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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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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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PGF to support Taranaki sawmill project

PGF to support Taranaki sawmill project

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will provide a loan of up to NZ$1.8 million to TaranakiPine to allow the company to diversify and create new jobs, New Zealand’s Regional Economic ...
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Hyne partners with Stirling Machinery for GLT plant

Hyne partners with Stirling Machinery for GLT plant

Hyne Timber, manufacturer and distributor of high volume industrial, structural and engineered timber products have announced a major expansion of their Glue Laminated Timber (GLT) plant in Maryborough, Queensland. The ...
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WoodTECH Update - Issue 9

WoodTECH Update – Issue 9

Welcome to the latest update for Australasia’s sawmilling and wood manufacturing community. Numbers of subscribers to this newsletter have really continued to grow over the last month or so – ...
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Timberlink announces new appointments

Timberlink announces new appointments

Timberlink has announced the appointment of Jason Wilson (photo) to the newly created position of Chief Operations Officer (COO) to support its growth and development strategy. In addition, Duncan Mayes ...
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NZ mill worker injury brings hefty fine

NZ mill worker injury brings hefty fine

Maintenance work leads to crush injuries - WorkSafe New Zealand says businesses must learn from previous health and safety failings to ensure workers are protected. Carter Holt Harvey Limited appeared ...
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JoeScan debuts next gen scanner

JoeScan debuts next gen scanner

JoeScan gave visitors a glimpse at the future of sawmill scanning during TP&EE in Portland, Oregon. The 3D laser scanning leaders brought a pair of interactive demos to their booth, ...
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Mid-rise timber construction programme launched

Mid-rise timber construction programme launched

A new programme launched on Monday in New Zealand aims to boost mid-rise building construction using New Zealand engineered and panelised framing timber, and deliver a range of regional, social, ...
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AKD Softwoods acquires NSW sawmilling business

AKD Softwoods acquires NSW sawmilling business

Associated Kiln Driers Softwoods (AKD) is pleased to confirm that it has finalised the purchase of Carter Holt Harvey’s (CHH) New South Wales sawmilling business. The major assets of this ...
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