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Read International Forest Industries Magazine Feb/March 2019 Digital Version

International Forest Industries - Wed, 06/03/2019 - 11:31

HARVESTERS: It’s worth taking a step back to appreciate just how refined the harvester has become under the watch of the contemporary group of harvester suppliers.

Ponsse, John Deere, Komatsu, Rottne, Tigercat, CAT, Konrad, Indexator, Clark Tracks, Logmax, Cleanfix


Harvesters: It’s worth taking a step back to appreciate just how refined the harvester has become under the watch of the contemporary group of harvester suppliers.

Lifting & Loading: A concerted effort to improve the mechanics of lifting logs should improve productivity and energy consumption and improve the bottom line for contractors.

Access To The Timber Stand: The land-clearing specialists ensure a smooth ride for forestry contractors but that doesn’t mean ensuring access to the timber stand needs to be an uncomfortable job.

Two’s Company: Ex-oil field worker partners with lifetime logger to take on tough conditions in Michigan’s upper peninsula.

The Northernmost Bear In Sweden: In Örnsköldsvik in the Swedish province of Ångermanland, one can run into an exceptionally big bear.

Truck Mounted Chippers: Jenz The JENZ product range varies from classic Chippertruck as a three-axle model with drive via the truck engine, to the hybrid version as a four-axle with dual engine technology



Stenner: Stenner produce the most extensive range of wide band resaws in the world.

Pilous: The X-Cut saw band was developed based on customer requirements for woodworking and sawing on band saws.

System Tm: Experiencing the full range of System TM and MiCROTEC machinery in action will be taking center stage at this year’s LIGNA exhibition.

Tp & Ee: Mills turn out in force Portland, ORE.

Coming up in the April/May 2019 edition of IFI

Sawlines: The complete sawline sits at the heart of the sawmill and provides a home for a multitude of technologies that combine to make sure that heart beats consistently and rhythmically. IFI speaks to companies delivering complete sawlines into businesses across the world to see who is drumming up the most business and what the market is demanding.

Wood Drying Technology: From double-track, single-track and side-loading configurations, the sawmill’s work isn’t done until the icing is put on the cake. For the lumber processing industry, icing the cake involved drying and finishing the sawn-wood products properly, dressing them up for market. The feature will look at not only the latest in kiln technology and the issues facing kiln manufacturers, but the supporting components that keep modern kilns at the cutting edge, such as moisture measurement systems, kiln humidification systems, and thermal modification and vacuum drying.

Scanning & Optimisation: The technology at the pointy end of the sawmilling sector. Scanning and optimisation technology is being increasingly turned to by sawmillers to streamline operations and cut down on costs. It is also a sector that is constantly coming up with new ideas to help the sawmilling industry achieve its goals. We’ll review not only technology breakthroughs and innovations but also look at case studies where these technologies have transformed the fortunes of sawmills.

Debarkers: How have the industry’s found avenues to improve the way we debark logs – faster, cleaner, more efficient? Further advancements are possible and we’ll chat with the people pushing the boundaries. We also look back to the forest to consider how debarking in the stand is changing to add value to logs before they leave the site.

Operation Focus: TBC

Operation Focus: TBC


Chippers: The emerging forestry subsector of chipping continues to take hold, keeping pace with one of its min drivers – biomass and bioenergy. The battle for market supremacy continues to intensify and the innovations continue to roll out.

Feller Bunchers: The harvesting method pioneered in North America using the feller buncher has spread acrss the globe. The latest advances in these machines are covered in an annual technology review.

Operation Focus: Tigercat

Operation Focus: John Deere

Operation Focus: Ponsse

Operation Focus: TBC

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Launch of Queensland forestry network

International Forest Industries - Tue, 05/03/2019 - 11:21

More than forty state parliamentarians joined over 100 industry stakeholders on Wednesday night to launch the Queensland Parliamentary Friends of the Forest and Timber Industry Network at Parliament House in Brisbane.

Timber Queensland’s Chair James Hyne said this landmark event provided industry an opportunity to showcase its diversity and for MPs to gain a greater appreciation of its bright future. “Queensland’s $3.2 billion forest and timber industry delivers 25,000 direct and indirect jobs predominately in rural and regional communities,” said Mr Hyne.

“We gathered last night to celebrate our contribution and to show we’ve got room to grow. There are exciting trends in timber innovation and we have significant forest resources that can play a greater role in the state’s economic future,” he said.

“This growth potential strengthens our position as Queensland’s third highest value agricultural industry, with significant downstream processing and manufacturing that supports the state’s $44 billion building and construction industry.”

The event was co-hosted by Labor MP for Maryborough Mr Bruce Saunders and Liberal National MP for Gympie Mr Tony Perrett, who are both co-chairs of the new network. They were joined by the Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries, Mr Mark Furner, and the Leader of the Opposition Mrs Deb Frecklington.

James Hyne said he was pleased with the overwhelming response from industry participants and members of parliament who attended the event. “The wide attendance from all sides of politics was a clear demonstration of their support of our renewable and carbon friendly industry,” said Mr Hyne.

