China’s tropical log imports in 2017 totalled 9.65 million cubic metres up 6% year-on-year and accounted for 17% of the national total, a year-on-year decline of 2 percentage points. Source: Lesprom The value of tropical log imports in 2017 was US$2.846 billion reflecting a 17% rise, as ITTO reported. Before its log export ban, Myanmar was a major source of tropical logs for China. However, China’s log imports from Myanmar in 2017 fell to just 15,300 cubic metres valued at US$12.76 million. The average price for imported logs from Myanmar surged in 2017 to US$1,271 per cubic metre. The average price for imported tropical logs in 2017 was US$295 per cubic metre, a year-on-year rise of 10%. China imported tropical logs mainly from Papua New Guinea (30%), Solomon Islands (29%), Equatorial Guinea (11%), Congo Brazzaville (8%), Cameroon (5%), and Nigeria (5%). Log imports from Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria surged 57% and 56% respectively in 2017. Countries from which tropical log imports declined greatly included Laos (-37%) and Liberia (-30%). In addition, tropical log imports from Ghana and PNG fell 12% and 11% respectively. The main port for tropical log imports in 2017 was Nanjing Port which accounted for 86% of all tropical log imports, a year on year decline of 1 percentage points.
Polish environment minister Henryk Kowalczyk has appointed an expert team which is to develop a long-term plan for the Puszcza Bialowieska forestry area in east Poland. Source: Euwid Mr Kowalczyk requested environmental organisations to delegate representatives to the team. The group, which consists of a total of 29 persons, is to develop proposals for the protection of the forestry area. On the basis of these proposals and in collaboration with the EU Commission, Mr Kowalczyk is to decide on how the Bialowieza forest can be protected in future. By appointing the expert team, the environment minister is responding to a verdict pronounced on 17 April by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) according to which the felling measures carried out by the Polish state forest administration in the forestry area are unlawful.
Hyne Timber’s CEO Jon Kleinschmidt confirmed the company’s continued support for Marine Rescue Hervey Bay with the ongoing sponsorship of the vessel, ‘Hyne Timber Rescue’. Source: Timberbiz Three years on from becoming a major sponsoring partner, this marked the signing of a further 3-year sponsorship agreement. Marine Rescue Hervey Bay provides a necessary search and rescue service in addition to medical evacuations, supporting our emergency services. On average, they undertake 30 – 40% of medivacs from Fraser Island for a fraction of the cost of using a helicopter. Marine Rescue Hervey Bay also provide a breakdown service for the many boaties on the water before they find themselves in more serious trouble. Their Government funding allocation covers less than 15% of their operating costs meaning they rely on community donations, corporate sponsorships, memberships and income received from non-member boat breakdown call-outs. Mr Kleinschmidt signed a new major sponsorship agreement with the volunteer organisation with Commodore John Smith thankful for the support. “Having Hyne Timber’s support means we can continue to operate ‘Hyne Timber Rescue’, providing search and rescue operations, medivacs and breakdown support,” Mr Smith said. “Many people think Marine Rescue is here to support our members only, and while this is an important part of our service, we offer much more to the broader community during times of need. “Our volunteers, who are on-call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, do a great job, giving up their time to assist others.” “Having this recognised by large companies in the area is great support and provides us with improved operating security and advanced services to the community.”
McGrathNicol Partners Jason Preston, Shaun Fraser and Robert Brauer, who were appointed Receivers and Managers of Quintis Ltd and a number of its subsidiaries in January 2018, have provided an update on the recapitalization of the companies. Source: Timberbiz, ABC News The creditors voted for the Receivers’ proposed Deed of Company Arrangement (“DOCA”) which the company says represents another important step in seeing the business emerge as a private company in a very strong financial position and well placed to continue its strategy as a world leading marketer, producer and seller of sandalwood timber, oil and products. According to Quintis the creditor vote is an endorsement of the strategy to recapitalise the companies with between A$125 million and A$175 million in new cash to be injected into the business to fund operations on a long-term basis and acknowledges that the DOCA represented the best path forward for all creditors, including employees and growers. Quintis’s administrators Kordamentha released a report to creditors, which flags a number of potential offences by the company’s current and past directors, including potential insider trading by founder and former chief executive Frank Wilson. The report raised questions over the timing of 50,000 shares bought by Wilson’s family company, the same day he was expecting a takeover proposal from a Chinese private equity fund. Mr Wilson said he was disappointed administrators had not approached him before publishing the report and strongly rejected any claims of wrongdoing. “The chairman of the company got advice that one of the best things in a situation of an attack by a short-seller is for directors to show their support for the company by buying shares in the company,” he said. “I had 48.8 million shares at the time. I didn’t need another 50,000 to go into some sort of profit-making scheme. I clearly did it to support the stock. “I did it on advice of the company’s advisers at that time. I did it with the knowledge of the chairman and