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WoodTECH 2020  | Rotorua, NEW ZEALAND & Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

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WoodTECH 2020

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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 of current restrictions around COVID-19 in both countries and the uncertainty in the weeks and months ahead, it has been decided that the technology series has to be postponed. It ...
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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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MASSLAM passes fire tests

MASSLAM passes fire tests

Australia’s first 120 minute Fire Resistance Test (FRT) and Fire Resistance Level (FRL) has been successfully completed on exposed glue laminated timber members manufactured in Victoria by Australian Sustainable Hardwoods ...
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New Contra Flow Kiln (CFK) open in Tarpeena

New Contra Flow Kiln (CFK) open in Tarpeena

Timberlink Tarpeena’s major upgrade project reached a key milestone on with the first load of timber rolling into our brand new Contra Flow Kiln, the second of its kind at ...
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New process for preserving timber without pressure treating

New process for preserving timber without pressure treating

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 off the fungus that ...
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Nature’s Flame completes significant expansion

Nature’s Flame completes significant expansion

Nature’s Flame’s facility, ideally located in Taupo, New Zealand has recently undergone a significant expansion with an investment from parent company Norske Skog of around NZD$8 million. This has enabled ...
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Impacts of bush fires reviewed at Tumbarumba

Impacts of bush fires reviewed at Tumbarumba

Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Michael McCormack MP, NSW Member for Albury, Justin Clancy MP, Snowy Valleys Mayor, James Hayes and Deputy Mayor John Larter have all visited the Hyne ...
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CHH closes Whangārei sawmill

CHH closes Whangārei sawmill

CHH Timber chief executive Clayton Harris confirmed a final decision had been made to close the mill, with the loss of 111 jobs, after consultation started in January. Workers at ...
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Timberlink to build a CLT and GLT operation

Timberlink to build a CLT and GLT operation

The Timberlink Board has approved plans to enter the growing mass timber market enabled through building a state-of-the-art Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) & Glue Laminated Timber (GLT) manufacturing facility that ...
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WoodTECH Update - Issue 22

WoodTECH Update – Issue 22

Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. This is the first issue for 2020 and we, like you, are looking forward to another big year. The annual technology event, WoodTECH ...
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CHH NZ sawmill may close

CHH NZ sawmill may close

Carter Holt Harvey says it has begun consulting staff at its Whangarei sawmill about the potential closure of that site. It is understood the sawmill employs about 111 staff. "Following ...
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Fenglin tries a third time in New Zealand

Fenglin tries a third time in New Zealand

China’s Guangxi Fenglin Wood Industry Group is in talks with Trust Tairawhiti to develop a wood processing facility near Gisborne, New Zealand. The firm, which had been planning a development ...
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