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WoodTECH News is a monthly update of the latest news, research and technologies relevant to sawmilling, wood manufacturing and wood products companies in Australasia. WoodTECH Events is an independent platform to evaluate cutting-edge innovations and developments from around the globe.

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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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Carbon accounting roadmap for Australian building industry

WoodSolutions new EPD Database provides carbon accounting roadmap for building industry There is considerable discussion among governmental bodies, regulatory agencies, sustainability rating systems, and professionals within the industry regarding the emergence of ‘zero-carbon’ initiatives. These initiatives carry significant implications for ...
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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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Blenheim company turning wood chips into graphite

In New Zealand, a Blenheim company is turning wood chips and sawdust into graphite to be used in EV batteries. CarbonScape was founded in 2006 – with a focus on making carbon products using waste biomass like wood chips to ...
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A$100m Australian Forest and Wood Innovations program

The future of sustainable forestry received a significant boost today with the official launch of the Albanese Government’s A$100 million Australian Forest and Wood Innovations (AFWI) program. AFWI is a collaboration between the Albanese Government and the University of Tasmania, committed ...
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New ACC workplace injury prevention grants

ACC is investing NZ$22 million to help create safer workplaces in New Zealand. The workplace injury prevention grants aim to improve health and safety by developing, sharing, investing in, and implementing solutions to problems. The five-year programme began in 2019 ...
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Cheese from trees: Fonterra running on wood biomass

Fonterra’s Stirling manufacturing site is celebrating becoming the Co-op’s first manufacturing site in the South Island to get off coal and the first site to be running on 100% renewable thermal energy.  Moving to wood biomass means a reduction of 18,500 tonnes ...
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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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Hyne Group expands into pallet manufacturing

The Hyne Group is pleased to announce that pallet manufacturing will soon be a part of the broader Group operations, following the acquisition of Rodpak. Rodpak is a Melbourne based pallet and packaging manufacturer that, like the rest of the Hyne ...
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99% of Northland’s energy could be met through biomass

A new report, published by EECA (the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority), shows the significant role currently unutilised, forestry residues could play – as the region reduces its reliance on fossil fuels in favour of renewable energy. Up to 99% of Northland’s ...
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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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Taranakipine Saw Shop Upgrade Project

The Taranakipine saw shop upgrade project all started with a conversation about a saw trial on site of the Thode designed Variable Pitch & Depth profile with the dream of the projected gains in productivity paying for a state-of-the-art re-fit. ...
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Australian housing approvals – Still underperforming

Australia’s dwelling approvals data continues to underperform demand, with very little positive information. On an annualised basis, detached house approvals for the year-ending January 2024 were 100,737, down 11.6% on the previous year. Total dwellings for the year-ending January 2024 were 161,742 down -14.9% over the ...
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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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FIEA wood residues conference – Call for speakers

Following on from last year’s record turnout, planning for Residues2Revenues 2024 is now well underway. The NZ forest industry is looking to capitalise on the growth and demand in biofuels, bioenergy and a range of renewable bioproducts. This event helps ...
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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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Whiteheads partners with Springer for sawmill upgrade

A decade-long partnershipIn a move dating back to 2008, Australian company WHITEHEADS Timber Sales initially conceived the idea of modernizing its sawmill. Strategically aligning with SPRINGER and its partners, this ambitious project for the company brings top-notch technology to Australia’s ...
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Blenheim company turning wood chips into graphite

In New Zealand, a Blenheim company is turning wood chips and sawdust into graphite to be used in EV batteries. CarbonScape was founded in 2006 – with a focus on making carbon products using waste biomass like wood chips to ...
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€150 m LVL and I-beam plant underway

Construction, the first sustainable construction factory of its kind in the Baltics and only the third in Europe, has begun operations with plans to produce €150 million of products a year for Scandinavia, North America, Australia, and major European markets. ...
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Steam rises again from Pan Pac

Almost a year since Cyclone Gabrielle flooded Pan Pac’s mill site at Whirinaki, steam has begun rising from one of the stacks. For nearly 50 years, Hawke’s Bay residents have been able to locate Pan Pac’s mill site by the ...
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Carbotech acquires Sawquip

Carbotech Group has announced the acquisition of Sawquip, a manufacturing company specializing in sawmill equipment. This acquisition allows Carbotech Group to expand its product range and offer innovative solutions for lumber production. Sawquip’s products, including log turners, chipping canters, and ...
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Scion joins Australian Advance Timber Hub

Scion has announced its formal membership in The Australian Research Council (ARC) Advance Timber Hub. This five-year, $16.5 million research initiative was recently launched at The University of Queensland, Australia, on January 31st, in the presence of industry leaders, academic ...
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Melbourne’s tallest timber office building finished

The tallest mass timber office building in Melbourne has been completed at 15 storeys, designed by Jackson Clements Burrows Architects. The 18,200-square-metre office building, named T3 Collingwood, has been designed with sustainability in mind. Constructed using Victorian oak responsibly sourced ...
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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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December 2023 NZ log market update

Opinion Piece: Marcus Musson, Director, Forest360 December’s export prices were like the early Christmas present from Aunty Doris that you expected to be socks but turned out to be a bike. While there were expectations of a slight lift in ...
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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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Pan Pac on the road back

