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Brazil’s wood-based product exports increased by 8.4% in September

International Forest Industries - Wed, 07/11/2018 - 14:01

In September 2018 Brazilian exports of wood-based products (except pulp and paper) increased 8.4% in value compared to September 2017, from $248.3 million to $269.1 million, reports ITTO.

The value of pine sawnwood exports increased 20% between September 2017 ($41.9 million) and September 2018 ($50.4 million) and the volume of exports increased 17% over the same period (202,500 cubic metres to 237,700 cubic metres).

Tropical sawnwood exports also increased rising 31% year-on-year from 42,500 cubic metres in September 2017 to 55,700 cubic metres in September 2018. In terms of value, exports increased 21% from $19.5 million to $23.5 million over the same period.

September pine plywood exports increased 31% in value year-on-year from $48.7 million to $63.6 million. Export volumes also increased, rising 13% over the same period, from 165,900 cubic metres to 188,200 cubic metres.

In contrast, tropical plywood exports declined 28% in volume, from 16,300 cubic metres ($6.3 million) in September 2017 to 11,700 cubic metres ($5.5 million) in September 2018.

Brazil’s wooden furniture exports continue to do well and in September 2018 totalled $44 million compared to $40 million in September 2017 a 10% rise.

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Boise Cascade closes sales of its lumber mills

International Forest Industries - Wed, 07/11/2018 - 13:22

Boise Cascade Company has completed the sale of its northeast Oregon lumber mills in Pilot Rock and La Grande and the particleboard operations in Island City to Woodgrain Millwork. The sale officially closed on November 2, 2018.

Boise Cascade is one of the largest producers of engineered wood products and plywood in North America and a leading U.S. wholesale distributor of building products.

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JoeScan Debuts Next Gen Scanner

International Forest Industries - Tue, 06/11/2018 - 12:03
JS-50 prototype turns heads at TP&EE

JoeScan gave visitors a glimpse at the future of sawmill scanning during TP&EE in Portland, Oregon. The 3D laser scanning leaders brought a pair of interactive demos to their booth, showcasing a variety of innovations exclusive to their latest JS-50 prototype devices.

By leveraging sixteen years of sawmill industry engineering, as well as the latest advances in hardware technology, JoeScan has built their best 3D scanner yet. The new JS-50 scan heads bring twice the speed, resolution, and data density, all in a package ¼ the size and weight of earlier models

Performance benefits were demonstrated on a log supported by two flights that visitors pushed through a towering scan arch. The on-screen visualization laid bare the improvement in data density. Visitors also commented on how the dual camera design produced data around the flights that would be missed by single camera scanners.

The second demo offered a hands-on test of the JS-50’s new dovetail snap-mount and single cable connector. Untrained visitors were able to remove and replace scan heads in less than ten seconds with this intuitive new system.

Using a power-over-ethernet architecture cuts the number of cables needed in half. For instance a large system would go from 48 cables down to just 24. This cable uses a single industry-standard RJ45 ethernet plug, making for extremely tidy junction boxes. It also removes the need for a dedicated power supply, reduces cable management complexity, and dramatically improves troubleshooting time.

“Our inspiration for the snap mount was the repeatability of picatinny rail systems used by the military for rifle optics,” says mechanical engineer Vadim Kovalev. “We wanted to create something that was very easy to use, and that would allow for heads to be swapped without recalibration.”

But perhaps the most visually stunning feature of the new JoeScan is its size and shape. The JS-50 comes in at a slender 19 inches by 3 inches by 1½ inches and sports a sleek, bow-like style. This makes it significantly easier to handle and install than earlier models. The smaller package also opens it up to applications without much room for scanning hardware.

Overall the JS-50’s new features proved to be very popular with show attendees. Both sawmill operators and optimization experts agreed that the new model will raise the bar JoeScan has already set for simplicity and reliability in sawmill scanning.

“We are pleased with the positive response the JS-50 is generating,” said Jason Farmer, JoeScan’s vice president of engineering. “But we aren’t surprised. We’ve built a compelling technology roadmap, focused exclusively on the sawmill industry, and the JS-50 is our first step down that path. It is an exciting time to be scanning with JoeScan.”

These prototype units impressed, and the final commercial version of the JS-50 will be available for purchase in early 2019.

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JoeScan debuts Next Gen Scanner – JS-50 prototype turns heads at TP&EE

International Forest Industries - Tue, 06/11/2018 - 11:45

At JoeScan’s TP&EE booth, a group of sawmill industry leaders gathered to toast Galloway Lumber, the winner of the Longest Running JoeScan contest. This announcement ended the months long search for the longest continually operating JoeScan 3D laser scanner.

