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Swedish sawlog prices rise in 3Q

International Forest Industries - Tue, 27/11/2018 - 10:48
The delivery prices on Swedish sawlog and pulpwood prices rose by 5.5% and 3.4% respectively in the 3Q 2018, compared to the 2Q 2018, reports the Swedish Forest Agency.

The prices are increasing in all of Sweden. The price of sawlog increased the most in the region Central with 8.4%, while prices rose by 7.5% in the region South and by 2.6% in the region North.

The pulpwood prices rose most in the region South by 7.5%, 3.4% in the region North and by 2.5% in the region Central.

In comparison to the 3Q 2017 the prices on sawlog have increased by 11.3% while the prices on pulpwood have increased by 15.6%. The single largest price increase is 19.6%, on pulpwood of pine in the region South.

The delivery price statistics are also based on sold volumes, that are used for the volume weighted average delivery price. These volumes have dropped by 17% in comparison to the 3Q 2017.

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Interfor increased 3Q sales to $570.5 million

International Forest Industries - Fri, 23/11/2018 - 13:26

Interfor Corporation (“Interfor”) recorded net earnings in 3Q 2018 of $28.1 million, or $0.40 per share, compared to $63.8 million, or $0.91 per share in 2Q 2018 and $16.8 million, or $0.24 per share in 3Q 2017. Interfor increased 3Q 2018 sales to $570.5 million, compared to $489.2 million in the 3Q 2017.

Adjusted net earnings in 3Q 2018 were $28.2 million or $0.40 per share, compared to $68.9 million, or $0.98 per share in 2Q 2018 and $20 million, or $0.29 per share in 3Q 2017.

Adjusted EBITDA was $69.4 million on sales of $570.5 million in 3Q 2018 versus $123.8 million on sales of $619.9 million in 2Q 2018. In comparison to the 3Q 2017, Interfor posted improved results across most key metrics, including an $8.9 million or 15% improvement in Adjusted EBITDA, an $11.3 million or 67% increase in net earnings and a 29 million board foot rise in lumber production.

Interfor is a growth-oriented lumber company with operations in Canada and the United States. The Company has annual production capacity of approximately 3.1 billion board feet and offers one of the most diverse lines of lumber products.

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Western Forest Products to acquire Columbia Vista for $30.5 million

International Forest Industries - Fri, 23/11/2018 - 12:37

Western Forest Products Inc. (“Western”) announced that a wholly owned subsidiary of Western has entered into an agreement to acquire the assets of Columbia Vista Corporation and certain related entities (collectively “Columbia Vista”) located in Vancouver, Washington for consideration of $30.5 million, including working capital of $6.7 million.

Working capital to be acquired is subject to a final determination at closing. Columbia Vista is a lumber manufacturer that focuses production on Douglas Fir specialty products for the Japanese and U.S. markets. Columbia Vista operates a sawmill business in Washington State and has been in business for over 60 years. The operations employ approximately 90 employees and produced approximately 60 million board feet of lumber in 2017.

The transaction will be financed with cash on hand and available credit facilities, and is expected to close in the 1Q 2019. Completion of the transaction is subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

Western is an integrated Canadian forest products company and the largest coastal British Columbia timberlands operator and lumber producer.

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Indexator is expanding the XR rotator range

International Forest Industries - Fri, 23/11/2018 - 12:07

Indexator from Vindeln in Sweden – the world’s largest manufacturer of hydraulic rotators – is expanding their XR compact rotator range with the small and powerful XR 300.

The XR range comprises compact, powerful rotators with heavy-duty bearings. They are designed for extreme applications where rotator function requirements and load capacities are especially high. Optimally designed for both rigid and dangle mounting. Slew bearings, high performance and long service life make the XR series the rotators to rely on when it really counts. Wherever you need to handle large loads, XR rotators come into their own. Indexator is now launching a smaller model, the XR 300.

The XR 300 is designed to handle both positive and negative axial loads up to 9 tonnes. The model is also built for a radial load tolerance of 7 tonnes and is thus ideal for applications with high side loads such as rigid mounting sorting grapples on excavators, or dangle mounting for e.g. scrap or timber handling applications.

Patented torque transfer solution, long-life vane motor and easy maintenance
In common with other models in the XR series, the XR 300 has a patented torque transfer design.

