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20% production increase for Hyne’s Tuan mill

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20% production increase for Hyne’s Tuan mill Recruitment is set to commence for 50 more jobs created in Maryborough as the member for Maryborough, Bruce Saunders MP and Hyne Timber CEO, Jon Kleinschmidt announces an AU$14.5M expansion project. With demand for structural and engineered timber products on the increase, 139-year-old, privately owned Hyne Timber is investing for growth and increased …

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Why NZ’s wood processors are under stress

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The closure of Whakatāne Mill has put the ailing wood processing industry in New Zealand back in the headlines, with calls for urgent steps to avoid more closures. “This is a violation of our responsibility to future generations,” says David Turner, the executive director of Sequal, a wood processing factory in Kawerau that employs 80 people. He predicts more mills …

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NZ paper & packaging mill closure confirmed

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Whakatāne Mill Ltd (WML) confirmed in a statement on Tuesday that the mill will cease production on June 21 and close for good on June 30. A proposal to close the facility was announced last month. After consultation with staff, no viable alternative or buyer for the business had been found and the decision was made to close the mill. …

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Glulam on the BIG Stage

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Over the past few months, the TimberLab manufacturing team in New Zealand have been focusing their efforts on the delivery of components for one of NZ’s largest and most complex Glulam projects to date, the University of Waikato, The Pā. “The Pā will provide a new main entrance to the campus, a student hub (including food outlets and social learning …

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The forestry shows in 2021 – What´s up?

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Fortunately, a full series of technology events and shows are being planned in Australasia by the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA). A full list of events can be found on the FIEA website. This week, Rotorua hosted the annual MobileTECH Ag 2021 event and in just three weeks’ time, forest managers and harvesting contractors will be coming into Rotorua for …

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WoodTECH 2021 linking NZ and Australian sawmills

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For over 20 years now, sawmillers and saw-doctors have been meeting every two years in New Zealand and in Australia. The occasion? The WoodTECH series. It’s run by the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) and designed with industry and key technology and equipment providers. The event provides a unique independent showcase for local companies to evaluate the very latest in …

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Carter Holt Harvey’s NZ supply shakeup

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A decision by Carter Holt Harvey to stop supplying wood products to major retailers could redefine how houses are built in New Zealand, an industry organisation says. Mitre 10 and Bunnings have confirmed to Stuff Carter Holt Harvey has stopped supplying them with wood products. Mitre 10 chief of customer solutions Chris Peak said Carter Holt Harvey Woodproducts had told …

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H2F treated framing: Disposing of a myth

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It has been suggested that the reuse of H2F framing at the end of a building’s life may pose a substantial problem in 20-30 years. This article explains the nature and benefits of H2F framing, why the suggested timeline is too short and why the magnitude of the problem has been over-estimated. H2F treated framing, easily recognised by the distinctive …

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NZ manufacturers being left behind

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New Zealand manufacturers are being left behind as other countries build up support for their manufacturing industries through COVID-19 and beyond, says the New Zealand Wood Processors and Manufacturers Association (WPMA). A new report released this week by the WPMA ‘International Manufacturing Policy and Programme Responses to COVID-19’ documents major interventions by New Zealand’s main trading partners. The report by …