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EOI to Present – HarvestTECH 2019

International Forest Industries - Tue, 02/10/2018 - 10:59

Very popular when last run in 2017 HarvestTECH 2017 SOLD OUT  well in advance of the event even running. Over 450 harvesting and wood transport contractors, harvest planners, forest managers and equipment and tech providers met up at one place, Rotorua, New Zealand over a couple of days. It was the largest gathering yet seen in New Zealand.

In addition to having most harvesting contractors from throughout the country attending, the FIEA event drew in a large contingent of contractors and forest managers from throughout Australia, as well as attracting key equipment suppliers, researchers, forestry companies and international contractors from Europe, the US, Canada, Papua New Guinea and Asia. As well as the two-day conference and over 40 displays, two one-day field tours ran for HarvestTECH 2017 delegates.

So, the two-yearly gathering has been scheduled for next year. Mark the dates 26-27 June 2019, Rotorua New Zealand for the two-yearly harvesting event, HarvestTECH 2019. Early details on the programme can be found on the event website. At this early stage, Expressions of Interest to present at the harvesting event are being sought.

If you are keen to be a speaker at the conference and you are an early adopter, developer, innovator, contractor, technology or equipment supplier, service provider or researcher involved in wood harvesting operations, they would like to hear from you.

 

What’s being covered?

– Recent innovations in steep slope and winch assist harvesting

– Getting the best out of existing hauler & ground-based operations

– Harvest planning – new systems really making a difference

– Effective use of collected data from your harvesting operation

– Options for eliminating log sorts and reducing landing sizes

– Tools & Systems for harvesting smaller woodlots

– Remote sensing technologies for harvest planning and operations

– Solutions for improving in-forest communications

– Increased automation and mechanisation – new R&D

– Remote control, robotics, virtual reality and automation in the bush

– Filling the skills gap in harvesting

Interested speakers or exhibitors – or others who’d like to look at building in visits, tours or meetings in and around this major harvesting event, please contact Brent Apthorp (Tel: (+64) 21 227 5177) or brent.apthorp@fiea.org.nz BEFORE Friday 19 October.

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Improve your networking – join our Matchmaking Day in Ås

GFIS - Tue, 02/10/2018 - 09:34
Get inspired, expand your professional network and learn how to get your applications approved! We will repeat the success! Welcome to Matchmaking Day in Ås, Norway, November 8! You will meet representatives from SNS , NKJ, EFINORD and NordGen Forest and we will tell you about how to apply successfully for funding…

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UN Secretary-General Looks Forward to 2019 Climate Summit to Mobilize Climate Action, Finance

GFIS - Tue, 02/10/2018 - 06:57
At the Informal Leaders Dialogue on Climate Change, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres confirmed that he will convene a Climate Summit to mobilize climate action and finance in September 2018. Guterres said France and Jamaica will co-chair an initiative to support a political process to ensure that governments mobilize US$100 billion a year by 2020 for climate action. Participants emphasized the need to look at climate solutions based on nature and urged examining the global food system to ensure it is not a driver of deforestation.

October STTC Paris conference on tropical timber data

GFIS - Tue, 02/10/2018 - 03:07
A line-up of speakers from across the international wood sector will gather in Paris for the 2018 European Sustainable Tropical Timber Coalition (STTC) Conference to address the vital role of accurate trade information in growing tropical timber sales. Source: Timberbiz The free event, ‘Using data to drive market share’, takes place on October 25 in Paris at the Pavilion Indochine of the city’s Tropical Gardens. The premise of the conference is that reliable data is the key to shaping marketing strategy, enhancing transparency and unlocking market share in any business, but that currently the quality of intelligence around the European tropical timber sector needs improvement. Speakers will tackle actions needed to achieve this and an afternoon of workshop table discussions will enable delegates to input their ideas and opinions. The event, led by STTC conference moderator Peter Woodward, opens with presentations of four STTC ‘flagship’ market projects and how these could inform further development of the sector. Speakers will be Benoit Jobbé-Duval of the International Tropical Timber Technical Association (ATIBT), Arnaud Hétroit of France’s Le Commerce du Bois, Julia Kozlik of PEFC International and Anand Punja of FSC Europe. David Hopkins of the UK Timber Trade Federation will be one of the speakers examining ‘the data collection’ imperative and the part market information plays in the organisations’ tropical timber strategy. This will be followed by a panel discussion and questions and answer session. Rupert Oliver of Forest Industries Intelligence and Trade Analyst of the EU FLEGT Independent Market Monitoring project will look at data gathering practice and use in the tropical timber business, leading onto table discussions where delegates can exchange experiences and perspectives on the issue. Subsequent table discussions will address setting up collaborative efforts in trade data collection on a national and international level. Rounding off the event will be a presentation on the STTC’s latest developments and its future roadmap from IDH. On the afternoon of October 24 delegates are also invited to join a tour of verified sustainable tropical timber applications around Paris hosted by ATIBT, followed by a drinks reception to mark the first anniversary of its Fair & Precious tropical timber marketing initiative.

