WoodTECH News | Issue 59

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Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News.

The wood processing industry, on both sides of the Tasman, continues to face difficult market conditions. You would think that, with a massive housing crisis, the New Zealand and Australian Governments would do everything they could to improve the local wood supply and long-term profitability of the sector. Providing grants like the AAWPI and WPGF programs is a welcome start, but a hands-off strategy for new housing is not providing for the current and future housing demand. 

Just a quick reminder that Residues2Revenues 2023 early-bird registrations are closing next week. There is a huge demand with early registrations and like last year, we’re looking forward to a full house. The event, which runs in Rotorua, NZ on 25-26 July 2023, will focus on the significant bioenergy and bioproduct market opportunities available to forestry and wood processing companies with residues and wastes surplus to their own requirements.

In this edition of WoodTECH News, we’ll be covering:  

  • The new FWPA WoodChat podcast shines a spotlight on two Australian companies at the forefront of smart wood manufacturing, revealing their innovative approaches and strategies for enhanced productivity
  • The announcement of two more Australian sawmills closing. This time it is the Victorian mill, Corryong Sawmill, and WA’s Redmond Sawmill.
  • How NZ companies can benefit from the NZ$57 million Wood Processing Growth Fund.
  • Comment on “What levers can government pull to level the playing field for wood processors so they can achieve this long-term feasibility?”
  • Key personnel changes at Koppers Performance Chemicals.
  • After an impressive 28-year tenure with Hyne, Jon Kleinschmidt bids farewell as he enters retirement, leaving behind a legacy of dedication and contributions to the growth and success of the wood processing industry.
  • What’s behind the rise in timber prices in Australia

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.

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