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WoodTECH Update – Issue 36

6 May 2021

Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News.

We’re pleased to announce the new programme for our upcoming event, WoodTECH 2021. Due to lingering issues around Covid-19 travel, we will only be hosting this event in New Zealand this year.

WoodTECH 2021 runs in Rotorua, New Zealand on 3-4 August 2021. For those unable to travel from Australia and the wider international community, the event will be a virtual online event, with all presentations live-streamed and available on-demand. For larger sawmilling sites outside New Zealand, options for streaming either live – or using presentations later for tech updates, troubleshooting and staff training this year will be available.

Because of disruptions around travel and wood working events in 2020 and likely impact into 2021, WoodTECH 2021 will expand on the usual focus of saws and sawmilling to include much-needed updates on other aligned wood processing operations in and around the green-mill. Speakers from New Zealand, Australia, USA, Finland, Canada, Switzerland and Denmark will this year be presenting.

In this month’s issue we have a couple of articles covering the supply of structural timber into the Australian and New Zealand markets. Sawmills in both countries have been working flat-out, with demand for new home building hitting record highs. Government stimulus packages, both local and around the globe, amongst other things have led to timber shortages and rising prices.

The Australian Government has responded by extending the start date of HomeBuilder programme. New Zealand is also experiencing a similar shortage, with Carter Holt Harvey making national news by cutting supply to many of the big box hardware stores. While there is some debate over the exact cause, the post-Covid building boom is certainly a major factor. On top of this, Red Stag in New Zealand has announced the bringing forward of their plans for the opening of their new NZ$50 million CLT plant in Rotoura, a recently announced OneFortyOne AU$16 million upgrade for Jubilee Sawmill in Green Triangle and a major expansion for building supply distributor, Timspec, in Auckland.

Finally, check out the University of Tasmania’s study on the recent changes in timber’s moisture content within the supply chain and the video from Trimble Forestry on digitalising one of Germany’s largest sawmills.

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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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?

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New trade agreement a boost for NZ wood processors

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Södra to become the largest producer of kraft lignin in the world

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NZ National Exotic Forest Description survey – data needed

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Unlimited potential of virtual reality for forest thinning

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Growing the potential of NZ’s forestry sector in partnership

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North American DEMO International running in September

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Hydrogen powered airships collecting forest data

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