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World record: 650m2 large CLT panel

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In the Austrian province of Vorarlberg, a timber construction is currently being built with a 650m2 cross laminated timber panel. That is a world record! The TS3 technology makes it possible – a development by Timbatec together with the ETH Zurich and the Bern University of Applied Sciences. TS3 technology is a quantum leap: it frees timber construction from its …

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Apprenticeship and new graduate positions opened up

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AKD is answering the call to support Australian job creation by announcing over 20 new apprenticeship positions and new graduate positions in 2021. The challenges of this year are well known and have impacted on many communities. AKD have always placed the development of their people as a high priority, this year they felt it was even more important to …

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Timber manufacturing plant location being weighed up

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The tiny South Australian town of Tarpeena is hoping to wrestle an AU$60 million timber processing facility from metropolitan Melbourne to secure dozens of new jobs. While the pandemic has slowed the decision-making process, Timberlink Australia says the location of the proposed manufacturing plant could be announced within two months. The company – which has major timber processing plants at …

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Responding to regulation changes for wood dust exposure

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New research is aimed at preparing the forest and wood products industry to best respond to potential revised regulations around wood dust exposure levels. Operations across the timber supply chain, including sanding, sawing, cross cutting and drilling, all have the potential to create wood dust. In response to research strongly associating wood dust in the workplace with health issues like …

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Financial support for NZ timber industry

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Four Bay of Plenty timber businesses will receive investments totalling nearly NZ$22 million through New Zealand’s Provincial Growth Fund to boost the local economy and create jobs, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. Rotorua-based sawmill Red Stag Wood Solutions will receive a NZ$15 million loan to develop an engineered wood products manufacturing facility. “Red Stag is a major …

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Australia’s Stirling Machinery enters NZ market

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Australian equipment supplier for the wood processing industry, Stirling Machinery has entered the New Zealand market to not just supply and install premium machines but to provide a fully integrated service, from consultancy through to servicing. A division of tooling supplier, Accurate, Stirling has enjoyed strong and steady growth in Australia since its establishment five years ago. Indeed, Accurate customers …

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New Highland Pine Products General Manager

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Highland Pine Product (HPP) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Bitzer to the role of General Manager. Mike will replace current General Manager David Knights who recently announced his retirement. David commenced as General Manager in 2016 and since this time has continued to lead the site through growth and change. We thank David for his service to …

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Stiles & Homag acquire System TM

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After 15 years of successful cooperation between System TM and Stiles in the North American market, Stiles has announced the majority share acquisition of the Danish engineering and manufacturing partner, System TM A/S, by Homag Group. System TM is a global supplier of optimization and solid wood systems. Russ Suor, executive vice president of Stiles, said, “We are excited to …

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Kawerau mill future uncertain

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The future of the Tasman newsprint mill in Kawerau is in doubt, with its Norwegian owners seeking alternatives to newsprint production at the site. Late last week Norske Skog announced it has ordered a strategic review of one of the central North Island’s largest industrial plants. The company has hired KPMG to find alternative production options and is running a …