Nine months ago, Pan Pac Forest Products’ Whirinaki site was flooded under 2m of silt and water when Cyclone Gabrielle hit the Hawke’s Bay region. The company incurred around $300 million in damage to its business and forests. Since then, ...
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Prolam re-opens Motueka sawmill – a boost for Nelson’s timber industry

The first logs in more than five years have been milled at a restored sawmill on Little Sydney Road, Motueka marking a new chapter for the region’s timber industry. Closed in 2017, Nelson family-owned business Prolam has been working to ...
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Te Kōtuku grants to help small-scale wood processors

A new grants programme to help small-scale wood processors lift productivity and capacity will open on 20 November 2023. Te Kōtuku is for small-scale wood processors specialising in non-Pinus radiata wood products. Te Kōtuku will provide grants of $50,000 or ...
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Anonymous process revolutionised company’s recruitment

Metsä Group, a Finnish forest industry group present in about 30 countries, is one of the few companies in Finland using anonymous recruitment as their main recruitment method. The goal of anonymous recruitment is to reduce the impact of unconscious ...
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AU$137 million recycled pulp mill for Queensland

A pulp mill using recycled fibre is set to be built in Australia that will then export the output material. An investment of AU$137 million is being made into what will be Australia’s largest paper recycling facility that will be ...
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Moisture Content Control During Drying – TRUMARK-EVO

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WPMA appoints two new Directors

The Wood Processors and Manufacturers Association (WPMA) is pleased to announce the appointment of two new Directors. Ian Jones (photo) is the General Manager for Fletcher Wood Products which includes the operating businesses of Waipapa Pine and Renewable Wood Fuels. ...
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Vale Graeme Black

The global forest industry is mourning the loss of a true visionary after the passing of Graeme Black. Described by Eileen Newbury, former FWPA Head of Marketing and Communication, “as a beautiful and kind man with such vision,” company directors ...
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The world’s largest biomass energy company near collapse

This year has been a financial disaster for Enviva, the world’s largest producer of wood pellets for the biomass energy industry. With more than $250 million in losses to date and worsening results expected in the fourth quarter, the once ...
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A message of remembrance for John Pizzey

On behalf of Helen, John’s wife, and the family, it is with profound sadness and a heavy heart that we share the news of the passing of our esteemed Managing Director & Owner, John Pizzey, on Thursday, 26 October. His ...
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Largest particleboard line in Australia to be installed

Australian Panels, a Borg company, is to install the largest particleboard production line in Australia at the Mount Gambier location, halfway between Melbourne and Adelaide. The new line with an annual capacity of more than 650,000m3 m3 will be put ...
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First CLT panel from NeXTimber operation

Timberlink’s NeXTimber facility has pressed its very first Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) panel, marking another significant milestone in the construction of Australia’s only combined CLT and GLT (Cross Laminated and Glue Laminated Timber) radiata pine mass timber facility. The commissioning ...
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Aussie ClimateTech Startup Raises AU$1.5m

CLT Toolbox, a Melbourne-based software startup has just secured its first AU$1.5M in seed funding led by leading investors including Archangel Ventures, BlueScope Steel’s venture capital arm, BluescopeX and Rob Phillpot through Gravel Road, the Co-Founder of Aconex, an Australian ...
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Australian Timber Market Survey report released

The latest edition of the quarterly Timber Market Survey (TMS) report has been released for the June quarter 2023. Softwood timber products – Quarterly Prices for untreated MGP structural timber products remained relatively stable, ranging between -0.1% lower and no ...
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Global significance of Te Whare Nui o Tuteata

As reported last week, NZ architects, designers, engineers and construction professionals celebrated the innovative use of timber in building and construction at the 2023 NZ Timber Design Awards. The prestigious awards, now in their 48th year, are run by Timber ...
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New airport terminal showcases 9 acre timber roof

All the wood for the 9-acre roof was sourced from within 300 miles of the airport. It could be a game-changer for mass timber.When Portland, Oregon, opens up a soaring new airport terminal in May 2024, it’s widely expected to ...
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Sawmill downsizing in B.C. creates opportunities

Canada is the world’s second-largest producer of softwood lumber, behind the United States. Over the past five years, production has decreased from 48 million m3 in 2017 to 37 million m3 in 2022. Last year, the country’s sawmill output was ...
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Timberlink board appoints Paul O’Keefe as CEO following retirement of Ian Tyson

The Timberlink Australia & New Zealand Board has resolved to appoint Paul O’Keefe into the role of Chief Executive Officer following the recent announcement of Ian Tyson’s retirement. To ensure a smooth transition, Paul has been appointed to the role ...
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Ian Tyson stepping down as Timberlink CEO

Ian Tyson will retire as Chief Executive Officer of Timberlink Australia & New Zealand at the end of this calendar year. Ian commenced in the role of CEO when Timberlink was first formed on 1st February 2013, and through his ...
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Bunnings commits to frame & truss expansion

Frame and truss prefabricated building solutions set to become an integral part of Bunnings expansion strategy. Like the line art that Bunnings deploys in their catalogues to convey minimalism and budget prices, everything the uber-dominant hardware chain does is carefully ...
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Engineers Australia awards CLT Toolbox Founder

The Engineers Australia Excellence Awards celebrates innovation in engineering with an increasing focus on more sustainable building solutions. Adam Jones, the founder of CLT Toolbox, has just been awarded the Engineers Australia Emerging Professional of the Year Award, for contributions ...
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AU$10 billion Housing Australia Future fund passed

