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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Australia faces critical housing timber shortage

Australia’s housing construction sector faces a critical timber shortage and our reliance on imported timber will double by 2050 if our nation falls short of the plan to plant an additional One Billion Production Trees, a new interim report by ...
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Lucidyne competes brand integration with Microtec

Lucidyne Technologies, Inc., a North American leader in automated lumber scanning and optimization, has announced its brand integration with MiCROTEC, a global technology partner for the sawmilling and wood processing industry, has been completed. Lucidyne will work under the common ...
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AU$16m kiln upgrade complete at Jubilee

OneFortyOne’s second Continuous Drying Kiln is now online, completing an AU$16million capital investment project at the Jubilee Sawmill site in Mount Gambier, South Australia. Jubilee Sawmill General Manager Paul Hartung said the kilns are working well and have increased site ...
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Where to Start with Robotics and Automation?

The technology has advanced and the cost come down considerably. If manufacturers have learned anything during the last several years, it is that the stakes of doing business have been permanently raised. Prior to 2020, the manufacturing environment was characterized ...
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Pulp log trial for EWP receives funding

Plans are underway to use low-value wood fibre to produce a new structural timber product One of Australia’s largest timber-producing regions will explore using low-value wood fibre in engineered products to address the nation’s growing structural timber deficit crisis. The ...
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Cusp Building Solutions GM appointed

Well-known and respected timber researcher Michael Lee has been appointed to the new position of general manager at Tasmanian timber processor Cusp Building Solutions. Michael Lee has been involved in timber research for nearly 40 years. Throughout his career he ...
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Stora Enso divests Russian sawmills & forest operations

Stora Enso has entered into an agreement to divest its two sawmills in Russia. The Company’s Nebolchi and Impilahti sawmills will be divested to local management. In addition, the divestment includes Stora Enso’s Russian forest operation which through its harvesting ...
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Automation’s impact on manufacturing employment

Up to 34% of jobs risk being lost to automation by 2040. But technology will also create new workforce opportunities. Up to a third of job roles in Europe could be made redundant by automation over the next 20 years ...
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Skills feedback for sawmilling and timber industries

The Australian sawmilling and timber processing sectors are developing new skills as the industry undergoes rapid digital transformation and technical progress. State-of-the-art equipment is being integrated into workplaces to increase productivity and produce innovative products, including cross laminated timber (CLT) ...
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Flexible planing of small batches up to 8 m long

Holzwerke van Roje installs a new planing mill in its existing facility at the Oberhonnefeld-Gierend location (Rhineland-Palatinate). Holzwerke van Roje strengthened its own processing with the installation of an automated planing mill last year. Connected to the sawmill, around 50 ...
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More Swedish innovation: Cardboard wall studs

Wood Tube: Climate Smart Studs Made of Paper ~ Among the many difficulties that the construction industry currently faces, confronting the climate emergency continues to be one of the main challenges. In fact, considering that the sector is responsible for ...
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World’s first fully bio-based furniture board

World’s first fully bio-based furniture board is born from the cooperation of Stora Enso and Koskisen Oy Finnish plywood manufacturer Koskisen is the first company to start using the bio-based binder NeoLigno® by Stora Enso in its new sustainable product ...
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FTMA launches timber podcasts

The Frame & Truss Manufacturers Association of Australia (FTMA) are proud to launch their new Podcast series ‘F&T Time with Kersten Gentle’. “We haven’t been able to sit and have a cuppa with members for 2 years due to the ...
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Looking inside a mass timber manufacturing operation

This video discusses mass timber manufacturing and shows an advanced mass timber factory in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada (Element5). Building components are modelled using 3D modelling software and then translated into drawings for the factory. Factory components are built on ...
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Public share float of Carter Holt Harvey?

One of the New Zealand sharemarket’s former heavyweights may be destined to return, in name at least, according to Australian media reports. The Australian Financial Review is reporting that the Rank Group, owned by billionaire Graeme Hart, is looking at ...
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Practical training improving leadership skills

Leadership training for those working in the primary industries including forestry is helping people to lead others. Andy Smith, principal of training provider About Life in New Zealand, says typically people with good technical skills are promoted to lead others ...
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NZ Timber Design Centre launched

An agreement to create an industry advisory service for New Zealand’s building designers will promote and facilitate greater use of timber in New Zealand buildings, says Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service deputy director general Jason Wilson. “This ...
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Nature’s Flame wood pellets company sold

Norske Skog has entered into agreement with Talley’s Group, a New Zealand based dairy, fishing, produce and food company, to sell the Nature’s Flame pellets company for NZD 47.8 million. The transaction is expected to close during the first quarter ...
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Timberlink chooses hsbcad software for NeXTimber®

Timberlink Australia is delighted to partner with hsbcad, supplying an end-to-end software solution for NeXTimber Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) and Glue Laminated Timber (GLT). hsbcad has been selected following an extensive international review to find the best suite of integrated ...
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Hyne partners UK-based wood products business

The Hyne Group (Hyne Timber and XLam) is pleased to announce a partnership with UK-based James Jones & Sons Limited (JJSL), bringing together a combined 320 years of family-owned sawmilling heritage to pursue growth opportunities. JJSL traces its history back ...
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New biomass boiler installed by timber processor

South East Pine Sales in South Australia, has installed a new biomass boiler at its Wandilo facility, which will generate steam for their timber drying kilns and increase the efficiency of drying timber. SE Pine Sales received an AU$88,000 grant ...
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Specialist wood fuel suggested by Genesis

Genesis Energy believes converting part of the Huntly power station to run on biofuel could be economic, but it will need a source of the specialist wood fuel needed to be created in New Zealand, which the government could assist ...
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OneFortyOne saw-shop upgrade

OneFortyOne is committed to ensuring they remain one of the most progressive and efficient mills in Australasia. By investing in new technology, they are continuing towards their objective of valuing every strand of wood fibre that they process. OneFortyOne has ...
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Construction starts on AU$63 million plant

Construction has started on a AU$63 million state-of-the-art timber plant at Tarpeena in the South East which will revolutionise South Australia’s timber manufacturing industry and create local jobs. Timberlink’s NeXTimber facililty, which has received AU$2 million from the Government’s Regional ...
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Astonishing speed and meticulous fabrication with mass timber

When Developer Parklea engaged i2C Architects to design their new corporate headquarters in Melbourne’s southeast, they specified that they wanted it to be as sustainable and close to carbon-neutral as possible. i2C Architects looked to cross-laminated (CLT) and glue-laminated timber ...
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Getting smart about wood manufacturing!