With champagne and beer glasses held high, marketing manager Brad Michael and JoeScan founder and president Joey Nelson gave a short speech to the crowd packed around their booth.

During the ceremony, Nelson identified the winning scan head. “This is really special because it’s the very first JoeScan ever installed. It’s still running great, almost sixteen years later.”

The winning scanner first went to work on the bucking line at Galloway’s British Columbia sawmill in February of 2003, or just over 5700 days ago. “If this isn’t a testament to our ‘Made for Sawmills’ motto, I don’t know what is,” Michael added.

Although there was only one winner in the contest, JoeScan was quick to acknowledge all of the sawmills and systems integrators that have worked with them over the years. “From our oldest partners to our newest friends, you’re the reason we’re here today,” Michael said. “Here’s to sixteen more years of successful sawmill scanning!”

For additional information about this topic or assistance with media files, please contact Brad Michael at +1.360.993.0069 x7007 or email at brad.michael@joescan.com.

Photo: Golden  toast announcing the winner

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Waratah Forestry Equipment celebrates 45th anniversary

International Forest Industries - Tue, 06/11/2018 - 11:27

Waratah Forestry Equipment is celebrating 45 years of innovation and serving customers in the forestry industry.

The company pioneered mechanized harvesting with first-class products paired with unparalleled customer support.

Established in Tokoroa, New Zealand in 1973, the company transitioned to meet local loggers’ heavy-duty delimbing needs creating a delimber-feller-buncher featuring a four-roller fixed head.   Following that innovation, a red grapple processor for the Canadian markets marked the beginnings of the 600 Series and solidified its place as the original red head in the industry.

Today, Waratah heads are found in all logging applications from felling on steep slopes, to cut-to-length hardwood harvesting at the stump, to processing on a landing or debarking on endless plantations.

“We’re dedicated to serving loggers across the globe,” said Heather Robinson, general manager of worldwide distribution, Waratah. “As an industry leader and the manufacturer of the original red head, we’re in a unique position to offer customers experience, expertise and innovation. We’re excited to celebrate the past 45 years and look forward to the next 45.”

Since its inception, Waratah, which has factories in New Zealand and Finland, has grown to support a global market.

“Waratah is based on quality, innovation and many years of experience,” said John Alemann, general manager, Waratah, New Zealand. “With 45 years under our belts, we are able innovate better and use our expertise to push the envelope.”

Waratah has continued to innovate by finding new ways to increase productivity and provide customer solutions including reliability and durability. For example, the Waratah HTH622C 4×4 and HTH624C 4×4 help minimize waste and maximize profits as powerful four-wheel drive heads that offer multi-stemming, independent log shuffling, 360-degree rotation and more.

TimberRiteTM H-16, Waratah’s measuring and control system, is another recent innovation. This system provides unique versatility with configurable settings for improved head performance, productivity and measuring accuracy.

In addition to the TimberRiteTM H-16 system, Waratah developed WaratahMateTM – a phone app that works with TimberRite to wirelessly share the machine’s production data in real-time. Developed exclusively for Waratah customers, the new app makes it faster and more reliable to send measuring system data back to the company.

“We’ve got a huge legacy in this business,” said Alemann. “We are looking forward to developing and providing opportunities that will keep our customers ahead of the competition.”

For more information about Waratah, please visit Waratah.com or contact Sarah Larson at slarson@mindfirecomm.com.

Waratah Forestry Equipment, headquartered in Rotorua, New Zealand, has served the global forestry industry for 45 years, manufacturing harvesting, processing and heads as well as harvester and forwarder cranes in its state-of-the-art facilities in New Zealand and Finland. The company’s extensive support and parts distribution network, rigorous global application testing, advanced manufacturing systems and sophisticated quality measures delivers customers with durable and reliable forestry equipment that is Built to Work. For more information, visit here.

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Global Sustainability on Forests and Wildlife

ForestCarbon Asia - Sun, 28/10/2018 - 07:03

It comes as no-shocker to everybody that our planet is in serious danger right now. Not only have we human beings polluted the green lands and surroundings, but have also put the wildlife in huge danger as well. Because of our deeds, even the flora and fauna are now suffering global warming and so many species are now on the verge of extinction. We even take pride in killing animals for their skin, teeth, claws, and bones and leave them to die and rot until the earth takes them in. As a species, we human beings are developing at a very impressive pace and are making our lives easier every day. But we fail to understand the repercussions that are falling upon the innocent beings that have nothing to do with any of it but still have to suffer.

