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HarvestTECH News is a monthly update on news, research articles, videos and useful links for wood harvesting and transport operations throughout Australasia. HarvestTECH Events provides world class technology events and exhibitions to wood harvesting contractors, harvest planners, forest managers and wood transport operators.

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Shortage in EV mechanics

Australia is on the cusp of a significant shift towards electric vehicles (EVs) on its roads. The impetus for this change is the government’s plan to introduce a New Vehicle Efficiency Standard. This policy aims to compel car manufacturers to significantly ...
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NZ Log Market Report – March 2024

Very much against the tide of what we had been expecting, the China market has taken a major turn down. Indeed, the current correction might best be described as catastrophic, even by our recent history standards. The earlier positivity had its ...
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Opinion: Standing up for our profession

Having a high profile should not provide anyone a free pass to speak disrespectfully and unfairly about others. Forestry Australia is appalled by the misinformation about forest scientists and professionals that has been perpetuated by lobbyists and anti-forestry campaigners in recent media articles. ...
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NZ Forestry Industry Safety Council faces funding cuts

The New Zealand forestry industry is facing a potential setback in its safety efforts due to a recent funding cut by WorkSafe, the government agency responsible for workplace safety. WorkSafe has decided to reduce its financial support to the Forestry Industry Safety ...
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Electric log truck gears up for phase two

Fenell Forestry will receive an AU$200,000 cash injection from the South Australian state government to commence phase two of an electric log truck trial. The funding for phase two the Fennell Forestry project will examine how heavy vehicle decarbonisation can contribute ...
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Kiwi firm spearheading heavy fleet green transition

Bay of Plenty-based company Heavy Vehicle Machinery Solutions (HVMS) is forging global partnerships to help drive decarbonisation efforts in New Zealand’s road transport industry. Formed in October 2022 through parent company East Coast Heavy Diesel (ECHD) in Whakatane, HVMS is ...
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1500km HD electric truck road test completed

Electric truck maker Windrose has posted a time-lapse video showing a 1593 km test run completed by its all-electric semi-truck. The electric semi gets 600 km range out of its 729 kWh battery pack and can pull a whopping 49 tonnes. Windrose chairman ...
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FIEA Environmental Forestry launched

With plenty of cooperation from industry leaders, NZ Forest Owners Association and previous delegates, FIEA is pleased to announce the release of our Environmental Forestry 2024 conference programme. This event runs on 25-26 June 2024 in Rotorua, New Zealand and will also feature pre-conference and ...
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‘Cheaper than a mince pie’

Tradie charges up electric digger then tows it to work with his Tesla A New Zealand tradie has simultaneously charged up his electric digger and Tesla while towing the earthmoving machine 2.5 hours to a worksite, and says he is ...
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New 40,000 hectares to open in Tasmania

In Tasmania, a dispute has ignited over the state’s forests, pitting the last remaining Liberal government in Australia against conservationists and industry stakeholders. The government’s proposal to open an additional 40,000 hectares of native forest for logging has stirred significant controversy, ...
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March NZ log market update

Opinion Piece: Marcus Musson, Director, Forest360 History is a great predictor of the future, and the log market is no different. March export prices have been released and it feels as though we’re trying to climb a barbed wire fence, ...
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VicForests to close 30 June 2024

State-owned logging business VicForests will cease to exist from June 30 this year. It is the first time a decision on VicForests’ future has been revealed, after the Victorian government deregistered it as a state business corporation in September last year, removing ...
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46,000 kilometres for SCA’s electric log truck

SCA’s electric log truck continues to transport wood between Gimonäs timber terminal and Obbola paper mill, has now been in operation for over 1.5 years, covering over 46,000 km; SCA testing truck for log transport directly from forest. SCA’s electric ...
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Toroawhi initiative comes to an end

The Forest Industry Safety Council (FISC) is announcing today that our Toroawhi / Worker Champion initiative is coming to an end. The Toroawhi initiative started in February 2020 as a pilot sponsored by WorkSafe. But the funding and initiative will ...
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New tool to manage forestry slash

Better management of forest felling waste has gained new impetus in Cyclone Gabrielle’s wake, with the sector firmly in the spotlight for the impact such waste has had on communities, ecosystems, and farmland downstream from harvest areas. Rotorua-based forest management ...
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February NZ log market update

Opinion Piece: Marcus Musson, Director, Forest360 February has kicked off with a hiss and a roar with log exporters pulling out the pencil sharpeners and publishing prices in the mid to high $130’s for A grade (except for Bluff and Lyttleton where you ...
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First unmanned forestry machine tested

A study published in the Journal of Field Robotics assessed the world’s first unmanned machine designed for autonomous forestry operations. Investigators demonstrated that using computer vision, autonomous navigation, and manipulator control algorithms, their newly developed machine can safely, accurately, and ...
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New CEO for Forest Industry Contractors Association

The Forest Industry Contractors Association (FICA) has announced the appointment of Rowan Struthers as its new CEO. An experienced professional who has worked across the forestry sector in various roles including senior leadership and forest management, Rowan will take over ...
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30,000 Machine Milestone

Tigercat Industries is pleased to announce that it has built and shipped its 30,000th machine in January 2024, just over 30 years into its existence. From humble beginnings in 1992 when Tigercat had a single product, very little dealer representation, ...
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Who needs skidders? – elephant logging in Burma

An extract from Ross Lockyer’s book, That’s What Elephants are For appears in the February 2024 issue of NZ Logger. It’s an amazing read – and an amazing story. In mid-1984, Ross Lockyer was offered a consultancy with the Asian ...
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In-forest electric or electric hybrid machines

On-site and virtual registrations to this year’s Wood Transport & Logistics 2024 event are now streaming in. Interest in the pre-conference workshops including the LTSC Driver Certification and the Trimble Forestry using integrated e-docket workflows workshops likewise continue to flow ...
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Which will be the engine of the future?

