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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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Local sawmilling event rescheduled for 2022

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Reluctantly, following numerous discussions and calls with sawmilling companies throughout New Zealand and Australia, the decision has been made by FIEA to postpone the two-yearly sawmilling event, WoodTECH 2021 that was due to run in Rotorua, New Zealand on 3-4 August. It’ll be the first time in 20 plus years. As of mid-June, international borders remain closed which has precluded …

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Toxic timber filling up New Zealand’s landfills?

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A rather contentious headline. Included here is an article that ran in one of New Zealand’s largest newspapers, the NZ Herald. Again, it calls into question the safety of CCA treated timber – along with the disposal or end of life options that are currently available for treated timber. New Zealand’s ongoing use of toxic agents to treat its residential …

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10-story high-rise built in just one day

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Prefabricated buildings are designed to be put together very quickly – that’s a big part of their appeal, after all. However, you’d be hard-pressed to find a building that goes up as quickly as this recently completed 10-story residential high-rise by China’s Broad Group, which was assembled in just over a single day – or 28 hours and 45 minutes, …

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Latest quarterly Timber Market Survey report released

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Strong price increases were seen across Australia’s structural softwood product range in the March quarter 2021. Price movements for untreated MGP10 and MGP12 products ranged between 4.2% and 4.8% higher over the quarter, while price movements for treated F7 products ranged between 3.3% and 6.0% higher. Large upward price movements were also seen in the treated outdoor timber product range. …

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CLTP Tasmania launches world’s first hardwood CLT

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CLTP Tasmania has officially launched the world’s first hardwood Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), along with their new brand – Cusp Building Solutions. Cusp CLT is made from Tasmanian Plantation Oak (Eucalyptus Nitens) sourced from certified sustainable plantations grown in Tasmania. Using a resource that is currently exported as woodchips, they have created a world-leading mass timber product for the Australian …

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New AU$4.5 million sawmill for South Australia

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A new AU$4.5 million sawmill in the Adelaide Hills will be built which will increase timber supply and create local jobs thanks to a new long-term log supply agreement with ForestrySA. KSI Sawmills, which currently operates a small mill at Nuriootpa, will build the new mill which will be strategically located allowing for expansion, offering improved transportation routes central to …

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World’s first Optimised Engineered Lumber plant opened

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Stuart Nash, New Zealand’s Minister for Economic and Regional Development, and Minister of Forestry, on Thursday opened Wood Engineering Technology’s Optimised Engineered Lumber (OEL™) production line in Gisborne. The plant is the only one of its type in the world and Wood Engineering Technology’s breakthrough product, OEL™, is one of only seven engineered lumber products ever commercialised. Speaking at the …

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Sale Of Whakatāne Mill to consortium

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SIG Combibloc (SIG) has agreed the sale of Whakatāne Mill Limited (WML) to a consortium of investors who will enable the Mill to continue to operate. The consortium is led by Dr Dermot Smurfit who, together with his other European consortium members, has extensive experience in owning and operating paper packaging businesses. They have also brought a number of New …

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Stirling Machinery install the first Salvador Push Feed Saw in Australia

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Stirling Machinery is pleased to announce its appointment as the only official dealer of Italian manufacturer, Salvador machines across Australia, and New Zealand. Founded 35 years ago in Treviso, one of Europe’s key manufacturing centres, Salvador has a reputation as a leading brand in both the European and worldwide markets. This partnership with Salvador is based on a shared set …

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Closure of Tasman Mill confirmed

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Norske Skog this week announced that the Tasman Mill in Kawerau will cease production by 30 June 2021 and that the mill’s assets will be sold. As a result of the decision, employees at the Tasman Mill will be made redundant. The decision to cease production follows a detailed Strategic Review commissioned in September 2020 that looked at a wide …

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ProDetec Quick Fire Suppression System

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Higher Safety with Quick Response Time When protecting critical machinery or high-risk areas from fires, the response time of a fire protection system is essential. The quicker a fire can be detected and extinguished, the less damage it will cause, production losses can be kept to a minimum and employee safety will be greatly enhanced. By using an appropriate fire …

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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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‘Buy Aussie Timber First’ campaign a huge success

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Australia’s structural timber supply chain industry has applauded the success of the Buy Aussie Timber First (BATF) campaign, launched to promote Australian timber sales during uncertain times, following the destructive 2019/20 summer bushfires and the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Industry will now look to refocus the campaign. The 9-month BATF campaign helped deliver a message of support about …

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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. In the latest issue of Timberlink’s Newsletter, they spoke in depth with Denise Morrison and Carley Murphy, both working with Timberlink mills about their careers, the challenges they have faced and about why a career in timber is …

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Top five shifts affecting construction

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Construction has long been plagued by a lack of collaboration and communication right along the supply chain, according to construction payment application firm Payapps. Over time, this leads to job fragmentation, inefficient contract approaches and disputes over claims. Yet, construction companies that meet these challenges head-on by remaining agile, adapting faster and manage to reduce their cost base will see …

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Lifeline for Whakatāne mill?