The Albanese Government should encourage timber homes being built under the AU$10 billion Housing Australia Future Fund (HAFF) to fast track our net zero commitments and help Australia fight climate change, Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Forest Products ...
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Wood products policy signals the way forward

Support for New Zealand’s wood processing and manufacturing industry, as proposed in the National Party ‘Forests for a Strong Economy’policy will advance New Zealand’s economic and sustainable future. The policy can be downloaded here. “New Zealand’s wood industry is one ...
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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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New $200M sawmill in B.C. being built

When a B.C. forestry giant like Canfor Corp. announces it plans to spend $200 million to build a new sawmill in Houston, British Columbians can be forgiven for thinking the company means Houston, Texas. After all, most of the new ...
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XFrame recognised at 2023 KiwiNet Awards

Winners of the 11th annual KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards were celebrated at a gala event in Auckland last week for their success in transforming research into impactful innovations for the world. Winners, chosen from the passionate people and teams commercialising ...
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Biomass system selection – start with the fuel

The number of possible biomass fuels and fuel mixes utilizing waste “opportunity” fuels for a biomass energy system is large and continues to change and grow.  When you include the variabilities imposed by varying soil and climate conditions for agricultural ...
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Australian Timber Market Survey report released

The latest edition of the quarterly Timber Market Survey (TMS) report has beenreleased for the June quarter 2023. Softwood timber products – Quarterly Hardwood timber products – Six monthly The TMS collects price data through quarterly surveys of a representative ...
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Cross Laminated Timber turns 100 this week!

It is not readily known as it is thought of as modern technology, but Cross-Laminated Timber is actually 100 years old on Monday this week. The patent that describes the technology was published on 21 August, 100 years ago. The ...
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New lead for Wood Solutions programs

Exciting ventures are on the horizon for WoodSolutions. Starting with introducing the newly appointed Head of Built Environment Programs & WoodSolutions Program lead, Kevin Peachey Kevin was previously the Statistics and Economics Manager at Forest & Wood Products Australia and ...
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First GLT beam from Timberlink’s new plant

Timberlink was pleased to welcome the South Australian Parliamentary Select Committee to its Tarpeena manufacturing facility last week for the South Australian Forest Products Association’s Seed to Structure tour. In attendance were Hon. Nicola Centofanti MLC, Hon. Tung Ngo MLC, ...
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Tasmania’s first timber high-rise building taking shape

A multi-storey construction is turning heads in Launceston’s CBD — the building is made almost entirely from timber. The 28-metre-high structure is going up fast, in fact, a lot faster than ones made from traditional building products like steel and ...
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AU$1.8M 2023 Ultimate Renewable™ campaign unveiled

After a successful campaign in 2022, FWPA’s The Ultimate Renewable™ 2023 campaign was launched in Canberra Airport on 31st of July and will go live across Australia on 20th August. The imagery in the new television commercial and campaign challenges ...
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Study reveals growth potential for timber industry

A new study shows upgrading Kinleith Mill’s energy infrastructure and building a new large-scale sawmill to supply timber and bespoke engineered mass-timber products could provide hundreds of jobs and boost the economy, says Forestry Minister Peeni Henare. The Wood Beca ...
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Pacific Rim hardwood chip trade decline forecast

Most of the world’s wood chip trade is that of hardwood chips in the Pacific Rim. In 2022, the global wood chip trade accounted for about 42 million bdmt, of which about two-thirds were hardwood chips destined for pulpmills in ...
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Timber Unlimited launched in NZ

The use of timber to reduce climate-changing emissions from the local construction industry became easier and more accessible with the launch of Timber Unlimited to builders, designers, architects, engineers, quantity surveyors and others involved in the building sector throughout New ...
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Altus wood pellets business in receivership

FTI Consulting has given wood pellets maker Altus Renewables’ suitors until September 15 to prepare their indicative bids for the business, which went into receivership last week. Altus has production facilities close to forestry areas with access to port infrastructure. ...
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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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Best Practice Study Tour Travel Grants open

The WIDE Trust is offering New Zealand residents, engaged in a career in either the forestry or wood industries, the opportunity to embark on an international Best Practice Study Tour to explore global advancements in their field. The Best Practice ...
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First female Site Manager appointed – Tumbarumba Mill

Hyne Timber is pleased to announce the appointment of Kristina Kaminski as the new Site Manager of the Hyne Tumbarumba Mill. Kristina has been the Mill’s Operations Manager since joining the company in February 2023 and this recent promotion to ...
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Whakatane Paper Mill commits to NZ$70m further investment

In early 2021, Whakatane Mill Ltd (WML) was on the brink of closure. However, the company is thrilled to announce a significant investment upgrade, and progress is already well underway. WML has successfully secured a substantial private investment of over ...
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Corryong’s sawmill to close after 58 years

After 58 years of business, Walker’s timber mill in Corryong, in Victoria’s north east, will soon be powering down for the last time. The closure follows the state government’s decision to bring forward the end of native timber harvesting by ...
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Timber industry stalwart Kenneth Epp retires

After 25 years with Visy Pulp and Paper, Kenneth Epp, who was with the Tumut mill from its establishment in 2001, has retired. Chair of the Softwoods Working Group and Murray Region Forestry Hub, Peter Crowe OAM, said Mr Epp ...
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Latest Australian Timber Market Survey report released

The latest edition of the quarterly Australian Timber Market Survey (TMS) report has been released for the March quarter 2023. Softwood products Prices for untreated MGP structural timber products continued to soften in the first three months of 2023, with ...
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New Director for Timber Durability & Design Life Centre