Truck manufacturers are under immense pressure to cut emissions. But should they bet on fully electric batteries, hydrogen fuel cells or even both? Multinationals are reaching different conclusions. And the wrong choice could be expensive. Check out the video below. ...
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Harvesting in a high-density kiwi habitat

Justin Anderson and his logging crew, JPA Logging, have recently completed one of the more interesting jobs of their careers so far. Contracting to John Turkington, JPA Logging has just finished harvesting a 50-hectare block of Pinus radiata on Haupouri ...
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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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PF Olsen NZ log market report – Jan 2023

Market Summary There were mixed signals from the China log market at the end of 2023, but January At Wharf Gate (AWG) prices for export logs in New Zealand increased slightly from December AWG prices.  Domestic log prices were stable with some small ...
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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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Wood Transport & Logistics 2024 programme out

Last year, well over 250 forestry and log transport delegates from companies across Australasia, North and South America and Europe met up in Rotorua, New Zealand. The occasion? The long overdue Wood Transport & Logistics 2023 conference, workshops and exhibitions. ...
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John Deere announces strategic partnership

Utilising the industry-leading Starlink network, this solution will allow machine owners facing rural connectivity challenges to fully leverage precision technologies. This partnership, an industry first, will enable John Deere customers to be more productive, profitable, and sustainable in their operations. ...
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Wood industry watching shipping costs

The New Zealand wood industry is closely watching the conflict in the Red Sea, as global shipping costs rise as a result of the disrupted supply chain. The United States is advancing on the area after a string of attacks ...
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Electric trucks best bet to cut transport emissions

Transport is likely the hardest economic sector to decarbonise. And road vehicles produce the most greenhouse gas emissions of the Australian transport sector – 85% of its total. Freight trucks account for only 8% of travel on our roads but ...
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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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Victoria paves way for heavy duty electric trucks

Victoria is the first state or territory in Australia to announce the permanent removal of one of the main hurdles for heavy-duty electric trucks to operate on local roads. The state this week announced it would allow heavy duty electric ...
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State-of-the-art renewable hydrogen refuelling station launched

Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, and Swinburne University of Technology’s Victorian Hydrogen Hub (VH2) have today launched a state-of-the-art clean hydrogen refuelling station, purpose-built for enabling hydrogen research.   The $2.5 million refuelling station uses green hydrogen produced with electricity from ...
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Australia´s first eFuels plant announced

HIF Tasmania eFuels facility is expected to start producing up to 100 million liters of carbon neutral eFuels per year in 2028 HIF Global, the world’s leading eFuels company, on Wednesday announced a Memorandum of Understanding with Forico, Tasmania’s largest ...
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NZ log export prices firm in November

Prices for NZ log exports are slowly improving, but a forestry consultant says the sector must find new international markets to reduce its reliance on China. Export prices have firmed this month, with sales to New Zealand’s largest customer, China, ...
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Log & lumber markets may be worse than you think

Russ Taylor, Russ Taylor Global My personal view is that the real situation is probably worse that what is being reported. European demand will be about 11% lower in 2023 vs. 2022 and lower again in 2024. China’s consumption levels ...
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Drone lifts tree! A groundbreaking milestone in forestry

AirForestry, renowned for its pioneering work with drone technology for harvesting trees, has recently showcased that its drone can attach to a tree top and lift a tree trunk.  “We’re quite literally elevating the future of forestry,” said Dr Mauritz ...
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November 2023 NZ log market update

Opinion Piece: Marcus Musson, Director, Forest360 Rugby world cup aside, there’s a bit of good news starting to stir some fizziness amongst us tree huggers and, while not at shaken beer can levels, it is enough to improve the fettle ...
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Prue Younger retiring as FICA CEO

After six years at the helm, Forest Industry Contractors Association CEO Prue Younger will retire from her role on 31 March 2024. During her time as FICA’s CEO, Prue has led the organisation through both prosperous and challenging periods for ...
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Victoria paves way for heavy duty electric trucks with permanent axle weight concessions

Victoria is the first state or territory in Australia to announce the permanent removal of one of the main hurdles for heavy-duty electric trucks to operate on local roads. The state this week announced it would allow heavy duty electric ...
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Wood salvage a race against time

Forestry crews are in a race against time to harvest 6500 hectares of trees blown over around Taupō and Tūrangi area in the central North Island during Cyclone Gabrielle. Since the February storm, 40 crews have been picking up about ...
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Continued decline in Australia’s plantation estate

Australia’s plantation estate is still on a worrying downward trajectory, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Agricultural Economics (ABARES) figures. Australia’s total plantation area contracted to 1.716 million hectares in 2021-22 – a reduction of more than 28,000 hectares. Acting ...
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Forestry company displayed high level of carelessness

A forestry company that showed a “high level of carelessness” involving the use of heavy machinery in streambeds and leaving slash and debris on steep and erosion-prone slopes in Gisborne, should be fined NZ$84,000, the local council has told a ...
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Vale Dr Tom Mulholland

Dr Tom Mulholland, a celebrity physician and beloved Kiwi campaigner for physical and mental health, died suddenly at the weekend. Known affectionately as Dr Tom, the medical practitioner had helped hundreds of thousands of people globally over the past three ...
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Accelerating Australia’s hydrogen-transport future

A new report released by CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, and GHD Advisory calls for Australia to focus on hydrogen-powered transport – alongside electric vehicles – or risk being left behind our international counterparts. While battery electric vehicles will drive ...
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The commercial transport revolution – it’s underway

Advanced technology will pave the way to exceed what was previously thought possible. The commercial transportation industry faces rapidly changing regulations and evolving customer needs. Cummins examines the future of commercial transportation, and indicates that it will be shaped by ...
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October 2023 NZ log market update

Opinion: Marcus Musson, Forest360 Kiwibuild may be the best thing we can export to fix the housing crisis in China, lots of hui but not much doey. Since the early 2000’s, China has been flat-out doeying in the residential construction ...
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Unique timber for new Spirit of Tasmania vessels

More than 6000 lineal metres of Celery Top Pine sourced from below the waters of Lake Pieman on Tasmania’s west coast will be used as feature wall cladding on two semi-enclosed deck spaces on the new Spirit of Tasmania vessels. ...
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4th Green Triangle Timber Awards celebrated

The atmosphere was nothing short of spectacular as the 4th Green Triangle Timber Awards Gala Dinner unfolded on 27 October 2023 at The Barn Mount Gambier, South Australia. With a backdrop of perfect weather, 500 guests including The Hon. Peter ...
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AI, robots & satellites fighting wildfires

This year has been a challenging one for Phil Schneider, who hasn’t seen wildfire behaviour like this in his 47-year firefighting career. Blazes raged through more than 2,000 acres of wildland in recent months in his county deep in the ...
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Wood fired steam powering wilding conifer business

