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. The decision was made a week or so back to cancel this year’s event, WoodTECH 2022.
This time it isn’t Covid getting in the way. Instead, it’s a perfect storm of unprecedented demand for building materials across both New Zealand and Australia. This has meant all mills are working extra hours and shifts to try and get timber out the gate. Adding to this are the upgrades and projects now underway to try and boost mill production and the critical shortages currently being experienced in finding workers just to keep the mills running.
The usual very high turnouts of delegates to the WoodTECH event under these conditions just couldn’t be assured. It wasn’t fair on presenters, exhibitors or mill staff and workers. This was reinforced by recent discussions had with mills across the region.
Together with local sawmillers and equipment suppliers we’ll take another look at options at a later date to see if we can reintroduce the sawmilling and wood processing tech updates to New Zealand and Australian mills in 2023. In the meantime, we’ll continue to use this platform, WoodTECH.News to keep you updated on new technology and relevant news around wood processing and manufacturing.
In this month’s issue we cover several new appointments, a Director for New Zealand’s first Timber Design Centre that’s been set up to provide expert advice, research, information and educational resources for key stakeholders involved in building design and construction and a new Chairman for New Zealand’s Wood Processing a& Manufacturing Association. Three new kilns have been set up at OneFortyOne’s Kaituna sawmill and Timberlink at Bell Bay have just opened their new Green Mill Vision Scanning System.
Check out these stories and much more below. Enjoy this month’s issue.
Stories this issue:
- Timberlink unveils new technology at Bell Bay
- Parkside to close historic Greenbushes Mill
- Forico partners with Rural Alive and Well
- Current environment not conducive for 2022 event
- New WPMA Chair elected
- Three new kilns reducing mill emissions
- War in Ukraine will tighten lumber markets
- Director appointed to NZ’s Timber Design Centre
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