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Standardising advice for NZ timber construction

In Issue26 by FIEALeave a Comment

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 approve timber structures using the many new engineered timber solutions available today. Engineered wood turns softer timbers into beams, columns, trusses, portal frames and more that can deliver superior strength, …

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Robotic fabrication using plywood building blocks

In Issue26 by FIEALeave a Comment

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 use of robotic fabrication. Dubbed ALIS (automated living system), the project features the construction of prefabricated plywood building blocks that join together to create indoor spaces, such as a children’s …

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CHH restructuring of LVL operation

In Issue26 by FIEALeave a Comment

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 company decided to close its Whangārei mill in February, culling more than 110 jobs after consultation in January. Carter Holt Harvey (CHH) chief executive Prafull Kesha said the proposed restructure …

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Timber industry’s race against the clock

In Issue26 by FIEALeave a Comment

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 unusable. The numbers surrounding Forestry Corp after the 2020 bushfire season are slightly grim, but Regional Manager Dean Anderson insisted he’s optimistic; “fairly,” he clarified. The fires last summer claimed …

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Increasing your mill productivity with a culture shift

In Issue26, WT Event by FIEALeave a Comment

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 run in New Zealand and Australia in August, can be run this year. An exciting series of short 60-90-minute interactive webinars have been set up and will be run between …

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AKD stops production due to building downturn

In Issue26 by FIEALeave a Comment

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 temporarily stopped production at four of its mills due to the predicted decrease in demand for building products. More than 800 workers have been forced to take leave in a …