Developing commercially successful projects from environmental challenges is bread and butter for the Central Otago social enterprise Wilding & Co. By extracting high value essential oils from invasive Douglas fir, the Queenstown business has removed thousands of the unwanted conifers ...
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Powering vehicles of the future – hydrogen vs electric

Trelleborg enters the discussion on which technologies will be appropriate to power the vehicles of the future. Pick any data point and the growth of electric cars looks like a wildly successful phenomenon. The number of electric cars on the ...
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Early EOI – Wood Transport & Logistics 2024

This year, well over 250 forestry and log transport delegates from companies across Australasia, North and South America and Europe met up in Rotorua, New Zealand. The occasion? The long overdue Wood Transport & Logistics 2023 conference, workshops and exhibitions. ...
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Tasman region forestry study important for the industry

A seven-year forestry study looking at the impact of sediment in rivers from harvesting and earthworks has entered its fifth year. The NZ$2.7 million study is jointly funded by Ministry for Primary Industries through its Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures ...
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Hybridised drivetrains & electrification of tower yarders?

Researchers examined the potential of hybridized drivetrains for tower yarder applications. Radical changes are necessary to address challenges related to global warming and pollution. Ever-tightening emission standards for combustion engines have already led to a drastic reduction in the amount ...
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Yellow jerseys of the fireline: A day fighting wildfires

For three weeks in July, the world’s most elite bike racers climb steep mountains and sprint along historic cobblestones to capture the coveted yellow jersey or the race leader in the Tour de France. It’s a 22-day feat of human ...
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Hydrogen powered muscle truck: The future’s HERE!

For all of you petrol heads out there. Hydrogen is already making itself felt with hydrogen and dual fuel (hydrogen-diesel) trucks being rolled out onto NZ roads. Check this video out supplied by one of our readers. Mike Copeland of ...
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Komatsu Forest appoints new Australian Sales Manager

Komatsu Forest has appointed Dean O’Connor National Sales Manager for Australia. He will also retain responsibility for Komatsu Forest operations in New Zealand. Dean is an experienced timber industry professional who has been in the industry since the early nineties. ...
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The trees come back – looking back 42 years

Some of the worst eroded pasture land in New Zealand can be seen in the East Cape region of the North Island. This film, produced 42 years ago, explains in detail how the problem arose, starting with the European settlement ...
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August 2023 NZ log market update

Opinion Piece: Marcus Musson, Director, Forest360 Moving into electioneering season we are starting to see our political masters throw cash promises at potential voters like candy to kids, seemingly without any real analysis of return on investment or project viability ...
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Hybridised drivetrains & electrification with tower yarders?

Researchers examined the potential of hybridized drivetrains for tower yarder applications. Radical changes are necessary to address challenges related to global warming and pollution. Ever-tightening emission standards for combustion engines have already led to a drastic reduction in the amount ...
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Accelerating Australia’s hydrogen-transport future

A new report released by CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, and GHD Advisory calls for Australia to focus on hydrogen-powered transport – alongside electric vehicles – or risk being left behind our international counterparts. While battery electric vehicles will drive ...
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Safety using the T-Winch harvesting downhill

Zane Knight, owner of Knight Logging, and his operator Johnson Peri, talk about their new T-Winch, which can be operated from the cab using a remote control. Zane says the T-Winch is so easy to use that Johnson stays hooked ...
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Record nominations recognise forestry’s top talent

Heralding the success of the inaugural awards last year, the Central North Island forestry industry stepped up to bring in a record number of nominations for the second year, with seventy-seven contenders up to take the stage at the Energy ...
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Repairs & maintenance of mobile forestry machinery

Great videos covering key tips on repairs and maintenance. See these short clips that cover key tips for staying safe when repairing and maintaining forestry machinery. They summarise messages contained in longer videos created to complement a guide to repairs ...
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AI company partners Nordic Forestry Automation

Södra Ädla is a new partner of Nordic Forestry Automation (NFA). The company develops next-generation operator support systems for forest machines based on sensor technology from autonomous vehicles and AI algorithms. Thinning a forest involves constant decision-making about which, and ...
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Australian review of tree felling skills standards

Forestry operators, arborists and emergency workers may all need to draw on skills to manually fell trees with a chainsaw when using large machinery is unviable. These skills are described in three units of competency which outline how to demonstrate ...
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Waka Kotahi to audit excessive RUC purchases

Waka Kotahi will be auditing and invoicing RUC users for excessive Road User Charges purchases made during the temporary reduction scheme. The Government reduced RUC rates by 36% from 1 March 2023 to 30 June 2023. Standard RUC rates applied ...
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Event Summary – Residues2Revenues 2023

As anticipated, the turnout to the second Residues2Revenues 2023 was a standout for the industry. Around 250 delegates attended the wood residues event, principally forest owners and managers, harvesting and log cartage contractors, those looking at utilising surplus residues from wood processing ...
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TRT Made Possible Brand Promise

Overcoming challenges is precisely how TRT got started. Clever, practical people solving complex engineering problems with ingenuity and relentless hard work. Making something from nothing, and then making it better. It’s this competitive ethos of solving the unsolvable, finding a ...
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Accusations on plundering timber from Tasmania

The Andrews government is being accused of plundering timber from Tasmania after announcing the closure of the Victorian industry. The Heyfield Mill, part-owned by the Victorian Government and operated by a private shareholder, has been importing logs from across the ...
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CNI Generation Programme students graduate

The third Generation Programme run at Toi Ohomai Institute NZ Tokoroa completed on Thursday 15 June with a ‘Matariki’ celebration. The Matariki cluster of stars signifies the start of the Maori New Year and Hiwa-i-te-rangi, one of those stars being ...
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Plantma Forestry commercial planting trials expanded

Successful trials with the Swedish manufactured mechanised planter have already been undertaken in a number of countries. The last few months where their machines have been operating have been a real challenge with cyclones, wildfires and drought combined with heavy ...
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July 2023 NZ log market update

Opinion Piece; Marcus Musson, Forest360 Director Sentiment’s a funny thing. A month ago, we were staring down the barrel of a long and protracted export market ‘crash’ as prices plummeted to double digits courtesy of lack of demand from China ...
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Potential of satellite broadband for rural NZ

The Commerce Commission’s latest Measuring Broadband New Zealand report shows the potential of low Earth orbit satellite (LEO) broadband internet as an option for the 13% of Kiwis who are not able to access fibre. This report is the first ...
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Young apprentice grows new forestry skills

