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Skills feedback for sawmilling and timber industries

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The Australian sawmilling and timber processing sectors are developing new skills as the industry undergoes rapid digital transformation and technical progress. State-of-the-art equipment is being integrated into workplaces to increase productivity and produce innovative products, including cross laminated timber (CLT) and glue laminated timber (GLT). Unique expertise is required for working with these new timber products and processes. Operators, line …

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Flexible planing of small batches up to 8 m long

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Holzwerke van Roje installs a new planing mill in its existing facility at the Oberhonnefeld-Gierend location (Rhineland-Palatinate). Holzwerke van Roje strengthened its own processing with the installation of an automated planing mill last year. Connected to the sawmill, around 50 % of the main product is processed further here. The company invested around 3.7 million euro for this purpose in …

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More Swedish innovation: Cardboard wall studs

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Wood Tube: Climate Smart Studs Made of Paper ~ Among the many difficulties that the construction industry currently faces, confronting the climate emergency continues to be one of the main challenges. In fact, considering that the sector is responsible for around 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions, aiming towards net-zero, carbon-neutral architecture should and must be the top priority. Although …

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World’s first fully bio-based furniture board

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World’s first fully bio-based furniture board is born from the cooperation of Stora Enso and Koskisen Oy Finnish plywood manufacturer Koskisen is the first company to start using the bio-based binder NeoLigno® by Stora Enso in its new sustainable product family. Koskisen and Stora Enso’s co-operation has resulted in the world’s first entirely bio-based furniture board, called Zero Furniture Board. …

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FTMA launches timber podcasts

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The Frame & Truss Manufacturers Association of Australia (FTMA) are proud to launch their new Podcast series ‘F&T Time with Kersten Gentle’. “We haven’t been able to sit and have a cuppa with members for 2 years due to the pandemic, so the aim of F&T Time is to keep the fabricators and the whole timber and construction supply chain …

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Looking inside a mass timber manufacturing operation

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This video discusses mass timber manufacturing and shows an advanced mass timber factory in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada (Element5). Building components are modelled using 3D modelling software and then translated into drawings for the factory. Factory components are built on advanced assembly lines and robotically machined to precision. Take a “walk” through the new factory and learn about the cross-laminated …

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Public share float of Carter Holt Harvey?

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One of the New Zealand sharemarket’s former heavyweights may be destined to return, in name at least, according to Australian media reports. The Australian Financial Review is reporting that the Rank Group, owned by billionaire Graeme Hart, is looking at a public share float of building supplies group Carter Holt Harvey. It has reported that investment banks Forsyth Barr and …

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Practical training improving leadership skills

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Leadership training for those working in the primary industries including forestry is helping people to lead others. Andy Smith, principal of training provider About Life in New Zealand, says typically people with good technical skills are promoted to lead others with an assumption they’ll be good leaders of people but that is not necessarily the case. “The next thing is …

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NZ Timber Design Centre launched

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An agreement to create an industry advisory service for New Zealand’s building designers will promote and facilitate greater use of timber in New Zealand buildings, says Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service deputy director general Jason Wilson. “This advisory service, called the Timber Design Centre, is a milestone for increasing the use of timber in the design and …