Main issues:

If the present situation continues to thrive, life on earth is bound to get difficult mainly because of overpopulation by human beings, the unbalanced ecosystem, and mismanagement of needs. Forests and Wildlife help to keep a balance in the biosphere and are important to human species in various ways such as pollination, exchange of gases, food, and controlling climate.

Many iconic species such as Elephants, rhinoceros, cheetahs are declining at very high speed due to hunting and poaching. Trading and illegal business of animals have led to the loss of many species which is a major loss to biodiversity as a whole. There are many forest areas such as African and Asian forests where Elephants are killed by local farmers to prevent them from entering their farms and eating away the vegetation. This situation could be avoided by using certain measures and planning land use efficiently. Animals in many regions of the world have started to lose immunity in their bodies are growing prone to diseases.

Management techniques:

There are many government and private organizations which have taken the issue seriously and have been working to improve the situation as much as possible. Such organizations follow various techniques and methods that could be used by us so that wildlife and forests could be rescued.

The organizations usually work according to the area they are in. The basic technique is to study the loss that the region has suffered and how has the human population been involved in the loss. The locals could be involved in tourism and illegal uses of those animals like tourism and entertainment. Raising importance for the wildlife and forests in the minds of the local people through various techniques is a part of the program.

General awareness:

Public awareness and education can work wonders in such cases as only we human beings can help the situation and save thousands of animals who are prone to losing their lives because of our selfish needs. Awareness related to management, planning, and illegal uses is compulsory almost everywhere to make sure these organizations are being heard. Laws against animal hunting and trade are also made stricter to keep human involvement as scarce as possible and keep flora and fauna safe.            


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Holtec supplied log yard to Piveteau Bois in France

International Forest Industries - Fri, 26/10/2018 - 13:35

Holtec supplied log yard to Piveteau Bois in Saint Florence. The log yard is designed for processing 500,000 cubic metres logs per year.
Short logs and long logs are loaded, butt-reduced, debarked, measured, cut and sorted in parallel. The start-up is closed to finishing.

Piveteau Bois is one of the three largest saw mills in France with a cutting capacity of about 800,000 solid cubic metres and a pellets production of about 200,000 tons per year at three sites.

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Fibria invests in forestry technology

International Forest Industries - Fri, 26/10/2018 - 13:11
Smart Forest Project applies big data/analytics, Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence technologies in planted forests

São Paulo, October 05, 2018 – Based on a diagnosis, Fibria structured the management of forest digitization initiatives in the Smart Forest Project. Led by the Forestry area, a data collection, communication, analysis and publishing supply architecture was created, in which all actions of new technologies are centralized in the Smart Forest Project.

“Planted forests are the starting point in Fibria’s production chain. Wood provides the raw material for producing pulp, electricity and, increasingly, the inputs required for the development of new products and applications. We started this diagnosis back in 2015 and took the Industry 4.0 concept to the forest. These are day-to-day technologies applied to the field that improve the availability of data for decision making, while also increasing productivity, security and employee development,” says Caio Zanardo, Chief Forestry Officer of Fibria.

The implementation of new technologies will be on four fronts: planting, harvest, wood logistics and systematic data analysis. More than 50 projects have already been implemented and several of them have already produced results.

“There are some global mega trends that have a high probability of impacting the forest environment.  Demographic changes (urbanization), climate change, scarcity of resources and energy efficiency, which can be mitigated or optimized by using new technologies, either in managing forestry assets (land, forest and machinery), or in managing inputs or behavioral management (people, safety and productivity),” says Luiz Eduardo Sabbado, manager of forestry operations development at Fibria.

Trucks with Telemetry
In the last five years, the Forestry Logistics area has reduced accidents with lost time injuries by 43% and accidents with and without lost time injuries by 60%. The main reasons for this reduction are driver training and the use of precision technology to monitor operations. In 2016, 100% of the fleet had telemetry. To improve traffic at the mill, Fibria created an automated truck entry system at the Três Lagoas (MS) unit. Similar to an automated toll system, the New Log Track technology ensures that the unit receives and tracks a timber truck every three minutes, without traffic lines or jams.

Fire surveillance video towers
Fibria has over one million hectares of forests across seven states in Brazil, which include planted forests and environmental conservation areas (native forests).  Fire is always a risk threatening the forests, people and biodiversity. To reduce response times to fire alarms, towers equipped with video cameras were installed to detect fire outbreaks. By 2017, 50 towers had been installed at the Três Lagoas (MS) and Aracruz (ES) units, with range of up to 20 km. Fibria adopts a forest fire prevention policy that places tremendous emphasis on raising awareness among neighbors, partners, contractors and participants in our social programs.