Showcasing and brainstorming flexible timber construction

GFIS - Tue, 02/10/2018 - 03:06
A team of architects, engineers, fabricators and students gathered at Grymsdyke Farm, a Buckinghamshire-based UK research facility, fabrication workshop and living-working space for designers, at the request of Manja van de Worp, a tutor from the Royal College of Art’s School of Architecture. Source: Timberbiz They had one goal in mind: to investigate flexible construction systems for housing using plywood panels. The first weekend – a two-day Think Tank – commenced with a vast brainstorming session where participants were encouraged to diversify and diverge on their thinking, exploring their own unique thought processes no matter how experimental and conceptual. The larger group split into smaller teams, each charged with investigating a different facet of flexible timber construction systems, such as brainstorming methods of connections or possible building configurations. The resulting structure, state 1, was created after the smaller teams regrouped and translated the ideas presented by different participants into a practical solution wholly imaginative and collaborative. A more closed, compact “state”, state 1 was constructed during the investigation on Grymsdyke Farm and was lived in by one of the students. This state was then dismantled and will be expanded using the same solution to create a second structure, state 2, which will be showcasing the possible modes of dwellings available. “The different states of construction are addressing the quest for flexibility in architecture, bypassing the modernist idea that form follows function” Ms van de Worp said. “It allows for the need of rapid and frequent alterations in today’s buildings. We build on ideas from Jean Prouve and Alejandro Arevena, allowing buildings to grow and change over time, as well as personally developed timber construction systems.” It was the combination of disciplines and students in the Think Tank that lead to the alphabet of elements, the result of their investigation; constructed of 9mm plywood, these different letters handle a specific condition within the design based on geometry, configuration and location.

Landmark Oregon CLT project a warning to CLT industry

GFIS - Tue, 02/10/2018 - 03:06
A massive accident and cost overrun at a landmark CLT project in Oregon in the US has been cited as a warning to the burgeoning CLT industry in Australia. Source: Philip Hopkins for Timberbiz Chris Lafferty, manager of research and development at Forest and Wood Products Australia, said the problems at a big $US79 million CLT project at Oregon State University – the glue failed, a heavy panel collapsed, with many panels being replaced – should be examined by the growing Australian CLT sector. He was speaking at a recent FWPA seminar on Next Generation Timber Products at Melbourne University. The issue was highlighted in an article by The Oregonian newspaper. The Oregonian reported that in March this year, a 455-kilogram CLT panel in the third floor of a new three-floor building, Peavy Hall, collapsed on to the floor below. Engineers traced the panel’s failure to the glue. Further examination showed at least 85 panels had to be replaced. The project at the university was, ironically, a new building for the forestry school, designed to make a statement for CLT as the harbinger of a revitalised forest products market. “Peavy Hall made a statement all right: about the risks of new technologies and getting caught up in the enthusiasm of the next big thing,” said the reporter, Jeff Manning. The contract stipulated local content, so an inexperienced CLT builder, DR Johnson, won the contract ahead of an experienced Canadian company. Johnson’s president, Valerie Johnson, sits on the forestry school’s board of directors. At the same time, the laminated timber movement was also hit when developers, citing construction costs, cancelled a 12-sorey building in Portland. It would have been the tallest wooden building in the US. This came against the background of a bipartisan political push where the Oregon Building Codes Structure Board in August allowed wood-framed buildings as high as 18 stories, three times the previous effective limit. A key motive was economic development, particularly in rural and regional Oregon, and wood’s positive climate change qualities. US firefighters however, have been uneasy at high, wooden buildings but had no issue with the three-storey Oregon structure. Prominent engineered wood advocate from Vancouver, Michael Green, who has been a guest in Australia, was chosen as the architect for Peavy Hall. He subsequently said he had never heard of a collapsing CLT panel before. The efforts to determine the extent of the damage and resume construction were protracted, but DR Johnson admitted its liability. An internal audit revealed that crews had been instructed “to warm the lumber in stacks under tarps”, which were then glued together to make the panels. “Some temperature variations inadvertently caused premature curing of the adhesive, resulting in poor bonding,” the company said. Oregon State University, however, maintained its confidence in DR Johnson and continued to rely on the company to make the replacement panels. Four months after testing began, core samples had been taken from every one of the 700 panels. The various parties and experts reached a consensus on construction, and work on Peavy recently resumed. However, there was still disagreement on the number of panels that needed replacing. The Oregonian reported that the new Peavy Hall is divided into Zones 1, 2 and 3. A total of 40 bad panels were found in Zone 1. In Zone 3, the panels were never installed and were being stored, but testing of the panels showed 45 of the 71 would need to be replaced. Zone 2 is where the collapse occurred and is at the centre of the dispute over how many panels must be replaced. The additional costs have not been calculated and the university has vowed not to pay anything extra. A legal fight looms. Sceptics such as the firefighters maintain the Peavy Hall debacle shows the safety of engineered wood needs to be reconsidered. CLT supporters argue that Peavy was a manufacturing blip and would not slow CLT’s momentum. “It’s a localised issue,” said Vancouver’s Green. “There’s no loss of confidence in the industry we’re seeing.” DR Johnson’s CLT business is going strong; the company has 30 new employees and is running two shifts a day to meet demand. The university now hopes to have Peavy complete and ready for occupancy by September next year. “Has this been a black eye?” the newspaper quoted a university spokesman as saying. “I prefer to think of it as a learning moment that we hope will never happen again.”

