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First mass plywood panel approved for 18-stories

First mass plywood panel approved for 18-stories

Located in Lyons, Oregon, Freres Lumber has been in business for nearly a century. After starting out producing standard lumber projects, the company moved into wood veneers some 60 years ...
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NZ sawmill closes its doors

NZ sawmill closes its doors

Sixty-five jobs have been lost with the closure of a small South Taranaki town's biggest employer. The Waverley Sawmill, which has traded since at least 1932, has been sold and ...
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WoodTECH Update - Issue 12

WoodTECH Update – Issue 12

WoodTECH Issue 12 - Latest news, research and resources Welcome to this latest issue of www.woodtech.news. We brought forward the second issue for the year as we’ve been inundated with ...
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Mill expansion for shop and moulding products

Mill expansion for shop and moulding products

Tenon at Taupo, New Zealand sourced a new edger line with advanced technology to provide visual grading capability for its high-value shop and moulding products. Tenon describes the operation as ...
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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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New wood treatment plants fully automated

New wood treatment plants fully automated

IWT-Moldrup, a Danish company that manufactures wood treatment operations, has in recent years supplied a number of semi-automatic wood treatment plants to Australia for treating 30,000 m3 treated timber per ...
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Mississippi State develops smartphone app to test lumber

Mississippi State develops smartphone app to test lumber

Determining the stiffest piece of lumber is now easier with a new smartphone app created by scientists in Mississippi State University’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center. Called “Smart Thumper,” the ...
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Lessons from workplace H&S fine

Lessons from workplace H&S fine

Two similar health and safety failings within three months have cost Rotorua timber company Claymark Limited over NZ$680,000 in fines, reparations and costs. WorkSafe, New Zealand’s primary workplace health and ...
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Australia’s largest continuous timber kiln opened

Australia’s largest continuous timber kiln opened

The biggest single capacity continuous timber kiln in Australia was opened in Dardanup earlier this month. The Wespine-operated facility has the capacity to dry 180,000cu/m of timber per year, which ...
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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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