Image

AU$108 million wood processing grants awarded

28 April 2023

The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) has welcomed the Albanese Government’s delivery of the more than AU$108 million awarded across 34 separate grants to timber and wood processors as part of the Accelerate Adoption of Wood Processing Innovation (AAWPI) program, Chief Executive Officer of AFPA Joel Fitzgibbon said.

The AAWPI grant recipients will undertake a range of innovative projects with the funding including manufacturing products for use across housing and construction, packaging, timber for higher end products and production of activated carbon. Of the 34 grants, four will be going to projects involving first nations organisations.

“AFPA campaigned ahead of last year’s Federal Election for such a manufacturing innovation fund and we were pleased to get a bipartisan commitment for this grants program. Additionally, it will allow processors and manufacturers to pivot and make the most of the opportunities emerging from the national and global boom in demand for sustainably sourced timber and wood fibre products. Over 25 per cent of Australia’s emissions come from construction and using more timber will help Australia meets its emission reduction targets,” Joel Fitzgibbon said.

Grant funding of between AU$1 million and AU$5 million will be awarded to the 34 successful applicants from this financial year until 2025-26, under the AAWPI.

Source: AFPA

Read More
Image

Hyne Group further expands

The Hyne Group is now pleased to announce the further expansion of this new operating division, with the acquisition of Express Pallets and Crates (Express), based at Narangba near Brisbane. Express has been in operation for some 35 years, under the ownership and ...
Read more
Image

FWPA Report: Transforming softwood timber verification

Forest & Wood Products Australia (FWPA) is pleased to share new research introducing biased position testing as a cost- effective and efficient method for the verification of structural softwood timber properties.  This innovative approach can unlock significant cost savings and improved efficiency ...
Read more
Image

Whakatane Mill reopens

Whakatane Mill Limited (WML) has successfully completed a significant upgrade at its paperboard mill, marked by a grand reopening ceremony in March. The project, which involved the installation of state-of-the-art machinery and facility upgrades, enables WML to provide premium quality board products ...
Read more
Image

Australian Pine Log Price Index updated

The latest Australian Pine Log Price Index for the July to December 2023 period has been released. The Australian Pine Log Price Index (“the Index”) is compiled by KPMG using data provided by Australian softwood growers. The Index documents changes in pine log ...
Read more
Image

FWPA research funding for a carbon neutral 2050

FWPA has committed funding to research which will inform an industry-wide decarbonisation plan to lead the forest and wood products sector to achieve a better than carbon neutral outcome by 2050.  FWPA will spearhead this initiative, partnering with Australia Forest Products Association (AFPA) and Wood Beca to deliver this crucial roadmap. The ...
Read more
Image

New WoodSolutions guide for resilient timber design

The latest design guide from WoodSolutions educates and advocates for the design and construction of sustainable timber homes using a resilience-focused approach to address climate challenges and ensure safety and well-being for occupants. The effects of bushfires, floods, storms and other extreme weather events ...
Read more
Image

Victoria supporting businesses to employ ex-timber workers

A Gippsland nursery is expanding its business and providing jobs for ex-native timber workers, thanks to a $775,000 grant from the Victorian Government’s Forestry Transition Fund. Nationwide Trees at Piedmont in West Gippsland, is using the grant to construct a multi-use production and dispatch shed, ...
Read more
Image

Australian timber can help ease housing crisis

The nation’s forestry and timber industry can help build 50,000 much needed new homes annually with climate friendly timber and wood – but we need a strong and stable construction sector to achieve that, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Forest Products ...
Read more
Image

Major investment in wood pellet plants in California

Drax, a major global manufacturer of wood pellets for bioenergy, has partnered with a California nonprofit in a controversial plan to build two industrial-scale wood pellet plants in the state. These mills would produce and export a combined 1 million tons of ...
Read more