“In a nutshell, the technology means the swivel and motor are not affected by external forces, which provides major service life benefits compared to competing solutions,” says Johnny Karlsson, Area Sales Manager at Indexator.

Another feature that benefits service life is Indexator’s tried-and-tested vane motor – the only compact rotator on the market using this principle. While the vane motor provides high torque, it is also very forgiving in case of forced roation and large slewing masses. The modular design with slew bearings, motor and swivel in separate modules, makes service and maintenance easy.

Eagerly-awaited rotator
“There’s never room for unscheduled downtime anywhere rotators are used. Because they simply have to keep on working, hour after hour, high reliability is just as important as high-performance,” says Johnny Karlsson.

To make sure the XR 300 can do the job, it has been rigorously tested, both in a test environment and in the real-world scenario’s machines and tools encounter. The result is a rotator with long service life that delivers performance every day.

The XR 300 is a rotator size eagerly awaited by customers, and market demand is high, especially from the customers who saw the rotator’s benefits when they participated in the prototype tests. Indexator will begin series production at the end of the year and as of January 2019, the XR 300 will be in full production.

“There is great demand from machine manufacturers and every possibility that this size segment will be the largest in the entire XR series in terms of volume,” says Johnny Karlsson.

The XR range
The XR range is available in several sizes and models with different bolt patterns and extra channels for central lubrication and cable pass through.

To see the new XR 300 and other XR-rotators working in this video click here.

 

For further information, contact Area Sales Manager Johnny Karlsson on +46 73 038 93 26 or at johnny.karlsson@indexator.com.

Indexator Rotator Systems AB is a global leader in the manufacture of rotators, swivels and accessories. Today, Indexator is an extremely strong brand in the forestry, material handling and recycling industries all over the world. The company conducts world-class R&D that includes a dedicated, in-house test lab upon which international equipment manufacturers also rely when developing new products and functions.

Indexator currently has around 140 employees and annual sales of approx SEK 260 million. A high proportion of their sales goes for export, with around 80 per cent of production being sold to more than 40 markets around the world.

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Taranaki NZ : Agreements secure industry future

International Forest Industries - Thu, 22/11/2018 - 11:04

China Forestry Group NZ (CFGNZ) is once again backing local wood processing with a ground-breaking agreement on harvesting and processing wood from Taranaki’s largest forest.

China Forestry Group NZ and Taranakipine sawmill in New Plymouth have signed a supply agreement that supports long term wood processing in New Plymouth and employment for the 170 workers at Taranakipine. It’s another initiative that demonstrates China Forestry Group NZ’s ongoing commitment to New Zealand.

Forestry Minister Shane Jones – who strongly supports the private forestry sector collaborating for the benefit of New Zealand – was also in attendance.

“This is exactly the sort of cooperation we need to see between our overseas- owned forestry companies and New Zealand sawmills,” Shane Jones says. “I’m pleased that China Forestry Group NZ and Taranakipine have been able to reach this agreement and I commend both parties for their commitment to our forestry sector – for regional development and employment benefits.”

The agreement will see China Forestry Group NZ supply minimum monthly volumes to Taranakipine over the long term and at agreed pricing.

Te Wera forest is very steep in parts, requiring specialist equipment and personnel. So, to help with harvesting, China Forestry Group NZ negotiated an agreement with Northland harvesting company Stokes Logging to relocate part of their crew capacity and business to Te Wera.

“The partnerships with Taranakipine and Stokes Logging are a material demonstration of China Forestry Group NZ’s ongoing commitment to New Zealand and how forestry owners and local processors can better work together,” says Steve Walker, Chief Operations Officer of China Forestry Group NZ.

China Forestry Group NZ will underwrite the cost of Stokes Logging relocating with a take-or-pay commitment to 100,000 tonnes per year for seven years, to December 2026. This commitment will see a number of families move to Taranaki with their moving costs covered by China Forestry Group NZ.

“These agreements are based on mutually beneficial commercial outcomes. At the same time, we appreciate that we have an important role to play in the New Zealand forestry industry as a supportive and understanding partner to local operators and as kaitiaki of the natural and cultural resources entrusted to us,” Steve Walker says.

