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WoodTECH 2018 – Early expressions of interest

After an absence of over eight years, the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) will this year be focussing the WoodTECH 2018 event on innovations and new technologies around dry-mill and wood manufacturing operations. The previous two WoodTECH events, 2017 and 2015 have both concentrated on sawmill scanning, sawing and green-mill optimisation technologies. WoodTECH 2017 was a SELL OUT. The WoodTECH ...

News, Reports & Resources

23 May 2018

Site for new AU$190M CLT mill selected

Early last week the potential site for the Hermal Group’s new hard wood operation in Tasmania was being debated by the media. Late last week the announcement on the location was made. The Hermal Group on Thursday announced th...

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10 May 2018

Inside the new Red Stag sawing line

The worlds most advanced sawmill and the first ‘super-mill’ in the Southern Hemisphere, Red Stag Timber, was opened in Rotorua on 23 March last year. A new sawmilling line and upgrade programme, valued in excess of NZ$100 m...

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7 May 2018

Softwood lumber exports into US soar

The streak of record-high U.S. lumber prices caused offshore softwood lumber exports to the U.S. to expand rapidly in 2017 versus 2016 reports Russ Taylor, Managing Director of FEA Holdings – Canada Inc. The same trend is exp...

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1 May 2018

Stellar sawmill earnings being recorded

From a recent article by Russ Taylor, Managing Director of FEA Holdings – Canada Inc, he has outlined how the recent run on lumber prices has put big smiles on the faces of North American sawmill operators and lumber traders....

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19 April 2018

WoodTECH Update – Issue 3

Welcome to the latest update for Australasia’s sawmilling and wood manufacturing community. We’ve had a great response since we’ve launched this service at the end of last year. The concept of improving communication betwee...

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11 April 2018

New equipment for the saw-filing room

From a recent issue of Canadian Forest Industries some of the latest equipment for the North American saw filing room is reviewed. Cut Technologies Cut Technologies / Burton Saw & Supply Saw Tension Analyser (STA) is an electro...

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11 April 2018

Rethinking sawmill safety culture

How many times you have heard the phrase “safety first” or “everything starts with safety”? I’m pretty sure that we have all heard some variation of these phrases at one point or another. As a safety professional at a...

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4 April 2018

AKD finalises Yarram sawmill purchase

Associated Kiln Driers Softwoods (AKD) officially took ownership of the Yarram Sawmill after finalising the purchase with Carter Holt Harvey (CHH) Woodproducts earlier in March. Regular operations of the mill resumed on Monday ...

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15 March 2018

Red Stag to invest NZ$20M in CLT plant

Red Stag Group, which runs the largest sawmill in the Southern Hemisphere, plans to invest more than NZ$20 million developing a large-scale cross-laminated timber plant at its wood processing site in Rotorua, New Zealand. The p...

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15 March 2018

Caboolture sawmill sold to AKD

Associated Kiln Driers Softwoods (AKD) and Carter Holt Harvey Woodproducts have finalised the sale of the Caboolture sawmill located at Henzell Road, Caboolture, Queensland with AKD taking ownership from 9 March 2018. The Caboo...

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28 February 2018

Springer Group acquires FinScan

International technology supplier Springer Group has acquired a majority stake in Finnish company FinScan. FinScan is a specialist in scanners and software for automated optimization of lumber in sawmills, having installed more...

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21 February 2018

USNR acquires Mid-South Engineering

USNR announced that it has recently completed the acquisition of Mid-South Engineering Co., the leading consultant and provider of engineering services to the wood products industry in North America. USNR President George Van H...

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14 February 2018

Welcome to 2018 – WoodTECH Issue 2

Welcome to the second update for Australasia’s sawmilling and wood manufacturing community. We had a great response when we launched this service back in November 2017. The concept of improving communication between companies a...

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7 February 2018

New Gisborne sawmill announced

Activate Tairawhiti and Eastland Community Trust have jointly announced the sale of Prime Sawmill (photo) to New Zealand-owned Far East Sawmills, guaranteeing the creation of between 50 and 60 jobs at the Prime Wood Processing ...

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2 February 2018

Simonds merges with Burton Saw

The merger of Simonds International and Burton Saw will create a leading producer and marketer of cutting tools and related equipment for the primary wood fibre industry. The combined company, known as Wood Fiber Holdings, Inc....