However, prevention does not ward off all risks. Fibria has trained fire response teams in its plantation areas, which depend on early alerts to be able to control outbreaks still in their early stages. The cameras on towers are a valuable tool for this. In 2017, the total area affected by forest fires declined by 46% in relation to 2016. Compared to 2015, the reduction was 94%.

Automated nursery
The world’s first automated eucalyptus seedling nursery is located at the Três Lagoas Unit. It spans an area of 48,000 square meters, with annual production capacity of 43 million eucalyptus seedlings. Operating like a “seedling factory”, the nursery has 24 robots to select, plant, diagnose the seedlings and even automatically ship them for transport, all based on artificial intelligence. The technology was imported from the Netherlands, where it is already used for the automated planting of flower seedlings. This model will enable Fibria to achieve a three-fold increase in productivity compared to a traditional nursery.

The quality of seedlings produced by the automated process is better than those produced by the traditional process, with production cost being approximately 25% lower. Moreover, the automated nursery incorporates sustainability concepts in its operation: the containers in which the seedlings are planted are made from biodegradable paper and not plastic, which results in reduced waste, less water consumption and lower environmental impact.

LIDAR technology
It is an innovative technology for the measurement of areas, terrain and trees for inventory. It surveys the forest by capturing data through a laser sensor, which are then analyzed by specialized software. This project, started in 2011 at the São Paulo Forestry unit to improve the precision in measuring areas and terrain characteristics, was essential for implementing mechanized harvesting in areas with inclination of up to 33º, with data of embedded terrain, through digitized maps for greater safety in harvesting machinery. Fibria reduced the cost of monitoring and updating areas by 12%, and also implemented many modernization projects, which resulted in a 1.2% increase in its planted area.

About Fibria
The world leader in eucalyptus pulp production, Fibria strives to meet, in a sustainable manner, the growing global demand for products from planted forests. With annual pulp production capacity of 7.25 million tons, the company has industrial units in Aracruz (Espírito Santo), Jacareí (São Paulo) and Três Lagoas (Mato Grosso do Sul), as well as in Eunápolis (Bahia), where it operates Veracel in a joint venture with Stora Enso. The company has 1,092,000 hectares of forests, which include 656,000 hectares of planted forests, 374,000 hectares earmarked for environmental preservation and conservation, and 61,000 hectares destined for other uses. The pulp produced by Fibria is exported to more than 35 countries and is the raw material for educational, health, hygiene and cleaning products. Learn more at www.fibria.com.br


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Ence acquires Iberdrola’s 90% stake in Puertollano solar thermal plant in Spain

International Forest Industries - Fri, 26/10/2018 - 12:53

Ence Energía, S.L.U. has signed an agreement with Iberdrola Renovables de Castilla La Mancha, S.A.U. for the acquisition of its 90% stake in Puertollano solar thermal plant, for an amount that could reach up to Euro 145.8 million. The agreement is subject to IDAE, owner of the remaining 10% of the plant, not exercising its right of first refusal.

The agreed price amounts to Euro 139.5 million, excluding a cash balance of Euro 41.5 million. Additionally, the agreement defines an earn-out up to Euro 6.3 million.

With this transaction, Ence takes its first step towards diversification to other renewable technologies, which allows the Company to obtain similar profitability to that of its biomass generation plants. This acquisition will provide Encewith a stable annual EBITDA of Euro 18 million before synergies.

The solar thermal plant in Puertollano is adjacent to the new 46 MW biomass plant that Ence is building in the same location, in the former Elcogas site. This is an example of a successful transition from a fossil fuel generation model to renewable energy while keeping rural industrial employment, thanks to the use of surrounding agroforestry biomass as fuel.

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China-U.S. trade dispute sparks uncertainty

International Forest Industries - Fri, 26/10/2018 - 12:42

The market uncertainty being caused by the China-U.S. trade dispute is now one of the most important topics to watch, even amid myriad changing developments and issues that continue to impact market dynamics worldwide. The first volley was made by the U.S., and then (on August 23) China retaliated with a 25% import tariff on U.S. SYP logs.

Following that, on September 17, the U.S. announced 10% tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports (effective September 24). The next day (September 18), China announced 5%–10% tariffs on $60 billion of U.S. goods (also effective September 24). Most of the timber and wood products exported from the U.S. to China are included on the list of items affected.