As part of China Forestry Group NZ’s commitment to achieve Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for all its forests, the Te Wera forest is now fully certified under the PF Olsen Group Scheme for FSC certification. This certifies that the forest management meets the principles of sustainable forest management, including management of social and environmental characteristics of value.

The FSC certification of the forest also has commercial benefits, as many consumers now insist on sustainable sourcing.

Tom Boon, CEO of Taranakipine, says securing supply from an FSC certified forest was a key concern for Taranakipine.

“This agreement with China Forestry Group NZ will secure FSC log supply. Now we can grow our markets in New Zealand, Australia, Europe and the US with wood products from sustainably managed, renewable plantation forests,” says Boon.

“Locally, it means secure employment for our 170 staff. And, of course, the new agreement re-establishes our historic commercial relationship with Te Wera forest.”

Taranakipine was specifically founded in 1982 to process the first commercial harvest from Te Wera and had a strong ongoing supply from the forest for many decades.

Photo:  Steve Walker, Chief Operations Officer of China Forestry Group NZ.

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Trump Says California Can Learn From Finland on Fires. Is He Right?

NYT Logging Industry - Sun, 18/11/2018 - 20:33
Like his earlier comments about California’s forest management, President Trump’s remarks about how Finland prepares for wildfires were somewhat misleading.

Robust exhibit sales for 2019 Forest Products Expo

International Forest Industries - Fri, 16/11/2018 - 12:27

Nearly 100 companies have contracted fully 80% of the available exhibit space for the 35th Forest Products Machinery & Equipment Exposition – Expo 2019 – to be held June 26-28, 2019 at Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center.

“Participation in Expo is reaching an early sell-out; most of the larger exhibit spaces are already occupied. Many of the exhibiting companies are determining the equipment they’ll bring for display in Atlanta.  And some have expanded their exhibit space based on strong, pre-show orders,” commented Eric Gee, SFPA’s exposition director. “Expo 2019 is the best place to be for companies wanting to showcase the latest equipment, products and services for the wood industry,” he added.

Sponsored and conducted by the Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA) every two years since 1950, this event has traditionally included many of the biggest names in the business displaying everything from sawmill machinery to materials handling equipment, attracting key representatives from the nation’s largest wood products manufacturers. Expo 2017 featured 183 exhibitors, with a total attendance of just over 2,000.

An online sales kit and exhibit space application is now available at www.sfpaexpo.com. “We have also rolled out new event management software that streamlines the exhibit space selection and confirmation process,” Eric noted.

For questions about Expo 2019, contact Eric at 504/443-4464 (option 3), or e-mail him at egee@sfpa.org.

Photo:  Eric Gee, SFPA’s exposition director
NOTE to Editors: The EXPO 2019 logo and photos from Expo 2017 are available upon request; contact Cameron Goodreau, cgoodreau@sfpa.org.

The Forest Products Machinery & Equipment Exposition has been sponsored since 1950 by the Southern Forest Products Association, a trade association representing Southern Pine lumber manufacturers from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

SFPA’s member companies produce about 45 percent of the nation’s Southern Pine lumber.

6660 Riverside Drive, Suite 212, Metairie, LA  70003 • 504/443-4464  FAX: 504/443-6612 •  www.SFPA.org

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US timber tariff: Who will benefit?

International Forest Industries - Fri, 16/11/2018 - 11:44

China announced a 25% tariff on US imports, on a value of $16 billion from 23 August. The taxed products include $1.83 billion of wood products and logs.

A large range of wood products are listed in the tariff list, including oak logs, birch logs, OSB, spruce, larch, teak, wooden window frames, shelves, furniture etc.

China is the biggest importer for American wood products. The United States exported 6.14 million m3 logs to China, accounting for 53.9% of US logs, and 3.27 m3 lumber, accounting for 38% of US sawn timber exports, according to the U.S Bureau of Statistics. The China market represents half of total US log exports, and one third of its sawn timber exports.

The US tariffs will increase the cost of US wood imports, which will make America timber gradually lose its competitiveness and market position in China.

China Timber has forecast that Chinese buyers may turn to other countries such as Russia and Europe as the properties of timber from those countries are very similar to that of the US.

Source: ITTO MIS Report (October)

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Gough CAT signs with Weiler

International Forest Industries - Fri, 16/11/2018 - 11:11

Gough Cat have announced they have an agreement with United States company Weiler Incorporated to distribute its forestry product line in New Zealand.

