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WoodTECH News Summary – Feb 2024

This is our first edition for 2024 and, as usual, we look to cover the very latest developments, technology trends and research relating to the New Zealand and Australian wood processing and manufacturing industries.

First up, we’re diving into Chilean producer, CMPC’s investment in Strong by Form, which could be a game-changer in wood panels for construction. We also take a look at DHL NZ’s adoption of robotics in their Auckland warehouse. Robotics operating alongside real people is going to play an increasing role in boosting the productivity of manufacturing and supply chains.

We also cover the establishment of a new entity in NZ, the NZ Forest & Wood Sector Forum, which is going to provide a collective vision for sustainable practices and industry growth, a release detailing the acquisition of Automation & Electronics by TS Manufacturing, a leading manufacturer of industrial handling and processing equipment for the sawmilling and wood products industry and a story on Fraunhofer IPM who have introduced a new tamper-proof log tracing technology.

There are plenty of stories this month. So, sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and join us as we delve into the latest news and developments.

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NZ forestry industry establishing pan sector body

Ten organisations have signed an accord establishing as a pan sector body. Called the NZ Forest & Wood Sector Forum (NZFWSF), NZ sector associations will engage on issues of common interest or concern to the national industry and act as a ...
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Investment in Chilean wood alternative start-up

Chilean pulp producer Empresas CMPC SA is betting on a local startup that is working to create a wood alternative for concrete and steel in the construction industry. CMPC Ventures, CMPC’s venture capital division, led a $5.2 million investment in ...
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Robot rollout begins in NZ

DHL Supply Chain has deployed a warehouse automation solution at its distribution centre in Highbrook, Auckland, NZ. Using technology from US-based company Locus Robotics, the project will be used to streamline the product supply chain for DHL’s major customer Schneider ...
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Timber Unlimited and CLT Toolbox team up

Timber Unlimited has recently formed a collaboration with CLT Toolbox in Australia to develop new software modules that will make it easier to carry out structural designs in accordance with the new Standard NZS AS 1720.1:2022 and international best practice ...
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Automation & Electronics acquired by TS Manufacturing

Both Automation & Electronics (A&E) a leading controls, optimization, and software provider for the sawmilling and wood products industry, headquartered in Mount Manganui, New Zealand and TS Manufacturing a leading manufacturer of industrial handling and processing equipment for the sawmilling ...
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Construction system inspired by Legos and…

Sweden’s Lundqvist Trävaru develops construction system inspired by Legos and computer games, allowing consumers to design and order construction kits online; system sources timber from SCA, reduces waste by 20%-40% compared to traditional manufacturing Lundqvist Trävaru in Piteå, Sweden, is ...
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NZ log market update – January 2024 (Forest360)

Opinion Piece: Marcus Musson, Director, Forest360 The Christmas holidays have come and gone all too quickly for most and we are now returning to work a few kilos heavier, a touch of liver pain and with the same level of ...
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Cut surfaces as fingerprints – marker-free tracing of logs

Until now, reliably tracing logs to their origin has been difficult to achieve. Researchers at Fraunhofer IPM and their partners have now shown that logs and trunk sections can be identified based on the structure of the cut surfaces. The ...
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