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Coillte completes “Go-Live” Connected Forest Solution

International Forest Industries - Thu, 31/05/2018 - 11:43

Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced last month the successful go-live and implementation of the Land Resource Manager (LRM) and Business Resource Manager (BRM) enterprise planning solutions at Coillte, Ireland’s largest commercial forestry company.

Trimble’s LRM solution is an intuitive, interactive and spatially aware enterprise application for managing land and forestry operations. The BRM solution simplifies financial transactions associated with log accounting and procurement. Together, the solutions serve the critical functions of forest resource planning, management and decision support with flexible customer-specific business workflows. LRM and BRM are key components of Trimble’s Connected Forest portfolio, which manage the full raw materials lifecycle.

Coillte began using the solutions to support the growing business needs associated with the delivery of quality wood and the protection of nature in a sustainable way. The solutions allow for the streamlining of business processes, the integration of all land and forestry supply chain data and the creation of efficiencies for the management of its 440,000 hectares.

The multi-phase implementation included activity planning, scheduling and work recording of silviculture, road management, log production, log sales, invoicing, log delivery and woodflow. Simplified work processes and enhanced decision making was augmented by the integration of LRM and BRM with Trimble’s fiber management and logistics solution (WSX) already operating at Coillte.

Trimble’s Connected Forest solutions manage the full raw materials lifecycle of planning, planting, growing, harvesting, transporting and processing. The solutions improve decision making at every step—from forest to mill and from land acquisition to product delivery¬—by combining industry-specialized software and state-of-the-art hardware into solutions for land, forest, fiber and mill management. Trimble offers the most comprehensive supply chain solutions available to the forest industry today.

About Coillte
Coillte is Ireland’s largest commercial forest company operating in forestry, land-based businesses, renewable energy and panel products. The company employs approximately 1,000 people and was established in 1988. Coillte owns over 445,000 hectares of land, about 7 percent of the land cover of Ireland. The company harvests approximately 2.5 million cubic meters of timber annually and is the major supplier of raw material to the Irish wood products industry. To find out more, visit: www.coillte.ie.

About Trimble’s Forestry Division
Trimble’s Forestry Division offers land, forest, fiber and mill management solutions that improve the productivity and operations for some of the world’s most recognized integrated forest product companies, forest land owners, timberland investment, conservation, state and federal departments as well as international food processing companies involved in environmental, social and economic land management. The Connected Forest solutions manage the full raw materials lifecycle of planning, planting, growing, harvesting, transporting and processing. For more information, visit:  www.trimble.com/forestry.

“Coillte is making investments to drive a more agile business process across their functional organization,” said Ken Moen, general manager for Trimble’s Forestry Division. “As a recognized leader for advancement of timber supply chain management, Trimble Forestry is pleased to be working with Coillte to help the company transform to a connected digital supply chain network.”

“Trimble is an industry leader in enterprise forestry software and we are delighted to partner with them in implementing a connected forest platform for Coillte,” said David Feeney, commercial and supply chain director at Coillte. “Forestry planning and management has become much more complex over the last 15 years and we believe that we can maximize value from using Trimble’s forestry solutions to drive our business and provide employees with the tools required to balance the commercial, social and environmental benefits of forestry.”

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Connecting certified forests to sustainable construction

GFIS - Thu, 31/05/2018 - 11:05
Using wood in construction is fantastic. It looks good, is easy to work with, is healthy for the people living and working within it and is great for our planet – but only if it comes from a sustainable source. Whatever timber you choose, whether solid wood or engineered wood such as CLT...

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SC362 Vermeer Stump Cutter | Vermeer Tree Care

International Forest Industries - Thu, 31/05/2018 - 11:00
Vermeer has expanded its stump cutter lineup offering increased options for the customer.

The new SC362 stump cutter was developed with rental yards and tree care contractors in mind offering a compact, high horsepower machine for stump removal.

Equipped with a 35-hp (26.1 kW) Vanguard engine, a hydraulic ground drive and a belt driven cutter head, the SC362 provides operators with ample power and maneuverability to take out medium-sized stumps with the productivity and reliability that the field demands.

The Vermeer SC362 is a great addition to any tree care or rental equipment fleet and the right complement to any Vermeer brush chipper or mini skid steer.

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“China’s Champions of Change” initiative launched

GFIS - Thu, 31/05/2018 - 10:19
Beijing, China, 31st May 2018—With support from the European Union (EU), “China’s Champions of Change” initiative to reduce the demand for illegal wildlife products and promote responsible consumption for those that can be sustainably traded, was officially launched in Beijing this week.

Join Lucidyne at Optisaw West

International Forest Industries - Thu, 31/05/2018 - 10:14

OptiSaw is a time-effective and affordable learning and networking opportunity for those driving the future of sawmilling in your operation. The focus is on the future of optimization and automation in our industry, including challenges and opportunities on the cutting edge of this side of the industry.
Lucidyne’s own Patrick Freeman is giving a presentation on Perceptive Sight™.