NZ forestry apprentice Neihana Brewer is a man of few words, preferring to leave it up to others to speak of his attributes, including Graeme Benge, his employer at Fast Harvesting in Tokoroa. Graeme says the 21-year-old is an example ...
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Nationwide first bond for slash management

The NZ Government has ordered a ministerial enquiry into forestry practice and the which has filled beaches and destroyed roads in the wake of Cyclone Gabrielle. But in a nationwide first, the Southland District Council has placed a performance bond ...
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GNSS for more accurate machine & log location

Digital developments unfold at a fast pace, and for forestry this means opportunities for new, smarter ways of working. Thanks to developments in the satellite positioning technology GNSS, MaxiFleet, Komatsu Forest fleet management system, can now show the machine’s position ...
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Bioenergy funding to better utilise forestry slash

The NZ Government is making a start on a more sustainable forestry industry with investments into a bioenergy plant, research into biomass and better forestry practices, Forestry Minister Peeni Henare has announced. “The Ministerial Inquiry into Land Use recognised current ...
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Australian Pine Log Price Index report released

The latest Australian Pine Log Price Index for the July to December 2022 period has just been released. The Australian Pine Log Price Index is compiled by KPMG using data provided by Australian softwood growers. The Index documents changes in ...
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Mechlog launches new forestry training programme

MechLog, a leading provider of forestry services, has announced the launch of Skills Enhancement & Employee Development, a new training programme aimed at improving the skills of people entering the forestry industry in Australia and Tasmania. The programme also aims ...
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Kiwi logging equipment manufacturer acquires Madill

New Zealand-based logging equipment manufacturer DC Equipment has acquired the renowned Madill brand from B.C.-based Nicholson Manufacturing, who have held the brand for the last 12 years. The Rich Madill History With a rich, impactful history dating back to 1911, ...
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Australian log exports unlikely to reach historic highs

At the end of 2020, China banned the importation of plantation pine logs from Australia, stating that bark beetles had infected the logs. This decision resulted in a collapse of Australian exports as China was practically the only log market ...
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Komatsu launches new harvester for steeper terrain

The Komatsu 951XC is a new harvester for final logging in steep terrain and on soft ground. The eight-wheel design, combined with the stable Komatsu concept, ensures a machine with great stability, excellent manoeuvrability, and low ground pressure. The Komatsu ...
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Sawmills face temporary closures as demand dives

Several New Zealand sawmills producing housing timber are temporarily halting production, as the construction sector slows. Forest manager and log marketer Allan Laurie said demand for building new houses had dropped in the face of rising interest rates. As a ...
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Discover Forestry NZ launched

New Zealand’s eight Wood Councils have joined forces to launch the joint forest education organisation – Discover Forestry New Zealand. Work around the country has already been undertaken with school engagement programmes Wood is Good (primary), and Grow Me (secondary). ...
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Event Summary – Wood Transport & Logistics 2023

Wood Transport & Logistics 2023 returned to a packed audience, a car park full of large rigs and a range of next-gen technologies on display. Over 250 forestry and log transport companies from across Australasia, North and South America and ...
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Robots – the wave of a digitized forest industry future

Virtual machine operators can utilize 5G connections to remotely harvest forests The robots are coming to the B.C. forest sector. It’s the undeniable wave of the future for forestry companies seeking long-term sustainability in an industry that has come to ...
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PONSSE EV1 technology receives 2023 Automation Prize

Ponsse’s and Epec’s technology concept PONSSE EV1 has been rewarded with the Finnish Society of Automation’s Automation prize. The prize is given every two years by society to reward significant research and development work done in the field of automation. ...
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Dive in log prices making harvesting uneconomic

NZ log prices dropped 14 percent between March and April as China’s usual seasonal increase in consumption failed to materialise. Logging exporters are being blamed for the current dive in log prices to a level where harvesting is uneconomic. Between ...
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Celebrating training & business success

It was a well-timed event for the Southern North Island Wood Council to hold their Forestry Awards on the night of 12 May 2023 in Palmerston North. 410 members of the forestry community came together to finally find something to ...
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23 year old forest contracting business pulls the pin

In NZ, a Gisborne-based forest contracting business owner is “devastated” by having to pull the pin on his 23-year-old company. Robert Stubbs (photo) owns Stubbs Contracting and forestry has been his life. Prior to owning the business, he spent 10 ...
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NZ forestry contractors at breaking point

New Zealand’s forestry contractors are at breaking point, with compounding pressures from the last three years mounting. Some are already in liquidation and many more are at risk of losing their livelihoods. Forest Industry Contractors Association (FICA) is hugely concerned ...
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PF Olsen NZ Log Market – May 2023

Market Summary At Wharf Gate (AWG) prices for export logs further decreased an average of $22 per JASm3 in May. The AWG prices have now dropped to their lowest prices since July last year. The CFR log sale price in ...
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Russian timber exports see steep decline

According to recent data from Roslesinforg, the Russian forest regulator, foreign sales of Russian timber experienced a further decline in the first quarter of this year, dropping by over 20 percent to 4.5 million cubic meters. The drop is primarily ...
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Waratah appoints new NZ Area Manager Retail

Waratah is pleased to announce the appointment of Barry Gates as Area Manager Retail for Waratah Forestry Services of New Zealand. Barry will take up the leadership of the New Zealand Retail business from Nelson Iliev whom has recently elected ...
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Log Haulage Skills resources being created

ForestWorks has commenced work on a project to update the forest industry’s Log Haulage Manual and produce instructional videos to support some important knowledge and skills required to transport harvested timber safely. These resources are being created for industry, by ...
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Dual fuel truck powered by diesel and hydrogen gas

New Zealand’s largest privately owned transport company has launched what is believed to be Australasia’s first dual fuel truck which is powered by hydrogen gas and diesel. The HW Richardson Group, which has 1400 trucks in its fleet, revealed its ...
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New funding for contractors for biomass innovation

EECA has a new fund which could be of assistance to those looking to make a start in the biomass business in New Zealand or increasing production of an existing business. EECAs role is to decarbonise New Zealand. One of ...
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Saw logs moved more than 900km by rail to supply bushfire-impacted Riverina mills

Logs are being transported more than 900 kilometres by rail from northern New South Wales to prop up supply to sawmills on the south-west slopes as part of bushfire recovery. Nearly half the pine plantations supplying timber to mills in ...
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SpaceX to provide 100% mobile coverage of NZ