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Whakatāne’s packaging mill, one of the town’s biggest employers, may yet be saved from imminent closure. The mill’s Swiss owner SIG has announced that a consortium led by Dr Dermot Smurfit, a European investor with long experience in paper packaging, is in talks with it to buy the mill. “A successful sale may result in the continued operation of WML. …

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Saw-doctoring 101: 2021’s saw of choice

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In any business, we tend to speculate as to what changes will occur or what new technology will come along. Throughout 2020, I began to notice a change in sawing taking place – more filers are sawing with circle saws. And it appears that trend will continue in 2021. New mills are not installing many bandsaws and a lot of …

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A sawmilling “who’s who” lined up for WoodTECH 2021

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Two years ago – over two weeks – the FIEA WoodTECH technology series achieved a record turnout of local sawmilling companies. Over 350 delegates from all major sawmilling companies in addition to leading tech providers from throughout Australasia, North America and Europe converged on Melbourne, Australia and Rotorua, New Zealand. Two years later, after huge disruptions worldwide, WoodTECH 2021 will …

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Norske Skog reviewing Tasman mills future

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Norske Skog, the owner of the Tasman newsprint mill in Kawerau, has begun talks with staff over the mill’s future, following a lengthy review. Unionists have been expressing concern for some months about the mill’s viability, given the declining world demand for newsprint. A spokesman for Norske Skog, David Quin, said the mill had about 160 staff, and they were …

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First industrial scale Russian CLT plant opened

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Segezha Group President Mikhail Shamolin visited Sokol in Vologda Oblast to oversee the grand opening of Segezha Group’s cross-laminated timber (CLT) plant. The plant is the first industrial-scale production facility to manufacture the innovative building construction material. The factory is located at Sokol Woodworking Plant (S-DOK JSC), a leading producer of laminated wooden structures in Russia. Segezha Group has invested …

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A new timber jointing process using wood welding

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In a proof-of-concept collaboration between TWI Ltd and the University of Cambridge and enabled by the Construction Innovation Hub, researchers have developed a sustainable process to rapidly join timber elements using linear friction welding. Two years into the project they have been able to join pieces of wood in two to three seconds by rubbing them together at high speeds, …

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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 2021 linking NZ and Australian sawmills

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For over 20 years now, sawmillers and saw-doctors have been meeting every two years in New Zealand and in Australia. The occasion? The WoodTECH series. It’s run by the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) and designed with industry and key technology and equipment providers. The event provides a unique independent showcase for local companies to evaluate the very latest in …

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Log supply not the cause of timber shortage

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New Zealand forest organisations have joined to reject statements that the current shortage of framing timber is caused by foresters selling logs to China and not leaving enough timber to be processed for sale in New Zealand. The Wood Processors and Manufacturers Association’s Chief Executive, Jon Tanner says Chinese log buyers were going to what he called extraordinary lengths to …

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Extension of HomeBuilder start date

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The Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia (EWPAA) and Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) have both welcomed the Federal Government’s extension to the timeframe for construction commencements under its HomeBuilder program. EWPAA’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Gavin Matthew said, “HomeBuilder and associated State government stimulus measures have successfully underpinned increased consumer confidence and significant new home and renovations demand in …

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Managing timber’s moisture content in the supply chain

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Industry is being encouraged to share their experience in managing timber’s moisture content (MC) in the supply chain. Unexpected MC changes in timber and wood products can be a cause of concern, and University of Tasmania researchers want to hear industry’s first-hand experience with these changes and the problems that they can generate. “Timber’s MC can change significantly as it …

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AU$16m kilns upgrade for Jubilee Sawmill

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OneFortyOne has further strengthened its commitment to the Green Triangle region with a $16 million dollar capital investment at the Jubilee Sawmill. The first of two new Continuous Drying Kilns (CDK) was launched last week, replacing old batch kilns with more efficient and environmentally conscious biomass fuelled system. OneFortyOne Jubilee Sawmill General Manager Paul Hartung said the kilns will produce …