The National Centre for Timber Durability and Design Life is entering the next and exciting stage of its evolution, with the appointment of new Director, Professor Tripti Singh. With more than 20 years of experience in managing collaborative, multi-million-dollar research ...
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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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NZ$450m fully automated warehouse investment

Cardinal Logistics is investing more than NZ$450 million in developing New Zealand’s first fully automated third-party logistics (3PL) warehouse in Drury, South Auckland. Cardinal, the country’s largest privately-owned 3PL company, expects the first stage of the project to be online ...
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Energy centre switches from coal in $2.28m project

The elimination of coal at a Washdyke (in the north of Timaru, south Canterbury, NZ) energy business will reduce CO2 emissions by 14,000 tonnes a year – the equivalent of taking 3115 cars off the road, the company says. Washdyke ...
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1 in 15 AKD employees are apprentices

The 2023 intake for AKD resulted in another 25 new apprentices employed across their sites. 10 of their existing apprentices completed their training and continued on with trade roles within the business. Overall, this brings the current number of apprentices ...
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Trapped arm a sombre warning on imported machinery

A multinational company has been sentenced after a worker’s arm got caught in a bark-stripping machine which did not have the appropriate safeguards for New Zealand use. CFGC Forest Managers (NZ) Limited (CFGC) is a forest management and export company. ...
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Pukepine Sawmill planermill upgrades

Pukepine Sawmills in New Zealand is planning a major upgrade for its planer mill with the help of USNR. The project includes an overhaul of existing equipment that will be completed in two stages. The first stage will come with ...
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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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Global in-field chipping and grinding technologies

As part of the Residues2Revenues 2023 event being run in Rotorua, New Zealand on 25-26 July for local forest owners, harvesting and wood chipping contractors and bio-fuel aggregators, an international showcase of new wood chipping and grinding technologies is being showcased for event delegates. ...
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Accessing the NZ$57M Wood Processing Growth Fund

As reported, on Thursday 27 April, New Zealand’s Minister of Forestry launched the government’s Wood Processing Growth Fund (WPGF) to unlock the potential of our forest resource, support the transition to a low-carbon future, and improve the economic and social ...
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Creating a culture of smart wood manufacturing

During the latest episode of FWPA’s WoodChat podcast series, listeners will hear from two thriving Australian forest and wood products companies adopting smart manufacturing principles. Applying these principles during the wood processing stage brings a range of benefits, including increased ...
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NZ wood processors want their carbon, not your debt

Opinion: Marty Verry, CEO of the Red Stag group of companies Last week incoming Minister of Forestry Peeni Henare announced a NZ$57 million fund to invest in New Zealand’s wood processing capacity. Officials probably told him this is what the ...
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What’s behind the rise in timber prices in Australia

The lifting of China’s export restrictions, combined with rising interest rates and a housing shortage, could spell trouble for the Australian housing industry. Australian timber prices may have fallen from their Covid pandemic spikes but the respite might be short-lived, ...
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Corryong sawmill closing in September

The timber mill at Corryong, in the north-eastern corner of Victoria, will close by September this year, once the existing log stock is milled. It will be the end of an era for Walkers Sawmill after 87 years of operation ...
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Changes at Koppers Performance Chemicals

Koppers Performance Chemicals has announced that Steve Crimp, General Manager of Koppers Performance Chemicals New Zealand, has accepted a promotion to the role of Managing Director, Koppers Performance Chemicals Europe. Steve will commence in this role on 1st December 2023 ...
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Jon Kleinschmidt retires after 28 Years with Hyne

28 years, 6 months and 1 week. Last Friday (5 May), Jon Kleinschmidt, known fondly throughout the business and industry as ‘JK’, officially retired as Chief Executive Officer of Hyne Timber and XLam. Jon has held the role of CEO ...
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WA sawmill closing ahead of native logging ban

Another sawmill in southern WA will close before the official ban of native logging comes into effect in 2024. Redmond Sawmill, based near Albany, will shut its doors at the end of June after nearly 30 years of business, with ...
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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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New Zealand 3D-prints first commercial building in southern hemisphere

The first building featuring QOROX 3D printed concrete walls has just been completed in Hamilton, New Zealand. The build, an early childhood centre Creators Forest Lake, is the first Commercial building in the southern hemisphere, with the textured concrete. Completed ...
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Metsä Group looks to rail for log transport

VR’s first train with an electric locomotive transporting roundwood arrived for test runs at Metsä Group’s new Euro2.02 billion Kemi bioproduct mill. This marked a major step in Metsä Group and VR’s long-term cooperation, ensuring the Kemi bioproduct mill’s wood ...
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AU$108 million wood processing grants awarded

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, ...
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Waipā Campus sawmill (TITC) closed

In New Zealand, sixteen workers will be without jobs this month as Toi Ohomai’s sawmill in Rotorua is set to close after operating for more than 60 years. Toi Ohomai business division lead Leon Fourie told the Rotorua Daily Post ...
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Two new wood treatment plants installed

Two modern wood treatment plants, one Waterborne plant and the other an LOSP plant, both complete with storage tanks, pump sections, electric cabinets, and software were turn-key supplied by the Danish company Moldrup. For three generations, the Moldrup company has ...
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CLT Toolbox launches software for mass timber buildings