The Parliamentary Friends of Queensland’s Forest and Timber Industry Network will strengthen the industry’s engagement with parliamentarians and state policy makers, and build awareness of the multiple economic, social and environmental benefits it delivers for Queensland.

Photo: James Hyne, Timber Queensland Chair, Bruce Saunders MP, Member for Maryborough, Tony Perrett MP, Member for Gympie, and Mick Stephens, Timber Queensland CEO, officially launch the Network at Parliament House.

Source: Timber Queensland

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Demand for softwood exceeds Australian output

International Forest Industries - Tue, 05/03/2019 - 10:59

A new report, published this week, exploring the long-term potential of establishing new timber plantations in Australia, suggests up to 490,000 hectares of new softwood plantations would be required by 2050 to meet demand of softwood sawlogs.

The Economic potential for new plantation establishment in Australia: outlook to 2050 report is based on a joint work program between Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) and the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES).

Ric Sinclair, Managing Director of FWPA, said: “There is a lot of interest in using timber products for taller buildings, as well as the traditional detached house market. The new ABARES report reveals that Australia needs to significantly increase the amount of softwood plantations over the coming decades if we want to meet this demand domestically.

“The local softwood plantation estate has been effectively frozen for nearly 30 years and this resource underpins domestic wood processing,” Mr Sinclair said. The key findings of the report are:

  1. The plantation sector is critical to the forestry industry

In 2015–16 commercial timber plantations, which were split virtually evenly between softwood and hardwood species, accounted for 87 per cent of Australia’s log production.

  1. Domestic demand for sawlogs is growing

ABARES forecasts a shortfall in the volume of softwood sawlogs available for the domestic market of 2.6 million cubic metres. In terms of new softwood plantations, an additional 200,000 to 250,000 hectares would be required by 2050 to make up the shortfall. However, given the uncertainty around softwood sawlog supply and log-equivalent demand in 2050, some estimates suggest the required area could be higher with Omega Consulting indicating that this could be as much as 490,000 hectares.

  1. Future plantation investment may not be enough

In order to meet growing demand, the domestic market will become increasingly reliant on imports of sawnwood. ABARES estimates the volume of imports will more than double by 2050. This is a potential missed opportunity for the Australian forestry sector, unless the current softwood timber plantation estate expands to meet growing demand.

  1. The good news

The report also modelled five different scenarios to see which market mechanisms could have the most impact on plantation expansion. These included: productivity improvements, changes in agricultural land prices, increases in demand, changes in exchange rates and reductions in the required rate of return (discount rate).

Interestingly, while all the scenarios supported the need for an expansion of the softwood estate, changes in the discount rate had the greatest impact because softwood plantations managed for sawlogs have much longer rotation lengths and therefore pay-off periods. For instance, a 1 per cent reduction in the discount rate to 6 per cent would encourage a further 264,520 hectares of softwood plantation development. In addition, a 5 per cent discount rate could see the softwood estate expand by some 700,000 hectares.

The report notes “While there are some limitations of the modelling framework used in this research, the analysis outlines key factors that could influence future plantations and highlights potential missed opportunities for the forestry sector, if action is not taken.”

Mr Sinclair said the report has identified potential for the forestry industry to grow and potential policy levers to make this happen. “As the old proverb says, the best time to plant trees was yesterday and the second best is to plant them now. Commercial plantations can provide economic, social and environmental benefits for Australia and we need to get back onto a growth path as soon as possible,” he said.

Authored by Linden Whittle, Peter Lock and Beau Hug of ABARES, the full report is available from the FWPA website or by clicking here.

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Milestone for John Deere

International Forest Industries - Wed, 27/02/2019 - 11:46

Achieving yet another manufacturing milestone, John Deere commemorated the production of its 5,000th forestry swing machine, a 2656G Log Loader, with a special ceremony at the John Deere-Hitachi Specialty Products (DHSP) factory. Held on the morning of Jan. 31, John Deere invited the customer who purchased the milestone unit, Bighorn Logging, for a unique presentation and factory tour during a signature Gold Key event.

“This is a paramount moment for the DHSP factory and our employees,” said Jarvis de Groot, DHSP product marketing manager, forestry swing machines. “As a company, we are committed to producing high-quality, reliable equipment, and the achievement of this milestone is a nod to our hardworking, dedicated committees, both in the DSHP factory and worldwide. Our customers are the heartbeat of the company and the reason we are able to do what we do every day. It is an honor to open our doors and celebrate with Bighorn Logging.”

For the event, the DHSP factory hosted Bighorn Logging president, Harve Dethlefs, and vice-president, Mark Standley, as well as their dealer, Papé Machinery. The event started with an overview of the storied history of the DHSP factory, followed by a question and answer session. During the session, which was held in front of the factory employees, Dethlefs and Standley discussed their business and the critical role equipment plays.

Following the interview, Bighorn Logging was presented with a plaque and the 5,000th swing machine was revved up for the very first time in celebration. The day concluded with a factory tour and small reception.

