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WoodTECH Update – Issue 27

7 July 2020

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 has resulted in a number of Melbourne suburbs in lockdown and the temporary closing of the Victoria/NSW border. It’s not clear exactly how this will impact the forestry sector on the border. A potential travel bubble between the two countries is still on the table. When this occurs and what states will be included are yet to be decided.   

For this month’s issue, we’ve included stories on the latest Australian quarterly timber market survey results, news of a new arrangement set up with 3RT for the production automation of manufactured hardwood, Designer HardwoodTM in Australia and a new lignin-based resin developed that’s just been developed for plywood by Latvijas and Stora Enso.

We’ve also included for local saw-doctors, a series of short videos, created by Josh Bergen of Precision Machinery. Josh has been involved in several recent WoodTECH events in this part of the world. The instructional videos cover the measurement of saw guides, use of micrometers and how to measure saw temperatures in real-time.

Next week we’ll start by providing insights into the operational deployment of robotics and automation into manufacturing, case studies on the first two installations of robotics into mills in New Zealand and Australia and a mini-workshop on setting up and using in-mill data dashboards to handle all of that data now been collected in the mill. Late registrations to the series can still be made via the event website. Don’t miss out!

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.

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    Mapping Gisborne’s worst eroding land

    Gisborne land adaptation shifts have received positive feedback from both the Eastland Wood Council and an environmental group. The region’s farmers and forestry companies might end up with designated land they can’t operate on under new council plans. Council chief ...
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    Canadian developed Hydrogen-diesel system secured

    HVMS, a leading provider in the decarbonisation of transportation, has announced the establishment of its partnership with Canadian company Diesel Tech Industries, to establish installation facilities for the Guardian Hydrogen Diesel System. This initiative marks a significant step towards advancing sustainable ...
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    Australian timber framing industry gets a boost

    Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) is set to spearhead an initiative highlighting the advantages of timber framing in construction, promising a significant boost to its promotion efforts. First established in the Australian Forest Products Association’s Softwood Manufacturing Chamber, and funded by ...
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    Who’s transforming our economy with renewable resources?

    The opportunities for converting forestry fibre to renewable resources to replace fossil fuel based products are growing every year. The adoption of bioenergy and related technologies / products in New Zealand and internationally, sourced from forestry and wood products companies ...
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    New trade agreement a boost for NZ wood processors

    Increased export opportunities through the removal of tariffs for 41 wood products included within the ‘Agreement on Climate Change, Trade and Sustainability’ is welcomed by New Zealand’s wood processing and manufacturing industry. ‘Under brand New Zealand we have a leading story to ...
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    Södra to become the largest producer of kraft lignin in the world

    As a step in the strategy of getting more out of every tree, Södra is now establishing a new business to become a world leader in the production of kraft lignin. Södra’s production facility will be the first commercial facility ...
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    NZ National Exotic Forest Description survey – data needed

    On 1 April 2024, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) sent out the 2024 National Exotic Forest Description (NEFD) survey. The survey is critical for informing wood availability forecasts, which underpin infrastructure and wood processing investment decisions, as well as contributing to a ...
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    Unlimited potential of virtual reality for forest thinning

    How a virtual reality (VR) and gaming engine could add another tool to the forestry training kit. A future where new foresters are trained to thin trees from the safety of a virtual reality forest before more advanced real-world training could be ...
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    Growing the potential of NZ’s forestry sector in partnership

    Forestry Minister, Todd McClay, has announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. ...
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