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WoodTECH Update - Issue 28

WoodTECH Update – Issue 28

Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. First off, we’re delighted with the turnout this year for the WoodTECH 2020 event. The on-line six-part webinar series finished just a couple of weeks ago. Over 250 of you registered for the wood manufacturing and dry-mill series. Considering the number of mills across Australia and New Zealand, and the webinars being run ...
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WoodTECH 2020 Event Summary

WoodTECH 2020 Event Summary

COVID-19 changed everyone’s business plans and operations, almost overnight. Worldwide, industry events, trade shows and exhibitions planned for 2020 were impacted by the virus. Social distancing, tightening of travel and ...
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Highland Pine to upgrade planer controls

Highland Pine to upgrade planer controls

Highland Pine Products in the ongoing desire to improve product quality and operator safety are going to upgrade the controls on their Coastal Planer with a Gilbert Retrofit. After installing ...
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CHH restructuring of LVL operation

CHH restructuring of LVL operation

About 160 jobs are at risk after Carter Holt Harvey proposed a restructure of its Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) business in Marsden Point in New Zealand. This comes after the ...
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Timber industry’s race against the clock

Timber industry’s race against the clock

Thirty thousand hectares of Forestry Corporation land burnt. Thirty-nine crews currently harvesting timber (up from 23 before the fires). Twelve to 18 months before the fire damage makes the logs ...
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Operation deployment of robotics in Australasian mills

Operation deployment of robotics in Australasian mills

An exciting new format for dry-mill and wood manufacturing operations has been set up by the local industry. This has been to ensure that the two-yearly WoodTECH series, originally scheduled ...
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Increasing your mill productivity with a culture shift

Increasing your mill productivity with a culture shift

As outlined in previous issues, an exciting new format for dry-mill and wood manufacturing operations has been set up to ensure that the two-yearly WoodTECH series, originally scheduled to be ...
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AKD stops production due to building downturn

AKD stops production due to building downturn

Australia’s Federal Government is being urged to introduce a housing construction stimulus to prevent dire predictions for the timber industry being realised. Last week, Australia's largest sawmilling company AKD Softwoods ...
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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 ...
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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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