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Can you afford not to operate Rottne? Lowest repair costs in the industry

International Forest Industries - Tue, 19/06/2018 - 10:42
A recent survey conducted by Skogsbruket’s Technical Collaboration Group (TSG), shows that Rottne has the lowest costs for labour and spare parts.

In 2017, TSG studied the total costs for four different repair scenarios for the machine type large final felling machines. The machine manufacturers studied were Rottne, Eco Log, John Deere, Komatsu and Ponsse. The survey showed that Rottne has the absolute lowest total cost for repairs.

“This is really nice to see. And with spare parts from our exchange system Rottne Xparts, with an average cost for spare parts of 60 percent of the new price, our repair costs are even lower,” says Tobias Johansson, MD at Rottne.

TSG’s survey showed in the four cases studied a reduced spare parts cost of a full 48 percent if parts from Rottne Xparts were used.

So the question is, can you afford not to operate Rottne?

Read more here.

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Event: African Biodiversity Summit

GFIS - Tue, 19/06/2018 - 03:04
The Government of Egypt, in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the African Union, the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment, and other partners, will convene an African Biodiversity Summit in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, immediately prior to the UN Biodiversity Conference. The theme of the Summit is 'Land and Ecosystem Degradation and Restoration: Priorities for Increased Resilience in Africa'.

Event: Global Landscapes Forum Africa Conference

GFIS - Tue, 19/06/2018 - 02:55

Bringing together diverse public and private sector voices, alongside Indigenous Peoples, scientists and youth, the 2018 Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) Africa Conference will foster political and community support to implement the AFR100 Initiative to restore 100 million hectares of degraded landscapes across Africa by 2030.

This regional conference will focus on the coordination and promotion of international, national and private sector support for forest and landscape restoration, while paving the way forward for forest and landscape restoration implementation. The 2018 GLF Africa Conference will showcase and discuss local to regional success stories and challenges, emphasizing ways to strengthen human, technical and financial capacities.

As a platform for discussions between experts, eyewitnesses, policymakers and the local public, the event will build on the momentum to offer emerging but concrete plans for combating deforestation and land degradation challenges in Africa. Social media: #thinklandscape #glfnairobi2018.

Event: IBFRA18 - Cool Forests at Risk?

GFIS - Tue, 19/06/2018 - 02:53
The theme of the International Boreal Forest Research Association Cool Forests Conference (IBFRA18) is the critical role of boreal and mountain ecosystems for people, bioeconomy and climate. The event will launch an initiative to raise awareness, maintain and promote the multiple, critical values, provided by those ecosystems. The conference is hosted by International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), in collaboration with the International Boreal Forest Research Association, the Pan-Eurasian Experiment, and the International Union of Forest Research Organizations.

Big Buddy Bike

GFIS - Tue, 19/06/2018 - 00:49
Last year we heard about the Draisine 200.0, a one-off wooden electric balance bike for adults. Well, if you wished that you could buy something like it, now is your chance. Source: New Atlas The Slovenian-made Big Buddy Bike has a tempered wooden frame, it’s adult-sized, and it’s an electric balance bike – of a sort. We say “of a sort” because whereas the Draisine 200.0’s motor actually kicked-in in response to the rider’s footsteps, the Big Buddy’s motor works in throttle mode only. In other words, you can use it as a human-powered balance bike with your hand off the throttle, or leave your feet on the pegs and use it as an electrically-powered scooter – in that way, it’s not unlike the Wheela. The Big Buddy’s 250-watt rear hub motor takes the rider to an electronically-limited top speed of 16 mph (25 km/h), and is powered by a removable 36-volt lithium-ion battery that has a range of approximately 48km per charge – one charge takes three to four hours. Other features include a wood-bodied LED headlight, a two-passenger padded seat with a storage compartment underneath, and the option of custom graphics on the sides. The whole thing tips the scales at 30kg, and can handle a maximum weight of 140kg. Additionally, if riders forget where they parked, they can use their smartphone to see where their bike is via the Chipolo tracking system. Should you be interested, the Big Buddy Bike is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign. A pledge of US$3,467 is required to get one, assuming it reaches production.

