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12 December 2018

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 support for ww...

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5 December 2018

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 New Zealand. Conservation Minister Eugenie Sag...

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20 November 2018

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 Development Minister Shane Jones announced th...

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19 November 2018

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 – particularly after the turnout ...

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7 November 2018

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 has joined the Timberlin...

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5 November 2018

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 in Whangarei District Cour...

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5 November 2018

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, showcasing a variety of innovations exclusive...

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1 November 2018

Funding boost for Tairawhiti sawmill

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will invest NZ$500,000 in the Far East Saw Mill in Tairawhiti to increase wood processing capacity and get local people into jobs, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced on...

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1 November 2018

Green light for new particle board plant

China’s Guangxi Fenglin Wood Industry Group has been given a green light to lease land to build and operate a NZ$100 million-plus particle board factory in Kawerau. Fenglin last year announced plans to establish a plant in Ka...

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29 October 2018

Red Stag casts doubt on J-Frame decision

In response to coverage last week on the J-Frame dispute, Red Stag Timber describes as dubious the announcement that the Commerce Commission had “insufficient evidence” that J-Frame samples used in a decay trial had a diffe...

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18 October 2018

WoodTECH Update – Issue 8

Welcome to the latest update for Australasia’s sawmilling and wood manufacturing community. We were delighted to meet so many of you last month as part of the WoodTECH 2018 series that ran for local dry-mill and stand-alone w...

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8 October 2018

Review of Wood Processing training needs

Over the past 50 years Toi Ohomai, formerly Waiariki Institute of Technology and also the NZ Forest Service, have been home to a tertiary training facility at Waipa, specialising in various aspects of solid wood processing. The...

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5 October 2018

The robots are coming!

Robots are likely to have a bigger role in timber processing as they take over work that is dirty, dangerous or difficult. By Philip Hopkins for Timberbiz That was a key message of Troy Krogh, regional director of Scott Automat...

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5 October 2018

Commission rules on J-Frame

This week JNL have been have been in contact with their J-Frame customers regarding the outcome of the Commerce Commission investigation into allegations that its J-Frame product had failed timber treatment Standards. The Commi...

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25 September 2018

WoodTECH 2018 Event Summary

Another Record Turnout After an absence of over eight years, the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) this year focused on innovations and new technologies around dry-mill and wood manufacturing operations. The previo...

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25 September 2018

Wood Treatment receives a global greentag

MicroPro® Wood Treatment Technology has received a Global GreenTag GreenRate™ Level A award under Version 4.0 of the Global GreenTag International Product Certification Standard. It is the highest-level achievement for a pro...

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21 September 2018

WoodTECH 2018 Event Photos

We had a great turnout for WoodTECH 2018. Once again the WoodTECH series attracted record numbers, with over 350 delegates attending the New Zealand and Australian events in 2018. Delegates ranged from wood processing & manufac...

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6 September 2018

WoodTECH Update – Issue 7

Welcome to the latest update for Australasia’s sawmilling and wood manufacturing community. First off, we’re looking forward to meeting up with many of you from both sides of the Tasman over the next couple of weeks. The firs...

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