NZ to draw the line on raw log exports

GFIS - Tue, 02/10/2018 - 02:56
Forestry Minister Shane Jones has a blunt message for foreign investors that they will no longer be given free rein to export raw logs. Mr Jones was in China and Japan encouraging more investment in forestry once changes to the Overseas Investment Act come into force next month. But he says investors will not be able to just do what they like. Source: National Business Review NZ “I clearly stated that the high tide mark, where New Zealand society is going to tolerate the wholesale exportation of all the raw logs with diminishing processing happening in New Zealand, has come and gone.” In China potential investors told him they bought raw logs from New Zealand because that is what the rules here allowed. “You change your policy then we’ll change,” he says they told him. And the rules are going to change but just how is not quite clear yet. “We’re going to come up with some options. I’m not entirely sure what they are. They will not include an export tax. I’ve been told by David Parker that’s illegal although I campaigned on it. “But there’s no shortage of other options. We already restrict the ability of people to export indigenous timber. I don’t want to restrict the ability of people to sell logs but first I want them to observe the obligations to wealth generating, job generating, Kiwi-based businesses and people should expect that from me as the first citizen of the provinces,” Mr Jones said. The China connection In the year to the end of March forest exports rose 15.8% from the previous year to $6.2 billion. China took 47% of New Zealand’s exports, including 75% of its export logs. Mr Jones says the Chinese market has grown remarkably. “It has been an economic life line but I just don’t think it is sustainable model.” Mr Jones says one thing that concerns potential investors the most is the need to have a guarantee of supply to justify a 30-year investment in processing plant. He says he made the point to the Chinese that New Zealand believes in the rules of international trade which was “music to their ears” in contrast to the trade dispute with the United States. “Although we’ve opened up the opportunities for foreign direct investment at a larger scale through the OIA changes, the appetite really and the expectation of the government and the regions is that we are going to process more of this raw material.” He says delegates from the US, Canada and Russia all made the point that New Zealand is the last country in the world to maintain a purely laissez faire approach to its forestry industry while the others all require their logs to be processed before being exported. Mr Jones says his job is to challenge the economic orthodoxy of the past 30 years in New Zealand. In particularly he wants to ensure the wall of wood that will come out of the East Coast is substantially processed in Gisborne before being exported. “I don’t care if that sounds like economic hooliganism. That is what I’m going to try to do.” He says Japanese investment in the New Zealand forestry industry is already substantial and they, too, want ongoing certainty about the supply of wood to their processing plants. “Their fears are if they expand their investments in processing what guarantees can I give them about adequacy of supply.” He says until now successive governments have left it all to the market and the log market has spiked, partly because of cost advantages in China, but it is a privilege for people to invest in New Zealand and it comes with obligations. “I’m a politician who’s about to remind everyone of their obligations.”