Founded in 2000, Weiler has a long history of successfully manufacturing equipment distributed through the global Cat dealer network, says Gough Cat Executive General Manager Chris Heaton.

“These products complement the Caterpillar forestry machines that Gough Cat will continue to offer and we are excited about continuing to supply our customers a wide range of products.”

Gough Cat will distribute and service Weiler forestry products, including wheel skidders and track feller bunchers, while continuing to provide and service Cat’s forestry 500 series purpose-built forestry machines designed for log loading, harvesting and other New Zealand forestry applications.

“Gough Cat and Weiler look forward to growing our relationship further through distributing this portfolio of products for the forestry industry through our extensive dealer network throughout New Zealand,” says Chris Heaton.

“We are excited to have Gough Cat as the exclusive Weiler dealer for New Zealand, their great history of product support and taking care of customers fits our needs to continue to grow the Weiler brand,” says Pat Weiler, owner and founder of Weiler.

“We remain strongly committed to our forestry business and expect Weiler’s forestry customers will benefit greatly from the exceptional sales and service that Gough Cat are proud to be known for,” says Chris Heaton.

The new agreement follows an announcement by Caterpillar Inc in August that it had entered into a preliminary agreement to sell some of its forestry business to Weiler.

Weiler paving and drill products will be available in New Zealand later this year, with forestry products becoming available early in 2019, as Caterpillar transitions these forest products.

“This is a positive move and a smooth transition is well underway, supported by Weiler’s proven track record of working with Cat dealers all over the world,” says Chris Heaton.

Photo: Gough Cat Executive General Manager Chris Heaton

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Australia – Timberlink announces new appointments

International Forest Industries - Fri, 16/11/2018 - 10:58

Timberlink has announced the appointment of Jason Wilson (photo) to the newly created position of Chief Operations Officer (COO) to support its growth and development strategy. In addition, Duncan Mayes has joined the Timberlink team, taking up the position of EGM Innovation and Emerging Business.

Previously, Jason has been the General Manager of Auswest Timbers, leading a business that has seven manufacturing sites. Prior to that he spent 7 years with Carter Holt Harvey and was Strategic Development Manager during his last four and a half years with the company.

The role of EGM Innovation and Emerging Business has a mission to support the strategic commitment to grow and expand the business in sustainably relevant sectors, further leveraging the strong material base with a greater focus on value adding with advanced technology and business models.

Duncan Mayes brings with him a wealth of experience, having worked with global wood products company Stora Enso over the last 20 years in a wide variety of operational and development roles, including leading the Wood Product Division’s Strategy, R&D and Innovation and Operational Business Management.

Timberlink CEO Ian Tyson welcomed both to the business, “this is an exciting time for Timberlink and I am delighted to be able to welcome these two experienced executives to the team.”

Source: Timberlink

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Australia – AKD Softwoods acquires NSW sawmilling business

International Forest Industries - Fri, 16/11/2018 - 10:40

Associated Kiln Driers Softwoods (AKD) has confirmed that it has finalised the purchase of Carter Holt Harvey’s (CHH) New South Wales sawmilling business. The major assets of this business comprise of the Tumut sawmill, Gilmore treatment facility, a 50% interest in the Highland Pine Products (HPP) joint venture in Oberon and a distribution centre in Berkeley Vale.

The Tumut sawmill processes approximately 565,000 m3 of sawlogs producing a range of outdoor and structural products and the Gilmore treatment facility is a value adding site also located in Tumut. The HPP joint venture processes approximately 600,000 m3 of sawlog. All of the nearly 500 NSW employees will continue to be employed by the business.

AKD’s Chief Executive Officer Shane Vicary explains “we are excited to be acquiring the assets and merging the NSW people into our AKD team, the operations are well run and operated by dedicated, talented and passionate people.”

AKD Softwoods is a privately-owned Australian company with a proud history of 60 years in the forest industry, with 55 of those years as softwood sawmillers. From humble beginnings in the regional Victorian town of Colac where the head office remains, AKD as of today will have 12 operational sites across 3 states and employ over 1000 people.