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25 January 2018

Death of the saw salesman?

For as long as filers (saw-doctors) have been hammering saws, the manufacturers have sent smiling representatives out into the wild seeking the fertile ground of working filing rooms to sew their seeds of promise: saws, tools a...

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8 December 2017

AKD Softwoods looks at CHH mills

Carter Holt Harvey (CHH) and Associated Kiln Driers (AKD) are in advanced negotiations regarding the potential purchase of the Yarram sawmill located at Yarram, Victoria and the Caboolture sawmill located at Caboolture, Queensl...

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22 November 2017

Juken to defend court action over J-Frame

Juken New Zealand will defend court action being taken against it by Red Stag Timber (see story this week) over its J-Frame product, saying the rival wood processor is trying to remove the growing competitive threat of laminate...

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31 October 2017

What Colour Is Your Saw Guide?

What colour is your saw guide? If it’s not grey, you have a problem. Learn about the consequences of using cosmetic saw guides instead of industrial grade saw guides from Vancouver CNC machine shop owner and public speaker Ud...

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31 October 2017

Drone scanning of timber stacks

At WoodTECH 2017 in Rotorua, TimberSmart joined Saito to showcase a new drone scanning technology that can be used in the mill or timber yard to collect packet data. The drone has the ability to travel up to the top stack and u...

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31 October 2017

Understanding lumber size control

As part of the recent WoodTECH 2017 series, Nick Barrett, President of SiCam Systems, Canada gave a 90-minute workshop to event delegates in both Australia and New Zealand. In the workshop Nick covered; establishing the importanc...

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31 October 2017

Hundegger expansion in Australasia

Hundegger Australasia Pty Ltd are the regional representatives for Hans Hundegger AG of Germany, leading manufacturers of up to 6-axis CNC machinery for the truss and frame, engineered timber and CLT panel processing industry. ...

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31 October 2017

Timberlink launches employment campaign

Timberlink’s growth and reinvestment has been significant over the past 5 years and the plans are for this to continue. With this strategic imperative of growth and sustainability, the company has recently launched a campaign...

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12 October 2017

Anyone use a wooden nail?

Nails are wonderful things; the invention of the cheap wire nail made them into a cheap mass produced commodity that contributed to the development of the American housing industry. But they are also a problem; they make it har...

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4 October 2017

WoodTECH 2017 Event Summary

It was certainly a full house – in both Australia and New Zealand. The WoodTECH 2017 technology series that focussed on sawmilling or green-mill operations drew in a record number of over 400 delegates in September 2017. It w...

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4 October 2017

WoodTECH 2017 Event Photos

We had a great turnout for WoodTECH 2017. This was the largest gathering yet seen of sawmilling companies, saw-doctors and technology providers from around the globe in Australasia. Click here to see event photos from WoodTECH...

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3 October 2017

Using the RIGHT Oil

Udo Jahn from Modern Engineering and Dean Maier from Industrial Autolube sit down to discuss using oils correctly. This is part of Udo’s Sawmill Education Series on YouTube. Source: YouTube

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12 September 2017

Saw & Babbitt Pads

Udo Jahn from Modern Engineering and Dean Maier from Industrial Autolube sit down to discuss using saw and badditt pads. This is part of Udo’s Sawmill Education Series on YouTube. Source: YouTube

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12 September 2017

3D Laser Profiling vs. 2D Machine Vision

Despite the proven advantages of 3D technology for inline quality inspection applications, many organizations still rely solely on 2D machine vision for their quality control processes. While useful in a select number of scenar...

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12 September 2017

Too Much Lubricant

Saw Lubrication – How much it can cost you if you’re using too much, and what the warning signs are. A discussion with sawmill maintenance experts Udo Jahn and Dean Maier. This is part of Udo’s Sawmill Education Series on YouTu...

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1 August 2017

Early Registration Bonus!

As well as a discounted early-bird registration rate, discounts are also being offered if you are a member of one of this region’s key industry associations. A special group rate has also been set up with discounts of over 60...

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30 September 2015

Post event summary 2015

Over two weeks in mid-September 2015, FIEA’s WoodTECH conference series achieved a record turnout of sawmillers from Australia and New Zealand. Over 350 delegates from sawmilling companies and leading technology providers fro...

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