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WoodTECH Update – Issue 22

4 February 2020

Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News.

This is the first issue for 2020 and we, like you, are looking forward to another big year. The annual technology event, WoodTECH 2020, is taking place in August this year. Alternating every year between green and dry-mill operations, this year‘s series will focus on timber manufacturing, dry-mill optimisation and robotics & automation.

We’ve been working with some pretty amazing technology developers from around the world to develop the programme for industry along with technical troubleshooting specialists who are being brought in this year. We’re hoping to launch this within the next few weeks.

New digital technologies are causing one of the largest step-changes since the start of the industrial revolution 250 years ago. In order to reduce production costs and to remain internationally competitive, it’s essential that local wood processing and manufacturing companies evolve with it.

There have been a number of mill upgrades announced recently along with a few unfortunate mill closures. This month we are highlighting the recent investments in technology and safety at Timberlink’s Bell Bay. The Tasmanian mill upgrade is continuing the company’s long-term vision and is expected to help create an additional 650 jobs for the local community.

To better utilise forestry residues and wood waste as an energy source, we also cover a new report produced by Scion on the New Zealand forestry sector. By mapping out the country’s forestry, energy resources and fossil energy-using industries, it has identified areas where wood processors could be established to act as an energy source for surrounding industries like meat and dairy processing.

Check out all the articles below and enjoy this month’s issue.

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Kea Aerospace achieves milestone in autonomous flight

Kea Aerospace has successfully completed a landmark BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line of Sight) flight, demonstrating the capabilities of their advanced autonomous flight technology. The milestone UAS (Unmanned Aircraft System) flight, conducted within Kea Aerospace’s Special Use Airspace, marks significant growth ...
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€100 m investment in wood-based EV batteries

Stora Enso Oyj is preparing to invest about €100 million in a pioneering project to use wood in electric vehicle batteries and offer an alternative to components currently made in China, according to its chief executive officer. The funds would ...
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First long-range electric trucks to New Zealand

Windrose Technology will work with Auckland based Etrucks® to bring the first long-range electric trucks to New Zealand. The Windrose E1400 6×4 semi tractor features extreme aerodynamic efficiency, with an industry low coefficient of drag of 0.2755. Combined with the ...
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DC Equipment Canada return Madill to B.C.

DC Equipment has announced the opening of its new manufacturing facility in Prince George, marking the return of Madill equipment production to British Columbia. The first machines to be produced at this facility will be the Madill 3000B Log Loaders, ...
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QLD budget weak on future timber material needs for housing

Queensland’s peak body for the forest and timber industry is warning of a looming building materials crisis by a lack of policy and budget measures for increasing future timber supply to help meet the state’s rising housing demand. “While we ...
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Kenworth unveils futuristic SuperTruck 2

Kenworth showcased its SuperTruck 2 demonstrator vehicle at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in Las Vegas last month, a project developed over six years in collaboration with the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) SuperTruck programme. The aim of the project ...
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Key drivers to decarbonise heavy transport fleets

The industry was buzzing once again for the Wood Transport & Logistics 2024 event that ran last week in Rotorua, New Zealand. Well over 200 forestry and log transport companies from across Australasia, America and Europe, came to Rotorua to ...
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Rocket Lab launches climate science satellites

Rocket Lab, a global leader in launch services and space systems, today launched the first of two back-to-back launches for NASA’s PREFIRE (Polar Radiant Energy in the Far-InfraRed Experiment) climate change-focused mission. ‘Ready, Aim, PREFIRE’ lifted-off from Rocket Lab Launch ...
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Hiringa launches hydrogen refuelling network

Taranaki-based green hydrogen developer Hiringa Energy has marked the opening of New Zealand’s first zero-emission green hydrogen refuelling network set to service heavy freight across the North Island. The initiative is the first of its kind in Australasia and was officially ...
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