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CEO to leave CLTP operation

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The Hermal Group has advised stakeholders that Chris Skeels-Piggins, the CEO of their plantation hardwood CLTP business based in Burnie Tasmania, is leaving the Group. The company acknowledged the achievements that Chris had made leading the CLTP business and significant milestones made under Chris’ leadership, especially as they have been attained in the context of rolling and extended COVID-19 lockdowns. …

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New sawmilling course set up in B.C.

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In continued partnership with Interfor, Canfor, West Fraser and Tolko, BCIT has launched a new Associate Certificate Program – the Business of Sawmilling. This new program focuses on educating forest industry workers about essential business skills – helping them grow and advance within their organization and the industry. The pilot cohort of this program was launched in October 2020 and …

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Safe systems save lives

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A tragic workplace fatality in the Bay of Plenty serves as a reminder for businesses that effective standard operating systems in workplaces are key to making sure employees stay healthy and safe at work. These systems must be documented, implemented, communicated, and monitored to ensure they are effective, says WorkSafe New Zealand. In March 2019, an employee at Pukepine Sawmills …

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Skilled labour shortage threatens manufacturing

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Before the pandemic, 38% of US manufacturers had trouble finding candidates with the right skills and today that number is 54%, said The Workforce Institute at UKG. While more than half, 54%, of manufacturers have achieved year-over-year growth, despite combatting the pandemic, workforce issues have escalated. “The Resilience of Manufacturing: Strengthening people operations and bridging the talent gap amid crisis,” …

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The growing market for wood pellets

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Discussions are going on about the EU-Commission’s new forest strategy. In the discussions, sawn timber is pointed out as a winner and bioenergy from the forest as a looser. Europe – the largest market for wood pellets The European market accounts for 75 % of the World’s consumption of wood pellets. WRI predicts a strong growth of this market, at …

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Pentarch Group Buys Dormit

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The Pentarch Group is pleased to announce it has purchased the assets of Dormit Pty Ltd. Dormit operates two sawmills and associated operations located at Dandenong South and Swifts Creek in Victoria, Australia. It processes hardwood logs primarily for pallet production with final processing occurring in Dandenong. Dormit is Australia’s largest manufacturer of wooden pallets, up to 1.2 million units …

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Another major NZ industrial plant switches to biomass

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Nelson-based company biomass fuel company Azwood Energy is building a production facility near Milton to service a burgeoning biomass fuel industry. Azwood Energy general manager Brook Brewerton confirmed that one of its clients will be Danone Nutricia New Zealand, near Clydevale, which is building a biomass boiler. Progress on the new plant was fairly advanced, he said. A Danone spokesman …

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Profile – Women in timber

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The timber industry has been historically dominated by men, but things are changing fast both inside the mill and in the office. From a recent issue of Timberlink Newsletter, Denise Morrison and Carley Murphy, were asked about their careers, the challenges they have faced and about why a career in timber is something young women should consider. Last week we …