Introducing CLT Toolbox, the revolutionary mass timber design software that simplifies the engineering process and promotes sustainable building practices. With its streamlined design and comprehensive education, CLT Toolbox makes it easier and more cost-effective for engineers to design and build ...
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Major Wood Residues Event announced for 2023

It was eight years since the Forest Industry Engineering Association had run a wood residues programme aimed specifically at those supplying biofuels, the forest products industry. The wood residues event ran in July 2022. As evidenced by the turnout, the ...
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Growth in sawmill investment – HewSaw seeing unprecedented demand

Recent market conditions for wood products have many producers looking to upgrade their equipment and facilities with new technology and primary processing gear. The past couple of years have been one of the busiest times ever experienced by HewSaw with ...
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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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New NZ wood pellet press opened

A NZ business that has increased the amount of wood pellets it can make by more than half, hopes more companies will switch to burning pellets instead of fossil fuels – helping put forestry waste to good use. Nelson-based company ...
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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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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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Exemplar timber designs through new Portal

Search timber buildings around the world by location or project type, filter by a range of variables and discover how you can add the benefits of timber construction systems to your next venture. In Australia and around the world, timber ...
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Engineering Solutions – Lakeland Steel and Bonfiglioli Bolster Local Sector

Lakeland Steel has been a leader in the design and manufacture of custom conveying systems for the New Zealand logging industry since 1976. While the company originated in the forestry sector, they now offer custom-built materials handling equipment and end-to-end ...
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Wood processing innovation grants welcomed

Australia’s forest industries will benefit from newly opened Commonwealth grants that aim to drive innovation in timber and wood fibre processing, encouraging manufacturers to value-add by upgrading processing facilities or creating new products, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Forest ...
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March 2023 NZ log market update

Opinion Piece, Marcus Musson, Director, Forest360 You don’t have to look too far to find a negative report on our industry when it comes to the effects of the recent biblical rain events on the mobilization of woody debris. The ...
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Flood-hit businesses vow to rebuild

In New Zealand, Pan Pac Forest Products’ mill at Whirinaki, north of Napier, was inundated by floodwaters in mid-February. Flood-hit factories and processing plants are vowing to rebuild after Cyclone Gabrielle left many extensively damaged. Several facilities across Gisborne and ...
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Innovative infrared technology to test timber treatment

AKD has announced the use of an innovative new technology that provides real time quality assurance for H2F timber treatment efficacy at its Tumut and Oberon processing facilities, to provide increased market confidence and is the first certification of its ...
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IRG timber durability research event for Australia

Australia will be hosting the International Research Group on Wood Protection (IRG) in Cairns, Queensland in May-June 2023. The IRG is the peak world body related to timber durability research and each conference brings together over 250 researchers from 30-40 ...
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Cusp to increase CLT & GLT production by 100%

It started with a bold idea. It progressed because of an unwavering belief that it could be done. And in June 2021, the newly branded Cusp Building Solutions launched the first certified plantation hardwood CLT in the world. From a ...
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Tasmanian Premier visits Timberlink’s Bell Bay facility

Timberlink was pleased to welcome the Premier of Tasmania, Jeremy Rockliff MP, to Timberlink’s Bell Bay manufacturing facility on Friday 17th February 2023. An AU$63 million upgrade is in the final stages of planning and will be underway and expected ...
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Timberlink celebrates its 10-year milestone

February 1st 2023 marked a key milestone for Australian timber products manufacturing business Timberlink®, as it celebrated 10 years in business. Timberlink CEO Ian Tyson said “this is an important moment to reflect on the enormous amount of change and ...
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Australia’s last white paper plant closes

Australia’s last white paper manufacturing plant will close over a shortage of timber supplies, leading to job losses. Opal Australia will withdraw from producing graphic paper at its mill in Maryvale in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley, citing the sudden and unexpected ...
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Biomass System Selection – Start with the Fuel

The number of possible biomass fuels and fuel mixes utilizing waste “opportunity” fuels for a biomass energy system is large and continues to change and grow. When you include the variabilities imposed by varying soil and climate conditions for agricultural ...
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Parkside announces closure of Manjimup mill

West Australia’s timber towns have been left ”stunned’ by the speed at which the industry is shedding workers ahead of a looming ban on the widespread logging of native forests. More than 20 workers at Parkside Timber’s multi-million-dollar dry mill, ...
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Australia’s first entirely wooden stadium

Bressanone, a small town nestled among Italy’s northern mountains, is 15,000 kilometres from the Australian metropolis of Sydney. The prefabricated wooden components travelled around world to Sydney to build Australia’s first sports stadium made entirely of wood. The idea of ...
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Notaras & Sons business being sold

After more than 70 years supplying quality hardwood timber and timber products, the Board of J Notaras and Sons is pleased to advise that the northern NSW business will be continuing its strong legacy and commitment to the family-owned service ...
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AE Gibson & Sons a Cardinal Sawquip partner

AE Gibson & Sons Pty Ltd is pleased to announce that it has been appointed regional Australia and New Zealand partner for Canadian company Cardinal Sawquip. Sawquip International (a division of Cardinal Corporation) was founded in 1988 to provide quality ...
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New NZTIF President announced

Bruce Larsen, General Manager and Director of Northpine Ltd, Waipu, Northland is the newpresident of the New Zealand Timber Industry Federation. He has been a valuable member of the NZTIF Board for six years and replaces John McVicar who served ...
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Fletcher Building invests in wood products sector

