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WoodTECH News | Issue 51

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Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. Red Stag, which operates New Zealand’s largest sawmill and holds investments in forestry, cross laminated timber and glulam operations, has been prominent in recent wood processing announcements. TimberLab, the company behind many of the iconic large-scale glulam and laminated veneer lumber projects, both in this region and internationally, has been purchased by Red Stag …

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WoodTECH News | Issue 50

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Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. Fifty issues so far – and still going strong. Thanks for your contributions and suggestions for stories, results from recent research or trials, tips and links to breaking news over the years. It’s appreciated. Keep them coming. One of our regular readers, Graeme Moore, recently sent us a useful resource that he’d compiled to …

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WoodTECH News | Issue 49

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Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. On behalf of the Forestry Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) and WoodTECH we are delighted to welcome our inaugural WoodTECH Brand Partners; HewSaw, Camco, Fagus GreCon, TimTechChem, Wellons, USNR, Arxada, Holtec, FWPA, Braford Industries and Key Knife Pacific. The Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) and WoodTECH are pleased to be partnered with leading wood technology …

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WoodTECH News | Issue 48

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Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. First up, is the news that there unfortunately will be no outing for our WoodTECH community in 2022.  The WoodTECH 2022 sawmilling event after two years of postponements because of Covid travel and meeting restrictions was set down to run in Rotorua, New Zealand on 18-19 October 2022 and live streamed into Australian mills.  …

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WoodTECH News | Issue 47

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Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. When taking a look at new stories across New Zealand and Australia, it is hard not to see that staffing and timber shortages are dominating the headlines. Post-covid, or more correctly, living with covid, has seen a massive increase in timber demand worldwide. There’s also a lack of available workers to meet this demand. …

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WoodTECH News | Issue 46

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Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. After a couple of years of disruption and travel restrictions, WoodTECH 2022 will be back in person for New Zealand in October of this year. While Australia will still have to wait another year, borders will be open and we encourage those keen to make the trip across the Tasman or arrange for on-site …

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WoodTECH News | Issue 45

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Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. Biofuel announcements on both sides of the Tasman continue to pop up – almost daily now. Better utilisation of forest residues has moved from highlighting opportunities in harvesting, transporting and drying some of these residues from logging operations to now major investments in new heat plant by industrial-scale operations. In this month’s issue we …

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WoodTECH News | Issue 44

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Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. This is the first issue of 2022 and how things have changed since we last corresponded. Omicron has been an unwelcome game-changer in Australia. While the worst may be over, the big issue for business has been chronic worker shortages in key industries across the country. Companies reported that 20% to 50% of workers …

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WoodTECH News | Issue 43

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Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. As 2021 comes to a close, it’s been a year where Covid-19 has once again dominated the headlines, disrupted supply chains and threatened business as usual. However, it has also been a boom for many within the forestry industry, as increased domestic construction and reopening of international trade has seen timber in high demand. …

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WoodTECH News | Issue 42

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Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. We start this month with new research on how the millennial generation (the largest generation now in our workforce) views the timber industry. The US-based study highlights a generally negative perception of the industry which is significantly impacting on how we’re able to attract new skills into our operations. The key takeaway here is …

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WoodTECH News | Issue 41

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Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. As we mentioned back in July, WoodTECH 2021 was pushed back to 2022 due to Covid-19 travel restrictions and the ‘post-Covid’ building boom. We can now outline plans for the revamped WoodTECH 2022 event. It will be hosted 18-19 May 2022 in Rotorua New Zealand and streamed live online. This means that, for our …

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WoodTECH News | Issue 40

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Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. The latest Covid-19 outbreaks in Australia and New Zealand highlights a major difference in how both countries lockdown. While Australian wood producers are deemed an essential service and continue to operate, virtually all businesses across New Zealand were forced to close while on level 4 restrictions. There will always be a debate on how …

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WoodTECH News | Issue 39

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Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. The big news to start this month is the sale of Boral Timber and their nine NSW sawmills and half share of the Highland Pine sawmill at Oberon to Allied Natural Wood Enterprises (Pentarch Group). While this sees Boral exit the timber business, it’s a major investment for the Pentarch Group that significantly expands …

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WoodTECH Update – Issue 38

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Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. The big news this month for the WoodTECH community is the rescheduling of this year’s major sawmilling event to May 2022. While we had hoped to run it this August, the impacts from Covid-19 were making it increasingly harder to run. Mills were disappointed that in many instances, they would be unable to get …

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WoodTECH Update – Issue 37

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Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. It seems Covid-19 is not done with Australia yet, with a significant outbreak sending Victoria into a hard 7-day lockdown and border restrictions with neighbouring states. While this will be felt throughout the State, the local forestry industry has largely avoided the economic hit other sectors have received. There is also a global construction …