Photo: Jarvis de Groot, DHSP product marketing manager

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China: Zhangjiagang timber market gloomy

International Forest Industries - Wed, 27/02/2019 - 11:24

China market update – The combined effect of strict environmental inspection, the trade friction between China and the United States and the volatility of RMB exchange rate coupled with declining domestic demand is having a big impact on the level of trade and prices at the Zhangjiagang timber market. Analysts write that it is the falling domestic demand that is of most concern to traders.

Zhangjiagang city is the largest distribution centre for imported timber in China. At present there are 28 timber markets around the Zhangjiagang Port with an operation area of more than 1 million square metres and over 2000 timber traders and hundreds of timber processing mills. About half of these mills have developed in recent years.

Zhangjiagang timber imports account for about 25% of all timber imports. The major issue for the industries in the area during 2018 was environmental protection as wood processing plants become the focus of attention because of their poor pollution abatement technologies.

Most of the timber enterprises around the Zhangjiagang Port are family workshops having no effective measures to deal with pollution. This led to the Zhangjiagang industries becoming the focus of investigation in 2018.

As many as 60% of wood processing enterprises around Zhangjiagang Port have been forced to close due to environment control problems since the beginning of 2018. In addition the domestic economic downturn is proving fatal for many small enterprises.

The Chinese real estate industry is the mainstay of the national economy and this suffered a heavy blow in 2018 due to the economic downturn.

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Pölkky Oy to invest Euro 30 million in its sawmill in Kajaani, Finland

International Forest Industries - Tue, 26/02/2019 - 13:01

Pölkky Oy has announced a major investment program, targeting its production facilities in northern Finland. The value of the first phase in the investment program is Euro 30 million. In the first phase, Pölkky will modernize the production technologies at its sawmill in Kajaani, enabling more effective usage of the high-quality raw material in the Kainuu region, as the company says in the press release received by Lesprom Network.

As new technologies create the need for new kinds of competence, Pölkky Oy is also investing in its people. Pölkky has initiated extensive programs for recruitment as well for the development of its employees’ wellbeing at work. In addition to modern technology, the company believes that employee wellbeing is a significant competitive advantage in today’s market.

“The global growth trend in timber construction is increasing the need for high quality processed wood products in all markets. Meanwhile, the value of raw timber in the forest is growing. With our new investment program we aim to significantly increase the use of raw timber, generating new jobs in all phases in our production chain in northern Finland,” says Petteri Virranniemi, CEO of Pölkky Oy.

Pölkky Oy is the largest private wood processing company in northern Finland. Pölkky Oy uses 1.4 million cubic metres of raw timber annually, across its four sawmills in Finland. The company’s turnover is Euro 180 million. Pölkky has 420 employees in wood procurement, sawing and processing.

Photo : Petteri Virranniemi, CEO of Pölkky Oy

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Tigercat releases largest machine in forestry line-up, the 890 logger

International Forest Industries - Wed, 20/02/2019 - 11:01

Tigercat continues to set the bar high with the introduction of the new 890 logger – the largest machine in the Tigercat forestry equipment line-up – a heavy duty, purpose-built forestry carrier that can be configured for loading, shovel logging or processing.

Weighing 47 900 kg (105,600 lb), it is the largest, highest capacity machine in Tigercat’s purpose built forestry product line. The Tigercat FPT C87 engine delivers 245 kW (330 hp) at 2,000 rpm for Tier 2 and Tier 4 emission compliance.

The large swing bearing provides increased capacity and swing torque. The twin swing drive system reduces gear tooth loads, and a massive single-piece, forged pedestal strengthens the undercarriage and improves durability.

A new, longer F7-172 heavy-duty10 roller track frame with a wide stance carbody gives the 890 exceptional stability. Track components are co-designed with Berco to provide maximum durability in forestry applications.

The 890 logger shares the modular main hydraulic valve with all other Tigercat 800 series carriers for improved parts commonality. With the ability to easily swap out a valve section, the modular design simplifies maintenance. New larger capacity valve sections are used for main and stick boom circuits to provide higher flow rates and improve efficiency.

The 890 has plenty of cooling capacity with an automatic variable speed fan for improved fuel efficiency and an automatic reversing cycle to clean the heat exchangers. Another fuel saving feature is the energy recovery swing system. A closed loop drive feeds power back to the engine when swing decelerates, reducing fuel consumption and recovering energy for other machine functions.

Service access is outstanding with the power operated side engine door and overhead roof enclosure. The entire upper assembly is designed for extreme duty. Heavy wall side bumpers and a solid cast counterweight protect the upper assembly from impacts when swinging.

Convenient walk-up access to the rear entry door leads to a generous interior cab. The cabin is quiet and comfortable with excellent visibility. The full-length front window and additional floor windows provide clear sightlines. The high output climate control system keeps the operator comfortable even in temperature extremes. LED lighting and the new rearVIEW camera system improve operator visibility.

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Komatsu announces purchase of forestry machine manufacturer TimberPro

International Forest Industries - Wed, 20/02/2019 - 10:31

Komatsu America Corp. a leading global heavy equipment manufacturer, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire TimberPro, Inc.

Rolling Meadows, Ill., February 19, 2019 – Komatsu America Corp. a leading global heavy equipment manufacturer, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire TimberPro, Inc.

