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 its operations in NSW and within the wider forest products industry.
We couldn’t miss the story coming out of Mt Gambier – the transport of the longest single glulam timber beam in Australia. The German-made 42-metre beam was shipped to Port Melbourne and loaded onto two trucks to make the final trip to becoming part of Mt Gambier’s new Wulanda Recreation and Convention Centre.
As the world now sees the benefits of becoming carbon-neutral, businesses are moving to alternative fuel sources and carbon-friendly materials. This month we showcase three such stories. Fonterra, NZ’s largest dairy producer, has opened a new wood pellet boiler as its Te Awamutu plant and plan on expanding the use of wood biomass across its other sites. The Sweetman Renewables sawmill, based in NSW, is now powered by a new green hydrogen production fed by locally derived biomass waste. And finally, Timberlink plan on building Tasmania’s first Bio Composites plant, which will manufacture Wood Plastic Composite products from plastic waste and timber residues.
Check out these stories and much more below. Enjoy this month’s issue
Stories this issue:
- Boral selling its Australian timber business
- Fonterra announce another switch to wood biomass
- Wood. Can we still call it that?
- Hydrogen units to power local sawmill
- New Australian bio composites plant announced
- Behind the scenes of the new hardwood CLT operation
- Hyne encouraging more women into manufacturing
- Aussie sawmills lead employment surge
- Timber super-load travels from VIC to SA
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