Southern yellow pine log shipments from the U.S. South had been slowing before the implementation of the 25% tariff, impacted by China Customs’ decision in April to increase phytosanitary inspections and begin full enforcement of documentation requirements on incoming log shipments; as a result, the July trade data revealed a drop in SYP log exports of 25% from April. In addition, the CFR price of SYP logs being offered by U.S. suppliers has seen large declines in the last several months versus other species.

While the U.S. represented only a modest share of China’s total log and lumber imports in H1/2018 (13% of softwood logs, 2% of softwood lumber, 7% of hardwood logs, and 21% of hardwood lumber), fully 54% of U.S. log exports and 38% of lumber exports went to China in 2017. Clearly, the U.S. export industry relies heavily on the China market.

China’s predominant wood products exports to all markets are wood furniture and seating products (63%), followed by plywood (14%). Of China’s timber and wood products exports to the U.S. in 2017, US$12.9 billion (35.7% of the total) went to the U.S., led by wood furniture and seating (US$9.28 billion). Overall, the U.S. represented 41% of China’s wood furniture export value last year.

There is little doubt that both countries will be impaired by this tariff war, with both ultimately losing competitiveness in each other’s markets.

Source: Russ Taylor, Managing Director, FEA Holdings – Canada Inc

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Red Stag to showcase timber construction

International Forest Industries - Fri, 26/10/2018 - 12:20

Rotorua-based timber products company Red Stag is about to embark on several building projects to showcase the potential of timber as a construction material in large-scale building projects. Red Stag is New Zealand’s largest saw miller, employing 300 people with annual turnover of NZ$220 million.

The building projects come ahead of plans to build a NZ$35 million Cross-Laminated-Timber plant near its Whakarewarewa plant at Rotorua to be operating in 2019 and producing laminated panels up to 16.5m in length and 4.9m wide.

The first project will be five-level apartments at Clearwater Resort on the northern outskirts of Christchurch using cross laminated timber, and other panel products. The Ministry of Primary Industry through its Primary Growth Partnership is covering about 8 per cent of the NZ$20m Clearwater project.

After completion of the Clearwater project there will be two in Auckland – a retail and office complex, and a hotel. The Government was already building three-story timber structures in Auckland as part of Housing New Zealand projects, managing director of Red Stag wood solutions, Jason Cordes, said.

Red Stag is also planning to expand its truss and frame operation located in Hamilton Airport’s industrial park which produces frames and trusses, floor cassettes and wall panels – designs which bring floor and wall construction together in components to speed up construction.

Cordes, said the New Zealand industry was on the verge of providing large scale laminated timber construction. The opportunities offered in large-scale timber construction had already been demonstrated overseas, he said.

“In Christchurch we will showcase good architecture, good engineering and the best in acoustic properties and fire-resistance. We will make the whole process transparent so everyone can see how it is done and how economically viable timber can be.”

Source: Stuff.co.nz

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500 MT wood pellet operation being explored

International Forest Industries - Fri, 26/10/2018 - 11:25

Altus Renewables Limited and Mitsui & Co Ltd. have entered into a new long-term wood pellet offtake agreement in relation to Altus’ Tuan wood pellet production facility located near Maryborough, Queensland and will jointly explore the construction of a significant new production facility in Australia’s Green Triangle region of South Australia and Victoria.

The 1 million metric ton (MT), 10-year sale and purchase agreement, will see the export of 100,000 MT of industrial wood pellets per annum from the Port of Bundaberg to the Japanese power generation market.

Industrial wood pellets are used at power stations reducing their carbon emissions. Additionally, Mitsui has provided Altus with a finance facility that will enable the company to upgrade its Tuan wood pellet production facility to achieve an annual production of 125,000 MT.

The funds will also enable the company to complete the construction of a dedicated wood pellet storage and export facility at the Port of Bundaberg, including a new export conveyor linking Altus’ facility to Queensland Sugar Limited’s ship loading infrastructure.

Altus Renewables Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Ian Sandeman welcomed the agreement with Mitsui. “The long-term offtake and financing agreement will enable us to substantially scale up and respond to growing market demand from the Japanese market,” Mr Sandeman said.

Altus and Mitsui have also entered into a memorandum of understanding to conduct a feasibility study for the construction of a greenfield 500,000 MT per annum wood pellet production facility to be located in the Green Triangle region of South Australia and Victoria.

“Building on our Queensland operations, we are looking forward to further strengthening our relationship with Mitsui by exploring opportunities to build a world-scale operation in the Green Triangle region with the potential to be the biggest plant in Australia,” Mr Sandeman said.

