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WoodTECH News | Issue 47

WoodTECH News | Issue 47

Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. When taking a look at new stories across New Zealand and Australia, it is hard not to see that staffing and timber shortages are dominating the headlines. Post-covid, or more correctly, living with covid, has seen a massive increase in timber demand worldwide. There's also a lack of available workers to meet this demand ...
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Worker shortages start to bite

Worker shortages start to bite

New Zealand’s forestry industry is facing a "perfect storm" of skyrocketing demand and being unable to meet its staffing needs. A shortage of employees due to COVID-19 illness and border-related ...
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Australia faces critical housing timber shortage

Australia faces critical housing timber shortage

Australia’s housing construction sector faces a critical timber shortage and our reliance on imported timber will double by 2050 if our nation falls short of the plan to plant an ...
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Lucidyne competes brand integration with Microtec

Lucidyne competes brand integration with Microtec

Lucidyne Technologies, Inc., a North American leader in automated lumber scanning and optimization, has announced its brand integration with MiCROTEC, a global technology partner for the sawmilling and wood processing ...
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AU$16m kiln upgrade complete at Jubilee

AU$16m kiln upgrade complete at Jubilee

OneFortyOne’s second Continuous Drying Kiln is now online, completing an AU$16million capital investment project at the Jubilee Sawmill site in Mount Gambier, South Australia. Jubilee Sawmill General Manager Paul Hartung ...
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Where to Start with Robotics and Automation?

Where to Start with Robotics and Automation?

The technology has advanced and the cost come down considerably. If manufacturers have learned anything during the last several years, it is that the stakes of doing business have been ...
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Pulp log trial for EWP receives funding

Pulp log trial for EWP receives funding

Plans are underway to use low-value wood fibre to produce a new structural timber product One of Australia's largest timber-producing regions will explore using low-value wood fibre in engineered products ...
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Cusp Building Solutions GM appointed

Cusp Building Solutions GM appointed

Well-known and respected timber researcher Michael Lee has been appointed to the new position of general manager at Tasmanian timber processor Cusp Building Solutions. Michael Lee has been involved in ...
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Stora Enso divests Russian sawmills & forest operations

Stora Enso divests Russian sawmills & forest operations

Stora Enso has entered into an agreement to divest its two sawmills in Russia. The Company’s Nebolchi and Impilahti sawmills will be divested to local management. In addition, the divestment ...
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Automation's impact on manufacturing employment

Automation’s impact on manufacturing employment

Up to 34% of jobs risk being lost to automation by 2040. But technology will also create new workforce opportunities. Up to a third of job roles in Europe could ...
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WoodTECH News | Issue 46

WoodTECH News | Issue 46

Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. After a couple of years of disruption and travel restrictions, WoodTECH 2022 will be back in person for New Zealand in October of this ...
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Skills feedback for sawmilling and timber industries

Skills feedback for sawmilling and timber industries

The Australian sawmilling and timber processing sectors are developing new skills as the industry undergoes rapid digital transformation and technical progress. State-of-the-art equipment is being integrated into workplaces to increase ...
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Flexible planing of small batches up to 8 m long

Flexible planing of small batches up to 8 m long

Holzwerke van Roje installs a new planing mill in its existing facility at the Oberhonnefeld-Gierend location (Rhineland-Palatinate). Holzwerke van Roje strengthened its own processing with the installation of an automated ...
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More Swedish innovation: Cardboard wall studs

More Swedish innovation: Cardboard wall studs

Wood Tube: Climate Smart Studs Made of Paper ~ Among the many difficulties that the construction industry currently faces, confronting the climate emergency continues to be one of the main ...
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World’s first fully bio-based furniture board

World’s first fully bio-based furniture board

World’s first fully bio-based furniture board is born from the cooperation of Stora Enso and Koskisen Oy Finnish plywood manufacturer Koskisen is the first company to start using the bio-based ...
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FTMA launches timber podcasts

FTMA launches timber podcasts

The Frame & Truss Manufacturers Association of Australia (FTMA) are proud to launch their new Podcast series ‘F&T Time with Kersten Gentle’. “We haven’t been able to sit and have ...
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Looking inside a mass timber manufacturing operation

Looking inside a mass timber manufacturing operation

This video discusses mass timber manufacturing and shows an advanced mass timber factory in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada (Element5). Building components are modelled using 3D modelling software and then translated ...
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Public share float of Carter Holt Harvey?

Public share float of Carter Holt Harvey?

One of the New Zealand sharemarket's former heavyweights may be destined to return, in name at least, according to Australian media reports. The Australian Financial Review is reporting that the ...
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Practical training improving leadership skills

Practical training improving leadership skills

Leadership training for those working in the primary industries including forestry is helping people to lead others. Andy Smith, principal of training provider About Life in New Zealand, says typically ...
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NZ Timber Design Centre launched

NZ Timber Design Centre launched

An agreement to create an industry advisory service for New Zealand’s building designers will promote and facilitate greater use of timber in New Zealand buildings, says Te Uru Rākau – ...
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WoodTECH News | Issue 45

WoodTECH News | Issue 45

Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. Biofuel announcements on both sides of the Tasman continue to pop up – almost daily now. Better utilisation of forest residues has moved ...
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Nature’s Flame wood pellets company sold

Nature’s Flame wood pellets company sold

Norske Skog has entered into agreement with Talley’s Group, a New Zealand based dairy, fishing, produce and food company, to sell the Nature’s Flame pellets company for NZD 47.8 million ...
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