Renewable diesel opportunity in New Zealand

GFIS - Tue, 02/10/2018 - 02:56
Most people in New Zealand are not aware that technology has been commercialised in the United States for the production of fully drop-in renewable diesel made from cellulosic feedstocks. Source: Timberbiz This renewable diesel is a direct substitute for mineral diesel and meets all of the New Zealand specifications other than density (kilograms per litre). But it makes up for that by having a high energy density per kilogram so that the amount of energy per litre of fuel is equal to, or in some cases better than, that of fossil fuel diesel. According to Miscanthus New Zealand Limited (MNZ) New Zealand’s Minister of Energy, Megan Woods, needs only a small tweak made to the New Zealand diesel specifications to account for the greater importance of energy density rather than physical density. Miscanthus New Zealand Limited was originally approached by a US company REEP Development about production of renewable diesel as a result of Miscanthus being a very suitable feedstock. But with the connection of MNZ staff to the New Zealand forest industry, it was immediately obvious that renewable diesel also represents an opportunity for forest industry processors – in the same way that it represents an opportunity to people who are prepared to grow Miscanthus on a commercial scale. Peter Brown, spokesman for Miscanthus New Zealand Limited said: “Following up on implementation of this renewable diesel production technology on a regional basis means that not only do significant markets for Miscanthus open up regionally, but in addition the New Zealand forest industry can be provided with an excellent new long term local market for many of its processing residues. “What’s more, in regions where there is a poor market or no market at all for pulp logs and low quality wood, production of renewable diesel can provide a very viable commercial outlet for these forest products.” All the financial projections done to date in New Zealand have included prices for the feedstock that are very competitive with existing forest industry markets and that can be guaranteed into the future. A successful trial has been done in the US on the ability of this technology to utilise as feedstock, radiata pine material from New Zealand. Miscanthus has also been tested through the system and shown to be a suitable feedstock One of the plants in the US that is using this technology for renewable diesel production is routinely using low value small log material as its primary feedstock. So, there is potential in New Zealand for forest industry processing residues/pulp logs to be turned into renewable diesel and for Miscanthus to supplement that feedstock supply. The scale at which this technology works is small enough that – 50,000 tonnes of feedstock dry matter per year – such production plants can and will be established regionally so that the feedstock is produced regionally and the resulting renewable diesel fuel is also used regionally. “One of the other big advantages of production of renewable diesel in New Zealand is that as long as the feedstock supply is on a fixed 12 month (or more) contract price – indexed only to New Zealand inflation – and the staff are employed on the same basis, it will be possible to provide renewable diesel customers with diesel that also comes with a 12 month fixed price,” Mr Brown said. “That price can be competitive with current and recent commercial diesel prices. Can anybody imagine any existing fossil fuel diesel supplier offering a fixed price guarantee for diesel for the next 12 months?” In fact, with the renewable diesel production being regionally based through New Zealand the fixed price could if needed, be for longer than a year as long as the feedstock supply and employment contracts were similarly indexed only to inflation for the same period. Such price certainty must constitute a huge advantage for major diesel users, allowing them to escape the international oil price and the USD:NZD relativity. One of the other advantages of this particular technology is that it also produces valuable co-products. These have excellent and growing markets with prices that are expected to rise significantly, so they help to carry the costs of the renewable diesel plants. Diesel in effect becomes a by-product of the process that produces these other products. This makes the diesel even more flexible in terms of market price and gives more certainty to the ongoing success of this renewable fuel production.

Koppers MicroPro receives global GreenTag

GFIS - Tue, 02/10/2018 - 02:55
MicroPro Wood Treatment Technology has received a Global GreenTag GreenRate Level A award under Version 4.0 of the Global GreenTag International Product Certification Standard. Source: Timberbiz It is the highest-level achievement for a product under Global GreenTag’s GreenRate product rating system – declared by the certification body as ‘Fit-for-Purpose’ and confirmed for Green Building compliance. GreenRate Level A is equal to a sustainability factor of 100% under the Australian and New Zealand Green Building Councils’ Green Star ‘Design and As Built v1.2’ and ‘Interiors v1.2’ Rating Tools Credits. “It is a very good result,” David Baggs, CEO and Program Director of Global GreenTag International said. “Koppers Performance Chemicals are to be congratulated as they  have designed a very effective and sustainable GreenRate Level A technology.” Elias Akle, General Manager Koppers Australian operations said: “We are very pleased to have achieved Green Tag Certification for MicroPro and it is a further confirmation of Koppers commitment to the production of responsible products for the timber and wider building industries.” To compare the differences between the three levels of GreenRate (A, B and C) the Global GreenTag certification systems ranks a Level B product to have a sustainability factor of 75% and a Level C product, a sustainability factor of 50%. The Global GreenTag GreenRate Level A rating given to MicroPro Wood Treatment Technology also gives the product relevancies and compliance with features under the WELL Building Standard Equivalencies, including Feature 26: Enhanced Material Safety and Feature 97: Material Transparency. The program is also recognised by the Green Building Councils of New Zealand and South Africa. In Australia, the GreenRate program is also relevant to Infrastructure professionals working with the ‘IS’ rating tool from the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia.

