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WoodTECH Update - Issue 30

WoodTECH Update – Issue 30

Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. In this month’s issue, we highlight a number of significant changes that have occurred in just four weeks for Australasian wood processing and manufacturing companies. The positive here is that the good news re investment in new plant and operations has outweighed the negative. It’s been a while since we’ve said that in ...
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Machine Guarding Separates People From Machinery

Machine Guarding Separates People From Machinery

It is vital that machinery which requires human interaction is adequately guarded to protect workers from risk, says WorkSafe. This message comes after a worker for Kiwi Lumber suffered fatal ...
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AKD restarts Irrewarra sawmilling operation

AKD restarts Irrewarra sawmilling operation

AKD has announced that they will recommence operations at their Irrewarra sawmilling site to provide more Australian produced timber for their customers and employment opportunities in the Colac region. In ...
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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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World-first log scaling robot earns global ranking

World-first log scaling robot earns global ranking

A world-first robotic innovation that scans and measures export logs on trucks has landed its Kiwi developers on the 2020 RBR50, Robotics Business Review's prestigious global list recognising the 50 ...
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Bunnings bans timber from VicForests

Bunnings bans timber from VicForests

Bunnings will stop selling timber logged by VicForests after a court found the state government-owned forestry agency breached conservation laws. “Bunnings has a zero-tolerance approach to illegally logged timber that ...
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Victorian Hardwood Sawmillers Association launched

Victorian Hardwood Sawmillers Association launched

Victoria’s processors of hardwood timber have formed a new association, the Victorian Hardwood Sawmillers Association (VHSA). Spokesperson Leonard Fenning said their purpose is to fight the Victorian State Government’s decision ...
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10 years promoting timber benefits

10 years promoting timber benefits

Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) WoodSolutions program has reached an exciting milestone, as it celebrates 10 years of providing high-quality, easy-to-understand information about the benefits of timber to the ...
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C3 ramps up operations in Portland

C3 ramps up operations in Portland

C3’s Portland log marshalling operation has increased throughput by 300% since the deal was completed despite C3 purchasing equipment and commencing operations during the COVID-19 pandemic C3, one of Australia’s ...
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Government support needed to keep mills running

Government support needed to keep mills running

• It's estimated more than 50,000 hectares of pine plantation in southern NSW was lost in the Black Summer bushfires • Tumbarumba's Hyne Timber mill has lost 40 per cent ...
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WoodTECH Update - Issue 27

WoodTECH Update – Issue 27

Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. A lot can change in a month. While the reopening of New Zealand and most of Australia has been successful, COVID-19 is still a ...
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WoodTECH 2020 Webinar Series - Starts 13 July

WoodTECH 2020 Webinar Series – Starts 13 July

WoodTECH 2020 is now just around the corner. Starting on Monday 13 July 2020, wood processing and manufacturing companies from throughout Australasia will log into the first of six one-hour ...
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Latest quarterly Timber Market Survey results

Latest quarterly Timber Market Survey results

The Australian Timber Market Survey (TMS) results show prices for untreated MGP products remained stable over the March quarter 2020. Treated sleeper and treated decking prices were also relatively stable ...
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Saw-shop instructional videos available

Saw-shop instructional videos available

This month we’ve included three short instructional videos aimed at sawmilling and wood manufacturing operators, both saw-shop and production staff. They’re part of a series of Tech Tips brought to ...
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Global 3RT hardwood manufacturing contract secured

Global 3RT hardwood manufacturing contract secured

Experts in IoT and wood manufacturing join forces - Bosch Manufacturing Solutions will partner with 3RT in a contract for the production automation of manufactured hardwood - Connected manufacturing equipment ...
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Canadians buying European sawmills

Canadians buying European sawmills

Canfor Corporation has announced that its 70%-owned subsidiary, Vida Group, has entered into an agreement to purchase three sawmills located in Sweden from Bergs Timber for a purchase price of ...
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Lignin-based resin developed for plywood

Lignin-based resin developed for plywood

Latvijas Finieris has together with Stora Enso taken the next steps towards replacing phenol – in resins used in plywood – with lignin. This new lignin-based glue significantly reduces the ...
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Euro 15 million wood impregnation plant ordered

Euro 15 million wood impregnation plant ordered

A leading supplier of wood impregnation and thermal treatment plants, IWT-Moldrup, with offices in Denmark and Singapore, has secured an order to supply wood impregnation plant and material handling equipment ...
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Northland Forestry student receives scholarship

Northland Forestry student receives scholarship

Northland student Camryn Stewart has received an academic scholarship from Waipu-based timber manufacturer Northpine. In her fourth and final year of a Bachelor of Forestry Science at the University of ...
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WoodTECH Update - Issue 26

WoodTECH Update – Issue 26

Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. It's welcome relief that both New Zealand and Australian COVID-19 lockdowns are easing and businesses, that weren't already operating, are now opening up ...
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Standardising advice for NZ timber construction

Standardising advice for NZ timber construction

The Wood Processors and Manufacturers’ Association (WPMA) has long recognised the need for standardised, good quality information in New Zealand to help the wider construction sector confidently design with and ...
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Robotic fabrication using plywood building blocks

Robotic fabrication using plywood building blocks

A team of post-graduate students from London's Bartlett School of Architecture’s Design Computation Lab has created a modular home office to promote its automated architecture (AUAR) project, which involves the ...
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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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