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WoodTECH 2020  | 13-24 July 2020

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WoodTECH Update - Issue 25

WoodTECH Update – Issue 25

Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. The last couple of months has changed the face of the planet. COVID-19 has highlighted just how exposed we are to viral pandemics and how interconnected the global economy is. There are some positive signs though. Both the New Zealand and Australian Governments have responded to the crisis perhaps better than other countries ...
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WoodTECH 2020 - NEW on-line interactive webinars planned

WoodTECH 2020 – NEW on-line interactive webinars planned

COVID-19 has changed everyone’s business plans and operations, almost overnight. World-wide, industry events, trade shows and exhibitions planned for 2019 have all been casualties of the virus. Social distancing, tightening ...
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Microtec acquires Lucidyne

Microtec acquires Lucidyne

In a move that creates the largest wood products scanning company in the world, Microtec has acquired Lucidyne Technologies, Inc. Microtec has been delivering technologically advanced scanning and optimization systems ...
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Major decline in Australian housing construction predicted

Major decline in Australian housing construction predicted

The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) is calling on Australia’s leaders to urgently put in place a stimulus recovery package for the housing construction sector to counter the massive reduction ...
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Transparent wood film acclaimed at awards

Transparent wood film acclaimed at awards

Congratulations to Qilang Fu and team, whose transparent wood film was highly commended in the Wood and Fibre Products Technology and Innovation category in the 2020 Resene Timber Design Awards ...
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Tribute to industry pioneer Richard Neville-Smith

Tribute to industry pioneer Richard Neville-Smith

The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) has paid tribute to forest industries pioneer and leader Richard Neville-Smith. Mr Neville Smith, the former Chief Executive of “Neville Smith Forest Products” (NSFP) ...
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A new process for preserving lumber

A new process for preserving lumber

Pressure treating – which involves putting lumber inside a pressurized watertight tank and forcing chemicals into the boards – has been used for more than a century to help stave ...
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JoeScan launches new sawmill scanning website

JoeScan launches new sawmill scanning website

Sawmill scanning leader JoeScan has just released a complete overhaul to their website. The new site offers a more streamlined experience for visitors and lots of new content. The new ...
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Metsä to build world’s most modern sawmill

Metsä to build world’s most modern sawmill

Metsä Group is to invest €200m and build the world’s most modern sawmill in Rauma. It will be Finland’s largest ever sawmill investment. Investing €200m in the Rauma project, Metsä’s ...
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WoodTECH Update - Issue 24

WoodTECH Update – Issue 24

Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. So, what a difference a month makes. When the last monthly issue came out there were rumblings about our country’s borders potentially being closed ...
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Changes to WoodTECH 2020

Changes to WoodTECH 2020

WoodTECH 2020 was scheduled to run in Rotorua, New Zealand on 19-20 August 2020 and then again in Melbourne, Australia for local wood manufacturing operations, on 25-26 August 2020. Because ...
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World first robotic graded timber stacking

World first robotic graded timber stacking

Tumbarumba is home to a world first. Rod Murray, Hyne Timber Automation Project Manager, says the Hyne sawmill robotics project is “a world first for graded timber stacking.” “Our team ...
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Video: 60 Years in a Cave!

Video: 60 Years in a Cave!

Sixty years ago, on 26 February 1960, the Brunson Instrument Company went underground. Literally. The move to a cave location became necessary when Brunson started adapting surveying equipment for the ...
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Researchers build adhesive-free timber building

Researchers build adhesive-free timber building

University of Liverpool engineers have built an eco-friendly timber building that does not use any adhesives in the construction process. The timber structure uses timber to reinforce timber without using ...
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SawSense temperature sensor provides real-time feedback

SawSense temperature sensor provides real-time feedback

FPInnovations’ SawSense temperature sensor technology has been commercially available for a month and industry response has already been positive for licensing and manufacturing partner Williams & White Equipment. The patented ...
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Pollard Lumber pioneers bucking scanning & optimization

Pollard Lumber pioneers bucking scanning & optimization

USA-based, Pollard Lumber, is once again blazing new trails with the technology for their recently upgraded bucking line. The sawmill is proud to announce that the world’s first next-gen JS-50 ...
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New manufacturing plant for Heyfield

New manufacturing plant for Heyfield

Heyfield Australian Sustainable Hardwoods has officially commissioned a new AU$3 million timber manufacturing plant. The centrepiece of the new plant at ASH's Greenmill in Firebrace Road is a high-strain twin ...
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MD for Nelson Pine Industries steps down

MD for Nelson Pine Industries steps down

More time with the grand kids is on the horizon but Murray Sturgeon insists his "semi-retirement" won't mean a cutting of ties with the company he has helped grow. After ...
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Third shift being added for bushfire recovery operations

Third shift being added for bushfire recovery operations

Hyne Timber Tumbarumba is in the process of adding a third shift as the Bushfire recovery salvage operation continues. The site already employs approximately 230 people and is actively recruiting ...
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WoodTECH Update - Issue 23

WoodTECH Update – Issue 23

Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. We are pleased to announce that the FIEA WoodTECH 2020 programmes are now out and live on the event's website. This year, the ...
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WoodTECH 2020 programmes now out

WoodTECH 2020 programmes now out

We are pleased to announce the programmes for this year's WoodTECH 2020. This FIEA technology series is running in Rotorua, New Zealand on 19-20 August 2020 and in Melbourne, Australia ...
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Commercial trial of RF technology

Commercial trial of RF technology

A technology that uses dielectric heating and radio frequency energy to destroy destructive pests lurking within wood products is closer to reaching the marketplace after a recent commercial trial at ...
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