The companies innovating and adapting for a changing industry A commitment to new technologies for productivity and safety Manufacturing company Timberlink has continually optimised its processes and looked to future industry trends at its Bell Bay, Tasmania and Tarpeena, South ...
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AU$6m investment in Tasmanian wood processing

The Tasmanian Government is investing in our AU$1.2 billion timber and forestry industry to gain higher returns by increasing value-added production and supporting more jobs in regional Tasmania. Seven projects around Tasmania will share in an AU$6 million investment through ...
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Weinig launches ‘pay-as-you-use’ equipment service

More flexibility dealing with market and economic fluctuations as well as access to the latest technologies: that is the promise of the new “Woodworking as a Service” business model, which the Weinig company will be implementing over the next two ...
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AU$63m for Timberlink’s Tasmanian mill

An AU$63 million capital investment at Bell Bay Tasmania will see an increase of more than fifty percent in on-island sovereign timber manufactured from sustainably managed pine plantations. The project will commence in 2022 with commissioning expected by the end ...
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Strengthening digital skills for NZ manufacturers

Low levels of digital literacy among staff is a challenge facing many manufacturing businesses, and strengthening those skills is not only essential to meet rapid technological changes in the workplace, it’s vital to increasing productivity. Digital literacy encompasses numeracy, literacy ...
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New GLT beam to match changing wood resource

With Australia’s demand for structural pine framing and engineered wood products at an all-time high, pressure has been on the timber industry to ramp up production to make products more available to the market. But what happens when the log ...
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Reimagining factory automation: The winds of change

The need for a cognitive shift Factory automation has played a pivotal role in the evolution of manufacturing from the early days of manual control through relays and switches to the advanced digital platforms that are seen today. Increasing productivity, ...
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Wood locks up carbon – treated wood locks it up for longer

COP26 Glasgow highlighted just how hard it is to get united global action on climate change. Although agreements were thin on the ground, a significant highlight of the conference was recognition for the positive role that wood plays in tackling ...
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OneFortyOne to invest $11 million in Jubilee Sawmill

OneFortyOne, Mount Gambier’s largest private employer, has committed to investing over $11 million in its Jubilee Sawmill over the next two years. Jubilee Sawmill General Manager Paul Hartung said the modern manufacturing investment was a continuation of the re-investment program ...
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Timberlink announces new CLT & GLT brand

Timberlink Australia has unveiled the new brand for their forthcoming engineered wood products building solutions range – NeXTimber® by Timberlink NeXTimber by Timberlink will manufacture Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) and Glue Laminated Timber (GLT) products. Backed by a AU$63 million ...
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Record profits for European & Nth American sawmills

Sawmills in Europe and North America enjoyed record profits during the first half of 2021, but fell in the 3Q when lumber prices plunged. Sawmill profits in North America and Europe continued to rise in the spring and early summer ...
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WoodTECH 2022 – focus on Sawmilling

Third time lucky. In fact, all going to plan, it will be three long years since sawmillers and saw-doctors’ last met up outside of their mill environment. Covid 19 torpedoed the WoodTECH event planned to run in New Zealand in ...
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Intelligent City opens its first urban housing factory

After developing and commissioning robotic technology to provide turn-key homes, Intelligent City has begun building urban housing projects in the company’s new factory on River Road in North Delta, British Columbia. This marks the completion of an extensive testing agenda ...
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Hazard classification update for fungicides underway

A proposal to update the hazard classification of two fungicides, in line with changes recently made in the European Union and Australia, is now open for public submissions. New Zealand’s Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has initiated an application for a ...
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OneFortyOne investing NZ$11m in Kaituna mill

OneFortyOne has committed to invest NZ$11 million dollars in its Kaituna Sawmill over the next three years. General Manager of Kaituna Sawmill Tracy Goss said the NZ$11 million investment consists of three major projects to increase the sawmill’s drying and ...
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Careers through 3 AKD talent programmes

It’s full steam ahead at AKD with the announcement of their 2022 intake of Apprentices, Graduates and Gap Year employees. As the Australian community finally starts emerging from the past 12 months’ challenges, AKD will bring in over 30 new ...
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AI coming to a log turner near you…?

One of the issues that sawmills encounter is in setting equipment control parameters. In a perfect world, the information inputted would yield the expected end results. But, as many process control and optimization personnel at sawmills know, that’s not always ...
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LSI Rebrands as Arxada

LSI, a global specialty chemicals business with leading positions in Microbial Control Solutions (‘MCS’) and Specialty Products Solutions (‘SPS’), today announces that it has rebranded as Arxada, effective from 21 October 2021. The new name follows the Company’s launch as ...
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Announcing merger of USNR and Wood Fiber Group

USNR and Wood Fiber Group are excited to announce their merger in a transaction that will create the world’s most comprehensive supplier of the equipment, technology, and essential tooling used in modern wood processing facilities.  USNR is an industry-leading global supplier ...
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How to reduce unplanned downtime with effective maintenance and repairs

Whether it’s the result of a jammed line, a generator going down, or a key piece of machinery failing, unplanned downtime can be crippling to your operation.  When processes stop unexpectedly, it can lead to hours of productivity drops and ...
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AU$30m deal to turn waste timber into hydrogen

The developer of the largest clean hydrogen hub in Australia’s south-east has struck an AU$30 million deal with United States-based manufacturer Babcock and Wilcox to deliver a biomass-to-hydrogen project at the site. As governments and industry step up investments in ...
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How Millennials view the wood products industry

The industry is facing the dilemma of how best to market to and recruit a generation that is uniquely different. U.S. Wood Products industry members constantly strive to determine how to best promote and position their industry and products. Studies ...
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Hyne’s AU$14.5 m CT Drying Kiln operating celebrated

Hyne Timber’s much anticipated, new Continuous Drying Kiln (CDK) has commenced operations, a milestone marked with an official ribbon cutting event held on Friday. Since the initial announcement in March 2021, around 60 additional team members have been recruited to ...
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Wood wastes for green hydrogen

Mountains of wood waste could be broken down into hydrogen and carbon dioxide gas to reduce fossil fuel consumption, University of Canterbury researchers say. Chemical engineers Shusheng Pang and Alex Yip are developing a novel way to make climate-friendly hydrogen, ...
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30-40% rise in projected demand for wood pellets

Discussions are going on about the EU-Commission’s new forest strategy. In the discussions, sawn timber is pointed out as a winner and bioenergy from the forest as a looser. Europe – the largest market for wood pellets The European market ...
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Timber Framing Collective launched

Yesterday marked the launch of Australia’s Timber Framing Collective. The Timber Framing Collective is responsible for the marketing of timber framing in Australia. It sees previously fierce competitors (local producers and importers, amongst others), join forces for the greatergood of ...
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Funding for new waste-to-building product

New Zealand company saveBOARD has received an AU$1.74 million grant from the Australian and New South Wales Governments towards setting up an AU$5 million facility that will turn packaging waste into high performance building material. Australian builders will then be ...
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OneFortyOne’s Kaituna sawmill award winners

Kaituna Sawmill opened its doors to the New Zealand Minister for Climate Change, the Hon James Shaw, and 50 guests as part of a Cawthron Marlborough Environment Awards field day on 17 August. The sawmill’s 46 percent reduction in its ...
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Timberlink announces new LOSP treatment plant

Timberlink has announced the next stage in the evolution of their Tarpeena manufacturing facility with the installation of a new state-of-the-art treatment plant. The treatment plant will produce LOSP treated timber, including Timberlink Green low odour outdoor structural, a key ...
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Production cutbacks at B.C. sawmills

Production will be cut back to approximately 80% at all of Canfor’s mills across B.C., starting last week, impacting over 200 workers in the East Kootenay. According to Canfor, the reduction in hours is in response to an unstable lumber ...
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Mt Gambier sawmill to be sold

The AAM Investment Group has agreed to terms for the purchase of the Mount Gambier based N.F. McDonnell & Sons softwood timber processing business, with finalisation of the sale scheduled to be completed before the end of November 2021. Established ...
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The world’s most sustainable building panels?