The acquisition is expected to close on April 1st 2019, subject to completion of the closing conditions.

Established in 2002, TimberPro is a Wisconsin-based manufacturer of purpose-built forest machines and attachments, offering tracked feller bunchers and harvesters, forwarders, wheeled harvesters, and felling heads.

“Acquiring TimberPro will strengthen the company’s position in the full-tree-length market and enables us to offer a highly competitive range of products for professional logging,” said Rod Schrader, CEO, Komatsu America Corp.

About Komatsu America Corp.
Komatsu America Corp. is a U.S. subsidiary of Komatsu Ltd., the world’s second largest manufacturer and supplier of earth-moving equipment, consisting of construction, mining and compact construction equipment. Komatsu America also serves the forklift and forestry markets. Through its distributor network, Komatsu offers a state-of-the-art parts and service program to support its equipment. Komatsu has proudly provided high-quality reliable products for nearly a century. Visit the website at www.komatsuamerica.com for more information.

Komatsu® is an authorized trademark of Komatsu Ltd.  Komatsu America Corp. is an authorized licensee of Komatsu Ltd.  All other trademarks and service marks used herein are the property of Komatsu Ltd., Komatsu America Corp., or their respective owners or licensees.

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REVISED Cat® M Series Wheel Loader (950M – 982M)

International Forest Industries - Tue, 19/02/2019 - 12:32

REVISED  Cat® M Series Wheel Loader (950M – 982M)
The 2019 product update package for Cat® M Series Medium Wheel Loaders (950M – 982M) includes technology advances that provide: lower operating costs via extended service intervals; enhanced operator comfort with new seats and suspensions; emissions control strategies to meet EU Stage V standards (EU only); added machine configurations (982M Forestry Machine and 982M High Lift); expanded productivity measurement tools; remote software update capability; and refinements in ground engaging tool and coupler systems. Periodic updates allow Caterpillar to bring new and improved features to market more quickly and more frequently than do conventional New Product Introduction (NPI) cycles.

Extended service intervals, emissions control
U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final and EU Stage V models save maintenance costs by extending engine oil, engine oil filter and hydraulic oil filter change intervals from 500 hours up to 1,000 hours. Based on estimated comparisons of total engine and hydraulic fluids, filters, and sampling costs during a 6,000-hour period, costs can be potentially reduced by 16 to 23 percent. (For Tier 3 equivalent models, extended intervals apply only to hydraulic filters.)

In addition, several fuel and engine oil filters are being converted from spin-on to cartridge-type. Benefits of cartridge-type filters include fewer parts to replace at servicing (housing is retained), easier disposal of used elements, and less costly replacement parts.

Next Generation seats and suspensions
The “next generation” of seats and suspensions offers three trim levels—comfort, deluxe, and premium plus—and feature high-visibility, seat-adjustment controls, as well as ride stiffness adjustments. A new “breakthrough” suspension for deluxe and premium plus trim levels increases dampening at the top and bottom of seat travel, providing additional suspension stability and avoiding hard stops at travel limits.

The ride stiffness of the seat suspension is adjustable to different settings, allowing operators to tailor seat dampening to individual preferences and to the application. This feature was previously included only with EH steering (joystick and wheel), but with the 2019 product update, it is now included with HMU steering wheel units with deluxe and premium plus seats.

Payload management
The Cat Advanced Productivity application is a web-based tool used to visualize machine production-related data and complements Cat PAYLOAD, Cat Production Measurement 2.0. The tool is accessed from VisionLink™ and includes a user-customizable report dashboard, cycle-by-cycle downloadable data, and a list of features for truck and material identification lists.

Other key features include a new user interface (mobile friendly), time series data, multiple asset comparison, fleet or individual asset key-process-indicator target settings, and support for multiple machine types. Requirements for use include cellular Product Link™, Advanced Productivity subscription, and authorized User ID.

Remote flash support
Remote flash support allows the dealer to push software update files to the customer’s machine and authorizes the user to initiate installation via the dealer service portal. Any authorized user with CWS (Caterpillar Corporate Web Security ID) and a mobile device can initiate flash, which occurs in 30 minutes from initiation to completion. This service is provided at no cost to dealer for machines for machines with cellular Product Link, (standard on current 950 – 982 medium wheel loaders except the 950 GC), with remote-flash-compatible software. CWS authorization and mobile device required to initiate.

New 982M configurations
New configurations in the medium wheel loader lineup include the 982M Forestry Machine and the 982M High Lift. The new 982M Forestry Machine (logger) is capable lifting 28,000 pounds (12 700 kg) with a pin-on mill yard grapple. Changes from the standard 982M include a larger tilt cylinder, upgraded rear frame, and heavier counterweight. Third party logging grapples and woodchip buckets are available.
The 982M High Lift, compared with the standard lift version, increases dump clearance under the bucket pin from 15 feet 6 inches, to 16 feet 10 inches (4 743 to 5 143 mm). Configuration changes from the standard 982M include a new lift arm, new tilt cylinder, new tilt link, and the counterweight from the 982M Aggregate Handler.