I’ve lost all my money. “So, if someone thinks this is an insider trading scheme, then I know I’m of Irish background but you could make an Irish joke out of it.” Frank Wilson shocked many when he resigned as the boss of Quintis last March, following a scathing report by an American short-seller alleging Quintis’s business model was like a Ponzi scheme, and claiming the company’s biggest customer in China was no longer buying timber. Mr Wilson has always rejected the Ponzi scheme allegation. Since then, he has said he watched on in horror as the company he founded slid into a nine-month trading halt and dropped more than $US400 million in value before going into voluntary administration in January. “I accept total responsibility for anything that I have been involved in myself [but] the failure of Quintis is very simple,” Mr Wilson said. He said Quintis failed because it could not sell any plantations in the June quarter, something that had not happened for 20 years. “I offered my services to Quintis to help them sell plantations, to sell product. They said, ‘No, we can do it better without you Frank’. “I’m very much looking forward to the facts surrounding the collapse of Quintis to be brought out into the public.” There has been no love lost between Wilson and what he has described as the “inept” members of the Quintis board, who he is currently suing for defamation. Wilson has this week also expressed his intention to sue his former co-directors over a contract termination and is himself fighting legal action in one of three separate class actions against Quintis in the Federal Court. In yet another twist in this extraordinary case, receivers from McGrathNichol announced global investment giant Blackrock had put forward a multi-million-dollar proposal to rescue Quintis and the jobs of its 222 staff across northern Australia. McGrathNichol confirmed the company’s largest bondholder Blackrock proposed a plan that would see $175 million injected into Quintis to start afresh as a private company. “Growers will retain the right to defer all lease and management costs throughout the life of their projects and their trees will continue to be maintained by Quintis’s experienced team of sandalwood forestry experts,” McGrathNichol said. “The Quintis responsible entity will be well-funded and therefore the vehicle best placed to protect grower interests.” The proposal will go to a vote of creditors on June 8, and if approved it is likely that the recapitalisation would be completed by the end of August. Sandalwood growers in Kununurra view the recapitalisation plan as both good and bad. “I’ve got shares in Quintis, and they’re probably going to be worth next to nothing, which is not much fun for those who have shares,” said Sandalwood Sanctuary owner Paul Mock. “But I’m a creditor as well, so hopefully we’ll get some money back from what’s owed to us. I’m not sure what percentage that’s likely to be. “In terms of leasing land to them [Quintis], I think it’s a good thing … [it] looks like they’re going to continue to look after the plantations. “Growers will support people who have a plan and can pay the leases [on an] ongoing basis. “We’re not going to put our hat in the ring for a particular person or company, it’s just whoever can give that stability and look to the future. That’s the sort of thing we’re looking for.” Mr Wilson, who is also Quintis’s largest shareholder, said “there was nothing in this deal for shareholders” and claimed everyday Australian investors would be left with nothing if Quintis was de-listed and reformed as a private company.
New Zealand Forestry Minister Shane Jones and Climate Change Minister James Shaw have released a consultation paper proposing 12 improvements to forestry regulations in the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZETS). Source: Timberbiz “Expanding the forestry industry’s capacity is essential to the success of the One Billion Trees program, and ensuring the ETS works better is an integral part of this,” Mr Jones said. “We have listened to the sector and these improvements are another step towards making investment and participation in forestry easier and cheaper.” “Increased forestry is a vital aspect of New Zealand doing its bit to address climate change,” Mr Shaw said. “We’re hoping to make some straight-forward, practical changes soon to improve the ETS for people who plant trees. “The proposals take into account feedback from the 2015/16 NZ ETS Review, along with insights from the submission of mandatory emissions returns from the 2,300 forestry participants in the scheme. “We will be coming back to the sector to get their input on more improvements to the ETS later this year, as the Government is very aware we need to address issues that are currently seen as blocks to participation in the scheme.” There are 12 proposals being consulted on, including: Forest owners with 100 hectares or more in the scheme only needing to update their look-up tables once every five years Providing more flexibility regarding waivers for owners of over 100ha around the collection of field data near the end of the five-yearly mandatory emissions returns Closing of an unanticipated loophole related to the deforestation of post-1989 forest, and its subsequent replanting and re-entry into the scheme. The other nine proposals correct or improve technical issues, or address areas where the regulations aren’t working as intended. Submissions on the consultation document are open until 3 July 2018. Ministers will consider final proposals arising from the documents later in 2018, and any new or amended regulations would come into force in early 2019. The consultation document is available at http://www.mpi.govt.nz/news-and-resources/consultations. Other changes to the NZETS affecting forestry are also being developed, but these would require amendments to the primary legislation (the Climate Change Response Act).