The Durra Panel has been used in some of Australia’s largest commercial undertakings and the company behind the ultra-sustainable product says the residential construction industry is rapidly catching on too. On its website, Ortech Industries labels itself “manufacturer of the ...
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Parkside Group devastated by Government decision

Parkside Group entered the Western Australian timber industry in late 2019 by purchasing the sawmilling assets from Brickworks. If Parkside Group did not proceed with the purchase, then Brickworks were going to make all remaining employees redundant and close the ...
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Stephen Macaulay appointed new WPMA CEO

The Wood Processors and Manufacturers Association is delighted to announce the appointment of Stephen Macaulay as WPMA’s new Chief Executive, replacing Dr Jon Tanner who has taken up a new role as Chief Executive of a larger entity. Stephen joins ...
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Extra sawlogs in NSW for domestic processing

The domestic softwood timber industry in NSW has received a significant boost with the government directing Forestry Corporation to divert selected softwood log exports impacted by the China trade embargo, to domestic markets. Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for Forestry ...
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Wood-fed hydrogen plant to be built in NSW

Emerging renewables energy business, Sweetman Renewables Limited, has inked a lucrative, multi-million dollar joint venture agreement with CAC-H2 Private Limited of Singapore to establish a hydrogen production centre of excellence in Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia. The AUS$15 million ...
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CEO to leave CLTP operation

The Hermal Group has advised stakeholders that Chris Skeels-Piggins, the CEO of their plantation hardwood CLTP business based in Burnie Tasmania, is leaving the Group. The company acknowledged the achievements that Chris had made leading the CLTP business and significant ...
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New sawmilling course set up in B.C.

In continued partnership with Interfor, Canfor, West Fraser and Tolko, BCIT has launched a new Associate Certificate Program – the Business of Sawmilling. This new program focuses on educating forest industry workers about essential business skills – helping them grow ...
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Safe systems save lives

A tragic workplace fatality in the Bay of Plenty serves as a reminder for businesses that effective standard operating systems in workplaces are key to making sure employees stay healthy and safe at work. These systems must be documented, implemented, ...
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Skilled labour shortage threatens manufacturing

Before the pandemic, 38% of US manufacturers had trouble finding candidates with the right skills and today that number is 54%, said The Workforce Institute at UKG. While more than half, 54%, of manufacturers have achieved year-over-year growth, despite combatting ...
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The growing market for wood pellets

Discussions are going on about the EU-Commission’s new forest strategy. In the discussions, sawn timber is pointed out as a winner and bioenergy from the forest as a looser. Europe – the largest market for wood pellets The European market ...
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Pentarch Group Buys Dormit

The Pentarch Group is pleased to announce it has purchased the assets of Dormit Pty Ltd. Dormit operates two sawmills and associated operations located at Dandenong South and Swifts Creek in Victoria, Australia. It processes hardwood logs primarily for pallet ...
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Another major NZ industrial plant switches to biomass

Nelson-based company biomass fuel company Azwood Energy is building a production facility near Milton to service a burgeoning biomass fuel industry. Azwood Energy general manager Brook Brewerton confirmed that one of its clients will be Danone Nutricia New Zealand, near ...
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Profile – Women in timber

The timber industry has been historically dominated by men, but things are changing fast both inside the mill and in the office. From a recent issue of Timberlink Newsletter, Denise Morrison and Carley Murphy, were asked about their careers, the ...
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Boral selling its Australian timber business

Boral Limited has entered into an agreement with Allied Natural Wood Enterprises Pty Limited (Pentarch Group) to sell its Australian hardwood and softwood timber business for AU$64.5 million, subject to customary completion adjustments, a news release said. The divestment of ...
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Fonterra announce another switch to wood biomass

As Minister for Energy and Resources Hon Dr Megan Woods officially opened Fonterra’s wood pellet boiler at its Te Awamutu plant, the Co-operative announced details for its next site to exit coal – Stirling cheese plant in Otago. Otago’s ‘fantastic ...
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Wood. Can we still call it that?

The new generation of high-performance wood materials offers unexpected hi-tech possibilities to the worlds of design and architecture Designed to be biodegradable and carbon neutral, the materials of the future are destined to be bio-manufactured, bio-derived, biobased. In all likelihood, ...
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Hydrogen units to power local sawmill

Patriot Hydrogen has revealed that it will be supplying its Patriot P2H hydrogen units to Sweetman Renewables to power its sawmill in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales. Sweetman will purchase one initial P2H unit with plans to increase ...
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New Australian bio composites plant announced

Australia’s Federal Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley, Tasmanian Minister for Environment Roger Jaensch and Member for Bass Bridget Archer MP announced a Grant to support Timberlink to build Tasmania’s first Bio Composite plant. The grant was awarded from the ...
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Behind the scenes of the new hardwood CLT operation

In a recent issue we covered details on the world’s first hardwood Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), along with their new brand – Cusp Building Solutions. Cusp CLT is made from Tasmanian Plantation Oak (Eucalyptus Nitens) sourced from certified sustainable plantations ...
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Hyne encouraging more women into manufacturing

Increased focus on greater diversity in the workplace coupled with community feedback has spurred Hyne Timber to call for more female students and women to consider careers in manufacturing. As part of a recent recruitment drive in Maryborough and Hervey ...
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Aussie sawmills lead employment surge

Australia’s timber framing sawmills have increased employment by up to 25 per cent to meet demand fuelled by the COVID-induced building boom, according to new analysis by the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA). This stands in stark contrast to reported ...
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Timber super-load travels from VIC to SA

The City of Mount Gambier claims the longest single glulam timber beams ever shipped to Australia – spanning up to 42 metres – were recently loaded on to two trucks. The heavy vehicles made the journey from the wharf in ...
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WoodTECH Update – Issue 38

Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. The big news this month for the WoodTECH community is the rescheduling of this year’s major sawmilling event to May 2022. While we had hoped to run it this August, the impacts from Covid-19 ...
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Local sawmilling event rescheduled for 2022

Reluctantly, following numerous discussions and calls with sawmilling companies throughout New Zealand and Australia, the decision has been made by FIEA to postpone the two-yearly sawmilling event, WoodTECH 2021 that was due to run in Rotorua, New Zealand on 3-4 ...
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Toxic timber filling up New Zealand’s landfills?

