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AU$6m investment in Tasmanian wood processing

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The Tasmanian Government is investing in our AU$1.2 billion timber and forestry industry to gain higher returns by increasing value-added production and supporting more jobs in regional Tasmania. Seven projects around Tasmania will share in an AU$6 million investment through our Forestry On-Island Processing Program to help the sector turn existing wood supplies, as well as wood residues, into higher-value …

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Weinig launches ‘pay-as-you-use’ equipment service

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More flexibility dealing with market and economic fluctuations as well as access to the latest technologies: that is the promise of the new “Woodworking as a Service” business model, which the Weinig company will be implementing over the next two years. In the future, the company says, will enable customers to pay for machines according to actual usage. This means …

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AU$63m for Timberlink’s Tasmanian mill

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An AU$63 million capital investment at Bell Bay Tasmania will see an increase of more than fifty percent in on-island sovereign timber manufactured from sustainably managed pine plantations. The project will commence in 2022 with commissioning expected by the end of 2025. The expansion project installation and construction will be in two stages, from 2022, with full output achieved at …

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Strengthening digital skills for NZ manufacturers

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Low levels of digital literacy among staff is a challenge facing many manufacturing businesses, and strengthening those skills is not only essential to meet rapid technological changes in the workplace, it’s vital to increasing productivity. Digital literacy encompasses numeracy, literacy and computer skills. Across the manufacturing sector, digital literacy has been identified as the most pressing skills gap due to …

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New GLT beam to match changing wood resource

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With Australia’s demand for structural pine framing and engineered wood products at an all-time high, pressure has been on the timber industry to ramp up production to make products more available to the market. But what happens when the log resources required isn’t available to produce the glulam beams the market is crying out for? This is exactly what happened …

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Reimagining factory automation: The winds of change

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The need for a cognitive shift Factory automation has played a pivotal role in the evolution of manufacturing from the early days of manual control through relays and switches to the advanced digital platforms that are seen today. Increasing productivity, achieving mass production, and improving efficiencies have been a perennial quest for manufacturers and have been catalysts for advancements in …

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Wood locks up carbon – treated wood locks it up for longer

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COP26 Glasgow highlighted just how hard it is to get united global action on climate change. Although agreements were thin on the ground, a significant highlight of the conference was recognition for the positive role that wood plays in tackling the principal cause of global warming – carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions – and why the increased use of wood should …

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OneFortyOne to invest $11 million in Jubilee Sawmill

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OneFortyOne, Mount Gambier’s largest private employer, has committed to investing over $11 million in its Jubilee Sawmill over the next two years. Jubilee Sawmill General Manager Paul Hartung said the modern manufacturing investment was a continuation of the re-investment program that started in 2016. “OneFortyOne has invested close to $40 million since purchasing the mill in 2018, on state-of-the-art technology …