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WoodTECH News Summary – May 2024

This month’s we highlight positive developments, including major upgrades at Australian Grafton timber factory and the Hyne Timber Tumbarumba Mill – which will increase capacity and job creation. Meanwhile, New Zealand’s Callaghan Innovation offers ‘Smart Factory Assessments’ to guide manufacturers towards Industry 4.0 readiness. A new torrefied wood pellet plant in NZ signals a commitment to low-emission fuel production, and gain valuable perspectives from NZFM’s cyclone aftermath video.

FIEA is pleased to announce the release of the Residues2Revenues 2024 programme, which highlights the continued investment in wood residue utilisation in New Zealand. Gain actionable insights at this in-depth event, which runs on 30-31 July, Rotorua, NZ.

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

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FIEA wood residues conference: time for action

Low carbon economies, extreme weather events, and building resilient domestic supply chains are critical issues in 2024 and beyond. In New Zealand, this has created opportunities for the forestry sector, including significant investments in forest residues. Harvesting regulations are mandating more wood be collected from the forest ...
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Kiwi bird surprises at Rosvall Sawmill

Workers at Rosvall Sawmill near Whangārei, New Zealand, had an unexpected visitor, a fully grown kiwi bird. The bird casually strolled into the mill early one Monday morning, and spent a few hours exploring the premises before it found a ...
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Major upgrades to Grafton timber factory

Big River Group, a major supplier of timber products in Australia, completed a significant upgrade to their Grafton, NSW timber factory. The A$22 million project, funded partly by the government’s Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund, aims to improve the sustainable ...
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The future of forestry in Australia – hear the discussion

While it is a long-running debate, trees are not just part of the forest, but a valuable part of farms. It’s the future of forestry in Australia, according to a recent discussion on the ABC Listen podcast. There are many groups ...
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Smart factory assessment available in NZ

Are you ready to embrace the future of manufacturing? Apply for one of Callaghan Innovation’s last few fully-funded Smart Factory Assessments, valued at $10,000. A Smart Factory Assessment allows you to start, scale and sustain your Industry 4.0 transformation journeys through ...
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PF Olsen NZ log market report – April 2024

Market Summary At Wharf Gate (AWG) log prices across New Zealand dropped an average of 17% in April. April AWG log prices are about 15% below the two-year average. CFR prices for A grade logs in China have bottomed in ...
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50 Years & Growing: The History of Pan Pac vol 2

An icon in New Zealand’s Hawke’s Bay region for half a century, Pan Pac Forest Products has released ‘50 Years & Growing: The History of Pan Pac, Vol. II‘, which details the company’s last 30 years. It’s been a many years ...
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New Hyne Timber Tumbarumba Mill expansion

The Hyne Timber Tumbarumba Mill has commenced construction on the largest, new site asset since the Mill was purchased and re-developed in 2001. The new storage facility will be 4700m2 with the capacity to store 4000m3 timber known in the process ...
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When it all falls down

This video tells the story of how New Zealand Forest Managers (NZFM) in Turangi, New Zealand dealt with a 3.4million + ton wind blow event in the central north island. In the video everything from before the cyclone in Feb ...
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NZ$300 million torrefied wood pellet planned

Plans to build New Zealand’s first plant to produce low emissions fossil free fuel to replace coal have moved a step closer with the signing of an agreement to lease a site at Kawerau. Australian listed company Foresta has announced the signing of ...
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