A rather contentious headline. Included here is an article that ran in one of New Zealand’s largest newspapers, the NZ Herald. Again, it calls into question the safety of CCA treated timber – along with the disposal or end of ...
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10-story high-rise built in just one day

Prefabricated buildings are designed to be put together very quickly – that’s a big part of their appeal, after all. However, you’d be hard-pressed to find a building that goes up as quickly as this recently completed 10-story residential high-rise ...
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Latest quarterly Timber Market Survey report released

Strong price increases were seen across Australia’s structural softwood product range in the March quarter 2021. Price movements for untreated MGP10 and MGP12 products ranged between 4.2% and 4.8% higher over the quarter, while price movements for treated F7 products ...
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CLTP Tasmania launches world’s first hardwood CLT

CLTP Tasmania has officially launched the world’s first hardwood Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), along with their new brand – Cusp Building Solutions. Cusp CLT is made from Tasmanian Plantation Oak (Eucalyptus Nitens) sourced from certified sustainable plantations grown in Tasmania. ...
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New AU$4.5 million sawmill for South Australia

A new AU$4.5 million sawmill in the Adelaide Hills will be built which will increase timber supply and create local jobs thanks to a new long-term log supply agreement with ForestrySA. KSI Sawmills, which currently operates a small mill at ...
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World’s first Optimised Engineered Lumber plant opened

Stuart Nash, New Zealand’s Minister for Economic and Regional Development, and Minister of Forestry, on Thursday opened Wood Engineering Technology’s Optimised Engineered Lumber (OEL™) production line in Gisborne. The plant is the only one of its type in the world ...
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Sale Of Whakatāne Mill to consortium

SIG Combibloc (SIG) has agreed the sale of Whakatāne Mill Limited (WML) to a consortium of investors who will enable the Mill to continue to operate. The consortium is led by Dr Dermot Smurfit who, together with his other European ...
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Stirling Machinery install the first Salvador Push Feed Saw in Australia

Stirling Machinery is pleased to announce its appointment as the only official dealer of Italian manufacturer, Salvador machines across Australia, and New Zealand. Founded 35 years ago in Treviso, one of Europe’s key manufacturing centres, Salvador has a reputation as ...
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Closure of Tasman Mill confirmed

Norske Skog this week announced that the Tasman Mill in Kawerau will cease production by 30 June 2021 and that the mill’s assets will be sold. As a result of the decision, employees at the Tasman Mill will be made ...
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ProDetec Quick Fire Suppression System

Higher Safety with Quick Response Time When protecting critical machinery or high-risk areas from fires, the response time of a fire protection system is essential. The quicker a fire can be detected and extinguished, the less damage it will cause, ...
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WoodTECH Update – Issue 37

Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. It seems Covid-19 is not done with Australia yet, with a significant outbreak sending Victoria into a hard 7-day lockdown and border restrictions with neighbouring states. While this will be felt throughout the State, ...
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‘Buy Aussie Timber First’ campaign a huge success

Australia’s structural timber supply chain industry has applauded the success of the Buy Aussie Timber First (BATF) campaign, launched to promote Australian timber sales during uncertain times, following the destructive 2019/20 summer bushfires and the onset of the global COVID-19 ...
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Profile – Women in timber

The timber industry has been historically dominated by men, but things are changing fast both inside the mill and in the office. In the latest issue of Timberlink’s Newsletter, they spoke in depth with Denise Morrison and Carley Murphy, both ...
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Top five shifts affecting construction

Construction has long been plagued by a lack of collaboration and communication right along the supply chain, according to construction payment application firm Payapps. Over time, this leads to job fragmentation, inefficient contract approaches and disputes over claims. Yet, construction ...
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Lifeline for Whakatāne mill?

Whakatāne’s packaging mill, one of the town’s biggest employers, may yet be saved from imminent closure. The mill’s Swiss owner SIG has announced that a consortium led by Dr Dermot Smurfit, a European investor with long experience in paper packaging, ...
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Saw-doctoring 101: 2021’s saw of choice

In any business, we tend to speculate as to what changes will occur or what new technology will come along. Throughout 2020, I began to notice a change in sawing taking place – more filers are sawing with circle saws. ...
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South Australian sawmill struggling to source logs and could close

Seventy-five jobs are at risk in a small South Australian town if the local sawmill does not find a new supply of logs. The Morgan Sawmill at Jamestown, in mid-north SA, is a family business that has been recently reliant ...
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A sawmilling “who’s who” lined up for WoodTECH 2021

Two years ago – over two weeks – the FIEA WoodTECH technology series achieved a record turnout of local sawmilling companies. Over 350 delegates from all major sawmilling companies in addition to leading tech providers from throughout Australasia, North America ...
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Norske Skog reviewing Tasman mills future

Norske Skog, the owner of the Tasman newsprint mill in Kawerau, has begun talks with staff over the mill’s future, following a lengthy review. Unionists have been expressing concern for some months about the mill’s viability, given the declining world ...
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First industrial scale Russian CLT plant opened

Segezha Group President Mikhail Shamolin visited Sokol in Vologda Oblast to oversee the grand opening of Segezha Group’s cross-laminated timber (CLT) plant. The plant is the first industrial-scale production facility to manufacture the innovative building construction material. The factory is ...
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A new timber jointing process using wood welding

In a proof-of-concept collaboration between TWI Ltd and the University of Cambridge and enabled by the Construction Innovation Hub, researchers have developed a sustainable process to rapidly join timber elements using linear friction welding. Two years into the project they ...
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WoodTECH Update – Issue 36

Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. We’re pleased to announce the new programme for our upcoming event, WoodTECH 2021. Due to lingering issues around Covid-19 travel, we will only be hosting this event in New Zealand this year. WoodTECH 2021 ...
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WoodTECH 2021 linking NZ and Australian sawmills

For over 20 years now, sawmillers and saw-doctors have been meeting every two years in New Zealand and in Australia. The occasion? The WoodTECH series. It’s run by the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) and designed with industry and key ...
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Ladenburger optimise their Wood Procurement with Trimble Forestry

One of Germany’s largest sawmills, Ladenburger digitalize their workflow with CFBusiness. Ladenburger was looking for a paper-free, staffless receiving department and an automated and digital display of log and wood waste management, logistics, and invoicing. Source and Image Credit: Trimble Forestry ...
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Log supply not the cause of timber shortage

New Zealand forest organisations have joined to reject statements that the current shortage of framing timber is caused by foresters selling logs to China and not leaving enough timber to be processed for sale in New Zealand. The Wood Processors ...
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Extension of HomeBuilder start date

The Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia (EWPAA) and Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) have both welcomed the Federal Government’s extension to the timeframe for construction commencements under its HomeBuilder program. EWPAA’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Gavin Matthew said, “HomeBuilder ...
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Managing timber’s moisture content in the supply chain

Industry is being encouraged to share their experience in managing timber’s moisture content (MC) in the supply chain. Unexpected MC changes in timber and wood products can be a cause of concern, and University of Tasmania researchers want to hear ...
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AU$16m kilns upgrade for Jubilee Sawmill

OneFortyOne has further strengthened its commitment to the Green Triangle region with a $16 million dollar capital investment at the Jubilee Sawmill. The first of two new Continuous Drying Kilns (CDK) was launched last week, replacing old batch kilns with ...
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ITI Timspec expanding in NZ