Vodafone has reached an agreement with Elon Musk’s SpaceX satellite business to provide mobile coverage of the whole country for its customers via Starlink. The telco announced the landmark deal on Monday morning to coincide with its name change from ...
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Kenworth celebrates century of truck making

From logging truck beginnings to battery-electric trucks and fuel cell pilots Kenworth, which began as a maker of logging trucks in 1923, is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Kenworth Truck Co. will spend the next 12 months celebrating its 100th anniversary ...
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Forest company cleared of RMA breaches

The owner of a NZ forest company who has been cleared of breaching the Resource Management Act says the charges were without merit. Forestry company John Turkington Ltd was found not guilty by unanimous verdict of four charges of breaching ...
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Forest contractors want input to slash solutions

New Zealand’s forestry contractors are asking to be included when investigating solutions for slash / woody debris. Forest Industry Contractors Association (FICA) CEO Prue Younger says FICA is keen to support the woody debris enquiry, providing valuable input from the ...
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The slash traps debate – solution or even more damage?

In New Zealand, could slash traps help curb the flow of woody debris that has battered and cloaked the east coast of the North Island during recent storm events? Forest managers say yes but Gisborne District Council (GDC) says the ...
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The future of electric semi trucks

Canadian Company takes the transportation industry by storm. Edison Motors is a revolutionary company that specializes in the design, development, and production of electric semi-trucks. Founded by Chace Barber and Eric Little, this privately owned Canadian clean technology company has ...
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Issues around phasing out native logging in Victoria

Three years ago, the Labor Government of Victoria announced that it would be phasing out all native forest logging by 2030. Now both environmentalists and industry are worried that this plan is not going to work. There were mixed feelings ...
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Deere & Co donates US$50,000 to NZ Red Cross

In an effort to help provide relief and recovery to Waratah Forestry Equipment’s home country following the aftermath of Cyclone Gabrielle, Deere & Company recently announced a US$50,000 donation to the New Zealand Red Cross. Headquartered in Rotorua, New Zealand, ...
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New aerial imagery – before and after Cyclone Gabrielle

Cyclone Gabrielle left a trail of destruction in its wake as it swept through the Hawkes Bay area, and now with the power and accessibility of satellite imagery we have the ability to see it with our own eyes. Members ...
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Rising costs driving fleet management evolution

A Teletrac Navman survey of more than 1,800 global fleet operators has revealed that rising fuel costs (39%), disruption due to the impact of COVID-19 (32%), and supply chain pressure (31%), are the top challenges they currently face. “The last ...
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PF Olsen NZ Log Market – March 2023

Market Summary At Wharf Gate (AWG) prices for export logs increased $18 per JASm3 (14%) in March. This price increase was due to a shortage of logs to fill ordered vessels. Demand in China has increased but is still well ...
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International study tour grants opened

Funding to explore industry innovations and best practice: Who’s doing what and doing it well The WIDE Trust is pleased to launch the opportunity for persons actively pursuing a career in either the forestry or wood industries in New Zealand ...
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Mobile log scaling innovation at Tauranga

ISO Limited is readying another significant technology investment, at the Port of Tauranga. The Mobile Log Scaler is a semi-autonomous robot which will image and scale logs, on rail wagons. The investment, designed and built in collaboration with RoboticsPlus, is ...
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John Deere Introduces New Mid-Size Crawler Log Loader

MOLINE, Ill. (Feb. 20, 2023) — Designed for logging contractors of all sizes, John Deere is excited to introduce the new 2956G. The 2956G crawler log loader is an ideal solution for customers looking for a machine that provides the ...
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Plantation thinning for carbon, timber and innovation

Plantation thinning may not be new in the forestry sector, which has been thinning to improve tree growth and vigour for years. But the operations being carried out by Forico in Tasmania’s northwest are racking up the benefits, continuing the ...
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Fears for forestry contractor livelihoods

New Zealand’s forestry contractors in the Tairawhiti, Hawkes Bay, Coromandel and Northland regions are facing immense pressure and compounding challenges post-cyclone Gabrielle. Planted forest in these combined regions makes up almost 30% of the national forestry plantation. While the full ...
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SCA test-drives centipede forest machine

SCA has been test-driving the Centipede concept machine, which Komatsu and eight Swedish forestry companies are jointly developing. The machine is seen as the sustainable forest machine of the future and combines lower soil compaction, increased productivity and better work ...
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Drone footage shows forestry windthrow from cyclone

Great swathes of forestry in the central North Island of New Zealand have been obliterated by Cyclone Gabrielle, with drone footage showing the scale of destruction. The Lake Taupō Forest Trust is counting the cost, with around 6,000ha of radiata ...
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FEA Update: China softwood log inventories

China’s Softwood Log Inventories at Ocean Ports. FEA industry sources in China report that softwood log inventories at the country’s main ocean ports totaled 5.4 million m3 on February 3, 2023, an increase of 42% (+1.6 million m3) from the ...
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Hydrogen technology to debut on international stage

JCB will feature its new hydrogen combustion engine—the company’s solution for zero carbon emissions for construction and agricultural equipment on the international stage at North America’s largest construction show, CONEXPO/CON-AGG (CONEXPO) 2023 in mid-March. The hydrogen combustion engine from JCB ...
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Forestry contractors chipping in with clean-up

New Zealand’s forestry contractors are mucking in to help clean up post Cyclone Gabrielle while unable to get back to work as normal. Some forestry contractors affected by Cyclone Gabrielle remain unable to get back to work, reliant on landowners ...
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February 2023 NZ log market update

Opinion Piece, Marcus Musson, Director, Forest360 As expected, February has seen another solid lift in export prices courtesy of some increased in-market sales prices (CFR) and a reasonably subdued shipping market. The At Wharf Gate (AWG) prices offered by the ...
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Transport trends companies can’t ignore in 2023

Global transport is on the cusp of substantial changes driven by constant innovation in technology, the need to deliver more, a powerful surge in customer expectations, and pricing. In New Zealand, the industry has seen a wide range of ups ...
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Electrifying 8,500 Hilux and Landcruiser Models for Mining Industry

Press Release SEA Electric has made the next step in its journey to electrify the world’s commercial vehicle fleet, by signing a significant Memorandum of Understanding with MEVCO, a leading systems integrator focused exclusively on electric light commercial vehicles within ...
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Midway officially opens wood fibre export plant