The facility is estimated to take approximately two years to complete, bringing employment opportunities and investment to the region. Altus and Mitsui aim to complete a feasibility study on the Green Triangle Project by the first quarter of 2019.

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Professional Logging Contractors (PLC) of Maine issues statement commending Nine Dragons investment in Maine mills

International Forest Industries - Wed, 24/10/2018 - 13:37

The Professional Logging Contractors of Maine (PLC) issued a statement last week commending ND Paper LLC’s twin announcements that it will invest $111 million in its Rumford mill over the next two years to increase production capacity, and plans to purchase the idled Old Town bleached kraft pulp mill with an eye toward restarting the facility and producing unbleached softwood pulp there.

The announcements by ND Paper, the newly formed U.S.-based subsidiary of Nine Dragons Paper Holdings Ltd., are good news for Maine’s loggers and log truckers, according to Dana Doran, Executive Director of the Professional Logging Contractors (PLC) of Maine.

“Maine loggers and log truckers are highly skilled and hardworking, but they need dependable markets for Maine wood to succeed in today’s global forest economy,” Doran said. “These investments by Nine Dragons will increase demand for Maine wood, including for softwood pulp which is very welcome news in a state that has lost a significant portion of its softwood pulp market due to mill closures in recent years. The investments also represent a vote of confidence in Maine’s workforce and wood resource, and we applaud ND Paper for recognizing the value in both.”

The investments are timely given the recent announcement by FOR/Maine (Forest Opportunity Roadmap), a coalition including the PLC that is working to diversify the state’s wood products businesses, attract capital investments, and develop greater economic prosperity for communities impacted by recent mill closures, of an action plan to grow Maine’s forest economy from the current $8.5 billion (annual) to $12 billion by 2025. The investments announced by ND Paper show that this growth is not only possible, but already beginning to occur, Doran said.

Growth in wood markets means Maine must now begin planning for sustaining and expanding the logger and trucker workforce in the state, Doran said.

“These announcements by ND Paper and recent investments by other mill owners in Maine including Sappi North America’s $200 million upgrade at its Somerset Mill in Skowhegan show that Maine’s logging industry and the wood it supplies to mills like these remains vital to our economy, and we need to start investing in the future of that industry, including the training of future loggers and truckers, the infrastructure they need to operate effectively, and the business climate they need to succeed.”

PHOTO: Dana Doran, executive director of the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine

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Focus on forest ownership at SkogsElmia 2019

International Forest Industries - Tue, 23/10/2018 - 13:19

The new-generation forest owners are increasingly managing their own forests. At least as important as the yield is to manage the forests in a long-term and environmentally sound way. This approach will be in focus at SkogsElmia, which will be held next summer on 6–8 June 2019 in the forest south of Jönköping.

If Elmia Wood is the whole world’s forestry fair with a focus on technology and innovations, then SkogsElmia can be described as the whole Nordic region’s forestry fair. The overall theme of the fair will be forest ownership, a topic that affects everyone in the forest in different ways – from forest owners to machinery contractors to forestry officials.

The fair’s theme will encompass everything from ownership transfer and forest management to technology and logistics that minimise ground damage. As forest owners are making new demands, forestry fairs are becoming increasingly important meeting places for the forest industry’s various actors as well as platforms for the development of new products and services. Smart digital technology is being used more and more in forestry too, and so visitors to the fair can look forward to many innovations and much new thinking among the exhibitors.

SkogsElmia is held every fourth year and attracts about 30,000 visitors and 300 exhibitors. The new fair manager for SkogsElmia is Mattias Pontén, a certified forester with great expertise and solid experience of the forest industry. He takes up his post now in June.

“It will be a terrific experience to be part of the forest industry’s development,” he says. “Forest ownership is a broad topic with many different issues, which I care greatly about as a forest owner myself. One key focus right now is sustainable forest management with an eye to the future – a future that will be strongly characterised by digitalisation and the links between services and products. We will fill SkogsElmia with many relevant activities to complement the exhibitors’ many new products and services, and we anticipate a fair that will benefit everyone involved.”

For more information about SkogsElmia, contact

Mattias Pontén, tel +46 (0)36-15 20 84, email: mattias.ponten@elmia.se, or

Veronika Albert, communicator for Elmia’s forestry fairs, tel: +46 (0)36-15 22 34, email: veronika.albert@elmia.se

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Komatsu Forest buys land

International Forest Industries - Mon, 22/10/2018 - 12:17

Komatsu Forest has an intention to invest in land at Klockarbäcken in Umeå, Sweden, to further expand their operations. The land area is in an existing industrial and commercial area.