Forestry services firm PF Olsen Ltd has announced a replacement CEO for Peter Clark when he steps down at the end of September this year. Source: Timberbiz Te Kapunga Dewes will join the Rotorua headquartered company as CEO. Mr Dewes has a strong background in forestry and wood processing and for 7 years was the NZ General Manager for Contract Resources, a substantial firm servicing the energy sector. He has a degree in Forestry from Canterbury University, and an MBA with distinction from Waikato University. PF Olsen has 200 staff and employs hundreds of contractors servicing forest establishment and harvesting operations across Australia and New Zealand. The company was founded in 1971 by the late Peter Olsen. Peter Clark joined it in 1979 and became CEO in 1999. Mr Dewes will be just the third CEO in the 47-year history of the firm. He joins at a time when the forest industry is in a growth phase. There is an expanding harvest profile based on extensive plantings during the 1990s and recognition that planting more trees is a cost effective domestic response needed to meet New Zealand’s international climate change commitments.
HVP Plantations has announced the appointment of a new Chief Operating Officer (COO). Rob Hescock, who has held the position of General Manager Northern Region at HVP Plantations since 2010. Source: Timberbiz Prior to his time at HVP, Mr Hescock held a series of operational roles across forestry in Australia and the US. The General Manager Northern Region role vacated by Mr Hescock has also been filled by Anne Partridge who has been promoted to the leadership team in this role. HVP Plantations’ Chair, Adrian Kloeden said: “The HVP Board sought a candidate with strong experience across forestry and customer services and with great technical skills. “Rob was selected in a competitive selection process from a strong field of internal and external candidates.” Stephen Ryan, HVP Plantations’ Chief Executive Officer said: “We couldn’t be happier to have appointed Rob for this important role. He has worked across a variety of HVP’s locations and operational functions, as well as served as a member of our leadership team for the past eight years. Each of these elements of his career has equipped him with skills and knowledge that will benefit HVP.” Mr Ryan stated that “HVP also saw the value in appointing a person to the General Manager Northern Region position who has a strong understanding of the regions’ customer needs and forest operations”. Anne Partridge takes on this role with more than 25 years’ experience in forestry, including 15 years within HVP in harvest, haulage and customer management roles. “We believe that both Rob and Anne will be effective in continuing to drive the HVP ethos that nothing is more important than the safety of our staff and contractors and the public,” Mr Ryan said. “I am honoured and excited to have been selected to be involved in the leadership of such a great organisation. I look forward to continuing the success of this company, whilst managing our operations in a safe and sustainable way,” Mr Hescock said. He also paid tribute to HVP staff and their commitment that has continued to consolidate the financial success whilst increasing the safety culture of the organisation. “I’d like to acknowledge the great people we have working here for their passion for our forests and their dedicated service to HVP. Their valued contributions are why the company has been successful” he said. Mr Hescock and Ms Ryan commenced their respective roles on 28 May 2018. HVP Plantations is a privately owned plantation forestry company, managing over 240,000 hectares of land across Victoria. HVP supplies logs for sawn timber, paper manufacturing, treated panel board and other timber uses to domestic and export customers.
Across Australia, award-winning architect Peter Maddison, host of Grand Designs Australia, is entering the living rooms and devices of hundreds of thousands of people, with news about the wellbeing, productivity and other advantages of wood for Planet Ark and Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA). Source: Timberbiz The commercials, produced under Planet Ark’s Make It Wood brand and co-branded Wood. Naturally Better will run on free-to-air and pay TV in metropolitan and major regional markets, plus online, in an impactful, targeted schedule. Now in its sixth successful media exposure, the campaign, comprising a 30 second and 15 second spots, covers the wellbeing and productivity benefits of wood in the workplace, supported by messages about the advantages of other uses of timber, including framing and wood in the home. On free to air TV channels 7 and 9, the spots will feature in popular programs including the News, A Current Affair, Better Homes and Gardens and House Rules. The videos will be complemented by an online content marketing campaign designed to amplify the message and engage users by extending the information about the role of wood in promoting wellbeing and improved productivity in the workplace. “A new message in this campaign is the role that wood can play in creating work environments in which people feel greater wellbeing and more productive,” said Eileen Newbury, FWPA’s National Marketing and Communications Manager. “This information comes from a ground-breaking report that is one of the first instances in the world in which anecdotal evidence about the benefits of wood in the built environment is supported by reliable data,” Ms Newbury said. “It has received international coverage, and we look forward to it stimulating conversation in the Australian market.” The report, Workplaces: Wellness + Wood = Productivity is available for download at woodsolutions.com.au/wood-at-work
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