Welcome to the latest issue of WoodTECH.News.
WoodTECH 2021 runs in Rotorua, New Zealand on 3-4 August 2021. For those unable to travel from Australia and the wider international community, the event will be a virtual online event, with all presentations live-streamed and available on-demand. For larger sawmilling sites outside New Zealand, options for streaming either live – or using presentations later for tech updates, troubleshooting and staff training this year will be available.
Because of disruptions around travel and wood working events in 2020 and likely impact into 2021, WoodTECH 2021 will expand on the usual focus of saws and sawmilling to include much-needed updates on other aligned wood processing operations in and around the green-mill. Speakers from New Zealand, Australia, USA, Finland, Canada, Switzerland and Denmark will this year be presenting.
In this month’s issue we have a couple of articles covering the supply of structural timber into the Australian and New Zealand markets. Sawmills in both countries have been working flat-out, with demand for new home building hitting record highs. Government stimulus packages, both local and around the globe, amongst other things have led to timber shortages and rising prices.
The Australian Government has responded by extending the start date of HomeBuilder programme. New Zealand is also experiencing a similar shortage, with Carter Holt Harvey making national news by cutting supply to many of the big box hardware stores. While there is some debate over the exact cause, the post-Covid building boom is certainly a major factor. On top of this, Red Stag in New Zealand has announced the bringing forward of their plans for the opening of their new NZ$50 million CLT plant in Rotoura, a recently announced OneFortyOne AU$16 million upgrade for Jubilee Sawmill in Green Triangle and a major expansion for building supply distributor, Timspec, in Auckland.
Finally, check out the University of Tasmania’s study on the recent changes in timber’s moisture content within the supply chain and the video from Trimble Forestry on digitalising one of Germany’s largest sawmills.
Read all the above stories and more in this month’s issue. Remember, you can also send through any contributions, stories or links that we can pass onto the wider community.
Stories this issue:
- WoodTECH 2021 linking NZ and Australian sawmills
- Ladenburger optimise their Wood Procurement with Trimble Forestry
- Log supply not the cause of timber shortage
- Extension of HomeBuilder start date
- Managing timber’s moisture content in the supply chain
- AU$16m kilns upgrade for Jubilee Sawmill
- ITI Timspec expanding in NZ
- Structural timber supply short for at least six months
- New CLT plant’s commissioning brought forward
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