Advansys GET
The Advansys ground-engaging-tool system included in the product update is a Cat tip system designed with exclusive performance features that result in less drag and higher productivity. The new tip shapes place wear-resistant material in the most vulnerable areas, resulting in significantly longer service life. A stronger adapter nose results in up to 50 percent less stress, and improved adapter-nose geometry reduces sliding wear on adapter surfaces. The improved tip shapes shadow the adapter straps and welds for longer adapter life. New 980M/982M buckets are released with weld on adapters; 950M – 982M bolt-on adapters are interchangeable with the former J and K Series.

Additional updates
Among the package of updates for medium wheel loaders is a new universal coupler for models 966M – 972M. The new coupler eliminates width interference with multiple tools and a reduced offset increases breakout force by 4 percent.
New LED and Halogen work and roading light packages increase safety when working in dark conditions. Handrail high visibility films enhance awareness of handrail locations and are available from your Caterpillar dealership.

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John Deere appoints AFGRI in Western Australia

International Forest Industries - Tue, 19/02/2019 - 12:06

As outlined in an earlier release a couple of weeks ago, John Deere Construction & Forestry and Hitachi Construction Machinery (Australia) Pty Ltd had announced they were ending a successful 29-year distribution arrangement of Deere branded and manufactured construction, forestry, and compact machinery in Australia. In line with this change, AFGRI Equipment has been appointed by John Deere to distribute its construction and forestry equipment in Western Australia.

According to Patrick Roux, Chairman of the Board of AFGRI Australia, this is thanks to the exceptional relationship that AFGRI has established with John Deere, spanning 56 years. “The success we’ve enjoyed with the John Deere agricultural range in Western Australia, combined with our outstanding service levels and ethos, as well as excellent customer relationships and our extensive retail network in Australia, encouraged John Deere to approach us to manage its construction and forestry equipment retail network in the region.”

Effective 1 May 2019, AFGRI Equipment will be a fully-fledged John Deere construction and forestry equipment dealer in Western Australia. It will initially operate across five strategically placed branches in the state, namely Geraldton, Albany, Esperance, Boyup Brook and Perth.

Roux added that he was confident that AFGRI Equipment’s deep retail knowledge and experience in the agricultural sector could easily be transferred to the construction and forestry space. “We have become the ‘go to’ company for many Australian farmers, and we’re truly delighted to extend our services to local construction and forestry companies, we are sure we will earn this same reputation.”

Roux concluded by saying, “With the contract now signed, we are very enthusiastic to prove ourselves worthy of this appointment and have already actively started to recruit and appoint specialist staff, so we can get off to a cracking start come 1 May.”

Source & Photo: John Deere

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Canadian investment in A&E

International Forest Industries - Tue, 19/02/2019 - 11:34

Leading Canadian Sawmill Machinery Manufacturer TS Manufacturing has recently acquired a majority shareholding in Automation & Electronics NZ Ltd and its AEUSA division based in North Carolina. The acquisition strengthens TS Controls division in the North American market by adding additional controls support combined with AE Optimization technology.

A&E is a well-established company with a 33-year history in the Australasian wood processing market combined with AEUSA having a ten-year presence in the US market. The acquisition consolidates A&E’s position in the US market enabling significant growth and further R&D investment.

For A&E in New Zealand it means business as normal and continuing to support existing clients along with traditional engineering partners in Australia and New Zealand. Brian Smith founding Director of Automation & Electronics says “this is an exciting time for the business that enables us to expand our North American presence, increase our global engineering capability and at the same time be able to better support our Australasian and OEM clients with the added value of TS support in behind.

The other exciting factor in the negotiation is we have retained our valued twenty-five- year association with Windsor Engineering Group who remain as a shareholder within the company which further consolidates the company’s position. There is also opportunity for a Windsor and TS manufacturing combination and we already have one major project on in Alabama where both companies are suppliers to the same mill.

Source: A&E

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Hikurangi Forest Farms acquired by New Forests

International Forest Industries - Tue, 19/02/2019 - 11:14

New Forests has announced that it has agreed to acquire Hikurangi Forest Farms (HFF), based in Gisborne, New Zealand, on behalf of its investment clients.

New Forests anticipates that the purchase, from current owner Samling Group, will be complete by mid-2019, subject to consent from the Overseas Investment Office, with the intention to launch a rebranded business at that time.

HFF is one of the largest forestry estates in the Gisborne region and includes around 25,000 hectares of radiata pine plantation on 35,000 hectares of freehold, forest rights, and leasehold land. Significant investment has been carried out since the assets were acquired in 1997, building a high yielding and sustainable forest estate that is a significant contributor to the regional economy.

New Forests is currently working through an ownership transition plan incorporating continuity of operations and New Forests’ forward-looking management plans, and undertaking engagement with key stakeholders, including local businesses, Tangata Whenua representatives, councils, and community groups.

New Forests’ objective is to manage investments to ensure long-term sustainability. “New Forests looks forward to engaging with stakeholders during the ownership transition to chart the future for this business and ensure the long-term sustainability of this regionally significant forestry asset,” New Forests’ CEO David Brand said.

