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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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    €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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