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WoodTECH 2020  | Rotorua, NEW ZEALAND & Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

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WoodTECH 2020

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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. Incoming passengers were increasingly being tested for COVID-19. There were also, of course, the very real issues in getting our logs into China’s congested ports so harvesting crews and those ...
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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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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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Sudden closure of NZ sawmill

Sudden closure of NZ sawmill

This week’s sudden announcement of the closure of Pacific Pine Industries Ltd, a timber processing and sawmill in Putaruru, New Zealand has left its 60 plus employees reeling. Staff were ...
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Hyne Timber Tumbarumba back up and running

Hyne Timber Tumbarumba back up and running

As recovery gets underway for the Tumbarumba region, NSW, the Hyne Timber Mill is back up and running, despatching truckloads of timber, thanks to the many volunteers and emergency services ...
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Primary processors working together creates efficiency

Primary processors working together creates efficiency

Establishing wood processors close to forestry allows wood processing and forestry residues to be used as an energy source, with any surplus able to be used by other nearby industries ...
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Technology advances at Bell Bay mill showcased

Technology advances at Bell Bay mill showcased

Timberlink CEO Ian Tyson, last Tuesday welcomed Guy Barnett, Tasmanian Minister for Resources, to Timberlink’s Bell Bay mill to see recent investments in technology and safety upgrades in action. Timberlink ...
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The 5 biggest challenges for smart factories

The 5 biggest challenges for smart factories

An Intel survey of 400 manufacturing experts on the front lines looks at what it will take to clear Industry 4.0's highest hurdles. With the increasing proliferation of data, connectivity, ...
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Cypress glulam beams for pre-fabricated homes

Cypress glulam beams for pre-fabricated homes

Research by Queensland’s Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) to develop a new sustainable timber product has delivered additional jobs and a boost to a Queensland construction company. Minister for ...
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WoodTECH Update - Issue 21

WoodTECH Update – Issue 21

Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. This will be the final issue for 2019. This year we’ve produced 11 monthly issues and grew the newsletter to over 5,000 direct ...
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What next? Fence posts without wood

What next? Fence posts without wood

Business is booming for a Kiwi startup which turns plastic waste into fence posts. The new company, Future Post, has invented an environmentally friendly fence post made from 100 percent ...
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N.Z. Future Forest Products outlines expansion plans

N.Z. Future Forest Products outlines expansion plans

N.Z. Future Forest Products Ltd (NZFFP) has this week made a series of announcements about its future expansion plans. The company, which is focused on making sustainable New Zealand finished ...
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Latest quarterly Timber Market Survey report out

Latest quarterly Timber Market Survey report out

The September quarter 2019 Australian Timber Market Survey (TMS) has shown downward price movements for untreated MGP products ranging between 0.4% and 1.3%. Treated sleeper and treated decking prices also ...
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Mill chapter closes for Kangaroo Island

Mill chapter closes for Kangaroo Island

KPT has entered into an agreement that it expects to lead to the sale and removal of the main sawmill equipment that comprises the green mill, dry mill and drying ...
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X-Frame gets commercialisation boost

X-Frame gets commercialisation boost

Clip-together modular building design can be rapidly assembled, disassembled and reused, eliminating waste during a building’s lifecycle Victoria University of Wellington PhD candidate Ged Finch is fast tracking the commercialisation ...
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Design out waste and build lean in

Design out waste and build lean in

Product and process design drive 80% of the total costs, but most continuous improvement effort is spent trying to reduce the remaining 20% in current production. Taiichi Ohno, the father ...
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Durable properties for radiata outdoor uses

Durable properties for radiata outdoor uses

Scion has developed a new biobased treatment technology that can give softwood radiata pine durable properties. The treatment increases the performance of radiata pine timber in outdoor uses including decking, ...
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Resource security for SEQ hardwood industry

Resource security for SEQ hardwood industry

Timber Queensland has acknowledged the Palaszczuk Government’s announcement this week as an important first step toward recognising the need for resource security and the long-term future of the many workers ...
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WoodTECH Update - Issue 20

WoodTECH Update – Issue 20

Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. Those receiving monthly issues of woodtech.news are principally those involved in sawmilling, saw-doctoring and wood manufacturing along with technology and equipment suppliers to ...
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Early EOI to present – WoodTECH 2020

Early EOI to present – WoodTECH 2020

The very successful WoodTECH 2019 series has just been completed. With the focus on green-mill or sawmilling operations, around 350 delegates from local mills and technology providers from around the ...
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Cutting edge production techniques adopted

Cutting edge production techniques adopted

The strong scent of pine you get as you pass by logging depots at our major ports is one of the more obvious signs of our booming export industry for ...
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Hundegger Australasia appoints NZ Manager

Hundegger Australasia appoints NZ Manager

Hundegger Australasia are pleased to announce the appointment of Benedikt (Ben) Buerschgens to the position Regional Manager – New Zealand. The expansion of Hundegger machinery in Australia and New Zealand ...
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