Tasmania’s sustainable forestry sector is going from strength-to-strength with the official opening Tasmania’s newest wood fibre export facility at the Bell Bay Industrial Complex last week. The facility, owned by Midway Limited, will increase export capacity by up to 500,000 ...
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Wahine in Forestry – Answers to a long standing challenge

The question of how to address the gender inequality that exists in our forest sector is not a new one, you only must read, “A Path Through The Trees”, the Mary Sutherland biography of the first woman forester in New ...
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Awards return with accolades to industry winners

Good things take time and two and a half years since the inaugural event in 2019, the Hawke’s Bay Forestry Group celebrated with the local sector community the second forestry awards on Friday 2 December at the Napier War Memorial ...
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Death a reminder to keep an eye on field staff

A forestry services company has been ordered to pay NZ$536,000 for the death of a worker on a site near Wairoa in 2020. The victim, a 48-year-old father and husband, was killed at Quail Ridge Forest in Putere, near Wairoa, ...
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Waratah marks 50th anniversary

Waratah Forestry Equipment is celebrating 50 years of innovation within the forestry industry and thanking its customers for decades of trust and loyalty to the brand. “We’re proud to celebrate our 50th anniversary this year thanks to our loyal customers ...
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Brandt Tractor acquires AGrowQuip

The Brandt Group of Companies is pleased to announce that they have successfully acquired the assets of AGrowQuip NZ Ltd., effective January 30, 2023. This transaction ensures access to the industry’s broadest support infrastructure for customers throughout the North Island, ...
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Major log transport event planned for May 2023

In log transport, we continue to ramp up coverage of an array of new innovations in electric, hydrogen and diesel-hybrid powered vehicles, truck automation and platooning. Right now, there’s a huge amount of interest by larger fleet operators. Already, a ...
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Contractor’s training school to address skills shortages

A shortage of skilled machine operators across New Zealand motivated contractor Mike Hurring to open his own training school in Balclutha. The school runs 5-week machine operator courses that cover the book work, training on simulators and real machines, and ...
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Brandt to Acquire Agrowquip NZ

In New Zealand, the Brandt Group of Companies is pleased to announce that they have reached an agreement to acquire the assets of Agrowquip NZ Ltd. The acquisition combines the strong local presence of Agrowquip with Brandt’s existing locations across ...
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Revamping hauler operation to improve safety

When central North Island contractor Brian Rutgers from Loggabull, decided to refit his old hauler, the first thing he did was ask his experienced operator and foreman for their ideas on what would make the machine work better. Their suggestions, ...
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Expressions of Interest: Residues2Revenues 2023

Early expressions of interest to present at next year’s Residues2Revenues 2023 event are now been called for. This year saw record numbers of forestry, wood harvesting, timber products companies and wood residues extraction and handling specialists turn up in Rotorua, New Zealand. The ...
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New debarker for Northport

C3 Limited and Pedersen Group are scheduled to install their new Debarker at Northport in early December 2022. Commissioning of the new Pedersen Group Debarker at Northport is planned for the end of December 2022, and trials commence in January ...
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$40k raised for forestry mental health

More than NZ$40,000 was raised to lead a mental health initiative for forestry at a charity auction dinner held in Rotorua, New Zealand on 18 November. Brought together by the Forest Industry Contractors Association (FICA), the charity auction dinner was ...
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November 2022 NZ log market update

Opinion piece: Inflation is front and centre of everyone’s minds at present and is more than likely causing Grant Robertson many sleepless nights. One of his biggest worries (and he’s got plenty) will be whether Adrian Orr brings out the ...
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Natural gas versus hydrogen as a transport fuel

Many commercial fleet operators are thinking about transitioning their vehicles to hydrogen or natural gas engines. These fuels can be great ways to reduce emissions. Both fuel options present similarities and differences across a variety of areas. For example, both ...
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Record shipments of Russian timber arriving via China

Timber from Russia has in recent years been sent through China for processing but since the Ukraine invasion by Russia, and the declaration of Russian timber as conflict timber, the volumes have grown substantially. Australian builders, architects, and specifiers who ...
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HiVision 2.0 camera system for forestry cranes launched

Hiab’s HiVision™ for forestry cranes uses external cameras to show the cranes surrounding. The operator sees the surroundings using virtual reality (VR) goggles inside the truck cabin. This improves productivity, reduces the weight of the equipment and provides a more ...
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Autonomous agricultural modular vehicle launched

Multi-use, modular platform Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) automates tree and vine crop tasks, starting with intelligent spraying Robotics Plus, a New Zealand-based agritech company, on 20 October launched its autonomous multi-use, modular vehicle platform for agriculture designed to carry out ...
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Celebrating long-term evergreen harvesting contract

In what must be one of the longest partnerships in NZ forestry, Safetree Certified Contractor Gamble Forest Harvesting celebrated 50 years working for City Forests in 2021. Safetree Toroawhi Richard Stringfellow talked to the companies about their long working relationship, ...
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Napier Port successfully trials prototype log grabs

On Friday 2 September, Napier Port’s senior crane operators safely and successfully loaded logs onto the Norse Mobile bulk cargo vessel using log grabs custom-designed and built for use on the port’s existing mobile harbour cranes. Napier Port CEO Todd ...
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Rangatahi growing in forestry with iwi trust training

In New Zealand, a training initiative implemented by a central North Island iwi trust is taking rangatahi (youth) to new heights, three years since its launch. Rotomā No. 1 Incorporation’s mahi is mostly dedicated to the forestry industry, but at ...
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Forest360 NZ log export market update

It would be nice to be reporting on a rebound in the export market on the basis of solid demand and improved overall global macro-economic factors, but that would be about as factual as the government’s recent announcement of lower ...
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International softwood log trade declines 20%

Global trade of softwood logs plunged by 20% during the first half of 2022 y-o-y. Much of the decline was because of the Russian log export ban that came into effect on January 1, 2022. However, with weakening housing markets ...
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Diesel-electric hybrid trucks for logging industry

If one guy can call his electric-car company Tesla, why not call theirs Edison, a couple of Merritt enrepreneurs figured. While the real-life Tesla and Edison, ground-breaking inventors, became fierce rivals, Edison Motors has a way to go before catching ...
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Volvo marks series production on heavy-duty EVs