Independent director sought for Responsible Wood

GFIS - Tue, 02/10/2018 - 02:54
As part of its mission to promote the sustainable management of Australia’s plantation and native forests, Responsible Wood is seeking one independent director to join its board. Source: Timberbiz Responsible Wood is a not-for-profit company established in 2002 to promote the sustainable management of Australia’s plantation and native forests. To accomplish this aim, Responsible Wood owns and manages the Responsible Wood Certification Scheme. The Scheme is underpinned by two endorsed Australian Standards, AS4708 – Sustainable Forest Management and the associated Standard for Chain of Custody of certified wood and forest products AS4707. As of August 2018, more than 8 million hectares of Australia’s plantation and native forests are sustainably managed under AS4708 and more than 350 sites across Australia operate a chain of custody management system certified to AS4707. Responsible Wood, is one of only six standards development organisations accredited by Standards Australia to write and develop fully endorsed and recognised Australian standards. Responsible Wood is a member of the international program for the endorsement of forest certification (PEFC), and the Responsible Wood Certification Scheme has achieved international mutual recognition as an endorsed PEFC scheme. Responsible Wood promotes domestic and international markets for sustainably produced forest products through Responsible Wood and PEFC supply chain product labelling. Membership of Responsible Wood is open to all individuals and organisations who support the objects of the organisation. It is governed by a board of up to nine directors, six appointed by the members, and up to three independent directors (not members of Responsible Wood or employees of members) appointed by the board. The chair is appointed from among the independent directors. The board meets around 3-5 times per year, with additional meetings of board committees (audit & risk, governance and marketing) as required. Independent directors are appointed according to their skills and experience to ensure the board collectively has the capacity to effectively advance Responsible Wood’s objectives. Independent directors will be selected with a focus on one or more of the following skills and experience: A strong background in sustainability, especially in the areas of the built environment, specification and design An extensive network within the Australian and international, environmental or academic communities Be well regarded and respected by Australian environmental and/or scientific organisations Marketing and promotion of sustainable products or solutions (building or consumer products), including promotion and retail marketing Environment and Community Social marketing and community engagement Rural and regional community development and employment Indigenous community development and education Management and Public Policy Corporate governance Standards development and management Public policy and administration Business and financial management, including legal issues and risk management. Responsible Wood supports and encourages diversity and gender balance. Indigenous and female candidates are encouraged to apply. Independent directors serve in an unpaid voluntary capacity. Costs associated with meeting attendance are fully covered by Responsible Wood. Applications close on 19 October 2018 and can be submitted to Simon Dorries Chief Executive Officer at sdorries@responsiblewood.org.au For further information contact Simon Dorries on 0438 265 975.

KIPT lodges Draft DIS for Kangaroo Island Seaport

GFIS - Tue, 02/10/2018 - 02:52
Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers has lodged its Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Kangaroo Island Seaport with the State Government. Source: Timberbiz The Draft EIS has been prepared by Adelaide-based environmental consultants Environmental Projects, supported by a large study team of engineers, scientists and technical experts, in response to guidelines issued by the SA Development Assessment Commission. KIPT Managing Director John Sergeant said the Draft EIS and its associated studies demonstrated that the KI Seaport could be built and operated in a way that protected the environment and water quality, while providing significant social and economic advantages to South Australia, and to the Kangaroo Island community in particular. The KI Seaport, once built, is expected to unlock more than 250 full-time jobs, most of them on Kangaroo Island, and to inject more than $50 million a year into the South Australian economy. The project has not changed in scope or scale since it was originally declared a Major Development in February 2017, although the design of the jetty structure has been modified to reduce the environmental impact of the proposed seaport. The Minister for Planning will advise when the Draft EIS is available for public consultation and whether any further information or changes are required before this happens. Until then, the Draft EIS is treated as commercial-in-confidence. KIPT hopes the public consultation period will be completed before Christmas 2018, but recognises that this is a matter for the Minister. Formal submissions made during the public consultation will be considered and answered in a follow-up Response Document. The Draft EIS and the Response Document will together form the final EIS to be lodged with State and Commonwealth governments for their decision. Mr Sergeant said the lodgement represented a critical milestone for KIPT. “We have invested substantial time, effort and money to ensure that we are lodging a comprehensive Draft EIS. We believe that our proposal is submitted in a form that provides government with all the information it requires. We look forward to seeing the Island community, and the State of South Australia, benefiting as soon as possible from the production and sale of sustainably grown plantation timber on Kangaroo Island,” he said. “We also anticipate advantages to other sectors of the Island’s economy, as a new freight access option is opened. “At the same time, we recognise that a transformative project such as this raises questions and doubts. We look forward to presenting the facts. We welcome the opportunity to engage with the community and we re-commit ourselves to listening … and addressing any concerns wherever we can.”

