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Canadian investment in A&E

Canadian investment in A&E

Leading Canadian Sawmill Machinery Manufacturer TS Manufacturing has recently acquired a majority shareholding in Automation & Electronics NZ Ltd and its AEUSA division based in North Carolina. The acquisition strengthens ...
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Kaituna Sawmill - a good look inside a sawmill

Kaituna Sawmill – a good look inside a sawmill

A sawmill tucked away in a forested corner near Blenheim at the top of the South Island, New Zealand, is not so quietly producing a large chunk of the timber ...
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Timberlink invests in new primary saw line

Timberlink invests in new primary saw line

Timberlink Australia is investing in a new saw line, horizontal shape saw, and edger lines at its Tarpeena, South Australia site. The company operates three sawmills at Bell Bay (Tasmania), ...
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Södra announces its first robot employee

Södra announces its first robot employee

Södra welcomes Clerk, the company’s first digital robot employee. Södra was founded in 1938 and is the largest forest-owner association in Sweden, with a membership of close to 52,000 forest ...
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WoodTECH Update - Issue 11

WoodTECH Update – Issue 11

Welcome to this year’s first issue of this region’s sawmilling and wood manufacturing newsletter, www.woodtech.news. Other than those unfortunately having to work on maintenance or new installations over the Christmas ...
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Clearance sought to acquire chemicals plant from Oji

Clearance sought to acquire chemicals plant from Oji

The NZ Commerce Commission has received a clearance application from Ixom Operations Pty Limited to acquire chemical manufacturing assets in Kawerau from Oji Fibre Solutions (NZ) Limited. Ixom is headquartered ...
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EOI for Australasia’s premier sawmilling event

EOI for Australasia’s premier sawmilling event

The two-yearly technology update for sawmilling companies in New Zealand and Australia is being planned with local industry and key technology providers. It runs in September 2019. Record numbers attended ...
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New wood panels prefab operation for Australia

New wood panels prefab operation for Australia

Quintessential Equity has hailed the opening late last year of a new Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) processing and offsite manufacturing factory at Avalon Airport’s new industrial precinct, as a major ...
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Allied Timber Products sold to AAM Investments

Allied Timber Products sold to AAM Investments

The Australian Financial Review has reported that AAM Investment Group has acquired Allied Timber Products’ softwood sawmill and business located in Bathurst for about AU$25 million. This latest transaction is ...
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Wood processing clusters provide new opportunities

Wood processing clusters provide new opportunities

Establishing industrial clusters around wood processing is a promising prospect for regions with surplus forestry resources and can contribute substantially to New Zealand’s bottom line. In a recently completed research ...
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Fatigued log transport drivers and sleep apnoea

Fatigued log transport drivers and sleep apnoea

In December we were fortunate to get an update on the very popular work being delivered to log transport companies and their drivers up and down New Zealand. This is ...
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Positive heresy: unconventional saw filing tips

Positive heresy: unconventional saw filing tips

Here are some great tips from Trevor Shpeley, a former executive of the BC Saw Filers Association and currently works as a filer at Kalesnikoff Lumber in British Columbia. This ...
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Colour ingrained into the wood with new technology

Colour ingrained into the wood with new technology

Staining or painting timber is the traditional way to add colour to wooden products, but that colour is only surface deep. Any scratching or resurfacing can remove the colourful layer ...
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WoodTECH Update - Issue 10

WoodTECH Update – Issue 10

Welcome to the latest update for Australasia’s sawmilling and wood manufacturing community. It’s the last WoodTECH issue for 2018. Thanks for your contributions that you’ve made during the year and ongoing ...
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B.C. lumber mills struggling with log shortages

B.C. lumber mills struggling with log shortages

A wave of B.C. sawmill shutdowns and layoffs is a combination of reduced log supply, high log prices and a steep drop in lumber prices, forest industry executives say. Lumber ...
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Bioenergy - State of the Nation Report launched

Bioenergy – State of the Nation Report launched

Bioenergy Australia on Tuesday released the Bioenergy State of the Nation Report (produced in collaboration with KPMG). The first state-of-the-nation assessment of the sector identifies Australia’s significant bioenergy opportunity and ...
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Historic sawmilling viaduct opened

Historic sawmilling viaduct opened

An historic wooden trestle viaduct that once serviced the sawmilling industry has been restored and is once again open to visitors to the magnificent Waitutu forest in the South of ...
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NZ Timber Standards now out for public comment

NZ Timber Standards now out for public comment

This has been described by the Timber Design Society as one of the most important developments for structural engineers in recent years. They’re currently inviting all TDS members and others ...
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Predictive maintenance avoids downstream machine failures

Predictive maintenance avoids downstream machine failures

It's long been agreed that reactive maintenance isn't effective. Instead of allowing equipment to reach the point of failure, issues can be spotted much earlier by detecting subtle changes in ...
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Nail laminated timber growing in popularity

Nail laminated timber growing in popularity

With several installations under its belt, Timmerman Timberworks Inc. has opted to automate fabrication of nail-laminated timber (NLT) panels. The firm, based in New Lowell, Ont., is reportedly the only ...
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