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Laminex Australia to restart production

Laminex Australia to restart production

Laminex Australia has unveiled an innovative business partnership to enable expansion of its South East Queensland manufacturing operations, whilst also securing 42 local jobs in Gympie by taking over the ...
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Mills looking for markets!

Mills looking for markets!

In comparison to this time in 2018 — when all lumber markets were active and supply was the constraint — the situation in 2019 is quite the opposite. When we ...
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Former MD of Gunns passes away

Former MD of Gunns passes away

John Gay, the long-time former managing director of timber company Gunns, has died aged 75. John was born into a third-generation sawmilling family in Deloraine in 1943. After attending boarding ...
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Introducing Scale-Up NZ: The gateway to innovation ecosystem

Introducing Scale-Up NZ: The gateway to innovation ecosystem

A free online platform has just been launched to connect New Zealand businesses with funders, incubators, multinationals and other collaborators. Scale-Up NZ, from Callaghan Innovation, shines a light on our ...
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NZ Timber Design Guides launched

NZ Timber Design Guides launched

Following a one-day conference that discussed why wood manufacturing matters, especially in our regions, NZ Woods’ Timber Design Guide Manager Andy van Houtte launched “Design for Fire Safety,” the first ...
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Streamlining the green mill with vision technology

Streamlining the green mill with vision technology

Waipapa Pine at KeriKeri, New Zealand is investing to improve the efficiency of its sawmill edger and trimmer lines . Following its successful carriage update utilizing USNR’s optimization and scanning ...
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Manufacturing still matters

Manufacturing still matters

“Manufacturing still matters,” Dr Alison Pennington (photo) told delegates at the Wood Processors and Manufacturers’ Association (WPMA)’s conference in Christchurch recently. Dr Pennington is an economist at the Centre for ...
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Working together means we can all breathe a little easier

Working together means we can all breathe a little easier

No one can deny the importance of local timber mills for regional jobs and the economy, however the often-aging infrastructure has, in the past presented challenges with air pollution and ...
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WoodTECH Update - Issue 13

WoodTECH Update – Issue 13

WoodTECH Issue 13 - Latest news, research and resources Welcome to this latest issue of www.woodtech.news. In this issue we cover a good mix of wood processing stories including news ...
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3D printing using timber waste products

3D printing using timber waste products

3D printing technology can combine timber waste products and recycled plastics to transform them into a high-performance construction element, as results from research conducted at the University of Sydney show ...
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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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Latest quarterly Timber Market Survey released

Latest quarterly Timber Market Survey released

The December quarter Australian 2018 Timber Market Survey (TMS) has seen mixed price movement results for untreated structural pine products. Price movements for MGP10 and MGP12 products were within +/-0.7%, ...
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Trimble Unveils Next-gen Mixed-reality Device with Microsoft HoloLens 2

Trimble Unveils Next-gen Mixed-reality Device with Microsoft HoloLens 2

Trimble has announced a new wearable hard hat compatible device that enables workers in safety-controlled environments to access holographic information on the worksite—the Trimble® XR10 with HoloLens 2. In addition, ...
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Windsor Engineering acquires RCR Energy

Windsor Engineering acquires RCR Energy

The business and assets of RCR Energy Ltd have just been sold to Windsor Engineering Group Limited. The sale secures the future of this vital New Zealand business in the ...
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Hospital to move from coal to biomass fuel

Hospital to move from coal to biomass fuel

New Zealand’s Health Minister Dr David Clark says two new woody biomass boilers for Christchurch Hospital will improve the Canterbury DHB’s resilience and environmental sustainability. Polytechnik Biomass Energy, based in ...
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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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