Fletcher Building Limited (“Fletcher Building”) on 16 December confirmed two strategic investments in the wood sector. Wood products is an attractive sector in which Fletcher Building is currently underrepresented. As previously announced at its Investor Day in June 2022, Fletcher ...
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W.A. Nannup timber mill closes

The small West Australian community of Nannup has been left devastated by the closure of the town’s timber mill, which the council says could drive “a significant amount” of the working population away from the area. After almost 50 years ...
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Using vibration analysis in predictive maintenance

Production and maintenance engineers are constantly seeking to maximize the performance of their machines and minimize downtime. Predictive maintenance is increasingly being used to achieve these goals. As vibrations in equipment can indicate problems, collecting vibration data is key to ...
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Tarpeena mill expansion on track for September

A small town in South Australia’s far east has been chosen as the site for an Australian timber industry first that will provide dozens of extra jobs for a community which has been doing it tough. An AU$90-million expansion of ...
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Hyne Group CEO Jon Kleinschmidt retiring

Australia’s forest industries congratulate Jon Kleinschmidt who has announced his retirement after serving as Chief Executive Officer of Hyne Group since 2012, Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) Chief Executive Officer Ross Hampton said. “Jon is well known to the sector ...
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Record shipments of Russian timber – 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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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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Industrial robot installations hit record high

With more than 500,000 new units put in place last year – topping the half-million mark for the first time – the IFR reported that annual robot installations have more than doubled worldwide in the past five years. A global ...
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Australian timber research centre continues vital work

WoodChat Episode 26 places spotlight on National Centre for Timber Durability and Design Life A hugely positive mid-term review of the FWPA-supported National Centre for Timber Durability and Design Life has resulted in the extension of the Centre’s important research ...
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Europe’s energy crisis: the wood squeeze

As much as 70 percent of European heating comes from natural gas and electricity, and with Russian deliveries drastically reduced, wood — already used by some 40 million people for heating — has become a sought-after commodity. Prices for wood ...
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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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RFID tracks workprogress for frame producer

Van de Vin predicts it will save tens of thousands of euros, having replaced its paper-based manual tracking system with the automated capture of digital data. When builders and homeowners require custom-made windows and frames, they typically have little room ...
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What it took to get us to stay

The top reasons for staying with a company include pay, training and schedules. Pouring over data, analysing trends and evaluating the efficacy of policies are often how companies study their retention efforts. While those methods offer insights, the best resource ...
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40% denser than engineered wood – SEB

Pretentious as it may sound, we can say with certainty that bamboo is one of the most promising materials for the future of the construction industry. Neil Thomas, principal engineer at atelier one, says that if we were to design ...
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Wellons Press Release: Advances in lumber drying systems

“Renewable energy”, “green power”, “carbon neutral” and “reduced carbon footprint” can all be used to describe the energy and lumber drying systems provided by Wellons. An industry leader, Wellons has the unique ability to provide complete, biomass-fired, lumber drying systems ...
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Wellons Industrial Power Boilers – WPG US Sugar Site

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Wellons Continuous Drying System

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General Manager Jubilee Sawmill announced

OneFortyOne is pleased to announce Nigel Boyd in the role of General Manager of Jubilee Sawmill. Nigel started his career in the timber industry in 1992 as an apprentice Saw Doctor. He has worked across optimisation and leadership functions in ...
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New Executive GM, OFO Wood Products Australia

OneFortyOne is pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Bloomfield to the newly created Executive General Manager Wood Products Australia role. Mike has held the position of General Manager Sales and Marketing at OneFortyOne since 2017. In this time, he ...
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Carter Holt constrains timber supply for 18 months

NZ builders say the supply crisis has eased for many critical products – but now they face a plummeting demand crisis that threatens to drive more of them to the wall. Suppliers ITM and Mitre 10 say they’re being squeezed ...
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Revolutionary bio-based Particle Board

Koskisen is a Finnish wood industry company producing sawn timber and panel products, such as birch plywood, furniture, and construction boards made of chip board. Koskisen uses Stora Enso’s bio-based binder, NeoLigno® by Stora Enso, to replace fossil-based resins used ...
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Govt partnership to explore sustainable wood products

A new partnership between the NZ Government and Oji Fibre Solutions could boost the development of sustainable wood products, hydrogen and bio-fuels at the Kinleith Mill near Tokoroa, creating jobs and reducing emissions across the economy Forestry Minister Stuart Nash ...
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Skilled inmate employment helps mill operation

A Mannus Correctional Centre works release program is providing inmates with employment opportunities, while helping meet an unprecedented demand for timber by filling a labour shortage in the state’s largest sawmill. Hyne Timber Tumbarumba Sawmill, which has a long-standing relationship ...
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Industrial robot installations hit record high

With more than 500,000 new units put in place last year – topping the half-million mark for the first time – the IFR reported that annual robot installations have more than doubled worldwide in the past five years. A global ...
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Glued joints in Radiata Pine Cross Laminated Timber

With more than ten years of research and practical experience in wood science and timber engineering, Younes Shirmohammadli is motivated and prepared to contribute to the timber engineering industry. Younes is one of two PhD students at the University of ...
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State-of-the-art sawmill starts in Finland

The new state-of-the-art pine sawmill in Rauma in Finland, owned by Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group, has moved from production test run to continuous sawn timber production. The sawmill is operating continuously in three shifts. Construction of the Rauma ...
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Heat & resin treatment planned for NZ Radiata pine