Brand continued, “The HFF acquisition secures a cornerstone asset for New Forests’ Australia New Zealand Forest Fund 3, complementing the fund’s existing New Zealand forestry portfolio in the North and South Island”.

Mark Rogers, Managing Director for New Forests’ Australia-New Zealand business said, “We are proud of our track record and commitment to sustainable forest management, and this estate has significant potential to be a preferred provider of sustainable wood products.”

“New Forests and our clients represent long-term, stable, institutional ownership that we believe will be a key enabler for the future growth of New Zealand’s forest industry,” said Rogers.

About New Forests
New Forests is an Australian-based international sustainable forestry investment manager that has been operating in New Zealand since 2005. New Forests has a New Zealand office in Tauranga and manages investments on the North and South Island, including the Timberlink sawmill business in Blenheim.

Globally, New Forests Pty Ltd and its subsidiaries manage investments in around 550,000 net hectares of forests and timberlands across a global portfolio of nearly 1 million hectares of forestry and conservation investments. The firm is committed to investment strategies at the leading edge of forestry, land management, and conservation. New Forests has international reach, with offices and assets in Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, and the US.

Source: New Forests

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Why LEAN? Lessons from a NZ logging contractor

International Forest Industries - Tue, 19/02/2019 - 10:38

If you have a business that is experiencing the following ‘symptoms’ read on……

  • Are your costs rising?
  • Are mistakes on the increase?
  • Are your efficiency levels unsatisfactory?
  • Are your profits evaporating?
  • Could the morale and culture of your people be better?

The good news is that it’s all reversible, but the first step is to recognize that change is hard, you need to have the patience and provide the resources to support change. “Success comes from knowing what to do and when to do it!”

People often ask – “What is LEAN?” and it is difficult to define Lean in just a few sentences as Lean encompasses so much. Lean is about creating value, it is about customer service, it is about revolution and evolution of your systems and processes, it is about development and encouragement of people to better understand how they add value, it is about analyzing everything you do and why you do it, it is about leadership, it is about having a plan, it is a never ending journey towards perfection leading to sustainable success.

We find ourselves saying “If you want your company to thrive not just struggle to survive in this global economy then Lean techniques need to be at the core of how your business operates”. In short – Lean is about ‘Doing more with Less, taking out the Waste and adding Value to what your customer actually wants’

It’s no secret that one of the most important aspects of Lean is the involvement of everyone in the business from the CEO down to the newest crew member. Everyone has a voice and everyone is expected to make a contribution within Lean, it is often this involvement of the workforce where companies fall down, while they may say that they value and involve their employees, many fail to actually demonstrate it. Recognizing and celebrating success is an important factor when trying to encourage improvement.

In years gone by businesses (Toyota being one of many) have invested significantly over many decades to develop improvement systems for business, but in today’s fast moving global market, businesses cannot afford to spend that long improving so they need a proven, robust and effective system to improve. That system is called LEAN. In addition to a raft of new technology, operating practices and clever tools being used in wood harvesting operations, the concept of lean and how it has successfully turned around a local harvesting contractor’s business is being built into the HarvestTECH 2019 event in Rotorua on 26-27 June 2019.

Stubbs Contracting Ltd, a Gisborne based Logging Operation with four crews decided to adopt Lean philosophy’s and haven’t looked back. Coached by The Lean Hub they find themselves experiencing improvements in productivity while being one of the leaders in the Industry for safety. Responsibilities are being shifted from Senior Management to Supervisors and Front-Line staff which is enabling Management to focus on driving the business forward while the Supervisors focus on ‘getting the job done’.

Staff accountability is improving due to staff being empowered to make positive changes without fear of being pulled into the boss’s office for a ‘please explain’. Leaders and front-line staff not only know now what successful performance looks like but know how to influence and improve performance. Not only are managers using data but they are allowing staff to see the data in very simple formats so that they can help improve the operation. Companies are also realising the undisputable benefits of having the entire operation ‘singing off one song sheet’.

In summary: LEAN shouldn’t be looked upon as a short-term diet for business but more as a long-term sustainable health programme. Trevor Hall, Director of the Lean Hub and Robert Stubbs, MD of Stubbs Contracting will be outlining the concept and just how it has made such a positive impact to a local harvesting business as part of the HarvestTECH 2019 event.

Full details on the programme and registrations can be found on the event website, www.harvesttech.events

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Tigercat – Additional Factory Support for New Zealand

International Forest Industries - Mon, 18/02/2019 - 11:31

Tigercat has announced that Warren Nolan has been appointed to the position of product support representative for New Zealand.

Based in Papamoa Beach on the North Island, Warren is joining Tigercat with over thirty years of experience in the forestry industry. Warren started his career working for his fathers logging business then continued his career as a harvester owner-operator for 18 years.

“Along with Aaron Gregan, I am excited to add Warren to the support team for New Zealand. We continue to have many new and exciting opportunities for Tigercat machines in this area. As the field population continues to grow so does the importance of a top-notch support team,” explains Glen Marley, Tigercat District Manager for Australia and New Zealand.

