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WoodTECH Update – Issue 26

3 June 2020

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 trade still uncertain at this stage.  

Next month we will be running WoodTECH 2020, as a series of innovative webinars covering a wide range of disruptive technologies aimed at improving the efficiencies of dry mill and manufacturing operations. This online event runs from 13 to 24 July 2020 and brings in experts from around the world. There will also be “hands-on” troubleshooting sessions for timber machining and planing operators. Another highlight will definitely be the New Zealand and Australian case studies on the integration of robotics within the mill (see the story below). Have a look at the programme on the event website and register today.

In this month’s issue, we cover a broad range of wood-related stories for you. WPMA has developed a dedicated website designed to provide the New Zealand timber construction industry with a comprehensive set of guides and advice. A lot of work has been put into this resource and new guides will be added as they become available. 

Along with the local robotic case studies we mentioned earlier, we’ve also included this week a story on the use of robotics for building – this time with plywood blocks. This UK project shows the potential of using robots to construct low-cost housing.

Finally, there are a couple of stories highlighting the flow-on effects of the COVID-19 downturn. Both Carter Holt Harvey and AKD mills are looking at reduced hours and staffing as the building and construction sector takes a hit.

That’s it for this month. Remember to send through any contributions, stories or links that we can pass onto the wider wood processing and manufacturing community. 

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

Stories this issue:

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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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