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WoodTECH Update – Issue 37

1 June 2021

Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News.

It seems Covid-19 is not done with Australia yet, with a significant outbreak sending Victoria into a hard 7-day lockdown and border restrictions with neighbouring states. While this will be felt throughout the State, the local forestry industry has largely avoided the economic hit other sectors have received. There is also a global construction boom that is resulting in strong timber prices up and a potential shortage in supply.

As we mentioned earlier, WoodTECH 2021 will be running in two months (3-4 August 2021) and is once again expecting a huge turnout. While Covid-19 did force us to skip our normal two-yearly sawmilling in-person event in Australia, it will be streaming live online from Rotorua, New Zealand. This ensures everyone within our WoodTECH community will be able to participate, whether it is travelling into Rotorua or virtually online (live or watching the recorded presentations at your sawmill site later on). 

This month’s issue has a little bit of everything. We feature a new timber joining process using linear friction welding, insights into major drivers impacting the construction industry, what’s next for the successful ‘Buy Aussie Timber First’ campaign and a status update on a number of mills around the region. 

Check out these stories and more below!

Stories this 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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