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WoodTECH 2022 | 18-19 May 2022, Rotorua, NEW ZEALAND | In-Person + Virtual Online Event
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WoodTECH News | Issue 40

WoodTECH News | Issue 40

Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. The latest Covid-19 outbreaks in Australia and New Zealand highlights a major difference in how both countries lockdown. While Australian wood producers are deemed an essential service and continue to operate, virtually all businesses across New Zealand were forced to close while on level 4 restrictions. There will always be a debate on how ...
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CEO to leave CLTP operation

CEO to leave CLTP operation

The Hermal Group has advised stakeholders that Chris Skeels-Piggins, the CEO of their plantation hardwood CLTP business based in Burnie Tasmania, is leaving the Group. The company acknowledged the achievements ...
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New sawmilling course set up in B.C.

New sawmilling course set up in B.C.

In continued partnership with Interfor, Canfor, West Fraser and Tolko, BCIT has launched a new Associate Certificate Program – the Business of Sawmilling. This new program focuses on educating forest ...
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Safe systems save lives

Safe systems save lives

A tragic workplace fatality in the Bay of Plenty serves as a reminder for businesses that effective standard operating systems in workplaces are key to making sure employees stay healthy ...
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Skilled labour shortage threatens manufacturing

Skilled labour shortage threatens manufacturing

Before the pandemic, 38% of US manufacturers had trouble finding candidates with the right skills and today that number is 54%, said The Workforce Institute at UKG. While more than ...
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The growing market for wood pellets

The growing market for wood pellets

Discussions are going on about the EU-Commission’s new forest strategy. In the discussions, sawn timber is pointed out as a winner and bioenergy from the forest as a looser. Europe ...
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Pentarch Group Buys Dormit

Pentarch Group Buys Dormit

The Pentarch Group is pleased to announce it has purchased the assets of Dormit Pty Ltd. Dormit operates two sawmills and associated operations located at Dandenong South and Swifts Creek ...
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Another major NZ industrial plant switches to biomass

Another major NZ industrial plant switches to biomass

Nelson-based company biomass fuel company Azwood Energy is building a production facility near Milton to service a burgeoning biomass fuel industry. Azwood Energy general manager Brook Brewerton confirmed that one ...
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Profile - Women in timber

Profile – Women in timber

The timber industry has been historically dominated by men, but things are changing fast both inside the mill and in the office. From a recent issue of Timberlink Newsletter, Denise ...
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WoodTECH News | Issue 39

WoodTECH News | Issue 39

Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. The big news to start this month is the sale of Boral Timber and their nine NSW sawmills and half share of the Highland ...
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Boral selling its Australian timber business

Boral selling its Australian timber business

Boral Limited has entered into an agreement with Allied Natural Wood Enterprises Pty Limited (Pentarch Group) to sell its Australian hardwood and softwood timber business for AU$64.5 million, subject to ...
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Fonterra announce another switch to wood biomass

Fonterra announce another switch to wood biomass

As Minister for Energy and Resources Hon Dr Megan Woods officially opened Fonterra’s wood pellet boiler at its Te Awamutu plant, the Co-operative announced details for its next site to ...
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Wood. Can we still call it that?

Wood. Can we still call it that?

The new generation of high-performance wood materials offers unexpected hi-tech possibilities to the worlds of design and architecture Designed to be biodegradable and carbon neutral, the materials of the future ...
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Hydrogen units to power local sawmill

Hydrogen units to power local sawmill

Patriot Hydrogen has revealed that it will be supplying its Patriot P2H hydrogen units to Sweetman Renewables to power its sawmill in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales. Sweetman ...
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New Australian bio composites plant announced

New Australian bio composites plant announced

Australia's Federal Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley, Tasmanian Minister for Environment Roger Jaensch and Member for Bass Bridget Archer MP announced a Grant to support Timberlink to build Tasmania’s ...
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Behind the scenes of the new hardwood CLT operation

Behind the scenes of the new hardwood CLT operation

In a recent issue we covered details on the world’s first hardwood Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), along with their new brand – Cusp Building Solutions. Cusp CLT is made from ...
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Hyne encouraging more women into manufacturing

Hyne encouraging more women into manufacturing

Increased focus on greater diversity in the workplace coupled with community feedback has spurred Hyne Timber to call for more female students and women to consider careers in manufacturing. As ...
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Aussie sawmills lead employment surge

Aussie sawmills lead employment surge

Australia’s timber framing sawmills have increased employment by up to 25 per cent to meet demand fuelled by the COVID-induced building boom, according to new analysis by the Australian Forest ...
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Timber super-load travels from VIC to SA

Timber super-load travels from VIC to SA

The City of Mount Gambier claims the longest single glulam timber beams ever shipped to Australia – spanning up to 42 metres – were recently loaded on to two trucks ...
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WoodTECH Update - Issue 38

WoodTECH Update – Issue 38

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 ...
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Local sawmilling event rescheduled for 2022

Local sawmilling event rescheduled for 2022

Reluctantly, following numerous discussions and calls with sawmilling companies throughout New Zealand and Australia, the decision has been made by FIEA to postpone the two-yearly sawmilling event, WoodTECH 2021 that ...
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Toxic timber filling up New Zealand's landfills?

Toxic timber filling up New Zealand’s landfills?

A rather contentious headline. Included here is an article that ran in one of New Zealand’s largest newspapers, the NZ Herald. Again, it calls into question the safety of CCA ...
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