After 20 years Timspec will be moving in early 2022 to a new much larger site. ITI Timspec is pleased to announce the exchange of contracts to purchase a property in Keeling Road, Henderson, Auckland, New Zealand . The property ...
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Structural timber supply short for at least six months

One of Australia’s largest structural timber manufacturers, Timberlink Australia, which has mills in South Australia’s South East and in Tasmania, was among the Radiata pine processors that have ramped up production. Timberlink chief executive Ian Tyson said timber supplies across ...
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New CLT plant’s commissioning brought forward

The opening of a new wood processing plant in Rotorua in a few weeks will help alleviate New Zealand’s timber shortage, say Red Stag group CEO, Marty Verry. The plant, says Verry, will add five percent to the capacity of ...
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WoodTECH Update – Issue 35

Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. Last month we mentioned that the programme for WoodTECH 2021 was in development. Every two years, this technology event focuses on sawmilling and saws. It’s one that we’re really excited about and one that ...
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Glulam on the BIG Stage

Over the past few months, the TimberLab manufacturing team in New Zealand have been focusing their efforts on the delivery of components for one of NZ’s largest and most complex Glulam projects to date, the University of Waikato, The Pā. ...
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The forestry shows in 2021 – What´s up?

Fortunately, a full series of technology events and shows are being planned in Australasia by the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA). A full list of events can be found on the FIEA website. This week, Rotorua hosted the annual MobileTECH ...
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WoodTECH 2021 linking NZ and Australian sawmills

For over 20 years now, sawmillers and saw-doctors have been meeting every two years in New Zealand and in Australia. The occasion? The WoodTECH series. It’s run by the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) and designed with industry and key ...
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Carter Holt Harvey’s NZ supply shakeup

A decision by Carter Holt Harvey to stop supplying wood products to major retailers could redefine how houses are built in New Zealand, an industry organisation says. Mitre 10 and Bunnings have confirmed to Stuff Carter Holt Harvey has stopped ...
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H2F treated framing: Disposing of a myth

It has been suggested that the reuse of H2F framing at the end of a building’s life may pose a substantial problem in 20-30 years. This article explains the nature and benefits of H2F framing, why the suggested timeline is ...
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NZ manufacturers being left behind

New Zealand manufacturers are being left behind as other countries build up support for their manufacturing industries through COVID-19 and beyond, says the New Zealand Wood Processors and Manufacturers Association (WPMA). A new report released this week by the WPMA ...
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20% production increase for Hyne’s Tuan mill

20% production increase for Hyne’s Tuan mill Recruitment is set to commence for 50 more jobs created in Maryborough as the member for Maryborough, Bruce Saunders MP and Hyne Timber CEO, Jon Kleinschmidt announces an AU$14.5M expansion project. With demand ...
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Why NZ’s wood processors are under stress

The closure of Whakatāne Mill has put the ailing wood processing industry in New Zealand back in the headlines, with calls for urgent steps to avoid more closures. “This is a violation of our responsibility to future generations,” says David ...
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NZ paper & packaging mill closure confirmed

Whakatāne Mill Ltd (WML) confirmed in a statement on Tuesday that the mill will cease production on June 21 and close for good on June 30. A proposal to close the facility was announced last month. After consultation with staff, ...
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Is treated H2 timber framing a time bomb?

The near-universal use of H2 blue, green or red framing timber in construction is now a time bomb for landfill in 20-40 years’ time. It cannot be composted nor recycled, and thus is sent to landfill. In an ideal world, ...
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Pan Pac invests $13m in new log infeed system

Pan Pac Forest Products plans to substantially upgrade the sawmill log infeed system at its Whirinaki (Hawke’s Bay) site in New Zealand. The investment (at approximately NZ$13 million) to replace the sawmill log infeed system originally installed in the early ...
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Whakatane mill may shut down

More than 200 staff at the Whakatane Mill in the eastern Bay of Plenty have this week been presented with a proposal to close the mill. General Manager Juha Verajankorva said in a statement that, faced with the loss of ...
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New timber building tops out in Brisbane

The latest five storey mass engineered timber building to be constructed in Queensland, topped out last week as the final, prefabricated Glue Laminated Timber Beams and Cross Laminated Timber panels are craned into position. The NIOA facility extension in the ...
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Timber Machining apprentices thriving

MLC, a New Zealand manufacturing company currently has two staff members who started an apprenticeship programme in timber machining. In this article, we take a look at the career path of the two employees and how they have got to ...
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Largest investment ever made in Finnish forest industry

Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group, has made the investment decision to build a new bioproduct mill in Kemi, Finland. The value of the investment is EUR 1.6 billion and it is the largest investment ever made by the Finnish ...
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Neville Smith announces production increases

More than 40 jobs are set to be created both in the short and long term across Tasmania in the forestry industry, after Neville Smith Forest Products announced an increase in production at their Southwood site in the Huon Valley. ...
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Hundegger supplying CNC machinery for CLT/GLT plant

Timberlink Australia is delighted to partner with Hans Hundegger AG who will supply the key CNC machining equipment for the new Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) and Glue Laminated Timber (GLT) plant being built in Tarpeena, South Australia. The decision to ...
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WoodTECH Update – Issue 33

Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. As the first issue of the year goes out, we’re reminded that COVID-19 still has a big part to play in 2021. At the time of publication, Perth has just entered a 5-day lockdown, ...
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Modifying timber to reduce fire risk

In the wake of the last, disastrous fire season in Australia, materials are under close scrutiny. Clever options like FLAMEfixx use advanced technology to make timber safer in BAL zones and beyond. The Bushfire Royal Commission recently handed down its ...
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AU$14 m investment in WA mill

Manjimup in Western Australia will receive an economic boost this year, with the re-activation of a local timber processing centre creating 65 full-time jobs. The new jobs are the result of an AU$14 million dollar investment from Parkside Timber, as ...
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Softwood sawn timber testing facility set up

A research project that’s looking into the mechanical properties of softwood sawn timber has resulted in the establishment of a world-leading, dedicated timber testing facility in South Australia, from which industry is likely to reap rewards for years to come. ...
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New sustainable biocide into more markets

The introduction of BIOBIOWOOD provides the wood industry a sustainable solution that can turn softwoods and soft hardwoods into premium hardwoods without the use of biocides. IWT-Moldrup is providing a complete system with equipment, processes, and resins. IWT-Moldrup uses a ...
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Early Expressions of interest – WoodTECH 2021

Plans are now well underway for ustralasia’s major sawmilling event, WoodTECH 2021. Despite major woodworking tradeshows, exhibitions and conferences throughout Europe, North America and Asia been cancelled in 2020 and stops already being put on most shows well into 2021, ...
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Managing moisture content in the supply chain

The timber industry is being encouraged to share their experience in managing timber’s moisture content (MC) in the supply chain. Unexpected MC changes in timber and wood products can be a cause of concern, and University of Tasmania researchers want ...
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Timberlink selects site for new CLT &GLT plant