EU and Laos forest law enforcement talks

GFIS - Tue, 19/06/2018 - 00:48
The European Union (EU) and Laos have held their second round of face-to-face‑negotiations on a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT). Sources: Timberbiz, EU FLEGT The talks took place in the Lao capital Vientiane from 4-7 June 2018. The second round of negotiations with the EU underlines that enhancing forest governance throughout the entire timber supply chain and the conclusion of a VPA remain high priorities on Laos’ political agenda’ said Dr. Phouangparisak Pravongviengkham, Vice Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, and head of the Lao negotiating team. The two parties discussed progress towards the development of a system to verify that timber and timber products comply with national laws and regulations. Since the first face-to-face negotiations in April 2017, Laos has made progress on various elements of this system, including the timber legality definition, which identifies the national laws and regulations Laos will use to indicate legality of timber. Laos has also started discussions on supply chain controls, from the forest to the point of export, and on verification processes, which will check that timber and‑timber products comply with the legality definition and supply chain controls. During their talks, the EU and Laos reviewed the draft timber legality definition. They agreed that parts of this definition relating to the supply chain for natural production forest are ready for field testing to assess their completeness. They also addressed the range of timber and timber products that the VPA will cover, and agreed on the roadmap for further development of the‑timber legality assurance system. Together, the EU and Laos are working on good‑governance and trade in legal timber, which will have positive impacts on the forest sector in Laos, but also internationally,’ said Ambassador Leo Faber, head of the‑EU delegation to Laos. Laos has been an important exporter of timber products to major regional markets such as China and Vietnam, both of which are also engaging with the EU on forest governance and law enforcement. The EU also highlighted the good example that Laos has set with its multi-stakeholder approach to the VPA. In turn, Laos confirmed that all VPA commitments have been and continue to be developed in a participatory and transparent manner with the involvement of representatives from the Government, private sector and civil society. The EU and Laos agreed on the importance of mitigating potential impacts of the forestry sector reforms on households and small scale operators. Following the negotiations, work will continue on‑defining legality, in particular focusing on conversion areas, plantations, village use forests, confiscated and imported timber, as well as other elements of the system to ensure the legality of timber.

The Timber Tax Bombshell for Britain

GFIS - Tue, 19/06/2018 - 00:48
The UK timber industry faces a potential “Billion Pound Brexit Bill” if Britain leaves the EU Customs Union, the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) said in a statement. Source: Timberbiz “Some 90% of timber used in construction is imported from Europe, which British timber supplies are insufficient to replace,” TTF Managing Director David Hopkins said. “Under the proposed Taxation Bill, once the UK leaves the EU and its VAT area, VAT on EU imports will have to be paid up-front. This will cause considerable problems for the SMEs who make up the majority of our sector.” The Federation launched an infographic for legislators, Parliamentarians and the public, explaining what it calls ‘The Timber Tax Bombshell’. Additional problems highlighted, not just for the timber sector but for construction supply chains in general, include potential delays, and greater costs for storing timber at ports and in administering customs checks and documentation. “Builders’ merchants, and their builder customers, responsible for fulfilling government housing targets, rely on Just-In-Time deliveries of timber to premises and sites. Currently timber entering the UK from the EU clears ports immediately with no need for customs checks,” Mr Hopkins said. “Over 60% of the timber used in the UK comes from Europe.” The Timber Trade Federation is asking Government to ensure timber imports are able to clear customers in the same manner as present, with no delays or up-front costs likely to penalise SMEs, or to impact Britain’s housing supply chains. “The Government must also preserve the existing VAT payments system for imports from the EU, or put in place a new system which maintains the same benefits,” Mr Hopkins said. The timber sector currently employs around 200,000 people across the UK in manufacturing, distribution and construction. Every Parliamentary constituency benefits from jobs stemming from or connected to the timber industry. Timber prices in the construction supply chain to small builders have already risen by 8% in the last 12 months, according to the Federation of Master Builders. The TTF reports this is due mainly to the currency depreciation since the Brexit vote, and competitive global markets for construction timber pressurising supplies into the UK.