Swedish manufacturer Volvo Trucks is beginning series production of its heavy-duty electric models with global deliveries set to ramp up. And customers in Australia and New Zealand can expect to see the vehicles on local roads in the near future. ...
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Fennell Forestry commissions world’s 2nd electric log truck

As a follow up to the local electric log truck story that we ran in the 9 September issue of Friday Offcuts, we’ve built in more information this week on Fennell Forestry who’re taking the crucial first step towards decarbonising ...
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Mental wellbeing resources from Safetree

Safetree has some forestry-friendly resources to support good mental wellbeing: • Where to get help: Contact details for organisations that can help if people are struggling • Tailgate health cards: Simple fact sheets covering key health issues including depression • ...
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Next generation harvesting head control

The Tigercat D7 control system combines a solid and field proven hardware and bucking control system with a Tigercat developed head control and user interface. The system offers powerful functionality, simplicity and intuitive operator navigation. There are two types of ...
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Forest360 NZ log export market update

Last month I made the comment that there was some light at the end of the tunnel in terms of increased export log prices, but we weren’t quite sure what that light was. As it stands now, that light started ...
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Yamaha’s beefed-up unmanned helicopter can carry up to 50 kg

Yamaha recently announced that the company has further strengthened the functions and performance of the industrial-use unmanned helicopter FAZER R G2. Specifically, the transport & delivery services have been enhanced by utilizing the automatic navigation version of the model to ...
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Super-fast 10-minute electric car charging

Despite the growing popularity of electric vehicles, many consumers still hesitate to make the switch. One reason is that it takes so much longer to power up an electric car than it does to gas up a conventional one. But ...
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Using biomass to take cane trains beyond diesel

Diesel is impressive. Impressive in its abundance, energy density and liquid transportability. These unique features have made it ubiquitous to heavy transport and traction in the 20th and 21st centuries. This powerful substance now runs the agricultural machinery that feeds ...
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Ponsse launches an electric forest machine

Ponsse and Epec are introducing the PONSSE EV1, an electric forest machine technology concept. While the forest machine will be commercially available later, Epec’s technology can already be used in electric or hybrid-electric commercial vehicles and non-road mobile machines. Ponsse’s ...
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OneFortyOne to export sawmill woodchips

OneFortyOne’s New Zealand’s Kaituna Sawmill and Marusumi Whangarei Co. Ltd, have signed an agreement to export wood chip to Japan with the first vessel expected to depart from Port Marlborough (Picton) before the end of the year. Port Marlborough has ...
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NZ’s first hybrid harvester operating

Mike Hurring Logging & Contracting in Balclutha, has begun operating New Zealand’s first diesel-electric harvesting machine. Not only is the machine cheaper to run and better for the environment, it has some great health and safety features. Mike’s using this ...
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Leadership change at Tigercat

Tigercat founder Ken MacDonald takes on the role of president, Tigercat Industries. On August 2, 2022, Grant Somerville stepped away from his role as president of Tigercat Industries. The timing is related to Grant’s original intention to serve as president ...
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Pedersen Group unveils log debarking facility

A reliable, environmentally friendly, and sustainable alternative to methyl bromide. August 2021 saw the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announce revised regulations regarding the use of methyl bromide. Fumigation of logs and timber previously accounted for 94% of methyl bromide use ...
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Introducing the Tigercat 6900 Grinder

Tigercat officially has introduced the 6900 grinder, the first regular production offering in Tigercat’s material processing category. The 6900 is the first production grinder designed and built by Tigercat. The 6900 is a heavy-duty upswing grinder made for high throughput ...
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New zero-emissions truck showcased

Imagine a truck that only emits water vapor, produces its own electricity onboard and has a range of up to 1 000 km. It’s possible with fuel cells powered by hydrogen, and Volvo Trucks has started to test vehicles using ...
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Worksafe: Close scrutiny or radical over-reach?

New Zealand workers are still being maimed and killed in huge numbers, but WorkSafe’s boss is ambitious to deliver change. Phil Parkes was trained as a regulator in the ways of “the carrot, the stick and the sermon” – incentives, ...
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Maersk to launch NZ coastal shipping service

Shipping giant Maersk is launching a dedicated New Zealand coastal service to help strengthen the supply chain and improve vessel schedule reliability. It’s the first time the company has offered such a service in the country following 25 years of ...
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Forest360 NZ log export market update

June is never a fun month in this game. We’re generally kidding ourselves that it’s going to be a dry winter or that we’ve had enough rain already and there can’t be much left, a bit like Jacinda hoping the ...
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World’s first electric log truck rolled out

SCA has, together with Scania, has developed the world’s first electric timber truck with a capacity of 80 tonnes. The world’s first electric timber truck with a capacity of 80 tonnes has now been delivered to SCA. The vehicle solution ...
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Fiona’s final forest safety blog

After seven great years this is my last Safetree blog. What an experience it’s been overseeing Safetree/FISC’s growth from a recommendation in the 2014 Independent Forestry Safety Review to an established organisation with a focused work programme agreed by key ...
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Heavy transport fleet de-carbonising with hydrogen

A new partnership is helping one of New Zealand’s largest heavy transport fleets decarbonise with hydrogen technology. New Zealand transport company H.W. Richardson (HWR) is partnering with Christchurch-based zero emissions technology firm Fabrum on the initiative. Fabrum is developing and ...
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Self-driving robotrucks rolling onto US freeways

After lumbering through a gravel parking lot like a big blue bull, one of Aurora Innovation Inc.’s self-driving truck prototypes took a wide right turn onto a frontage road near Dallas. The steering wheel spun through the half-clasped hands of ...
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Before chainsaws – hand felling monster trees

Before chainsaws were invented, the logging industry in the United States & Canada was a seriously challenging occupation and we are only talking about 125 years ago. In the Pacific Northwest there were forests full of monster trees and cutting ...
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Launch of two firsts for the NZ transport sector

New Zealand’s Energy and Resources Minister Dr Megan Woods celebrated the launch of two firsts for energy decarbonisation in the transport sector in New Zealand; an electric milk tanker and a hydrogen truck, made possible with the help of Government ...
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Ponsse impacted by Ukraine conflict

Ponsse Plc is inviting its personnel to cooperation negotiations pursuant to the Act on Co-operation within Undertakings. The negotiations concern adaptations to the current situation. The needs for adaptations are related to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the resulting ...
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Making full use of a Grapple Carriage