Timberlink’s Chief Executive Officer, Ian Tyson, is pleased to advise that after a significant review of possible locations, the Timberlink Tarpeena sawmill site has been selected to build Australia’s first softwood, state-of-the-art CLT (Cross Laminated Timber) and GLT (Glue Laminated ...
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Latest edition quarterly Timber Market Survey out

Prices in Australia for untreated MGP products remained relatively stable over the September quarter 2020. Price movements for MGP10 products ranged between 0.1% and 0.3%, while price movements for MGP12 products were within +/-0.1%. Treated F7 product prices showed slightly ...
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New timber engineering online course offered

Presented by timber engineering experts Jon Shanks and Geoff Boughton, the six modules offer engineers the opportunity to increase their knowledge so they can design and specify timber products with confidence. It is available exclusively through WoodSolutions Campus. A glance ...
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CuNap timber treatment gaining traction

IWT-Moldrup, a 3rd generation company who design and supply processes andequipment for timber treatment, including industrial wood modification, are now supplying the worldwide first dedicated Cu-Nap plant as an environmentally friendly but effective future alternative to CCA and creosote. Copper ...
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Southland sawmill sold

The sale of a Southland sawmill has been described as “devastating” for the local community, but the company that has bought it plans to integrate the mill into its own expanding timber operations. Niagara Sawmilling Company Ltd has bought Southland ...
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Big River Forest Hill mill to shut

Big River Industries has announced its Forest Hill mill will be closing, cutting 50 jobs as they consolidate operations at their home base in Grafton, NSW. “Some relocation opportunities to Grafton will be offered, as staff numbers will increase there ...
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Zippered wood twists the standard 2×4

Researchers at the University of British Columbia’s HiLo Lab, University of Colorado, Denver’s LoDo Lab, and HouMinn Practice push the potential of the ubiquitous wood member. The “aha!” moment at the University of British Columbia’s HiLo Lab came when researchers, ...
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Extensive timber durability trial underway

A research project led FWPA’s National Centre for Timber Durability and Design Life has commenced a testing program for materials used in Hazard Class H3, which covers applications that are outside, above ground and exposed to the weather. The project ...
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WoodTECH Update – Issue 31

Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. In this month’s issue, we start with a new world record for CLT panels. Using TS3 technology, the Austrian timber building includes a huge 650m2 cross-laminated timber panel. The future for large timber constructions ...
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World record: 650m2 large CLT panel

In the Austrian province of Vorarlberg, a timber construction is currently being built with a 650m2 cross laminated timber panel. That is a world record! The TS3 technology makes it possible – a development by Timbatec together with the ETH ...
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Apprenticeship and new graduate positions opened up

AKD is answering the call to support Australian job creation by announcing over 20 new apprenticeship positions and new graduate positions in 2021. The challenges of this year are well known and have impacted on many communities. AKD have always ...
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Timber manufacturing plant location being weighed up

The tiny South Australian town of Tarpeena is hoping to wrestle an AU$60 million timber processing facility from metropolitan Melbourne to secure dozens of new jobs. While the pandemic has slowed the decision-making process, Timberlink Australia says the location of ...
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Responding to regulation changes for wood dust exposure

New research is aimed at preparing the forest and wood products industry to best respond to potential revised regulations around wood dust exposure levels. Operations across the timber supply chain, including sanding, sawing, cross cutting and drilling, all have the ...
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Financial support for NZ timber industry

Four Bay of Plenty timber businesses will receive investments totalling nearly NZ$22 million through New Zealand’s Provincial Growth Fund to boost the local economy and create jobs, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. Rotorua-based sawmill Red Stag Wood ...
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Australia’s Stirling Machinery enters NZ market

Australian equipment supplier for the wood processing industry, Stirling Machinery has entered the New Zealand market to not just supply and install premium machines but to provide a fully integrated service, from consultancy through to servicing. A division of tooling ...
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New Highland Pine Products General Manager

Highland Pine Product (HPP) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Bitzer to the role of General Manager. Mike will replace current General Manager David Knights who recently announced his retirement. David commenced as General Manager in 2016 and ...
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Stiles & Homag acquire System TM

After 15 years of successful cooperation between System TM and Stiles in the North American market, Stiles has announced the majority share acquisition of the Danish engineering and manufacturing partner, System TM A/S, by Homag Group. System TM is a ...
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Kawerau mill future uncertain

The future of the Tasman newsprint mill in Kawerau is in doubt, with its Norwegian owners seeking alternatives to newsprint production at the site. Late last week Norske Skog announced it has ordered a strategic review of one of the ...
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WoodTECH Update – Issue 30

Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. In this month’s issue, we highlight a number of significant changes that have occurred in just four weeks for Australasian wood processing and manufacturing companies. The positive here is that the good news re ...
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Machine Guarding Separates People From Machinery

It is vital that machinery which requires human interaction is adequately guarded to protect workers from risk, says WorkSafe. This message comes after a worker for Kiwi Lumber suffered fatal chest injuries when she was pulled into machinery the sawmill ...
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AKD restarts Irrewarra sawmilling operation

AKD has announced that they will recommence operations at their Irrewarra sawmilling site to provide more Australian produced timber for their customers and employment opportunities in the Colac region. In May because of CoVid-19 the business made the decision to ...
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Timberlink selects new CLT and GLT equipment supplier

Timberlink Australia is pleased to announce that following an extensive international review, Danish based Kallesoe Machinery A/S has been selected as the manufacturing equipment supplier for Timberlink’s planned Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) and Glue Laminated Timber (GLT) plant. Working alongside ...
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NZ sawmill picks up major skills award

A New Zealand sawmilling operation, Westco Lumber Ltd, picked up this week a major award at the at the 2020 Diversity Awards NZ™ for their efforts to improve learning amongst its staff and workers. West Coast sawmill business Westco Lumber ...
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Blenheim sawmill to close by end of the year

In early September we reported on a review that was being undertaken in conjunction with PwC on the future of Timberlink New Zealand’s Blenheim sawmill. The sawmill was taken over by Australian company Timberlink in September 2015, after they bought ...
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Businesses must ensure machines are guarded to highest standard

A worker who was seven weeks into his first job has been left unable to return to work after he lost three fingers and part of his palm as the result of a traumatic amputation in unguarded machinery. Yesterday, Taranaki ...
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Caboolture restarting and reinvesting

AKD confirmed that the Caboolture Sawmill will recommence operations on the 14th of September 2020, after a brief closure period due to a storage shed fire in June. This recommencement is possible due to the rebuilding of the fuel handling ...
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NZ sawmill set to create 50 jobs

Kiwi Lumber is to set up permanent operations following the successful trial of a sawmill at Matawhero, Gisborne. The operation will create 50 jobs and pave the way for NZ$15 million of capital investment over the next three years and ...
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Claymark sale process successful

The Receivers of the wood products company, the Claymark Group, have announced that they have signed an agreement for the sale of the Companies’ business and assets as a going concern. The agreement is unconditional and settlement is set to ...
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WoodTECH Update – Issue 29

Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. A lot can change in a month. At the time of our last issue, New Zealand celebrated being 100 days COVID-19 free and, on the other side of the Tasman, Melbourne reported their highest ...
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Patent for new wood adhesive

