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The robot helping build mass-engineered timber buildings

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Large mass-engineered timber construction projects require placing hundreds of thousands of screw fixtures. A new collaboration sees a robot do the hard work.At the Murdoch University campus in Perth, a new mass-engineered timber (MET) building is being erected. The project will be Western Australia’s largest MET building, but that is not what was attracting attention to the building site one …

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Manufacturers need to become talent creators

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This recent article is written for the US market but the same issues on attracting skills and talent into manufacturing operations in this part of the world apply. Our nation is facing a dire shortage of manufacturing workers. The National Association of Manufacturers forecasts that by 2030, the United States could have 2.1 million unfilled manufacturing jobs. A March 2022 …

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Red Stag purchases TimberLab

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Surging interest in sustainable construction has seen one of New Zealand’s oldest mass timber businesses combine with one of the youngest. After 64 years in McIntosh family ownership TimberLab Solutions has joined the Red Stag group following a share sale completed last week. TimberLab has been the company behind many of the iconic large-scale glulam and laminated veneer lumber projects …

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Loctite PUR adhesives to be manufactured in Australia

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Henkel, a global leader in the adhesives market, is planning to produce Loctite polyurethane (PUR) adhesives in Australia from the first half of 2023. The adhesives will be manufactured in Kilsyth, Victoria, to serve the engineered wood industry across Australia and New Zealand. “Purbond adhesives are used globally and have long been the benchmark for innovation and reliability in the …

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Henkel invests in Australian hardwood technology start-up

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Henkel Adhesive Technologies strengthens its capabilities for timber construction solutions by investing in 3RT, Melbourne, Australia. Together with partners the company has developed a robotic process to convert forest and plantation residue into high-quality and unique hardwood products. With the investment Henkel aims to further expand its Engineered Wood business and to drive the implementation of sustainable future-oriented technologies. The …

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Level playing field sought for wood processors

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Marty Verry is the chief executive of Red Stag group, which operates New Zealand’s largest sawmill and holds investments in forestry, cross laminated timber, glulam and property development. OPINION: The Commerce Commission wants to encourage more competition in the market for structural timber through large-scale investment in new processing. That, though, requires the Government to start treating wood processors fairly …

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New creative resources to put timber in the frame

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The Timber Framing Collective is introducing a suite of easy-to use creative resources to help share the remarkable green story of Timber Framing. Through these new resources, the Timber Framing Collective aims to empower the entire supply chain, from growers to consumers, to proudly stand up for timber and their craft. Timber Framing Collective spokesperson, Richard Hyett, said, “By equipping …

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Victoria backs ASH’s timber expansion

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Advanced manufacturing leader and timber supplier Australian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH) has received AU$1.2 million in funding through the Victorian Forestry Plan innovation program. The latest funding will enable the company to expand its plantation timber manufacturing operation and help in the construction of a new AU$2.4 million specialised MASSLAM manufacturing facility. The expansion is expected to help ASH’s Heyfield mill …

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OneFortyOne to export sawmill woodchips

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OneFortyOne’s New Zealand’s Kaituna Sawmill and Marusumi Whangarei Co. Ltd, have signed an agreement to export wood chip to Japan with the first vessel expected to depart from Port Marlborough (Picton) before the end of the year. Port Marlborough has been a critical partner in providing logistical support for the trial, including 4,000m2 (0.4 ha) in the port’s Shakespeare Bay …

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Wellons Expands Into Australasia

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For over 50 years, Wellons has been a leader in providing biomass-fired energy systems, timber drying systems, and related products and services to the forest products industry. Firmly established and financially sound, we provide our customers with complete services in design, engineering, and manufacturing, as well as installation services and technical assistance. Wellons offers biomass energy systems including fuel storage …