on the customer specification.
Creosote is a category of carbonaceous chemicals formed by the distillation of various tars and pyrolysis of plant derived material, such as wood or fossil fuel. The major chemicals in coal tar creosote are polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), phenol and creosols. Creosote is also a pesticide.
PDM is a subsidiary of the French group, Saint Gobain Building Distribution. Saint-Gobain is the world leader in the habitat and construction markets. As one of the top 100 industrial groups in the world, Saint Gobain is represented in more than 64 countries, employing 190,000 people across four sectors: Construction Products, Innovative Materials, Building Distribution and Packaging. On the island of Ireland, Saint Gobain employs 800 people and is comprised of some of the best known and respected companies. Together these businesses offer an unrivalled range of products and innovative material solutions that respond to the latest trends, whilst meeting, and in some cases exceeding, performance and legislative standards within the building Saint-Gobain construction products.
For more information about Saint-Gobain visit www.saint-gobain.ie