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WoodTECH Update – Issue 18

3 September 2019

Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.news.

This September is a big month. WoodTECH 2019 will be running in New Zealand next week and Australia the week after. This is one of the largest gatherings for sawmilling companies across the region. It pulls together leading experts, innovators and practitioners from around the globe in wood scanning, sawing, saw sharpening and mill maintenance technologies. For full details and last-minute registrations check out the WoodTECH 2019 website.

In this month’s issue, we have details on the just announced plans for the sale of New Zealand’s largest wood manufacturer and exporter of pine products Claymark Group Holdings. The company, founded in 1988 by Mark Clayton and currently employing over 600 staff across six sites throughout the central North Island, is well recognised within the industry for their investment in new technology. It’s being purchased by another NZ company, NZ Future Forest Products, a forestry and wood products business that specialises in modular engineered timber building solutions.

Among the other stories this month, we cover; a new promotional campaign highlighting building with Tasmanian timber, an in-depth look at wood scanning systems, the announcement of a new Wood Cluster Centre of Excellence to be built in Gisborne and an investment in the future of Queensland-based Cypress sawmill.

Check out all the stories below. Enjoy this latest issue.

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Decarbonising transport & logistics

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FIEA wood residues conference: time for action

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Calling all NZ loader operators – be part of this study

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Kiwi bird surprises at Rosvall Sawmill

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

During hot and dry periods, there is a serious risk of wildfires. Moreover, a single spark can be enough to start one, in which case every second counts. Having fire extinguishing equipment close at hand can make all the difference ...
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Superhuman AI – smarter than every human by 2025

Billionaire tech boss Elon Musk has recently predicted that superhuman artificial intelligence (AI), surpassing human intellect, could become a reality as soon as next year. If this kind of prediction becomes true, are humans ready to embrace that machines can ...
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Swiss develop drone to explore forest canopy

Inspired by cockroaches, Swiss researchers have developed a new drone which can push away obstacles and move past them. In the future, it will be used to measure biodiversity in remote areas. Environmental monitoring in areas with dense vegetation is ...
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NZ forestry H&S statistics updated – March 2024

Safetree NZ has released their H&S stats dashboard for March 2024. WorkSafe provides statistics on forestry fatalities and workplace incidents. These investigations help inform us of any key issues or trends as they come to light. Overall, there is a downward trend ...
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