Smaller softwood log export prices up 20% in July

GFIS - Tue, 02/10/2018 - 02:51
Small sized softwood logs were exported at an average price of AUD144.70/m3 in July, the price having risen 20% on the prior month. Typically, the larger dimension logs are higher priced, reflecting the extra value in sawlogs and peeler logs. Source: IndustryEdge for Timberbiz That is still true, but the gap narrowed in July, reflecting the value that exists for all wood fibre in global markets right now. For export, logs are recorded as larger or smaller than 15cm diameter. Larger dimension (>15 cm diameter at the small end) logs dominate exports, and in July, they accounted for almost 83% of total exports. The reported export volume was 231,226 m3 at a reasonably consistent price of AUD149.15/m3, and just 4.5% higher than for the smaller dimension logs. Smaller dimension (<15 cm diameter at the small end) log exports totalled 48,518 m3 in July. This was the lowest export total since this data series commenced in January 2018. The lower volume may have helped push prices up, but as the chart shows, they were moving up anyway. IndustryEdge’s view is that the trends are important with this data. In general, total exports are declining, but more significantly, the major falls are being recorded for the smaller dimension logs. These logs also display greater price variability than the larger dimension logs. One factor that is important to consider is how prices are moving in US dollar terms. As best the market is understood right now, almost all transactions are in US dollars. The chart of US dollar movement sis fairly similar to that for Australian dollars, but it is more accentuated. Overall, the market for Australia’s softwood logs is clearly very strong. Growing prices are evidence of that. What is less clear at the moment is whether the near convergence of prices for the different sized logs will be short lived, or if all fibre is equally valuable in the international market. We will know more next month. Every month, IndustryEdge publishes Wood Market Edge, Australia’s only forestry and wood products market and trade analysis, and supplies its customers with hundreds of unique data products, advisory and consulting services. Find out more at www.industryedge.com.au

Fire season nears in Australia – we should take heed

GFIS - Tue, 02/10/2018 - 02:48
Aborigines’ fire management skills should be integrated into Victoria’s fire-fighting planning to complement fuel reduction burning, according to the state’s forestry experts. Source: Philip Hopkins for Timberbiz “The traditional owners of the land have unique skills and expertise in the management of fire in the landscape,” said the Victorian division of the Institute of Foresters of Australia in a pre-state election paper. “Traditional burning is an integral part of sustainable forest management, including greenhouse gas emission reduction, forest health and ecological values. Uncontrolled severe bushfire is the greatest and most likely threat to forest biodiversity.” The IFA, founded in 1935, represents more than 1000 members who are forestry scientists and/or managers operating in forest and natural resource management. The IFA’s Victorian secretary, Peter Fagg, said forest fire prevention and hazard management was a crucial weapon in fire fighting, along with a rapid, emergency response team. Mr Fagg said this meant fuel reduction burning away from urban settlements, as recommended by the 2009 Victorian Bushfire Royal Commission. “Failure to do so will lead to forest fires burning into our cities like they did in Canberra in 2003 and as recent fires in Portugal (2017), Greece (2015 and 2018), Canada (2017) and California (2017,2018),” he said. Among the IFA’s recommendations are: Funding to ensure a eucalypt seed bank to help regenerate ash forest in state forests and national parks after future large-scale bushfires. The Victorian Government should oppose the Great Forest National Park as it would greatly reduce social, environmental and economic benefits from the Central Highlands forests. No extra national parks should be created in western Victoria’s forests. Government incentives for more investment in hardwood and pine plantations. Biomass from sustainable forests, plantations and sawmills should be encouraged to generate renewable bio-energy. Access to firewood from harvesting or thinning from native forests should be maintained and better regulated. Action to alleviate the shortage of trained foresters, with the Creswick Forestry School underused. More resources to educate the schools and public about the values provided by forests. Mr Fagg said that, with more than 90% of native forest either formally or informally reserved for conservation, the rational for further national parks was “highly questionable”. Forest habitats in Victoria were already well represented in reserves, he said. The limited conservation money would be better spent on non-forest areas and other habits not represented in the conservation estate. Mr Fagg said with more forest put into parks, Victoria would have to import more tropical hardwoods from some countries in the Asia-Pacific “where sustainable forest management is often questionable”. He reiterated the socio-economic importance of the Victorian forestry industry, which, including downstream industries, employs about 21,000 people. Resource constraints had halved hardwood sawlog production over the past 20 years. “While bushfires have played a part, the constraints have been based mainly on politics, not science,” he said. Mr Fagg said active, sustainable forest management, including wood production, mitigated carbon emissions and boosted carbon storage. “Wood is the only building material that is both renewable and stores carbon,” he said, embodying far fewer emissions than steel and concrete. “More wood should be used, rather than less.” Mr Fagg said the Government should provide incentives to establish bio-energy plants in regional areas with wood from sustainably managed forests. “Opportunities for small to medium scale bio-energy facilities exist in rural and regional Victoria,” he said. Well planned bio-plants could cut reliance on existing conventional energy, using biomass that might otherwise be dumped or burnt for no gain. Many European countries, such as Sweden and Germany, had numerous bio-energy plants. In Victoria, several successful enterprises, such as Meredith Dairy and the Beaufort Hospital used bio-energy for heating, Mr Fagg said.