A joint venture in New Zealand has been set up with the timber modification expertise and experience of Denmark’s IWT-Moldrup have combined with the timber processing acumen of New Zealand-based Tunnicliffe Timber. The process sees New Zealand radiata pine being ...
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Orbost timber workers face an uncertain future

The current timber supply shortages in Victoria, Australia, brought about by vexatious legal action against VicForests is causing anguish among the people of Orbost, where 37% of its workforce faces the axe. Already thrown into an atmosphere of uncertainty with ...
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USNR Sells DynaStar™ Maintenance Management Software

USNR has announced they have sold the DynaStar™ Maintenance Management Software to DrekiTek™ Software Solutions Ltd. USNR looks forward to a long-term relationship with DrekiTek™ Software Solutions Ltd as it continues the development and support of the DynaStar™ system. DynaStar™ ...
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Creative resources to share Timber Framing story

Last month we covered the story of the Timber Framing Collective in Australia and how they are introducing a suite of easy-to use creative resources to help share the remarkable green story of Timber Framing. Timber framing is the ultimate ...
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World’s 2nd electric log truck for Fennell Forestry

As a follow up to the local electric log truck story that we ran in the 9 September issue, we’ve built in more information this week on Fennell Forestry who’re taking the crucial first step towards decarbonising Australia’s heavy vehicle ...
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Latest edition of Australian timber report released

Softwood timber products – Quarterly Prices for untreated MGP structural timber products stabilised in the June quarter 2022, with price movements ranging between no change and 0.6% higher. Prices for treated outdoor products showed stronger increases, ranging between 1.7% and ...
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Waipa Mill’s first female worker turns 100

Aline Douglas was Waipa Mill’s first female worker, in 1939. On 23 September, she turns 100, and sat down in her Rotorua home with journalist Zizi Sparks to share a century of vivid memories from her great loves and favourite ...
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New creative resources to put timber in the frame

The Timber Framing Collective is introducing a suite of easy-to use creative resources to help share the remarkable green story of Timber Framing. Through these new resources, the Timber Framing Collective aims to empower the entire supply chain, from growers ...
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Henkel invests in Australian hardwood technology start-up

Henkel Adhesive Technologies strengthens its capabilities for timber construction solutions by investing in 3RT, Melbourne, Australia. Together with partners the company has developed a robotic process to convert forest and plantation residue into high-quality and unique hardwood products. With the ...
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Victoria backs ASH’s timber expansion

Advanced manufacturing leader and timber supplier Australian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH) has received AU$1.2 million in funding through the Victorian Forestry Plan innovation program. The latest funding will enable the company to expand its plantation timber manufacturing operation and help in ...
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Loctite PUR adhesives to be manufactured in Australia

Henkel, a global leader in the adhesives market, is planning to produce Loctite polyurethane (PUR) adhesives in Australia from the first half of 2023. The adhesives will be manufactured in Kilsyth, Victoria, to serve the engineered wood industry across Australia ...
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Red Stag purchases TimberLab

Surging interest in sustainable construction has seen one of New Zealand’s oldest mass timber businesses combine with one of the youngest. After 64 years in McIntosh family ownership TimberLab Solutions has joined the Red Stag group following a share sale ...
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Level playing field sought for wood processors

Marty Verry is the chief executive of Red Stag group, which operates New Zealand’s largest sawmill and holds investments in forestry, cross laminated timber, glulam and property development. OPINION: The Commerce Commission wants to encourage more competition in the market ...
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The robot helping build mass-engineered timber buildings

Large mass-engineered timber construction projects require placing hundreds of thousands of screw fixtures. A new collaboration sees a robot do the hard work.At the Murdoch University campus in Perth, a new mass-engineered timber (MET) building is being erected. The project ...
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Manufacturers need to become talent creators

This recent article is written for the US market but the same issues on attracting skills and talent into manufacturing operations in this part of the world apply. Our nation is facing a dire shortage of manufacturing workers. The National ...
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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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Wellons Expands Into Australasia

For over 50 years, Wellons has been a leader in providing biomass-fired energy systems, timber drying systems, and related products and services to the forest products industry. Firmly established and financially sound, we provide our customers with complete services in ...
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Two TMT plants for the southern hemisphere

Two large IWT-Moldrup thermal treatment plants with an annual capacity of 6,000 m3+ eachare being installed in New Zealand and Chile to be used on radiata pine. The IWT-Moldrupplants work with the closed system under pressure, Moldrup-SSP, where the thermaltreatment ...
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Mid-rise Advisory Program to WoodSolutions

Australia’s Mid-rise Advisory Program (MAP) is entering its next phase, which will see the management baton passed from the existing, dedicated MAP team into the capable hands of WoodSolutions. Since 2016, the MAP team developed a strong reputation for providing ...
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HewSaw Delivers Efficiency and Productivity in a New Sawline

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Hyne Timber’s 140 Years celebrated

As a salute to Hyne Timber’s 140 years, long standing timber industry stakeholders recently came together for a grand luncheon at the Brisbane Tattersalls Club. Representing Hyne Timber and the Hyne family, Optimisation Lead Kelly Hyne was invited to give ...
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A Mechanical Maintenance resource

In today’s competitive and demanding environment, excellent plant maintenance practices are at the forefront of requirements to achieve the necessary Production Plant Uptime to produce Quality Products at the required Quantity and Budget Cost. There are a vast number of ...
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USNR acquires Timber Automation

