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WoodTECH Update – Issue 29

1 September 2020

Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News.

A lot can change in a month. At the time of our last issue, New Zealand celebrated being 100 days COVID-19 free and, on the other side of the Tasman, Melbourne reported their highest ever daily total in their second wave. While New Zealand seems to have contained the worst of their second wave and Melbourne’s rates have dropped significantly, it still reinforces the delicate balancing our economies face in this COVID-19 normal world.

COVID-19 has also forced businesses to innovate. Travel restrictions have made it difficult for companies to work with equipment suppliers and technical experts for ongoing maintenance and repair within sawmills and manufacturing companies. At the just completed WoodTECH 2020 event that was run for local wood producers, we profiled the Realwear augmented reality headset, which allows onsite staff to fix issues while connected remotely with technicians via cameras attached to the helmet. There is a good story and video below on a similar system called Van Dyk Vision-AR. These technologies will become a standard operating practice for most mills within the next five years.

Other highlights this month include a new environmentally-friendly wood adhesive that increases durability, a major expansion for the use of wood pellets by one of Fonterra’s largest NZ dairy factories and mill upgrades to New Zealand-based Niagara Sawmilling and Australia’s Hyne Timber.

Read all the above stories and more in this month’s issue. Remember, you can also send through any contributions, stories or links that we can pass onto the wider community. 

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

Stories this issue:

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    February NZ log market update

    Opinion Piece: Marcus Musson, Director, Forest360 February has kicked off with a hiss and a roar with log exporters pulling out the pencil sharpeners and publishing prices in the mid to high $130’s for A grade (except for Bluff and Lyttleton where you ...
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    FIEA wood residues conference – Call for speakers

    Following on from last year’s record turnout, planning for Residues2Revenues 2024 is now well underway. The NZ forest industry is looking to capitalise on the growth and demand in biofuels, bioenergy and a range of renewable bioproducts. This event helps ...
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    Blenheim company turning wood chips into graphite

    In New Zealand, a Blenheim company is turning wood chips and sawdust into graphite to be used in EV batteries. CarbonScape was founded in 2006 – with a focus on making carbon products using waste biomass like wood chips to ...
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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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