“We are proud of our story, the products we produce and relationships we hold with our customers, employees, suppliers and communities” says Mr Vicary. “We see the NSW business as a strategic fit for the AKD Group as we have a long-term dedication to our industry producing timber products for the Australian market. This opportunity will provide AKD with a larger range and volume of products, and greater flexibility with multiple sites located across the eastern seaboard to offer new and existing customers superior service and supply security”.

This expansion continues AKD’s approach of growth and sustainability through strategic acquisitions and continual capital investment, cementing its commitment to the industry.

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Plantation harvests rising

International Forest Industries - Tue, 13/11/2018 - 11:09

Plantation harvests on the rise – According to the eighth national inventory of forest resources, the area of national plantation was 69.33 million hectares accounting for 36% of the forest land area in China. The stocking volume of these plantations was 2.483 billion cubic metres, or 17% of China’s forest standing volume.

Between 2009 and 2013 the average annual harvest volume from China’s plantations was 155 million cubic metres. The harvest volume from plantations accounted for 46% of the total harvest, up by 7% on the period of the seventh national inventory.

Source: ITTO MIS Report October

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Acadian Timber reports 3Q net sales of $22.2 million

International Forest Industries - Tue, 13/11/2018 - 10:59

In the 3Q, Acadian Timber Corp. generated net sales of $22.2 million compared to $19.3 million in the prior year period primarily due to a 20% increase in log sales volumes.

Adjusted EBITDA margin increased to 30% from 27% in the prior year period as the benefits of higher log sales volumes and stronger sales of higher and better use (HBU) land in Maine were partially offset by higher operating costs due to longer average haul distances.

Net income for the 3Q totaled $9.7 million, or $0.58 per share, compared to $2.8 million, or $0.17 per share, respectively, for the same period in 2016.

“Demand across Acadian’s sawtimber and hardwood pulpwood markets remained strong during the 3Q”, said Mark Bishop, CEO of Acadian. “While seasonally drier than normal summer weather supported strong 3Q log production, annual harvest levels will continue to reflect our long term sustainable targets.”

During the first nine months of 2017, Acadian’s net sales were $57.9 million, reflecting an improvement over the prior year period of $54.4 million primarily attributed to a 15% increase in log sales volumes from favourable harvest conditions throughout the year, particularly for spruce and fir stands.

Adjusted EBITDA improved to $17.3 million from $15.5 million during this period while the Adjusted EBITDA margin improved to 30% from 28% benefiting from the aforementioned sales volume increase as well as higher HBU land sales in Maine.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2017, net income improved to $18.5 million, or $1.10 per share, representing an increase of $5.5 million over the prior year period primarily due to higher Adjusted EBITDA as described above and favourable foreign exchange revaluation of U.S. dollar denominated long-term debt.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2017, net income improved to $18.5 million, or $1.10 per share, representing an increase of $5.5 million over the prior year period primarily due to higher Adjusted EBITDA as described above and favourable foreign exchange revaluation of U.S. dollar denominated long-term debt.

Acadian Timber Corp. is a leading supplier of primary forest products in Eastern Canada and the Northeastern U.S.

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Komatsu – New global after sales manager

International Forest Industries - Fri, 09/11/2018 - 13:42

Komatsu Forest has a new Global After Sales Manager – Bernd Rauser has since the year 2000 been active as Managing Director of Komatsu Forest GmbH. Now new challenges are waiting, that he is eager to face.

Komatsu Forest is in a phase where the company invests in growing within the aftermarket offering. The aim is to continuously improve the business models, and to grow on existing and new markets. Bernd, with his experience and deep knowledge of the forest industry, is now leading this exciting process.

I see it as a very exciting time to get into. Our aftermarket has tremendous potential to grow even more. As a company, we should be at the forefront of our offering, and there are smart technological solutions that we are currently working a lot with. We will continue to focus on that.

Furthermore, Bernd explains that a challenge as a Global After Sales Manager is the overall perspective. There are big differences between various markets and customer needs differ.

There are many pieces that are connected to each other. It’s important that each piece fits in the other to get an excellent overall offer. Our offer ranges from a small spare part screw to training to smart connected machines. It is a huge spread.

Bernd has been working for Komatsu Forest for 18 years, but the forest has always been present for Bernd. His parents were forest owners and he grew up close by the Black Forest (forested mountain range in southwest Germany). And now he sees exciting times for the forest industry:

The demand for wood and paper products is growing. From a sustainability perspective, it will be necessary to grow, and in even more places around the world. There are large forest markets where mechanization also becomes a natural part of the development.