TV wildlife experts join us for The Night of a Thousand Trees

GFIS - Mon, 01/10/2018 - 16:00

We are delighted to announce two TV wildlife experts as guest speakers for our gala dinner, The Night of a Thousand Trees. BBC wildlife presenter Gillian Burke is well known for her role on Springwatch and she is also a regular contributor to BBC Wildlife Magazine. Gillian was born in Kenya, where she spent her

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Pulp Mill Holding acquired the Voronezh “Europeans”

International Forest Industries - Mon, 01/10/2018 - 14:35

The group of companies Pulp Mill Holding announces the conclusion of a transaction for the acquisition of 100% of the shares of OOO Evropak, a corrugated cardboard and corrugated packaging plant in the Voronezh Region (Maslovsky, 1st Parkovaya Street).

The amount of the transaction was not disclosed.

The asset of Pulp Mill Holding – OOO “Evropak” – is registered at the address Voronezh, Zemlyachki, 15, off.22.

At the moment the plant of the Group of Companies is in the final stage of construction and commissioning. Irina Galakhova, executive director and head of the business unit “Corrugated packaging” of ARHBUM, explained that the Group’s Voronezh asset will be equipped with high-tech equipment of European and Japanese production, which will allow production of the highest quality in accordance with the standards adopted by Arkhbum.

Irina Galakhova also informed that by the end of 2018 the plant will be put into operation and will start producing finished products. The equipment “Europeak” will produce products similar to those produced at the sites of JSC “Arkhbum” in Podolsk and Istra district: 3-and 5-layer corrugated products – 4-valve corrugated boxes, boxes of rotary and flat die-cutting. .

Within a year after the transfer of the asset to Pulp Mill Holding, the shipment of the products will be carried out on behalf of OOO Evropak (Maslovsky, 1st Parkovaya Street). At the same time, Pulp Mill Holding will focus on the implementation of the modernization program “Europeak” and the building of the sales concept of the enterprise.

After this transitional period in 2020, Europeak will be fully integrated into Arkhbum. And, thus, the corrugated divisions Pulp Mill Holding will include three sites – Podolsky, Istra and Voronezh branches “Arkhbum”.

Commenting on the transaction, a member of the Board of Directors of Arkhangelsk Pulp and Paper Mill, Vladimir Krupchak, stressed that the main purpose of acquiring an asset in Voronezh is to expand processing facilities for expansion to the south of Russia – one of the main consumer centers of corrugated packaging in the country. He also noted that from the point of view of logistics (the shoulder of delivery is about 700 km) and the projected volumes of orders of the market of the south of Russia, this asset is also profitable.

“Acquisition Europeak gives the highest synergetic effect within our vertically integrated structure, as the capacities of the Arkhangelsk Pulp and Paper Mill in connection with the modernization of KDM-2 are increased by 100 thousand tons of cardboard per year,” said Vladimir Krupchak. “We are also increasing the processing volume in the Istra branch of Arkhbum JSC due to the launch of the second phase in 2019”.

Thus, JSC “Arkhbum” taking into account four processing centers (Podolsk, Istra-1, Istra-2 and Voronezh) becomes the leader of the Russian Federation for the production of corrugated packaging with an annual capacity of 850 million m².

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Juken New Zealand announces proposal to modernise Kaitaia Triboard Mill

International Forest Industries - Mon, 01/10/2018 - 14:23

Forestry and wood processing company, Juken New Zealand Ltd (JNL) has announced a proposal to modernise its Kaitaia Triboard mill.

The company is proposing to make a significant investment over the next few years to upgrade and modernise the mill. The mill’s engineered wood Triboard product is globally unique and is used to build houses.

The proposal to make the 30-year old mill modern, safer and return it to profitability will see a shut down across parts of the mill to carry out the upgrade, a change to a more efficient operating structure, and investment in new technology and machinery to streamline production.

JNL has today meet with employees at the mill to start consulting with them on the proposal and the potential changes.

New Zealand General Manager of JNL, Dave Hilliard, says that although the proposal involves some hard decisions, it will give certainty to the Northland community about the long-term future of the mill.

“The Triboard mill is important to JNL and to Kaitaia, and we want to keep it open for the long-term, which is why we’re proposing to make a multi-million dollar investment in upgrading the site.

“This investment will result in a modern, safer and more efficient mill which can continue to be one of Kaitaia’s largest employers well into the future.