Komatsu Forest manufactures forest machines that are sold worldwide. The company, which is wholly owned by the Japanese company Komatsu LTD, has its manufacturing and head office in Umeå.

There are many signs of growth in forestry and Komatsu Forest sees a strong demand globally. The company also says that forestry is an industry for the future, where it is likely to see a variety of new, innovative and climate-smart materials made from wood.

“The investment we make here is primarily about ensuring long-term growth here in Umeå”, Martin Ärlestig, Factory Manager, Komatsu Forest concludes.

Annelie Persson
General Manager Marketing & Information
+46 90 70 97 32

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Norway – Against record year for harvest and prices

International Forest Industries - Mon, 22/10/2018 - 12:06

If the good operating conditions remain the rest of the year, 2018 can be a record year in terms of total impact and timber prices reports Gina Aakre –
Norwegian Forest Owners Association. It shows figures from the Agriculture Directorate.

The average timber price was NOK 426 per cubic meter, which is 18 percent higher than the same time last year. The impact is so far this year at the same level as in 2017, despite lower activity during the drought this summer. In total, 8.2 million m3 of timber has been decommissioned until 2018, of which 2.4 mill m3 timber has been decommissioned in the third quarter. It reports the Agriculture Directorate.

High demand for domestic and export timber demand has led to a rise in timber prices from an already high price level, and the increase in mass has been particularly pronounced.

“In the skating industry, we are accustomed to prices varying with the business cycle, but we have rarely experienced such a significant rise in prices as the one we now see in the massacre,” says Per Guldbrand Solli, section head of the Danish Agricultural Directorate.

The price of pomegranate from pine and pine increases by 42 and 48 per cent respectively compared with the same period last year. By comparison, the average price of wood and pinewoodwoods increased by 7.5 and 3.4 per cent.

In July, the activity in the forest is usually low due to holiday vacations, this year the summer harvest is also affected by the extreme drought.

The figures show that this turn in September, and that the harvest increases relative to last year. If the good operating conditions remain the rest of the year, 2018 will be a record year both in terms of total impact and timber price.

“The forest represents a contribution to the economy for those affected by the drought in agriculture this summer,” comments Solli.

Traditional forest fences in the inland have been the main source of increased impact, following the same pattern as previous years.

Photo: Timber prices are still rising, and in the autumn there has been a lot of activity in the forest. (Photo: Åsmund Lang)

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John Deere included among the best global brands

International Forest Industries - Mon, 22/10/2018 - 11:47

John Deere has again earned a spot among the world’s most valuable brands in an annual ranking completed by Interbrand, a leading brand consulting firm. John Deere is ranked 88th in the Best Global Brands research announced today, moving up 4 spots from a year ago. Interbrand estimates the John Deere brand to now be worth approximately $5.4 billion.

“A decade after the global financial crisis, the brands that are growing fastest are those that intuitively understand their customers and make brave iconic moves that delight and deliver in new ways,” said Charles Trevail, Global Chief Executive Officer of Interbrand.

Interbrand said its brand valuation is based on three key areas – financial performance of the brand; the brand’s influence on purchase decisions; and the brand’s strength to create loyalty and sustainable customer demand.

“This recognition emphasizes the success of our 70,000 employees worldwide who work each day to deliver on the company’s core values of integrity, quality, commitment and innovation,” said Samuel R. Allen, Deere & Company Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

John Deere has been included in the Best Global Brand ranking since 2011 when Interbrand estimated the value of the John Deere brand to be $3.65 billion. The Interbrand methodology was the first of its kind to be certified by International Organization for Standardization requirements for monetary brand valuation.

Deere & Company (www.JohnDeere.com) is a world leader in providing advanced products and services for customers whose work is linked to the land – those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land to meet the world’s dramatically increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure.

For further information call:

Ken Golden
Director, Global Public Relations
Deere & Company

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New John Deere mulching head

International Forest Industries - Mon, 22/10/2018 - 11:27
John Deere continues to provide best-in-class vegetation management with the addition of the MH60D mulching head to its Worksite Pro™ lineup. Designed to remove 8-inch (203-mm) trees and 12-inch (305-mm) stumps with ease, the MH60D model shreds underbrush and woody materials into beneficial mulch in minutes. Like all Worksite Pro attachments, this mulching head is optimized to work with John Deere skid steer loaders and compact track loaders, as well as most competitive models.