Bernd is now stationed at the head office in Umeå, Sweden, and during the autumn his wife Beate will also move to Umeå.

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Jyri Kylä-Kaila Appointed Managing Director Of Epec Oy

International Forest Industries - Fri, 09/11/2018 - 13:19

Jyri Kylä-Kaila (39) has been appointed managing director of Epec Oy, a subsidiary of Ponsse, starting from 1 January 2019. Kylä-Kaila will report to Ponsse Plc’s President and CEO Juho Nummela, and he will be located in Seinäjoki.

Jyri Kylä-Kaila will transfer to his new position from Valmet Automotive where he has worked in various research and development, sales and marketing tasks since 2011. Kylä-Kaila will transfer to Epec Oy from the position of director of electric powertrains at Valmet Automotive. Kylä-Kaila has studied master’s degree in industrial engineering.

Teemu Raitis, Epec’s current managing director, will leave the company on 30 November 2018. Petri Härkönen, Ponsse Plc’s CFO, will be the acting managing director of Epec Oy during December 2018.

Epec Oy is Ponsse Group’s subsidiary located in Seinäjoki, Finland. It designs and manufactures control systems for mobile work machines, electronics and software for demanding conditions. Epec Oy was founded in 1978, and it has been the manufacturer of PONSSE information system products since 2004.

FURTHER INFORMATION
Juho Nummela, President and CEO, Ponsse Plc, tel. +358 400 495 690

DISTRIBUTION
NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd
Principal media
www.ponsse.com

Photo: Jyri Kylä-Kaila (39) has been appointed managing director of Epec Oy.

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Rayonier reports 3Q net income of $23.4 million

International Forest Industries - Fri, 09/11/2018 - 12:34

Rayonier Inc. reported 3Q 2018 net income of $23.4 million, or $0.18 per share, on revenues of $200.9 million. This compares to net income of $24.7 million, or $0.19 per share, on revenues of $184.4 million in the prior year quarter.

3Q 2018 operating income was $46.4 million versus $39.3 million in the prior year period. 3Q 2018 Adjusted EBITDA was $83.3 million versus $69.3 million in the prior year period.

“Following a very strong first half of the year, we are pleased to report 3Q results above expectations, largely driven by a timberland sale in New Zealand,” said David Nunes, President and CEO. “Southern Timber results reflect 2% lower harvest volumes and a 3% increase in pine pulpwood stumpage prices relative to the prior year quarter, as wet weather conditions hindered harvest efforts but positively impacted pulpwood pricing.

Overall, weighted-average stumpage prices in Southern Timber decreased 1% due to the geographic mix of sawtimber harvest volumes and the impact of tariffs on China export volume. Pacific Northwest Timber results improved versus the prior year quarter driven by 23% higher harvest volumes as well as higher delivered sawtimber and pulpwood prices, partially offset by higher cut and haul costs.”

Rayonier is a leading timberland real estate investment trust with assets located in some of the most productive softwood timber growing regions in the United States and New Zealand.

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Sappi Nth America appoints Alexander ‘Sandy’ Taft as director of sustainability

International Forest Industries - Fri, 09/11/2018 - 11:29

Sappi North America appoints Alexander “Sandy” Taft as director of sustainability. Taft will work cross-functionally within Sappi’s North American operations to drive sustainability strategy and execution. Taft will also work with counterparts in Sappi’s European and South African offices to ensure consistency with global sustainability goals.

Taft joins Sappi from National Grid, a U.K.-headquartered energy delivery company, where he was most recently the Director of Environmental and Sustainability Policy for its U.S. subsidiary. He brings a strong background in U.S. energy and environmental policy, as well as a collaborative approach to global policy development.

Taft will also join the Two Sides North America Board of Directors as a member this fall. Two Sides is a non-profit, global initiative by companies from the graphic communications industry including forestry, pulp and paper, among others.

Sappi North America, Inc., a leading producer and supplier of diversified paper, packaging products and dissolving wood pulp.
View Sappi North America here.

