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WoodTECH 2020  | 19-20 August 2020, Rotorua, NEW ZEALAND  |  25-26 August 2020, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

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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 2020, is taking place in August this year. Alternating every year between green and dry-mill operations, this year‘s series will focus on timber manufacturing, dry-mill optimisation and robotics & automation ...
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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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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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Norske Skog announces sale of Albury Mill

Norske Skog announces sale of Albury Mill

Norske Skog this week announced the sale of the Albury assets to Australian papermaker Visy who plan to undertake feasibility studies into the potential future uses of those assets on ...
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Largest North American CLT plant opened

Largest North American CLT plant opened

Engineered wood and building development giant Katerra's new cross-laminated timber (CLT) and glulam plant is now open in Washington. Katerra says the 270,000 square foot facility is the largest of ...
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Load detection and 3D collision warning for mobile intralogistics

Load detection and 3D collision warning for mobile intralogistics

Warehouses and distribution centres are increasingly looking to integrate digitalisation, automated guided vehicle systems (AGV) and other mobile platforms to optimise their operations. Flexibility, reliability, availability, and productivity are the ...
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Bolted connections and impact on machine reliability

Bolted connections and impact on machine reliability

As part of the WoodTECH 2019 series run by the Forest Industry Engineering Association, sawmillers throughout New Zealand and Australia were treated to some hands-on practical troubleshooting and mill maintenance ...
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Mechanical apprentice shares his timber story

Mechanical apprentice shares his timber story

How did you decide your career path? Did you want to follow in your parent’s footsteps, or set your own career path? For OneFortyOne’s Sam Von Duve, it was a ...
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First moves for Tasmanian hardwood CLT operation

First moves for Tasmanian hardwood CLT operation

Exciting news out of Tasmania is that a brand new, purpose-built hardwood CLT plant will be constructed in the state’s north-west industrial centre of Wynyard. Stirling Machinery has been selected ...
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Sawmill profits fall in North America

Sawmill profits fall in North America

Sawmill profit margins have fallen substantially in North America over the past 12 months with BC sawmills margins in the 2Q/19 being close to their lowest levels in 15 years, ...
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WoodTECH Update - Issue 19

WoodTECH Update – Issue 19

Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. Over 350 delegates attended last month’s WoodTECH 2019 technology series in New Zealand and Australia. Thanks for your support. One of the largest ...
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WoodTECH 2019 Summary

WoodTECH 2019 Summary

Once again, WoodTECH 2019 has provided a stand out update for sawmilling companies and equipment and technology providers. Close to 350 delegates from the local industry attended the series that ...
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AutoBox with SICK navigation and safety sensors

AutoBox with SICK navigation and safety sensors

While this article is not so wood related, it is a great example of how warehouses and distribution centres in other sectors are automating their systems. The BMW Dynamics Center ...
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Hyne open up operations to wider community

Hyne open up operations to wider community

Hyne love to share their passion for timber, but their Australian mills at Tumbarumba NSW and Tuan near Maryborough QLD are just a little out of the way. That’s why ...
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From toxic to award winning workplace

From toxic to award winning workplace

Seven years ago, Brisbane based sustainable timber specialist Kennedy’s Timbers had stagnated, were facing issues on all fronts, in a tough competitive market and at a risk of closure. However, ...
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First Muhlbock continuous kiln in North America

First Muhlbock continuous kiln in North America

With environmental impact, cost savings, and industry-leading innovation in mind, Delco Forest Products in New Brunswick has signed on to become the first sawmill in North America to install a ...
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The impact of downtime in a planer mill

The impact of downtime in a planer mill

Global competition for forestry companies is very high today. All companies aim to improve their production times, as well as the price and quality of products. Increased production levels over ...
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Centralising saw-doctoring for mills

Centralising saw-doctoring for mills

It’s become a situation that all too many mills are familiar with. Filers are getting older and starting to make retirement plans. Apprentices take time to train and gain experience ...
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Britton Timbers to acquire Burnie veneer business

Britton Timbers to acquire Burnie veneer business

Long established Tasmanian timber processing business, Britton Timbers is acquiring the Specialty Veneers (incorporating Corinna Timbers) veneer and panel processing facility at Somerset in North West Tasmania. Britton Timbers General ...
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WoodTECH Update - Issue 18

WoodTECH Update – Issue 18

Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.news. This September is a big month. WoodTECH 2019 will be running in New Zealand next week and Australia the week after. This is ...
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NZFFP acquires Claymark Group

NZFFP acquires Claymark Group

The board of N.Z. Future Forest Products Ltd (“NZFFP”) announced yesterday (29 July) that it has entered into a sale and purchase agreement to acquire 100% of Claymark Group Holdings ...
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Record turnout of sawmill tech providers

Record turnout of sawmill tech providers

September 2019 will again see one of the largest gatherings yet seen in this region of wood scanning, sawing, saw and mill maintenance technology specialists, innovators and leading practitioners. The ...
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NZ Council writes off $800k on failed timber mill

NZ Council writes off $800k on failed timber mill

The Northland Regional Council is facing a loss of NZ$800k after investing in a timber mill at Marsden Point. The council lent the money to Resource Enterprises Limited, or REL, ...
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