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WoodTECH News | Issue 48

WoodTECH News | Issue 48

Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. First up, is the news that there unfortunately will be no outing for our WoodTECH community in 2022. The WoodTECH 2022 sawmilling event after two years of postponements because of Covid travel and meeting restrictions was set down to run in Rotorua, New Zealand on 18-19 October 2022 and live streamed into Australian ...
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Timberlink unveils new technology at Bell Bay

Timberlink unveils new technology at Bell Bay

Timberlink’s EGM Sales, Marketing & Corporate Affairs David Oliver was pleased to welcome Federal Member for Bass Bridget Archer to the Timberlink manufacturing facility at Bell Bay on Monday for ...
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Parkside to close historic Greenbushes Mill

Parkside to close historic Greenbushes Mill

In a sad day for the Western Australian forestry industry, Parkside has been forced to close its historic Greenbushes Mill. As a result, more than 50 local employees will be ...
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Forico partners with Rural Alive and Well

Forico partners with Rural Alive and Well

Forico is proud to be supporting the important work of Rural Alive and Well (RAW) and their sector-specific Cutting Through program, aimed at bringing critical support to Tasmanians in the ...
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Current environment not conducive for 2022 event

Current environment not conducive for 2022 event

The WoodTECH 2022 event after two years of postponements because of Covid travel and meeting restrictions was set down to run in Rotorua, New Zealand on 18-19 October 2022. The ...
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New WPMA Chair elected

New WPMA Chair elected

After serving as the Wood Processors & Manufacturers Association of NZ’s Chair (and previously the Wood Processors Association) for the last nine years, Brian Stanley has stepped down and retired ...
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Three new kilns reducing mill emissions

Three new kilns reducing mill emissions

A New Zealand sawmill’s decade-long environmental journey reaches another milestone this month as work starts on new drying kilns powered by sawdust. Ever since the sawmill started measuring emissions about ...
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War in Ukraine will tighten lumber markets

War in Ukraine will tighten lumber markets

The war in Ukraine will tighten lumber markets both short and long term, particularly in Europe but also in China and the US One immediate impact of the war in ...
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Director appointed to NZ’s Timber Design Centre

Director appointed to NZ’s Timber Design Centre

The Timber Design Centre has appointed Dr Robert Finch as its director. Dr Finch was formerly director of the Quake Centre, hosted at the University of Canterbury. Prior to this, ...
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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 ...
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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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