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WoodTECH News Summary – June 2024

There are a number of positive stories this month. Initiatives such as Hyne Group’s acquisition of Express Pallets and Crates and the reopening of the upgraded Whakatane Mill showcases new investments in expanding production and sustainability.

In addition, FWPA, in partnership with AFPA and Wood Beca, has launched a new industry-wide decarbonisation plan aimed at delivering a better than net zero carbon outcome by 2050, new research has been released on the softwood timber verifications, and AFPA has demonstrated how the industry can build an additional 50,000 homes annually. 

Last month, we released the Residues2Revenues 2024 programme. This event highlights the continued investment in wood residue utilisation in New Zealand and runs on 30-31 July 2024 in Rotorua, NZ. Early registrations have been strong, and it is gearing up to be another big event – and a major opportunity for the sector and those looking to capitalise on the extraction, processing, transport, utilisation and sale of wood harvesting and processing residues.

There are plenty of stories, so sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and enjoy the read.

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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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