Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News.
The big tech news is the Australian Government’s delivery of more than AU$108 million awarded, across 34 separate grants, to timber and wood processors as part of the Accelerate Adoption of Wood Processing Innovation (AAWPI) program. Funding will be going into manufacturing products for use across housing and construction, packaging, timber for higher-end products and production of activated carbon.
Registrations for Residues2Revenues 2023 have now opened and early-bird specials are available. The event, which runs in Rotorua on 25-26 July 2023, will focus on the significant bioenergy and bioproducts market opportunities available to forestry and wood processing and manufacturing companies with residues and wastes surplus to their own requirements.
In this edition of WoodTECH News, we’ll be covering:
- A new funding opportunity in New Zealand is available, which aims to incentivise innovation and improve the efficiency, sustainability and uptake of biomass energy generation and supply chains.
- Over the next three years, about 270,000 tonnes of logs from the NSW Government-owned plantations on the northern tablelands will be diverted from the export market to supply the mills impacted by the recent forest fires.
- Innovations in 3D printing technology have seen NZ’s first building printed using concrete.
- A leading Finnish forest company plans to increase its use of rail transportation to move logs in order to reduce carbon emissions and costs while improving logistics efficiency.
- The Australian government has awarded AUD 108 million in wood processing grants to support industry growth and innovation.
- After almost sixty years, Rotorua’s Timber Industry Training Centre, run by Toi Ohomai on the Waipā Campus, has closed.
- Two new wood treatment plants have been installed in Australia, with the latest technology from the Moldrup company.
- CLT Toolbox has launched a new software package to help in the design of mass timber buildings.
So, sit back, grab a drink, and join us as we delve into the latest news and developments in the world of wood processing and manufacturing.
Stories this issue:
- New funding for contractors for biomass innovation
- Saw logs moved more than 900km by rail to supply bushfire-impacted Riverina mills
- New Zealand 3D-prints first commercial building in southern hemisphere
- Metsä Group looks to rail for log transport
- AU$108 million wood processing grants awarded
- Waipā Campus sawmill (TITC) closed
- Two new wood treatment plants installed
- CLT Toolbox launches software for mass timber buildings
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