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WoodTECH Update – Issue 36

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Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. We’re pleased to announce the new programme for our upcoming event, WoodTECH 2021. Due to lingering issues around Covid-19 travel, we will only be hosting this event in New Zealand this year. WoodTECH 2021 runs in Rotorua, New Zealand on 3-4 August 2021. For those unable to travel from Australia and the wider international …

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WoodTECH Update – Issue 35

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Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. Last month we mentioned that the programme for WoodTECH 2021 was in development. Every two years, this technology event focuses on sawmilling and saws. It’s one that we’re really excited about and one that will be quite different to past events. While WoodTECH is well known for bringing down 20 to 30 international equipment …

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WoodTECH Update – Issue 34

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Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. The design of the WoodTECH 2021 programme aimed at sawmillers, saw doctors and wood producers in both New Zealand and Australia is already underway. As detailed in last month’s issue, for the first time it’s being run at the same time this year – in both countries. Further details will follow in the next …

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WoodTECH Update – Issue 33

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Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. As the first issue of the year goes out, we’re reminded that COVID-19 still has a big part to play in 2021. At the time of publication, Perth has just entered a 5-day lockdown, as mutated strains of the virus create headaches for the teams attempting to stop the spread. New Zealand has just …

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WoodTECH Update – Issue 32

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Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. December is finally here and what a year it’s been. COVID-19, the biggest pandemic in 100 years, has seen countries shutdown, borders closed and economies severely impacted. It’s also reinforced the importance of family, our colleagues and our connections throughout the sector. With vaccines now on the horizon, it will be interesting to see …

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WoodTECH Update – Issue 31

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Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. In this month’s issue, we start with a new world record for CLT panels. Using TS3 technology, the Austrian timber building includes a huge 650m2 cross-laminated timber panel. The future for large timber constructions is growing rapidly, with an 18 storey timber building opening in Norway and the world’s first all timber football stadium …

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WoodTECH Update – Issue 30

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Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. In this month’s issue, we highlight a number of significant changes that have occurred in just four weeks for Australasian wood processing and manufacturing companies. The positive here is that the good news re investment in new plant and operations has outweighed the negative. It’s been a while since we’ve said that in 2020. …

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WoodTECH Update – Issue 29

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Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. A lot can change in a month. At the time of our last issue, New Zealand celebrated being 100 days COVID-19 free and, on the other side of the Tasman, Melbourne reported their highest ever daily total in their second wave. While New Zealand seems to have contained the worst of their second wave …

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WoodTECH Update – Issue 28

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Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. First off, we’re delighted with the turnout this year for the WoodTECH 2020 event. The on-line six-part webinar series finished just a couple of weeks ago. Over 250 of you registered for the wood manufacturing and dry-mill series. Considering the number of mills across Australia and New Zealand, and the webinars being run (timing …

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WoodTECH Update – Issue 27

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Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. A lot can change in a month. While the reopening of New Zealand and most of Australia has been successful, COVID-19 is still a real threat. Victoria is currently facing a second wave that has resulted in a number of Melbourne suburbs in lockdown and the temporary closing of the Victoria/NSW border. It’s not …

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WoodTECH Update – Issue 26

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Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. It’s welcome relief that both New Zealand and Australian COVID-19 lockdowns are easing and businesses, that weren’t already operating, are now opening up again. This will be a slow recovery though, with domestic and international trade still uncertain at this stage.   Next month we will be running WoodTECH 2020, as a series of innovative webinars covering a …

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WoodTECH Update – Issue 25

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Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. The last couple of months has changed the face of the planet. COVID-19 has highlighted just how exposed we are to viral pandemics and how interconnected the global economy is. There are some positive signs though. Both the New Zealand and Australian Governments have responded to the crisis perhaps better than other countries. We’re …

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WoodTECH Update – Issue 24

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Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. So, what a difference a month makes. When the last monthly issue came out there were rumblings about our country’s borders potentially being closed. Incoming passengers were increasingly being tested for COVID-19. There were also, of course, the very real issues in getting our logs into China’s congested ports so harvesting crews and those …

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WoodTECH Update – Issue 23

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Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. We are pleased to announce that the FIEA WoodTECH 2020 programmes are now out and live on the event’s website. This year, the WoodTECH series will be focusing on new technologies, new processing systems and case studies showcasing “smart operating practices” that can make a significant difference to dry-mill and timber manufacturing companies. A …

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WoodTECH Update – Issue 22

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Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News. This is the first issue for 2020 and we, like you, are looking forward to another big year. The annual technology event, WoodTECH 2020, is taking place in August this year. Alternating every year between green and dry-mill operations, this year‘s series will focus on timber manufacturing, dry-mill optimisation and robotics & automation. We’ve been …