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 effective locking down businesses in rural sectors are. Outbreaks in NSW and Victoria have, until now, largely been contained within the capital cities. For New Zealand though, the all or nothing approach has been successful so far.

There will always be a debate on how effective locking down businesses in rural sectors are. Outbreaks in NSW and Victoria have, until now, largely been contained within the capital cities. For New Zealand though, the all or nothing approach has been successful so far with the forestry and wood products industries under level four lockdown rules doing their bit.

You may well have noticed but more recently, interest in harvesting or collecting biofuels – either from logging operations or wastes from wood processing and manufacturing operations, has ramped up. The wood pellet market in Europe, which accounts for 75% of the world’s pellet consumption, is expected to grow by up to 40% within the next five years. Closer to home, announcements by large scale industrial heat users are coming in thick and fast as they switch from using fossil fuels to renewables, including biomass. Forestry companies, harvesting operators and wood producers are now really starting to weight up future supply options.

In other news, WorkSafe NZ has released details on a tragic workplace accident that happened at a Bay of Plenty sawmill in 2019. The investigating manager said, “This is another preventable tragedy that could have easily been avoided with well-documented health and safety practice and effective communication of these practices”. It’s a reminder for all of us to be safe.

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