USNR, a division of Wood Technologies International, has announced that it has acquired Timber Automation, an industry leader in wood processing equipment and technology. The combination solidifies USNR’s position in providing equipment and technology to the global wood processing industry, ...
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Polytechnik recapitalised and under new ownership

Polytechnik Biomass Energy, a global technology leader in biomass combustion, wood gasification and carbonisation systems has announced that they have a new majority shareholder and has restructured in order that they can continue to offer their full range of biomass ...
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Latest Australian Timber Market Survey report

Australian Softwood products Prices for untreated MGP structural timber products continued to increase in the first three months of 2022, with price movements ranging between 4.0% and 4.5% higher over the March quarter’s was the case in the previous quarter ...
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Using drones to track warehouse inventory

Way back in August of last year, the launch of Corvus Robotics in the Actuator newsletter was highlighted. The Boston-based firm is one of a handful of start-ups looking to leverage indoor drones to help warehouses keep track of inventory. ...
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Timber shortages expected well into 2023

If you’re building or renovating a home, and frustrated with huge delays, you’re not alone. Australia’s builders are struggling to find timber. For items such as laminated veneer lumber, they’ve reported waiting up to four months. For trusses – used ...
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saveBOARD construction board plant officially opens

The Te Rapa factory of New Zealand company saveBOARD, which converts packaging waste into environmentally sustainable construction boards, has been officially opened by Hamilton Mayor Paula Southgate and Hamilton West MP Dr Gaurav Sharma. Mayor Southgate said she was delighted ...
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Balancing lubricant flow in saw guides

From the BC Saw Filers Conference that has just run in Kamloops, Precision Machinery’s Josh Bergen explains how their Precision Flow Management system uses internal valves in each saw guide that balance the flow of lubricant throughout the guide stack. ...
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Building costs going through the roof

Life is difficult at the moment for builders and their customers in New Zealand. Building products are scarce as hen’s teeth, and if you do find what you want, the price has gone through the roof. It’s almost enough to ...
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Vale John Gibson

AE Gibson and Sons sadly announced that their driving force and former owner John Gibson passed away on the 6th June 2022. AE Gibson and Sons is located at Kendall, on the mid-north coast of New South Wales, which was ...
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New Ultimate Renewable™ campaign launched

The next evolution of The Ultimate Renewable™ has been unveiled. The brand’s latest consumer advertising campaign has been launched, headed up by a new brand ambassador. As part of the first consumer-related marketing activity for the brand since the pandemic, ...
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Southern pine mill fly-through

Below is a new mill being commissioned, Kyekenkee Lumber Co in Alabama, sawing Southern Pine with a local company, A&E supplying much of the new gear. Currently production is at about 80% with full production expected by the end of ...
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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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Grand Old Lady turns fifty

She’s the Grand Old Lady of the Tamar, some would say with a chequered past, but Long Reach mill in the East Tamar, Tasmania, celebrated its fiftieth anniversary on Monday of this week, with pizza and cake shared by staff ...
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Timberlink unveils new technology at Bell Bay

Timberlink’s EGM Sales, Marketing & Corporate Affairs David Oliver was pleased to welcome Federal Member for Bass Bridget Archer to the Timberlink manufacturing facility at Bell Bay on Monday for the unveiling of a new world-class Green Mill Vision Scanning ...
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Parkside to close historic Greenbushes Mill

In a sad day for the Western Australian forestry industry, Parkside has been forced to close its historic Greenbushes Mill. As a result, more than 50 local employees will be stood down. Forest Industries Federation of WA (FIFWA) Chief Executive ...
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Forico partners with Rural Alive and Well

Forico is proud to be supporting the important work of Rural Alive and Well (RAW) and their sector-specific Cutting Through program, aimed at bringing critical support to Tasmanians in the forestry and timber industry. RAW is a Tasmanian not-for-profit organisation, ...
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Current environment not conducive for 2022 event

The WoodTECH 2022 event after two years of postponements because of Covid travel and meeting restrictions was set down to run in Rotorua, New Zealand on 18-19 October 2022. The programme had been revised, speakers lined up and promotions were ...
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New WPMA Chair elected

After serving as the Wood Processors & Manufacturers Association of NZ’s Chair (and previously the Wood Processors Association) for the last nine years, Brian Stanley has stepped down and retired from his position as Chair. WPMA would like to acknowledge ...
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Three new kilns reducing mill emissions

A New Zealand sawmill’s decade-long environmental journey reaches another milestone this month as work starts on new drying kilns powered by sawdust. Ever since the sawmill started measuring emissions about a decade ago, the team has been on a mission ...
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War in Ukraine will tighten lumber markets

The war in Ukraine will tighten lumber markets both short and long term, particularly in Europe but also in China and the US One immediate impact of the war in Ukraine and the sanctions by Western countries has been a ...
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Director appointed to NZ’s Timber Design Centre

The Timber Design Centre has appointed Dr Robert Finch as its director. Dr Finch was formerly director of the Quake Centre, hosted at the University of Canterbury. Prior to this, he was the chief executive for the Structural Timber Innovation ...
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Worker shortages start to bite

New Zealand’s forestry industry is facing a “perfect storm” of skyrocketing demand and being unable to meet its staffing needs. A shortage of employees due to COVID-19 illness and border-related worker shortages has meant a decrease in productivity around the ...
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