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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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Log supply not the cause of timber shortage

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New Zealand forest organisations have joined to reject statements that the current shortage of framing timber is caused by foresters selling logs to China and not leaving enough timber to be processed for sale in New Zealand. The Wood Processors and Manufacturers Association’s Chief Executive, Jon Tanner says Chinese log buyers were going to what he called extraordinary lengths to …

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Extension of HomeBuilder start date

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The Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia (EWPAA) and Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) have both welcomed the Federal Government’s extension to the timeframe for construction commencements under its HomeBuilder program. EWPAA’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Gavin Matthew said, “HomeBuilder and associated State government stimulus measures have successfully underpinned increased consumer confidence and significant new home and renovations demand in …

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Managing timber’s moisture content in the supply chain

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Industry is being encouraged to share their experience in managing timber’s moisture content (MC) in the supply chain. Unexpected MC changes in timber and wood products can be a cause of concern, and University of Tasmania researchers want to hear industry’s first-hand experience with these changes and the problems that they can generate. “Timber’s MC can change significantly as it …

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AU$16m kilns upgrade for Jubilee Sawmill

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OneFortyOne has further strengthened its commitment to the Green Triangle region with a $16 million dollar capital investment at the Jubilee Sawmill. The first of two new Continuous Drying Kilns (CDK) was launched last week, replacing old batch kilns with more efficient and environmentally conscious biomass fuelled system. OneFortyOne Jubilee Sawmill General Manager Paul Hartung said the kilns will produce …

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ITI Timspec expanding in NZ

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After 20 years Timspec will be moving in early 2022 to a new much larger site. ITI Timspec is pleased to announce the exchange of contracts to purchase a property in Keeling Road, Henderson, Auckland, New Zealand . The property is 29,410m2 with just over 15,000 m2 useable warehouse. This purchase is significant in that it is the last of …

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Structural timber supply short for at least six months

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One of Australia’s largest structural timber manufacturers, Timberlink Australia, which has mills in South Australia’s South East and in Tasmania, was among the Radiata pine processors that have ramped up production. Timberlink chief executive Ian Tyson said timber supplies across the nation were tight. “We are doing all that we can to produce as much timber as possible, including extra …

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New CLT plant’s commissioning brought forward

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The opening of a new wood processing plant in Rotorua in a few weeks will help alleviate New Zealand’s timber shortage, say Red Stag group CEO, Marty Verry. The plant, says Verry, will add five percent to the capacity of the New Zealand wood processing sector. That equates to around two thousand dwelling units, or most of the estimated shortfall …