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WoodTECH Update – Issue 38

6 July 2021

Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News.

The big news this month for the WoodTECH community is the rescheduling of this year’s major sawmilling event to May 2022. While we had hoped to run it this August, the impacts from Covid-19 were making it increasingly harder to run. Mills were disappointed that in many instances, they would be unable to get into Rotorua – or connect remotely. A combination of international travel bans, which blocked many presenters, exhibitors and international delegates from attending, the frequent Australian lockdowns and a post-covid building boom made it a simple decision.

The new WoodTECH 2022 dates mean we can, once again, run a physical event, both in Melbourne and Rotorua. With the last sawmilling and saw-doctoring event run back in 2019, it will have been 3 years since mills around New Zealand and Australia will have met up. We’ll keep you up with the plans for next year’s series – as they evolve.

A number of the stories in this month’s issue cover major mill announcements. CLTP Tasmania has launched the world’s first hardwood CLT plant, South Australia is getting a brand new sawmill and the world’s first OEL plant opened in Gisborne, New Zealand. We also have the sale of a Whakatane mill, which the new owners see has a bright future and, unfortunately, the closure of the Tasman Mill in Kawerau, New Zealand. 

Check out these stories and much more below. Enjoy this month’s issue

Stories this issue:

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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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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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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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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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