No high-tech tools to help NZ forest farmers

GFIS - Tue, 19/06/2018 - 00:48
Recent comments by officials and “experts” in New Zealand on planting one billion trees, the plight of hill country forestry and woody debris flows, have not touched on the total lack of decision support tools so that farmers and other local forest investors can make the right decisions according to ForestX. Sources: Timberbiz, Scoop Media NZ Without engaging a costly consultant, farmers are expected to take a risk on a 25-year land commitment in an information vacuum. Unlike the plethora of levy and government funded systems and tools available to farmers on agricultural decisions, there is next to nothing on forestry. The forest grower levy is mostly consumed by overseas owned forestry corporates looking to protect and enhance their assets, to maintain a social license to operate in a foreign land. As a result, the forest levy doesn’t get spent expanding a local forest industry. Despite 60 years of New Zealand forestry research, current decision support tools and predictive models are not accessible to farmers or are too complex to use easily. This is a significant impediment to helping farmers and other forest investors understand the basic drivers of forest profitability and importantly the risks and costs associated with steep or remote sites. The much over used and parroted phrase “the right tree, in the right place, for the right reason” doesn’t really help land owners, or the government, move forward and find answers. Is there anyone on the Minister of Forest’s Advisory Group with a forestry qualification or the farm advisory experience to highlight and help address this fundamental impediment? With modern IT systems, support on land use decisions is very possible, such as a web-based system that integrates farm maps, land resource information, farm plans and forestry options to provide both economic and environmental risk analysis.

Dollar benefits of softwood plantations in NSW

GFIS - Tue, 19/06/2018 - 00:47
New research has detailed the millions of dollars and thousands of jobs generated by softwood plantations in the NSW South West Slopes and Central Tablelands. Source: Timberbiz The softwood plantation industry in the South West Slopes contributed $1.05 billion in direct sales in 2015-16, rising to $2.13 billion after including flow-on effects. It directly employed almost 2000 people, roughly two thirds in processing wood and paper, and one third in growing and harvest. In the Central Tablelands, direct sales accounted for $265 million, rising to $700 million after flow-on effects and directly employed more than 850 people. These were among the key findings of a new industry snapshot funded by Forest & Wood Products Australia and the NSW State Government, and conducted by the University of Canberra in conjunction with consultancy EconSearch, a division of BDO. The industry is an important contributor to the economy in several regional communities, and contributes to diversification of the economy in many regions. The Local Government Areas with the highest dependence on the softwood plantation industry for employment included Oberon in the Central Tablelands, where 18% of the total workforce is directly employed in the forest industry with other workers from nearby areas also commuting in. ABS Census data shows a decline in total employment in the forest industry between 2006 and 2016, reflecting both increasing productivity in some parts of the industry and overall decline in size of other parts. However, investment in the expansion of processing in the South West slopes meant that the decline in employment in that area between 2011 and 2016 was 4.3%, compared with a 12.0% decline in the Central Tablelands during the same period. NSW full-time forest industry workers were less likely than full-time workers employed in other industries in the two regions to earn low levels of income (6% of forest industry workers compared with 12% in the whole workforce), and more likely to earn high income compared with other workers (50% compared with 43%). While forestry workers were relatively well paid, they also worked long hours, with 27% reporting that they worked more than 49 hours a week in 2016. Only 15% of forestry workers were women, with little change in this figure between 2006 and 2016. Forestry businesses in the area reported challenges in recruiting some types of workers, particularly high level managers (an issue for 94% of businesses), transport workers (67%), finance/book keeping staff (62%) and skilled machinery operators (60%). Lead researcher Associate Professor Jacki Schirmer said that businesses reported that challenges in recent years also rising input costs, poor telecommunications and falling prices for goods and services. “Most businesses (61%) felt demand would remain the same, and of the remaining businesses (26%) felt that demand would grow and (13%) that demand would reduce over the next 12 months. “It is important to remember that the majority of forestry jobs are generated by the processing sector, as is the majority of the industry’s flow-on economic impact. This highlights the importance of local processing of wood and fibre for generation of jobs.” To read the report socio-economic impacts of the softwood plantation industry South West Slopes and Central Tablelands regions, NSW in full, visit the FWPA website at http://www.fwpa.com.au/ Similar figures recently published relating to the benefits of forestry to the Queensland economy have been updated, and can be viewed on the FWPA website.