The University of Maine has been issued a patent for a process to create construction materials that are bound with cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) and offer increased durability and environmental friendliness. While the technology can be used to create a variety ...
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Linda Sewell steps down from OFO

OneFortyOne Plantations announced this week that Linda Sewell has announced her resignation as Chief Executive Officer of the Company, effective 28 August, 2020. In a statement released from the Board of Directors, it states that the news comes with regret ...
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Niagara Sawmilling invests in BioVision technology

Niagara Sawmilling of Invercargill, New Zealand is investing in BioVision for its edger and trimmer lines. The mill is replacing older scanning and optimization systems. This new technology will improve the quality of the material it is sending to its ...
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Augmented Reality Headset for Service & Training

Van Dyk Vision-AR is a voice-activated computer that you wear as a headset. It includes a camera, headphones, microphones, and a 1-inch computer that displays to the eye as a 7-inch tablet. It uses camera streaming and “augmented reality” (AR) ...
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Bright future for sustainable wood pellets

Earlier this year Natures Flame successfully completed a major capacity expansion of its wood pellet plant at Taupo in New Zealand, and over the next few weeks, as reported in last week’s issue, the company will start supplying pellets to ...
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Accsys forms Accoya USA joint venture

Accsys and Eastman Chemical Company, a world leader in the production of acetyls, have formed a joint venture company, Accoya USA LLC. The joint venture intends to construct and operate an Accoya® wood production plant to serve the North American ...
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Hyne Timber proposal to process export logs

Australian family owned Hyne Timber is looking for government support for an initiative that will see saw logs destined for export, processed at its Tumbarumba Mill, protecting hundreds of jobs locally and along the timber supply chain, helping the Australian ...
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Fonterra’s first wood pellet-fuelled plant ready

Fonterra is one step away from pushing the go button on its first factory to convert from coal to wood pellet energy. The dairy company’s Te Awamutu plant in the Waikato, New Zealand, is putting the finishing touches on the ...
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Hyne Timber unveils new glue laminating plant

Marking the completion of commissioning, Hyne Timber welcomed Queensland Minister for State Development, the Hon. Kate Jones and Member for Maryborough, Bruce Saunders to the unveiling of the new Glue Laminated Timber Plant in Maryborough. The AU$23 million investment generating ...
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WoodTECH Update – Issue 28

Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. First off, we’re delighted with the turnout this year for the WoodTECH 2020 event. The on-line six-part webinar series finished just a couple of weeks ago. Over 250 of you registered for the wood ...
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WoodTECH 2020 Event Summary

COVID-19 changed everyone’s business plans and operations, almost overnight. Worldwide, industry events, trade shows and exhibitions planned for 2020 were impacted by the virus. Social distancing, tightening of travel and border controls and restrictions on meetings had meant that WoodTECH 2020, ...
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Highland Pine to upgrade planer controls

Highland Pine Products in the ongoing desire to improve product quality and operator safety are going to upgrade the controls on their Coastal Planer with a Gilbert Retrofit. After installing over a hundred Automatic Cutterhead Positioning systems on Gilbert and ...
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World-first log scaling robot earns global ranking

A world-first robotic innovation that scans and measures export logs on trucks has landed its Kiwi developers on the 2020 RBR50, Robotics Business Review’s prestigious global list recognising the 50 most innovative and transformative robotics companies of the year. Tauranga-based ...
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Bunnings bans timber from VicForests

Bunnings will stop selling timber logged by VicForests after a court found the state government-owned forestry agency breached conservation laws. “Bunnings has a zero-tolerance approach to illegally logged timber that dates back two decades and our commitment is to only ...
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Victorian Hardwood Sawmillers Association launched

Victoria’s processors of hardwood timber have formed a new association, the Victorian Hardwood Sawmillers Association (VHSA). Spokesperson Leonard Fenning said their purpose is to fight the Victorian State Government’s decision to shut the native forest industry. You can read a ...
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10 years promoting timber benefits

Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) WoodSolutions program has reached an exciting milestone, as it celebrates 10 years of providing high-quality, easy-to-understand information about the benefits of timber to the development, design and build sectors. Initially designed to support FWPA’s ...
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C3 ramps up operations in Portland

C3’s Portland log marshalling operation has increased throughput by 300% since the deal was completed despite C3 purchasing equipment and commencing operations during the COVID-19 pandemic C3, one of Australia’s largest forest products logistics providers and part of the LINX ...
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Government support needed to keep mills running

• It’s estimated more than 50,000 hectares of pine plantation in southern NSW was lost in the Black Summer bushfires • Tumbarumba’s Hyne Timber mill has lost 40 per cent of its future plantation wood supply • The timber industry ...
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WoodTECH Update – Issue 27

Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. A lot can change in a month. While the reopening of New Zealand and most of Australia has been successful, COVID-19 is still a real threat. Victoria is currently facing a second wave that ...
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WoodTECH 2020 Webinar Series – Starts 13 July

WoodTECH 2020 is now just around the corner. Starting on Monday 13 July 2020, wood processing and manufacturing companies from throughout Australasia will log into the first of six one-hour WoodTECH 2020 webinars. WoodTECH 2020 showcases local and international leaders ...
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Latest quarterly Timber Market Survey results

The Australian Timber Market Survey (TMS) results show prices for untreated MGP products remained stable over the March quarter 2020. Treated sleeper and treated decking prices were also relatively stable over the period, showing only slight upward price movements. Price ...
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Measurement of saw temperatures in real-time

Part of a series of Tech Tips brought to you by Josh Bergen of Precision Machinery. The company is well known to wood processing companies in this part of the world with Josh having presented at recent sawmilling and wood manufacturing tech events organised by the Forest Industry Engineering Association. ...
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The selection and use of micrometers in the mill

Part of a series of Tech Tips brought to you by Josh Bergen of Precision Machinery. The company is well known to wood processing companies in this part of the world with Josh having presented at recent sawmilling and wood manufacturing tech events organised by the Forest Industry Engineering Association. ...
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How to measure saw guides

Part of a series of Tech Tips brought to you by Josh Bergen of Precision Machinery. The company is well known to wood processing companies in this part of the world with Josh having presented at recent sawmilling and wood manufacturing tech events organised by the Forest Industry Engineering Association. ...
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Saw-shop instructional videos available

This month we’ve included three short instructional videos aimed at sawmilling and wood manufacturing operators, both saw-shop and production staff. They’re part of a series of Tech Tips brought to you by Josh Bergen of Precision Machinery. The company is ...
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Global 3RT hardwood manufacturing contract secured

Experts in IoT and wood manufacturing join forces – Bosch Manufacturing Solutions will partner with 3RT in a contract for the production automation of manufactured hardwood – Connected manufacturing equipment will be managed remotely – First production cells to be ...
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Canadians buying European sawmills

Canfor Corporation has announced that its 70%-owned subsidiary, Vida Group, has entered into an agreement to purchase three sawmills located in Sweden from Bergs Timber for a purchase price of CAD$43 million plus working capital. “We are excited that Vida’s ...
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Lignin-based resin developed for plywood