“With 30 double-carbide tipped teeth, our new mulching head attachment is a job site beast that easily takes big bites out of trees and stumps,” said Jessica Hill, global program manager, attachments. “It’s an invaluable tool for customers who need a powerful mulching solution, no matter the tree type or location.”

Delivering superior large-material knockdown, the MH60D also works well below soil level for chewing out difficult stumps. A two-speed hydraulic system efficiently uses available horsepower. When the preset pressure level is attained, the motor automatically shifts to a higher displacement, increasing torque for reduced stalling and faster rotor-speed recovery time. A prominently positioned pressure gauge allows operators to easily monitor hydraulic operating pressure.

The mulching head was developed to deliver exceptional job site performance. A 1,524-mm (60-inch) high-capacity, smooth rotor design reduces material drag and horsepower requirements. The rotor is balanced for smooth operation, and oversized 64-mm (2.5-inch) sealed rotor bearings deliver long-term durability. A redesigned mulching chamber enables more efficient material flow and reduces wear points for optimized shredding performance. Internal counter-combs help shatter incoming material, creating finer mulch. Optional knife tools allow smoother cutting and finer chip size.

For added durability, the attachment’s three-position heavy-duty push bar helps protect the carrier while toppling tree or brush. The door cylinder inside the frame body is better protected, while the enhanced frame construction and bolt-on skid shoes reduce debris buildup, extending wear life.


For further information, the news media should contact:

Worldwide Construction & Forestry Division
P.O. Box 8806
Moline, IL 61266-8806

Kyle Rubeling, imre
Phone: 410-821-8220
E-mail: kyler@imre.com

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Hyne grows production capacity

International Forest Industries - Fri, 19/10/2018 - 14:58

Hyne Timber has just announced a significant expansion to its Glue Laminated Timber (GLT) manufacturing capability in Maryborough, Queensland.

Already a significant manufacturer of GLT in addition to softwood timber products, this expansion investment with the support of a Queensland Government Jobs and Regional Growth Fund will launch the company into a globally competitive product offer.

The new state-of-the-art manufacturing plant will accompany the existing plant in Maryborough’s Industrial Estate which is now in its 40th year of production.

This announcement comes as engineered timber manufactured from plantation softwood is increasingly preferred for larger scale commercial and residential construction projects due to its superior sustainability and environmental credentials.

Hyne Timber CEO, Jon Kleinschmidt said investment to increase manufacturing capability has never been more timely.

“GLT is the talk of the design and construction industry, but a lack of competitive Australian supply options has prevented many projects from using it. “Increased capability here in Australia will be a game changer for the construction sector and a very positive area of growth for Maryborough.” Mr Kleinschmidt said. Construction of the new plant is expected to commence within a matter of weeks.

Company website here.

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Komatsu Forest plans new factory

International Forest Industries - Fri, 19/10/2018 - 13:22

Komatsu Forest wants to create a factory for the future – Recently, Komatsu Forest announced their intention to acquire land in Klockarbacken, Umea, Sweden. Now Komatsu Forest have revealed that they have the ambition to build a completely new factory in the area.

The ambition is to build a factory that is optimised with human possibilities in mind. The company already has high demands on work environment, safety and product quality, which is also something that characterises the vision of a new factory.

“We want a factory that is based on human capabilities, where technology, good ergonomics and safety are prioritized and help to enable good quality in our manufacturing. We want to build an attractive and efficient workplace where our employees thrive and grow and where we can deliver product quality at the forefront “, says Factory Manager Martin Arlestig

Another important part of the vision is to take great environmental responsibility. “We have high environmental targets for our production already today, but when a new factory is built from scratch, we can seek environmentally friendly solutions all the way. Our target is to become CO2 neutral in our production, “says Arlestig.

“We see this as a major investment in the region, which will contribute to additional job opportunities throughout the construction project. We also see the factory as part of a larger whole, where the establishment of the new plant helps to strengthen the attraction of the region as a forest technical centre in Sweden.

The region already has a strong forestry technical position, but a new factory would contribute to strengthening the position even further for the future”, concludes Arlestig.

For a decision to invest in a new plant to be realised, support is required to assist the company’s venture; such as a sustainable infrastructure solution that meets the company’s future transport needs on road and railroad and regional support is needed to complement the large investment made by the company.

“This is one of the major investments in the company’s history and as we understand it, one of the major industrial investments that is to be started in Sweden right now. We look forward to get all items settled so that we can carry out our plans and start the procurement process for the project”, concludes Mitsuru Ueno, CEO Komatsu Forest.

Photo: Komatsu Factory Manager Martin Arlestig

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