Motorised Grapple Carriages seem to have been around for ages and have revolutionised the way many steep forests are harvested around the world…….and yet, there is still some reluctance to use them in certain settings or at all. So, DC ...
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Einride E-Trailer concept unveiled

Autonomous EV freight company Einride introduced their new E-Trailer concept along with new software and hardware products at its first Einride Mesh technology conference. This includes updates to its Saga operating system, the E-Trailer design concept bringing end-to-end payload intelligence ...
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An extra $4400 per trip: fuel price woes bite

Well-known veteran Australian outback truckie Steve Grahame says that while owner operators are already feeling the pinch of rising fuel costs – he believes the effects are likely to get worse in coming weeks. “The price of fuel is going ...
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Scania NZ welcomes first electric trucks

Scania New Zealand is putting two of its very first fully electric trucks on local roads and marks our country as the very first outside of Europe to have the new models. The Scania 25 P battery electric vehicle (BEV) ...
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No stopping 60-year logging industry veteran

One of nine brothers who, along with their father, were all involved in the log transport industry, Dave Siddle, 76, knows the roads that lead to the APM Mill at Maryvale, in Victoria’s Gippsland region, like the back of his ...
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The CEO who gave up his salary

Alex Rodrigues, CEO of Embark Trucks, donated his 2022 salary and bonus to fund Little Robots. After a long career, many of us feel the need to help future generations find success. It seems that age might not be a ...
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Helping workers recover from addiction

When Joe* failed a random drug test one Monday he expected to lose his contract. But his client Forestry Solutions Group offered him an alternative – sign up to a programme that offered him support to get clean, while undergoing ...
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New forestry dozer from Tigercat

Tigercat Industries develops purpose-built forestry dozer and launches new brand Tigercat Industries has developed a forestry dozer. The new TCi 920 will be making the rounds at several US forestry industry tradeshows this (northern hemisphere)spring. The dozer will be branded ...
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NZ’s first Green Hydrogen refuelling site

Construction of New Zealand’s first high-capacity green hydrogen refuelling station has started in Palmerston North. The site, adjacent to Palmerston North Airport, is the first of four hydrogen refuelling stations to be developed by innovative Kiwi energy companies Hiringa Energy ...
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MyKomatsu brings visual data to contractors

With Komatsu’s new digital hub, My Komatsu, contractors can get easy-to-interpret visual analyses of data collected from numerous sources displayed on easy-to-read dashboards. It’s designed to collect, visualize and monitor telematics data from Komatsu and non-Komatsu machines. Customers can get ...
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Exciting addition to In-field chipping workshop

Forest-based biofuels are occupying an increasingly important role in energy supply. Conversions of large sale industrial heat plants to renewables, including biomass is ensuring that local forest owners and wood harvesting operations are starting to sit up and really take ...
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A 6.2m electric drone for forest thinning

Airforestry has been in stealth mode since the start of 2020. But now they finally reveal their pioneering technology for forest management. “We have been working in secret for almost two years and already have paying customers among Europe’s largest ...
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Tigercat develops forestry dozer and launches new brand

Tigercat Industries has developed a forestry dozer. The new TCi 920 will be making the rounds at several US forestry industry tradeshows this spring. The dozer will be branded under the new TCi badge, as Tigercat Industries continues to design ...
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New harvester features intelligent boom control

John Deere is pleased to announce its latest operator assistance control feature, Intelligent Boom Control (IBC), for the 900 MH-Series Tracked Harvester. The development of this model is a result of global collaboration between the John Deere Wheeled Cut-to-Length and ...
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Transport company tackling driver fatigue

Dynes Transport are on a mission to save lives and livelihoods. They paired together smart technology solutions from Seeing Machines and EROAD, and reduced their risk of driver fatigue and distraction to make sure all of their team members make ...
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Solid biofuel powered tractors being developed

A prototype tractor which can run on solid biofuel is being developed for the primary industries by AgLoco®, a start-up company based in Christchurch, New Zealand.AgLoco® is developing advanced steam engines which burn woodchips (dry or wet) to replace diesel ...
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Autonomous pruning: the future of forest management

With anticipated future innovations, this type of technology could be used to support bushfire risk management, improve the economic value of the nation’s timber resource, and overcome occupational health and safety risks. The recently completed report, A review of current ...
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Wood Energy New Zealand Partnership formed

A partnership between Pioneer Energy and Niagara Sawmilling Company Ltd in the lower South Island of New Zealand has been formed to meet the demands of the biomass market to supply high quality product to the end users, with both ...
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Giant 180-tonne robot trucks are mining

As global demand soars, extractive industries are embracing automation. A mining outfit in Australia is making a big bet on big robots. Following a recent proof of concept at a gold mine, mining contractor MACA will retrofit a fleet of ...
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Revised compensation package for WA forestry

The WA government has tried to ease the pain on forestry businesses affected by a logging ban by announcing a revised multi-million-dollar compensation package. ln September the government announced it would end native forest logging from 2024, a move that ...
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Remsoft partners with ForestPHD

Remsoft has announced a new collaboration with Australian-based company ForestPHD, the developer of STICKS, to enable the use of forest machine data in Remsoft Forest IntelligenceTM solutions. The partnership will improve visibility and data-based intelligence for forestry companies using Remsoft ...
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More details on Methyl Bromide & EDN decisions

In August 2021 a decision on the Reassessment of methyl bromide for fumigation of New Zealand logs was released by the EPA. This was followed more recently by the release of the decision approving the use of EDN in mid-April ...
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Stirling Logging on building a good team

How can forestry companies look after their teams? See how Gisborne-based contractor Stirling Logging does it with things like top gear, hot food, smart targeting of bonuses and being a good neighbour. And see what their crews think. If you’ve ...
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Forico improves harvest operations planning

With Forico’s implementation of cloud-based Remsoft Operations, planning pressures can be predicted 6-12 months in advance and the scheduling process is more efficient, taking 50% less time. Forico, Tasmania’s largest private forestry management company, has implemented Remsoft Operations as a ...
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Swedish centipede forestry machine developed

A new type of forest machine is currently driving around the forests of Sweden. It combines a low-impact approach, increased productivity and an improved operator environment and is the result of a major cooperative project that has been under way ...
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Tigercat enters yarder market

Tigercat Enters Yarding Niche with 180 – The new Tigercat 180 swing yarder is purpose built from the ground up. It combines the speed and stability of conventional yarders with the mobility and simpler controls of excavator-based yarders. The result ...
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