Latvijas Finieris has together with Stora Enso taken the next steps towards replacing phenol – in resins used in plywood – with lignin. This new lignin-based glue significantly reduces the carbon footprint of plywood products all the way from production ...
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Euro 15 million wood impregnation plant ordered

A leading supplier of wood impregnation and thermal treatment plants, IWT-Moldrup, with offices in Denmark and Singapore, has secured an order to supply wood impregnation plant and material handling equipment to a project with a total value of more than ...
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Northland Forestry student receives scholarship

Northland student Camryn Stewart has received an academic scholarship from Waipu-based timber manufacturer Northpine. In her fourth and final year of a Bachelor of Forestry Science at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, Camryn says the financial grant from Northpine ...
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WoodTECH Update – Issue 26

Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. It’s welcome relief that both New Zealand and Australian COVID-19 lockdowns are easing and businesses, that weren’t already operating, are now opening up again. This will be a slow recovery though, with domestic and international ...
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Standardising advice for NZ timber construction

The Wood Processors and Manufacturers’ Association (WPMA) has long recognised the need for standardised, good quality information in New Zealand to help the wider construction sector confidently design with and approve timber structures using the many new engineered timber solutions ...
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Robotic fabrication using plywood building blocks

A team of post-graduate students from London’s Bartlett School of Architecture’s Design Computation Lab has created a modular home office to promote its automated architecture (AUAR) project, which involves the use of robotic fabrication. Dubbed ALIS (automated living system), the ...
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CHH restructuring of LVL operation

About 160 jobs are at risk after Carter Holt Harvey proposed a restructure of its Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) business in Marsden Point in New Zealand. This comes after the company decided to close its Whangārei mill in February, culling ...
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Timber industry’s race against the clock

Thirty thousand hectares of Forestry Corporation land burnt. Thirty-nine crews currently harvesting timber (up from 23 before the fires). Twelve to 18 months before the fire damage makes the logs unusable. The numbers surrounding Forestry Corp after the 2020 bushfire ...
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Operation deployment of robotics in Australasian mills

An exciting new format for dry-mill and wood manufacturing operations has been set up by the local industry. This has been to ensure that the two-yearly WoodTECH series, originally scheduled to be run in New Zealand and Australia in August, ...
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Increasing your mill productivity with a culture shift

As outlined in previous issues, an exciting new format for dry-mill and wood manufacturing operations has been set up to ensure that the two-yearly WoodTECH series, originally scheduled to be run in New Zealand and Australia in August, can be ...
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AKD stops production due to building downturn

Australia’s Federal Government is being urged to introduce a housing construction stimulus to prevent dire predictions for the timber industry being realised. Last week, Australia’s largest sawmilling company AKD Softwoods temporarily stopped production at four of its mills due to ...
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WoodTECH Update – Issue 25

Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. The last couple of months has changed the face of the planet. COVID-19 has highlighted just how exposed we are to viral pandemics and how interconnected the global economy is. There are some positive ...
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WoodTECH 2020 – NEW on-line interactive webinars planned

COVID-19 has changed everyone’s business plans and operations, almost overnight. World-wide, industry events, trade shows and exhibitions planned for 2019 have all been casualties of the virus. Social distancing, tightening of travel and border controls and restrictions on meetings have ...
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Microtec acquires Lucidyne

In a move that creates the largest wood products scanning company in the world, Microtec has acquired Lucidyne Technologies, Inc. Microtec has been delivering technologically advanced scanning and optimization systems for 40 years, and is a premier scanning company across ...
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Major decline in Australian housing construction predicted

The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) is calling on Australia’s leaders to urgently put in place a stimulus recovery package for the housing construction sector to counter the massive reduction in new house starts and therefore the timber products used ...
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Transparent wood film acclaimed at awards

Congratulations to Qilang Fu and team, whose transparent wood film was highly commended in the Wood and Fibre Products Technology and Innovation category in the 2020 Resene Timber Design Awards. The novel wood is ultra-strong, flexible and 80% transparent. The ...
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Tribute to industry pioneer Richard Neville-Smith

The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) has paid tribute to forest industries pioneer and leader Richard Neville-Smith. Mr Neville Smith, the former Chief Executive of “Neville Smith Forest Products” (NSFP) passed away last week in Melbourne aged 82 after a ...
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A new process for preserving lumber

Pressure treating – which involves putting lumber inside a pressurized watertight tank and forcing chemicals into the boards – has been used for more than a century to help stave off the fungus that causes wood rot in wet environments. ...
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JoeScan launches new sawmill scanning website

Sawmill scanning leader JoeScan has just released a complete overhaul to their website. The new site offers a more streamlined experience for visitors and lots of new content. The new website has been more than two years in the making ...
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Metsä to build world’s most modern sawmill

Metsä Group is to invest €200m and build the world’s most modern sawmill in Rauma. It will be Finland’s largest ever sawmill investment. Investing €200m in the Rauma project, Metsä’s newest sawmill will have a projected capacity of 750,000 m3 ...
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WoodTECH Update – Issue 24

Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. So, what a difference a month makes. When the last monthly issue came out there were rumblings about our country’s borders potentially being closed. Incoming passengers were increasingly being tested for COVID-19. There were ...
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Changes to WoodTECH 2020

WoodTECH 2020 was scheduled to run in Rotorua, New Zealand on 19-20 August 2020 and then again in Melbourne, Australia for local wood manufacturing operations, on 25-26 August 2020. Because of current restrictions around COVID-19 in both countries and the ...
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World first robotic graded timber stacking

Tumbarumba is home to a world first. Rod Murray, Hyne Timber Automation Project Manager, says the Hyne sawmill robotics project is “a world first for graded timber stacking.” “Our team has created a fully-automated timber sorting and packing production unit.” ...
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Video: 60 Years in a Cave!

Sixty years ago, on 26 February 1960, the Brunson Instrument Company went underground. Literally. The move to a cave location became necessary when Brunson started adapting surveying equipment for the tight tolerances of the jet age on behalf of what ...
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Researchers build adhesive-free timber building

University of Liverpool engineers have built an eco-friendly timber building that does not use any adhesives in the construction process. The timber structure uses timber to reinforce timber without using adhesives, which can be damaging for the environment. Engineers designed ...
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SawSense temperature sensor provides real-time feedback

FPInnovations’ SawSense temperature sensor technology has been commercially available for a month and industry response has already been positive for licensing and manufacturing partner Williams & White Equipment. The patented technology accurately measures the temperature of a saw when in ...
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Pollard Lumber pioneers bucking scanning & optimization

USA-based, Pollard Lumber, is once again blazing new trails with the technology for their recently upgraded bucking line. The sawmill is proud to announce that the world’s first next-gen JS-50 laser scanners are now up and running. The new Nelson ...
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New manufacturing plant for Heyfield

Heyfield Australian Sustainable Hardwoods has officially commissioned a new AU$3 million timber manufacturing plant. The centrepiece of the new plant at ASH’s Greenmill in Firebrace Road is a high-strain twin band resaw, which uses German sawing technology to maximise the ...
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