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Södra to offer renewable electricity through Guarantees of Origin to Europe

International Forest Industries - Fri, 09/11/2018 - 11:01

Södra can now offer Guarantees of Origin (GoOs) for its renewable electricity. The GoOs are recognised by the EU, following the certification of Södra’s Mönsterås pulp mill according to EU standards.

“We believe in renewable energy and want to give our customers the opportunity to take advantage of our renewable electricity,” said Henric Dernegård, Energy Coordinator at Södra.

Renewable energy is produced in Södra’s pulp mills using raw material from the forests owned by Södra’s members. Since 2010, Södra has been self-sufficient in terms of electricity production and sells any surplus on the open electricity market. Södra is now certified according to the European Energy Certificate System (EECS). This is a standard for cross-border trade in GoO certificates.

Södra’s European customers have shown an interest in GoO-label electricity. In May, the mill at Mönsterås was classified according to the EECS, and since then, the mill has produced 190 GWh in bio-based GoO-label electricity. This corresponds to the heating requirements of around 7,600 houses.

“Many of our European customers are electricity-intensive and already purchase renewable products from us in the form of paper pulp. They can now purchase renewable GoOs from us as well, which is an added value that we think strengthens our business,” commented Dernegård.

A GoO certificate corresponds to one MWh and is an electronic label showing where and how the electricity is produced. In Södra’s case, this electricity is bio-based, but it can also be sun, wind or water-based, for example.

For more technical information, please contact:
Henric Dernegård, Energy Coordinator, Södra

Tel: +46 (0)470-152 63
E-mail: henric.dernegard@sodra.com

For more market information, please contact:
Magnus Reitersjö, Director Treasury and Credits, Södra
Tel: +46 (0)470-891 34
E-mail: magnus.reitersjo@sodra.com

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Metsä Wood inaugurates new birch plywood mill in Pärnu, Estonia

International Forest Industries - Thu, 08/11/2018 - 12:43

Metsä Wood’s new birch plywood mill inaugurated in Pärnu, Estonia. The investment in the birch plywood mill in Pärnu is worth Euro 55 million. Once the mill is operating at full capacity, it will employ around 200 people.

For Metsä Wood, the Pärnu mill is a strategically important investment in birch plywood speciality products. The most important applications for birch plywood include construction and transport industry, which are increasing globally as a result of enhanced urbanisation.

“Metsä Wood has been implementing its industrial efficiency strategy for five years, to great effect. The inauguration of the birch plywood mill in Pärnu is the culmination of the company’s Euro 100 million investment programme, which improves production excellence and competitiveness in the market. Today, we are witnessing another new beginning for Metsä Group’s strong growth,” said President and CEO Ilkka Hämälä.

The annual production capacity of the Pärnu birch plywood mill is 50,000 cubic metres. This increases Metsä Wood’s total net production capacity by around 30,000 cubic metres.

The birch plywood mill in Pärnu uses birch veneers as a raw material. The veneers are produced in Äänekoski in central Finland. The wood is acquired from Finland, mainly from the forests of Metsä Group’s owner-members. The veneer mill at Äänekoski and the birch plywood mill in Pärnu constitute a mill complex, in which the two parts must work seamlessly together. The Pärnu mill is expected to reach its full capacity during 2019.

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Resolute Forest Products improved 2Q to $976 million

International Forest Industries - Thu, 08/11/2018 - 10:35

Resolute Forest Products Inc. reported net income for the quarter ended June 30, 2018, of $72 million, or $0.77 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $74 million, or $0.82 per share, in the same period in 2017. Sales were $976 million in the quarter, an increase of $118 million from the year-ago period.

Excluding special items, the company reported net income of $66 million, or $0.71 per share, compared to a net loss, excluding special items, of $3 million, or $0.03per share, in the 2Q 2017.

“Overall positive price momentum and improved operational performance led to record profitability this quarter. Our strong financial results allowed repayment of $105 million of debt during the quarter, significantly improving our balance sheet and leverage,” said Yves Laflamme, president and CEO. “We are also very pleased that the countervailing duty order on supercalendered paper has recently been revoked, resulting in a $60 million refund of duty deposits over the coming months.”

Resolute Forest Products is a global leader in the forest products industry with a diverse range of products, including market pulp, tissue, wood products, newsprint and specialty papers, which are marketed in close to 70 countries.

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