Innovative journey drives innovative use of technology

GFIS - Tue, 19/06/2018 - 00:45
Last year Hyne Timber was approved by the Queensland Government to proceed to the detailed design stage of an engineered timber Fire and Emergency Services Complex (QFES Complex) in Maryborough. Source: Timberiz While this Market Led Proposal to design and build the facility continues to progress through Stage 2, the innovative journey has already challenged conventional design processes, placing the potential timber supplier front and centre of design as opposed to closer to construction. The design team includes Bligh Tanner, a Queensland based structural, civil, environmental and water engineering consultancy firm who pride themselves on a multi-award winning focus on environmentally sustainable design and have a well-established reputation for innovation. For example, they recently received a Commendation in the Queensland Minister’s Awards for Urban Design, recognising their storm water infrastructure to achieve re-naturalisation of the Ipswich ‘Small Creek’. In 2013, they received a BPN Sustainability Award for the world-first application of suspended geopolymer concrete panels in the Global Change Institute. With such focus and a track record of delivering sustainable solutions, it is not surprising that they also have an extensive and rapidly growing portfolio of projects using engineered timber. This places them at the forefront of innovation in timber construction. The Maryborough QFES Complex design team is realising the additional benefits of early contractor engagement, enabling cost-efficiencies to be identified and time-saving construction methodologies to be developed early. One area that has received attention is the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM). While BIM isn’t software Hyne Timber has utilised in the past, the proposed ‘QFES Complex’ design team collaboration has identified this gap in service delivery – particularly for specifiers. Toby Hodsdon, Principal Structural Engineer at Bligh Tanner, explained that if products don’t have BIM libraries and families, they must be manually created. “If there are no existing BIM libraries for certain products throughout the detailed design, we typically create families in-house but this makes it harder to adopt such products. “Working with Hyne Timber and the design team on the QFES Complex from the onset has closed up these gaps and we can see great potential for other designers. “It became an obvious solution for Hyne Timber to adopt BIM libraries for their engineered timber products so that we can download accurate data, sizes, grades and textural renders. It is also easier to export product codes for precise cost estimates. “This was an important benefit in engaging with the supplier from the start, offering benefits for this project and other engineered timber projects into the future. “For us, innovation is about building better. BIM helps us design better, fabricate better and construct better. That sums this journey up completely,” Mr Hodsdon said. As such, Hyne Timber became the first Glue Laminated Timber (GLT) manufacturer in Australia to provide BIM content in accordance with recently developed ANZRS Revit Standards. Revit software users have been able to download this since February and feedback has been positive. Hyne Timber’s Strategic Relations Manager, Katie Fowden said as demand for engineered timber grows, the industry needs to meet specifiers needs, “Since the launch of our BIM content, I can tell Architects and designers to simply download our GLT Revit Families from our website to incorporate reliable information into their model. “This gives them confidence that what is incorporated into their design is accurate, can be manufactured, and brings a wealth of additional data such as ‘Responsible Wood’ chain of custody certification and independent product conformity documentation. “This doesn’t replace the benefits of engaging timber experts into the design team early, especially when timber is proposed to make up a major part of the structural design. “In addition to its sustainability qualities, design for efficient manufacture, prefabrication and ongoing durability remain key to the ongoing success of engineered timber as a product of choice. “There is no cost to engaging Hyne Timber as suppliers early, only benefits to be gained” Ms Fowden said. BIM is increasingly being adopted throughout the design and construction sector, including in government building and infrastructure projects, due to its efficiencies and data management on many levels. Building owners, whether government or private, expect efficiency and accuracy of data throughout the design and construction phase, and equally importantly, they want it available for ongoing asset management and maintenance purposes. For example, the legacy of information can assist in the repurposing of structures to respond to a fast-changing world. BIM can help the industry plan for change. Hyne Timber’s engineered timber BIM library consists of Beam 17, Beam 18, Beam 21 and LGL Glue Laminated Timber products, available in beam and column families.

Grow a building in an hour? Yes, we can!

GFIS - Tue, 19/06/2018 - 00:43
In just one hour, Australian softwood plantations can grow enough timber to create a nine-storey building’s worth of engineered timber, according to calculations by FWPA’s Mid-rise Advisory Program. Source: Timberiz The Program estimates that more than one million hectares of Australian softwood plantations grow a combined total of between 30 and 40m3 of timber per minute. Once turned into engineered wood products, that equates to between 11 and 15m3 produced every 60 seconds. For context, let’s take the nine-storey, 23-apartment block Forte, developed by Lendlease, as an example. The Melbourne-based tower was the world’s tallest CLT building upon completion in 2012. Using 970 m3 of timber in total, the Program’s calculations show the required material was grown in approximately just one hour. In terms of more recent projects, the planned Multiplex Monash Student Accommodation in Frankston will require 1,700m3 of timber, which can be grown in approximately two hours. Meanwhile, Atelier’s 55 Southbank Boulevard, currently under construction in Melbourne, will require 4,300m3 of timber, which can be grown in around six hours.