“We are being upfront though that the steps required to be taken to address the mill’s issues are unfortunately likely to result in some job losses.”

Hilliard says that there are three major issues relating to plant, people, and production that currently make it hard for the mill to operate in a sustainable way.

“The mill’s machinery and technology is old, despite investment in recent years the site presents Health and Safety challenges that need to be urgently addressed, and the mill’s production is severely constrained by inadequate and uncertain log supply in Northland. Because of these issues, the mill is making a substantial loss.

“The plan we have begun consulting our people at the Triboard mill on today will modernise the mill and address the key issues in these three areas. The changes aimed at streamlining production are likely to impact staffing levels. Juken employs around 250 full-time staff across its Northland operations. These proposed changes would reduce numbers of full-time employees at the Triboard mill. However, the final number of roles impacted won’t be known until consultation with staff and unions has been completed and a final decision made.”

One of the major issues facing the mill is a shortage of logs from Northland forests and an uncertain supply picture in the future.

Security of log supply in Northland is not an issue JNL can fix on its own says Hilliard.

“We are in early but constructive discussions with the Government about the shortage and how it can be solved. This is an issue that is impacting all Northland mills and creating real uncertainty around wood processing in the region.

“I’d like to acknowledge the efforts of the Minister of Forestry, the Hon Shane Jones who is actively working with us to help resolve the supply shortage and is a strong advocate for the forestry sector.” Juken will now undertake a two-week consultation period with staff in Kaitaia. After that, it will consider feedback on the proposed changes before making any final decisions on the future structure of the Triboard Mill.

 

About Juken New Zealand Limited

  • Juken has over 30,000 hectares of sustainably managed and certified plantation forests in East Coast and Wairarapa.
  • It has four wood processing mills to produce advanced and innovative wood products timber products from its Radiata Pine forests in Kaitaia, Gisborne and Wairarapa for local and export markets.
  • The company employs around 1000 people across its forestry and processing businesses in New Zealand.
  • Juken makes a wide range of engineered wood (LVL, Plywood, Panels) and solid wood products for structural and non-structural building uses including external, internal appearance and non-appearance finishes.
  • The company is owned by parent company WoodOne Ltd, a major international housing materials and componentry company, which has invested over $NZ700 million into its forest and processing operations in New Zealand in the past 20 years.
  • Juken New Zealand was established as a subsidiary of WoodOne by its founder Toshio Nakamoto in 1990.
  • Toshio Nakamoto was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit in June 2005 for services to New Zealand – Japanese Relations.
  • WoodOne remains family owned by the Nakamoto family and Mr Nakamoto’s son, Yousho is now the President and Director of Juken New Zealand.

www.jnl.co.nz

 

Photo: JNL’s engineered wood Triboard product made in Kaitaia is unique globally and used in residential and commercial buildings

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Invasive plants can boost blue carbon storage

GFIS - Mon, 01/10/2018 - 14:21
When invasive species enter the picture, things are rarely black and white. A new article has revealed that some plant invaders could help fight climate change by making it easier for ecosystems to store 'blue carbon' -- the carbon stored in coastal environments like salt marshes, mangroves and seagrasses. But other invaders, most notably animals, can do the exact opposite.

Vimek appoints Johannes Nilsson as new acting CEO

International Forest Industries - Mon, 01/10/2018 - 14:06

When Fredrik Lundberg steps down from the post of CEO, Vimek’s current Design/Product Officer Johannes Nilsson will take on the role of acting CEO while a new CEO is being recruited.

Vimek manufactures professional, light forest machines for low-impact forestry.

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Canfor Pulp announces extended production outage

International Forest Industries - Mon, 01/10/2018 - 13:43

Canfor Pulp Products Inc. will extend its scheduled maintenance outage on one production line at its Northwood Northern Bleached Softwood Kraft (“NBSK”) pulp mill located in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada.

The outage is to enable necessary tube replacements to its No. 5 recovery boiler to rectify damage discovered during routine preventative maintenance inspections.

Based on a preliminary review, the Company currently estimates that the extended downtime will be approximately 70-80 days with a reduction in production of NBSK pulp of 60,000-70,000 tonnes, as well as higher associated maintenance costs. Canfor Pulp will continue to operate the second production line at the Northwood pulp mill over this period.

Due to the mitigation efforts by Canfor Pulp, the temporary outage is not expected to have a material impact on the financial condition of the Company.

Canfor is a leading integrated forest products company based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Canfor produces primarily softwood lumber and also owns a 54.8% interest in Canfor Pulp Products Inc., which is one of the largest global producers of market northern bleached softwood kraft pulp and a leading producer of high performance kraft paper.

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