Warren has experience in all aspects of logging, previously working for Satco Logging Attachments for six years as an operator trainer, applications specialist and product support representative. Warren has strong technical knowledge of Dasa 5 control systems based on his extensive work experience with these programs.

“Tigercat is one of the superior brands in the forestry world. If changes need to be made on a product Tigercat acts on it and always takes customer feedback to the highest standard. That is why I am excited to work for Tigercat,” Warren states.

Warren will be primarily involved with product support for Tigercat’s growing customer base on the North Island of New Zealand.

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BC loggers pleased market test to be dropped

International Forest Industries - Thu, 14/02/2019 - 11:15
At their annual winter convention in January, the Truck Loggers Association in British Columbia invited their forests government ministers to share details for implementing the recommendations from the Contractor Sustainability Review recently completed in BC. This included the elimination of the fair market rate test from the timber harvesting contractor and sub-contractor regulations (known in BC as Bill 13).

The following details expand on Premier Horgan’s announcement yesterday. The Minister announced the details during his address to a full room of 350 timber harvesting contractors at the Truck Logger Association’s 76th annual Convention & Trade Show.

The fair market rate test is a forestry-industry method used to settle rate disputes between contractors and licensees, which have caused lengthy delays in reaching a settlement, contributing to the inability to operate sustainably their businesses. Following extensive consultation in an effort to ensure the forest industry continues operating, the government’s decision to eliminate the method in favour of models and experts will streamline the process that used to take months and years, which should now take up to a maximum of 14 days.

“Elimination of the fair market rate test is a monumental change for our industry, allowing contractors to more equitably share in the value of the timber resource,” says David Elstone, executive director of the Truck Loggers Association.

“It will result in a fundamental shift in the relationships between contractors and their employers across the province.”

Today, Minister Donaldson explained that a six-month process to make the legislative changes will involve continued industry stakeholder consultations, leading to implementation in the fall.

“As a contractor who operates under the Timber Harvesting Contractor and Sub Contractor regulation, these changes should have a direct impact on my business’ ability to be more sustainable,” says Rob Wood, President of Holbrook Dyson Logging in Campbell River. “While a small percentage of the industry operates under this regulation, I believe these changes will influence all non-Bill 13 contractors across the province as well.”

Source: TLA news release

Photo: David Elstone, executive director of the Truck Loggers Association.

Following the completion of the long-awaited Contractor Sustainability Review and its resulting recommendations, Premier Horgan announced a significant change to the Timber Harvesting Contractor and Sub-contractor regulation, which was the elimination of the fair market rate test. The Premier made his announcement during his address to a full room of 350 timber harvesting contractors at the Truck Logger Association’s 76th annual Convention & Trade Show.

“Today’s announcement is what we were hoping for and will result in a fundamental shift in the relationship between contractors and their employers across the province,” said David Elstone, executive director of the Truck Loggers Association. “Elimination of the fair market rate test is a monumental change for our industry, allowing contractors to more equitably share in the value of the timber resource.”

The Premier also made a commitment today to exploring solutions that the TLA has put forward to address the industry’s acute skilled labour shortage.

“After advocating for a training tax credit over the past three years, we are thrilled to hear this announcement,” said Elstone. “We are facing unprecedented retirement in the forest and logging industry, and even today there are far too many logging trucks and heavy equipment sitting idle due to the lack of experienced and competent operators. This may open up substantial opportunity for contractors’ needs for on-the-job training province- wide.”

Source: Wood Business

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NZ – OneFortyOne acquires more forestlands in Manuka Island

International Forest Industries - Wed, 13/02/2019 - 14:24

Nelson Forests’ acquisition of Manuka Island estate confirmed by Overseas Investment Office – OneFortyOne (OFO) has received confirmation that the Overseas Investment Office has approved Nelson Forests’ acquisition of Manuka Island estate in New Zealand. The completion date for the purchase will be mid-late February.

The Manuka Island estate, currently owned by Merrill and Ring, is approximately 2000 hectares of forest in the Wairau Valley near Blenheim.

“The Manuka Island acquisition reflects our intention to continue to invest in the regions where we have an established presence. The acquisition complements our recent purchase of Nelson Forests and is a great fit for their estate,” says OFO’s Chief Executive Officer, Linda Sewell.

“Manuka Island will be a natural extension of our existing operation,” says Lees Seymour, Managing Director of Nelson Forests. “We are excited about the employment and regional economic development opportunities that the purchase will provide for Marlborough, in addition to our strong presence at Kaituna sawmill and through our forest activities in the region.”

Photo: Lees Seymour, Managing Director of Nelson Forests

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Intelligent Boom Control Now Available For The John Deere 1470g Harvester

International Forest Industries - Wed, 13/02/2019 - 12:06

Intelligent boom control (IBC) is the unique boom control system developed by John Deere. It’s an intelligent control system with sensors that detect the positioning of the harvester head and algorithms that adjust the boom’s trajectory in one continuous motion. IBC also functions as a platform for the eventual and easy introduction of new features that facilitate the customer’s work.