Robots

GFIS - Tue, 19/06/2018 - 00:42
The use of robots or autonomous machines will definitely pay a big role in forest operations in the future, driven by the need for safety and higher productivity, according to a New Zealand researcher. Source: Philip Hopkins for Timberbiz Professor Rien Visser, from the School of Forestry at the University of Canterbury, said the hardware and technology existed to make almost any aspect of forest operations autonomous. “However, for forest operations that are complex and require visual inputs for decision making, software requirements will restrict its implementations,” he said in the report, ‘Next Generation Timber Harvesting Systems’, prepared for Forest &Wood Products Australia. There were many ideas, but no fully autonomous systems were currently working in timber harvesting. Dr Visser said the extraction and subsequent transport of stems or logs with GPS-guided systems were most likely to be the first operations that become robotic. This could be achieved with modest R&D investment in the near future. “This will be aided by our current low-cost ability to map terrain using LiDAR and or video using mobile (ground or aerial) platforms,” he said. Big extra gains could be achieved through purpose-built cabless machines. “With improved visual recognition software, partial automation will benefit elements such as stem processing, or more complex machine movements such as grappling a stem,” he said. “With more substantial R & D investment, felling in a plantation environment will also become economically feasible.” With robotics already 50 years old, Dr Visser said it had mainly allowed people to avoid “dirty, dull and dangerous” work. However, moving towards robotics could also generate economic growth, better quality of life and empowerment of people. “The drivers of ‘next generation’ harvesting systems are already established and include the continuous need for improved efficiency and cost-effectiveness, but also safety, and addressing skilled machine operator shortages in rural areas,” he said. For forestry, one limitation in developing new technologies was the lack of large-scale market demand for harvesting machinery – unlike agriculture or mining. Dr Visser said getting autonomous equipment up and running would be driven by their productivity and operational cost. “Given that labour is typically about 30% of running costs, an autonomous machine can be less productive but still be more cost effective,” he said. While modern machines had good ergonomic design, many operators worked longer hours per day, creating different health risks from traditional physical risks. “For example, harvest operators in thinning are required to make about 4000 control inputs per hour,” he said. “This can quickly lead to fatigue, or a forward operator might spend many hours a day traversing trails that can lead to monotony “A higher degree of machine autonomy could readily decrease these type of occupational health and safety risks.” Dr Visser said some studies showed that robots took people’s jobs or cut operators’ pay. Other studies showed that people skilled in robotic development, implementation and maintenance would receive salaries 60% higher. “For higher levels of machine automation to succeed in the more remote forestry environments, there will be a greater need for people with ‘emerging’ skill sets, such as IT and technology,” he said. Dr Visser said one researcher focussing on equipment for harvesting fast-growing eucalyptus questioned 27 international experts. The study concluded that most machines would adopt smart tablet monitors by 2020, GPS by 2020 and remote control by 2025. Adopting LiDAR and other sensors for tree selection was rated to be 20 years in the future by most experts. “For extraction, the opinion that an autonomous skidder would be developed ranged from 5 to 20 years at the 50% confidence level, but nearly all said that 90% adoption of this technology was at least 20 years in the future,” he said. Dr Visser said there was no information on the productivity improvements for controlled and autonomous vehicle prototypes developed so far. “With manufacturing companies starting to take a stronger interest, such information will become critical for manufacturing companies to invest in development, or for contractors to purchase such equipment for their operation,” he said.

