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WoodTECH Update – Issue 31

3 November 2020

Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News.

In this month’s issue, we start with a new world record for CLT panels. Using TS3 technology, the Austrian timber building includes a huge 650m2 cross-laminated timber panel. The future for large timber constructions is growing rapidly, with an 18 storey timber building opening in Norway and the world’s first all timber football stadium planned for England. The local market looks interesting too. The annual mass timber technology conference, WoodWorks 2020, hosted over 160 engineered wood design and construction experts in Rotorua, New Zealand, last month.  

In Australian news, Timberlink Australia is looking to finalise the location of their new AU$60 million timber processing facility, with sites in South Australia and Victoria being considered. AKD is expanding its apprenticeship and graduate programs to create more opportunities for the local community post-Covid. There has also been new research, funded by FWPA, on wood dust exposure in the workplace. 

For New Zealand, a number of Bay of Plenty timber companies have received welcome investment from the New Zealand Provincial Growth Fund. Up to NZ$22 million will be injected into the local community. In another story, Australian-based Stirling Machinery is now providing a fully integrated service for new machinery and servicing throughout New Zealand. 

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. 

Stories this issue:

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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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    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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    Whiteheads partners with Springer for sawmill upgrade

    A decade-long partnershipIn a move dating back to 2008, Australian company WHITEHEADS Timber Sales initially conceived the idea of modernizing its sawmill. Strategically aligning with SPRINGER and its partners, this ambitious project for the company brings top-notch technology to Australia’s ...
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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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