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WoodTECH Update – Issue 23

3 March 2020

Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News.

We are pleased to announce that the FIEA WoodTECH 2020 programmes are now out and live on the event’s website. This year, the WoodTECH series will be focusing on new technologies, new processing systems and case studies showcasing “smart operating practices” that can make a significant difference to dry-mill and timber manufacturing companies. A particular focus will go onto robotics and automation that have already been implemented successfully in some local mills.  Further details on the event will follow.

This month’s stories feature a number of new timber innovations and significant investments within the local sector.  New innovations include the use of radio-frequency energy for insect treatment of timber, a new process for preserving timber without pressure treating and the successful fire testing on MASSLAM’s structural glue-laminated timber in Australia.

On the investment front, Timberlink’s Tarpeena sawmill upgrade has just rolled out their new Contra Flow Kiln, Timberlink has also approved plans to build a new Cross Laminated Timber facility and Nature’s Flame has just expanded their Taupo operations to process 85,000 tonnes of wood pellets.

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

Stories this issue:

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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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    Lidar technology for scalable forest inventory

    Evaluating the trade-offs between the various platforms. When considering Lidar technology for forest inventory, it is essential to evaluate the trade-offs of each platform. This article provides some pointers. There is a critical need for rapid, rigorous, reproducible and scalable ...
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    Remote-controlled firefighting technology demoed

    BurnBot, an innovative firefighting technology, has been successfully demonstrated in Incline Village, Nevada. These remote-controlled machines can quickly clear vegetation, reducing wildfire risk. In just 2-3 days, BurnBot cleared 75% of the vegetation on 22 acres – a task that would take ...
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    Hyne Group further expands

    The Hyne Group is now pleased to announce the further expansion of this new operating division, with the acquisition of Express Pallets and Crates (Express), based at Narangba near Brisbane. Express has been in operation for some 35 years, under the ownership and ...
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    FWPA Report: Transforming softwood timber verification

    Forest & Wood Products Australia (FWPA) is pleased to share new research introducing biased position testing as a cost- effective and efficient method for the verification of structural softwood timber properties.  This innovative approach can unlock significant cost savings and improved efficiency ...
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    Heli-saw to ‘transform’ tree-trimming around power lines

    New Zealand’s electricity sector could be transformed by a radical new approach to keeping trees off power lines, says a King Country-based energy distributor. The Lines Company (TLC), based in Te Kūiti, has undertaken its first successful trial of the heli-saw – a ...
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