AFPA backs Labor’s forestry plan

GFIS - Tue, 19/06/2018 - 00:40
The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) has welcomed Federal Labor’s commitment, that should it be elected, a Labor Government will deliver “a comprehensive strategic plan” for the forest sector. Source: Timberbiz Labor’s agriculture spokesperson the Hon Joel Fitzgibbon made the commitment while campaigning in the federal electorate of Braddon in Tasmania. Labor held a forest industries roundtable in Tasmania which included AFPA and member companies. Industry raised the issue of existing impediments to forestry fully participating in national carbon reduction strategies. Mr Fitzgibbon committed Federal Labor to addressing these barriers to boost the role plantations can play in reducing Australia’s emissions “through a new Carbon Farming Initiative”. “Forest industries have long argued that the approach of “set and forget” regarding forest industries in this country has been a recipe for stagnation. We have had no national policies to drive productive tree planting for a decade and therefore no new areas of plantations, and in fact we are going backwards in actual area,” Chief Executive Officer of AFPA, Mr Ross Hampton said. “Without trees we cannot expect our domestic manufacturers to invest in the equipment needed to assure future regional jobs growth. We have warmly welcomed the Turnbull Government’s $20 million Budget commitment towards a National Forest Industries Plan and eagerly await details of this to be announced in September. “It is very pleasing that Federal Labor has now also embraced the concept of a national plan but to make an “apples for apples” comparison, forest industries need to see the detail of both plans well before the federal election. We will also need to see, as a fundamental plank in both plans, the policy prescription which will grow the available resource and how domestic manufacturers will be supported. “Earlier this year, AFPA released a document titled “Towards a National Forest Industries Plan: Key Industry Asks”, which outlines the growth needs of forest industries and what the Federal Government and Opposition should include in any national plan,” Mr Hampton said.

Forestry innovation research grants open

GFIS - Tue, 19/06/2018 - 00:38
The Australian and Tasmanian governments are supporting advances in a sustainable and productive forestry industry with wood product innovation they hope will grow the sector. Source: Timberbiz Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston, and Tasmanian Minister for Resources, Guy Barnett, called for applications for a share of $4 million in research grants through the National Institute for Forest Products Innovation Launceston Hub. Grants will range from $50,000 to $500,000 for periods of up to three years. According to Minister Ruston the forestry innovation hubs play a vital role in supporting cutting-edge research, fostering collaboration, boosting innovation, increasing profitability, maintaining jobs and growing the market, locally and nation-wide. “This funding will open up new opportunities for innovative research into how we make the most of our forestry assets and maximise the contribution of the industry to our national and regional economies,” Minister Ruston said. “We are looking for projects that industry will adopt to improve their productivity, the productivity of our forests and how we process or use wood.” Minister Barnett said basing one of only two national innovation hubs in Launceston was a real demonstration of the expertise and world-leading forestry industry sustained in Tasmania. “We are looking for researchers that can provide real and practical outcomes in areas like forest management, timber processing, wood fibre recovery, value adding, advanced manufacturing and the bio-economy,” Minister Barnett said. “We want to see the best ideas from across the forestry, academic and scientific sectors to come up with the ideas that will keep lifting the value of the sector,” he said. Minister Ruston and Minister Barnett said the forestry sector was worth some $23.7 billion in 2015-16, directly employing over 70,000 people and supporting families in regional Australia. According to both ministers, this funding opens up new ideas and new opportunities to make the sector even stronger into the future and build on the plan to double the Tasmanian forest industry’s value-add to $1.2 billion a year by 2036. Further information including application guidelines is available at the National Institute for Forest Products Innovation website: http://www.nifpi.org.au Applications close on 13 July 2018. The National Institute for Forest Products Innovation hub in Launceston is co-funded by the Australian and Tasmanian governments, supporting the forest industry in Tasmania and across the nation. It is one of only two forestry institute hubs in Australia with the other based in Mt Gambier, South Australia.

U.S. log exports increases 12.5% to 4.29 million m3 in first four months of 2018

International Forest Industries - Mon, 18/06/2018 - 14:51

U.S. log exports reached 4.29 million m3 through April, up 12.5% from the first four months of 2017, according to the USDA data. The value of exports increased 18.2% vs. year-ago figures to $913.9 million, and the average export price gained 5.0% to $213 per cubic meter.

In January-April 2018, the U.S. log exports to China increased 19.5% to 2.17 million m3, and the average price for U.S logs in China up 3.6% to $236 per cubic meter. The log exports to Canada was up 4.5% to 1.10 million m3, average price up 6.7% to $101 per cubic meter. Exports to Japan gained 4.5% to 645.14 thousand m3, and average price jumped 16.0% to $256 per m3.

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Third cohort graduates from the UC Davis African Plant Breeding Academy

GFIS - Mon, 18/06/2018 - 13:57

  Plant breeders from 18 countries in Africa to contribute to delivering food security in the continent Thirty-four plant breeders graduated from the UC Davis African Plant Breeding Academy in May 2018. The advanced plant breeding course was...

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Brazil’s wood-based product exports increased by 30% in April

International Forest Industries - Mon, 18/06/2018 - 13:14

Brazilian exports – In April 2018, the value of Brazilian exports of wood-based products (except pulp and paper) increased 30% compared to April 2017, from $221 million to $287 million reports ITTO.

