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Local sawmilling event rescheduled for 2022

In Issue38, WT Event by FIEALeave a Comment

Reluctantly, following numerous discussions and calls with sawmilling companies throughout New Zealand and Australia, the decision has been made by FIEA to postpone the two-yearly sawmilling event, WoodTECH 2021 that was due to run in Rotorua, New Zealand on 3-4 August. It’ll be the first time in 20 plus years. As of mid-June, international borders remain closed which has precluded …

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Toxic timber filling up New Zealand’s landfills?

In Issue38 by FIEA2 Comments

A rather contentious headline. Included here is an article that ran in one of New Zealand’s largest newspapers, the NZ Herald. Again, it calls into question the safety of CCA treated timber – along with the disposal or end of life options that are currently available for treated timber. New Zealand’s ongoing use of toxic agents to treat its residential …

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10-story high-rise built in just one day

In Issue38 by FIEALeave a Comment

Prefabricated buildings are designed to be put together very quickly – that’s a big part of their appeal, after all. However, you’d be hard-pressed to find a building that goes up as quickly as this recently completed 10-story residential high-rise by China’s Broad Group, which was assembled in just over a single day – or 28 hours and 45 minutes, …

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Latest quarterly Timber Market Survey report released

In Issue38 by FIEALeave a Comment

Strong price increases were seen across Australia’s structural softwood product range in the March quarter 2021. Price movements for untreated MGP10 and MGP12 products ranged between 4.2% and 4.8% higher over the quarter, while price movements for treated F7 products ranged between 3.3% and 6.0% higher. Large upward price movements were also seen in the treated outdoor timber product range. …

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CLTP Tasmania launches world’s first hardwood CLT

In Issue38 by FIEALeave a Comment

CLTP Tasmania has officially launched the world’s first hardwood Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), along with their new brand – Cusp Building Solutions. Cusp CLT is made from Tasmanian Plantation Oak (Eucalyptus Nitens) sourced from certified sustainable plantations grown in Tasmania. Using a resource that is currently exported as woodchips, they have created a world-leading mass timber product for the Australian …

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New AU$4.5 million sawmill for South Australia

In Issue38 by FIEALeave a Comment

A new AU$4.5 million sawmill in the Adelaide Hills will be built which will increase timber supply and create local jobs thanks to a new long-term log supply agreement with ForestrySA. KSI Sawmills, which currently operates a small mill at Nuriootpa, will build the new mill which will be strategically located allowing for expansion, offering improved transportation routes central to …

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World’s first Optimised Engineered Lumber plant opened

In Issue38 by FIEALeave a Comment

Stuart Nash, New Zealand’s Minister for Economic and Regional Development, and Minister of Forestry, on Thursday opened Wood Engineering Technology’s Optimised Engineered Lumber (OEL™) production line in Gisborne. The plant is the only one of its type in the world and Wood Engineering Technology’s breakthrough product, OEL™, is one of only seven engineered lumber products ever commercialised. Speaking at the …

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Sale Of Whakatāne Mill to consortium

In Issue38 by FIEALeave a Comment

SIG Combibloc (SIG) has agreed the sale of Whakatāne Mill Limited (WML) to a consortium of investors who will enable the Mill to continue to operate. The consortium is led by Dr Dermot Smurfit who, together with his other European consortium members, has extensive experience in owning and operating paper packaging businesses. They have also brought a number of New …

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Stirling Machinery install the first Salvador Push Feed Saw in Australia

In Issue38 by FIEALeave a Comment

Stirling Machinery is pleased to announce its appointment as the only official dealer of Italian manufacturer, Salvador machines across Australia, and New Zealand. Founded 35 years ago in Treviso, one of Europe’s key manufacturing centres, Salvador has a reputation as a leading brand in both the European and worldwide markets. This partnership with Salvador is based on a shared set …

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Closure of Tasman Mill confirmed

In Issue38 by FIEALeave a Comment

Norske Skog this week announced that the Tasman Mill in Kawerau will cease production by 30 June 2021 and that the mill’s assets will be sold. As a result of the decision, employees at the Tasman Mill will be made redundant. The decision to cease production follows a detailed Strategic Review commissioned in September 2020 that looked at a wide …

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ProDetec Quick Fire Suppression System

In Issue38, WT Video by FIEALeave a Comment

Higher Safety with Quick Response Time When protecting critical machinery or high-risk areas from fires, the response time of a fire protection system is essential. The quicker a fire can be detected and extinguished, the less damage it will cause, production losses can be kept to a minimum and employee safety will be greatly enhanced. By using an appropriate fire …