“IBC brings significant advantages also in final fellings. Thanks to IBC, controlling the big and robust CH9 boom is just as easy and precise as in the smaller harvesters, and the boom can be operated at the same speed as the booms in the smaller harvester models. IBC facilitates the operator’s work and makes working more pleasant. There are fewer movements to make – and that helps with the operator’s working capacity. It’s a feature of the modern era,” says Marketing Manager Tommi Ekman.

Work is precise and smooth with intelligent boom control
In harvester work, the IBC’s operation has been designed to suit the machine’s work cycle. The boom’s trajectories and operation automatically adjust as the boom is taken to a tree and the load is in the harvester head. The operator doesn’t have to move the different sections of the boom individually. The boom is easy to use and precise at all boom reaches. Thanks to the electronic end damping, the boom operates softly. The blow-like loads at maximum reaches are eliminated, making the operator’s work more pleasant and decreasing the stress on the boom’s structures and hydraulic cylinders. IBC improves work ergonomics and guides the operator in the correct use of the boom, which is directly reflected in the increased productivity.

Intelligent Boom Control was introduced for John Deere forwarders in 2013. In 2017, John Deere introduced IBC first for the 1270G harvester and later the same year also for 1170G harvester. Now IBC will be available also for the 1470G harvester’s 11- and 10-meter CH9 booms used in final fellings.

The operator maneuvers the harvester head to a desired position and the system automatically adjusts the trajectories of the 1) lift, 2) slew, 3) extension and boom rotation for the optimal solution.

Photo: Marketing Manager Tommi Ekman.

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Sampo-Rosenlew appoints new CEO

International Forest Industries - Wed, 13/02/2019 - 11:46

Finnish agriculture and forest machine manufacturer Sampo-Rosenlew has announced that Jussi Malmi will take over as new CEO of the company from 1st of February.

Jussi recently came from a position as CEO of the forest machine manufacturer Logset but he has also spent many years in Timberjack and JohnDeere among other companies reports Forestry.com.

For those who until now have seen Sampo-Rosenlew more as a combine manufacturer than as a forest machine company, there is enough reason to rethink. Especially after last year’s product launches at the forestry show FinnMetko in Finland with a new larger harvester HR 68 and two new larger forwarders: the 15-tonne forwarder Sampo FR68  and the 12-tonne forwarder FR 46.

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The 14,000th Ponsse Machine Built In Vieremä

International Forest Industries - Tue, 12/02/2019 - 15:05

The 14,000th forest machine manufactured in Vieremä was handed over to the customer at Ponsse Jan 30 2019. The completion of the machine that will be delivered to Uruguay also offered the opportunity to celebrate Ponsse’s successful factory extension.

The PONSSE Elephant King machine at the centre of the celebration was manufactured on Ponsse’s new production line, which was introduced last autumn. The last stage of the factory extension was completed at the beginning of this year when a new assembly line for cranes was commissioned at the Vieremä factory.

The completion of the machine also offered the opportunity to celebrate Ponsse’s successful factory extension. At the beginning of last year, the 13,000th PONSSE forest machine was completed at the factory, and a topping-out ceremony for the factory extension was celebrated at the same time. This large investment increased the factory’s area to four hectares and completely renewed the factory’s assembly and warehouse operations. The change involved a major effort in terms of scope and impact from all production workers. The change has now been brought to a conclusion, and Ponsse’s factory is in excellent shape with respect to safety, productivity and flexibility.

Ponsse’s operations in Uruguay
The 14,000th PONSSE machine is the largest model in Ponsse’s forwarder range. PONSSE Elephant King equipped with the new PONSSE K121 crane, designed for the most demanding conditions. This week, the machine will start its journey from the freezing weather of Northern Savonia to the summer heat of Uruguay. The machine will harvest timber at UPM Uruguay’s plantations for local pulp production needs. UPM Uruguay has been Ponsse´s full service customer since 2014.

Ponsse has been operating in Uruguay since 2007 and opened new service centre in 2017. Local customer support is handled by Ponsse’s subsidiary Ponsse Uruguay. The subsidiary employs 96 people, and its managing director is Martin Toledo. In Uruguay, timber is harvested almost entirely with modern and environmentally friendly cut-to-length harvesting equipment.

“In Uruguay, the work of our local staff in customer relations, commitment and company development is outstanding. In a field requiring perseverance, Ponsse Uruguay has succeeded in establishing operations in a relatively short time which our customers can trust,” says Jarmo Vidgrén, Sales and Marketing Director of Ponsse Plc.

Vieremä, January 30, 2019

Jarmo Vidgrén, Ponssel Plc, Sales and Marketing Director, tel. +358 40 519 1486
Martin Toledo, Ponsse Uruguay, Managing Director, tel. +598 995 59130

Ponsse is a world leading manufacturer of cut-to-length forest machines. The company focuses exclusively on the environmentally friendly cut-to-length method, whereby timber is harvested using rubber-wheeled forest machines, and the raw material is utilized precisely by already cutting the timber to the desired length in the forest. The company was established by forest machine entrepreneur Einari Vidgrén in 1970, and it is headquartered in Vieremä, Finland.

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