Pine sawnwood export values rose 28.5% between April 2017 ($38.3 million) and March 2018 ($49.2 million). In terms of volume, exports increased 24% over the same period, from 187,700 cubic metres to 233,000 cubic metres.

Tropical sawnwood exports increase 49% in volume, from 31,000 cubic metres in April 2017 to 46,200 cubic metres in April 2018.

The value of this trade increased 42% from $14.2 million to $20.2 million over the same period.

Pine plywood exports also increased, jumping 68% in value in April 2018 in comparison to April 2017, from $40.6 million to $68.3 million. The volume of exports increased 35% over the same period, from 146,800 cubic metres to 198,500 cubic metres.

As for tropical plywood, exports increased in value from $5.4 million in April 2017 to $6.1 million in April 2018.

To cap off a good month, wooden furniture exports rose from $38.2 million in April 2017 to $45.3 million in March 2018 an almost 19% rise.

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FPInnovations sign agreements

International Forest Industries - Mon, 18/06/2018 - 12:51

FPInnovations, the Laurentian Forestry Centre (LFC) of Natural Resources Canada, Université Laval and its Faculty of Forestry, Geography and Geomatics announce the signature of collaboration agreements aimed at developing the full innovation potential of the wood and forest sectors.

This new operational synergy is based, among other things, on the complementary efforts of research forces and the sharing of infrastructures and laboratories, in order to maximize the impacts of research investments to the benefit of the competitiveness of the forest sector. This sector is therefore becoming one of the first ones to align its innovation efforts to meet the challenges it is facing.

This announcement follows the relocation, last spring, of FPInnovations’ activities and the pooling of targeted research efforts.

FPInnovations is a not-for-profit world leader that specializes in the creation of scientific solutions in support of the Canadian forest sector’s global competitiveness and responds to the priority needs of its industry members and government partners.

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Lecta Commits To Solar Energy At Its Condat Le Lardin-Saint-Lazare Mill

International Forest Industries - Mon, 18/06/2018 - 12:23

 

Solar Energy – In keeping with its commitment to the environment and increased energy efficiency, Lecta has announced an innovative renewable energy project to harness solar radiation for thermal power to be used in manufacturing processes at its Condat Le Lardin-Saint-Lazare mill in France.

With the help of an expert specialized in the installation of thermal power plants for the paper industry, starting this fall Lecta will have a thermal solar power plant at the mill with a capacity of 3.4 MWth. Its total surface area will be 1.4 hectares, with 45,434 square feet of solar panels deployed on the surrounding land and an ability to provide around 3,900 MW/year of energy. Panels with solar trackers, mechanical devices that orient the collectors, will follow the position of the sun during the day and convert the sun’s rays into thermal energy that will be sent to the mill as hot water.

Given the environmental benefits, including reduced gas consumption and CO2 emissions, as well as increasing the value of undeveloped land, job creation and, most importantly, promoting renewable energy in the New Aquitaine region with what will be the largest thermal solar power plant in France, the project  has received the support of ADEME (French Agency for the Environment and Energy Management), which is financing 65% of the costs.

After the completion of the initial phase, which included its presentation to the local administration and securing the required licenses, the land is now being prepared for construction within the expected timeframe, with completion initially anticipated for September of this year.

With this project at its French mill, Lecta consolidates its position as an environmentally responsible company committed to solar energy as a sustainable, renewable resource, supporting its innovative use in manufacturing processes.

For further information about Lecta’s commitment to a sustainable future, please visit www.lecta.com

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Wood pellet exports from the U.S. up

International Forest Industries - Mon, 18/06/2018 - 12:01
Wood pellet exports from the U.S.  are up 10.7% in Jan-Apr Wood pellet exports from the U.S. reached 1.74 million tonnes through April, up 10.7% from the first four months of 2017, according to USDA data. The average export price gained 5.2% to $140 per tonne.

The wood pellet exports to UK increased 7.8% to 1.30 million tonnes, and average price up 5.5% to $144 per tonne. The exports to Denmark jumped by 85.0% to 235.66 thousand tonnes, average price dropped 6.3% to $152 per tonne.

The pellet exports from the U.S. to Belgium have fallen by 45.8% to 126.09 thousand tonnes with average price slipped 4.6% to $87 per tonne.

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