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WoodTECH Update – Issue 30

6 October 2020

Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News.

In this month’s issue, we highlight a number of significant changes that have occurred in just four weeks for Australasian wood processing and manufacturing companies. The positive here is that the good news re investment in new plant and operations has outweighed the negative. It’s been a while since we’ve said that in 2020.

In New Zealand, a trial of a Gisborne sawmill looks to have been successful and the company behind the operation, Kiwi Lumber, said that they’re confident that the mill, their fourth in the North Island, is going to continue with a further NZ$15 million of capital investment being earmarked over the next three years. The major NZ wood manufacturing company, the Claymark Group, that went into receivership late last year has also been sold as a going concern to a consortium led by Paul Pedersen.

From Australia, AKD’s Queensland sawmill at Caboolture is now back up and running after a brief closure and they’ve also announced that they’re investing in a new plant to at least double their current log input. Their Irrewarra sawmilling operation in Colac, Victoria is also being restarted early this month on the back of much better market conditions for their timber products across Australia.

On the downside, Timberlink New Zealand announced on 8 September that it’s going to close its Blenheim sawmill before the end of this year. We’ve also featured two stories, with lessons, on a couple of unfortunate accidents in local sawmills. The message here is that the more human interaction needed around machinery, the more vital it is there is adequate guarding in place.

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.

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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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