  • Sheraton Hotel Vancouver Airport –  June 5th, 2018

Listen to Patrick talk about Perceptive Sight™

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A sustainable alternative to tobacco farming

GFIS - Thu, 31/05/2018 - 04:00

May 31 marks World No Tobacco Day – and a chance to reflect on bamboo’s role as a sustainable, environmentally beneficial alternative to tobacco farming. Dangers associated with nicotine are nothing new. The concerns about the harmful effects of consumption of tobacco products have drawn attention ever since people started smoking. As early as the beginning […]

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Raids on Austrian company for illegal timber

GFIS - Thu, 31/05/2018 - 02:30
Prosecutors from the Romanian Directorate for Combatting Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) raided Austrian group Schweighofer Holzindustrie’s factories in Radauti and Sebes. Sources: Romania Insider, Timberbiz The prosecutors are investigating illegal timber transactions which damaged the state budget by EUR 25 million, according to judicial sources quoted by local Mediafax. A total of 23 searches took place in Alba, Suceava, Hunedoara, Brasov and Bihor counties as well as in Bucharest. Some of the searches also targeted the offices of the Forestry Directions and Forest Guard. According to an official press release of the Romanian Police, managers of a local company have coordinated the acquisition of wood sourced from illegal logging activities, starting 2011. The same people were also involved in rigging timber auctions. The company was not named. Schweighofer Holzindustrie has been accused of processing wood from illegal logging activities in the past but denied the allegations. In a statement Holzindustrie Schweighofer said it cooperates with the Romanian authorities and fully supports their efforts in the investigation that started on 30 May 2018. The company says its main principle is to always act within the framework of laws and regulation and it is assisting the authorities. The company said it had not been yet notified of the scope of the investigation. At the beginning of 2017, Holzindustrie Schweighofer said it had implemented a state of the art action plan to fight illegal logging in Romania and to support a sustainable timber industry. Overall, the company invested €1 million in strengthening the security of its supply chain. A major pillar of this action plan is the company’s Timflow-system, a unique GPS-tracking system that monitors the transport routes of saw log trucks from loading point to saw mill gate. Overall, these measures by far exceed the requirements of the Romanian laws and regulations. One year after implementation, the company took stock of its measures and shared the information with the public.

Huge Texas timberland sale worth $1.4b

GFIS - Thu, 31/05/2018 - 02:29
A huge chunk of East Texas is changing hands in one of the largest such transactions in a decade. Source: Dallas News CatchMark Timber Trust has agreed to pay almost US$1.4 billion for the 1.1 million acres of timberland. Law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP assisted with the transaction, which it calls one of the biggest US timberland sales in the last 10 years. Atlanta-based CatchMark Timber is buying the property with a group of institutional investors, including Dallas’ Highland Capital Management, BTG Pactual Timberland Investment Group, Medley Management Inc. and a major Canadian institutional investor. “The timberlands are located near top quartile mills and within approximately 100 miles of three of the top five US homebuilding markets: Austin, Dallas, and Houston,” CatchMark said in a statement. “These markets provide strong, growing, and compelling demand fundamentals.” The huge purchase works out to US$1264 per acre, before transaction costs. The land is in multiple locations, mostly south of a line stretching from Tyler to Longview. The sale by Campbell Global is expected to close within 45 to 60 days, CatchMark said.

Vietnam increases furniture exports but materials shortage looms

GFIS - Thu, 31/05/2018 - 02:28
A report from the General Department of Customs (GDC) in Vietnam showed that export turnover of all woodwork items in the first four months of the year increased significantly. Source: Vietnamnet Vietnam exported US$680 million worth of products in April and US$2.6 billion in the first four months of 2018, an increase of 9% over the same period last year. Wooden furniture manufacturers expect another prosperous year in 2018 as demand is predicted to continue to increase globally. Most large manufacturers have enough orders to keep them busy until mid-year. Some of them even have orders for the entire year, especially from Europe and the US. A director of a wooden furniture company confirmed there are more clients from the two markets this year as European and American importers have shifted orders to Vietnamese enterprises instead of Chinese firms. In addition, exports to South Korea have been increasing rapidly as Vietnam’s products have become more and more favored there. Exports have also been facilitated by the bilateral FTA (free trade agreement) between Vietnam and South Korea. According to Nguyen Ton Quyen, deputy chair of the Vietnam Timber and Forest Product Association (Vifores), the target of US$9 billion turnover this year is within reach. However, to obtain such high export turnover, Vietnam would need a large amount of materials. The agriculture ministry reported that by the end of April 2018, Vietnam had imported US$698 million worth of timber materials, up by 2.5% compared with the same period last year. It is estimated that for every US$1 billion worth of increased export turnover, the material needed would be 3.5 million cubic meters. Meanwhile, domestic sources (planted forests) can only satisfy 10%-15% of demand. Every year, Vietnam collects 18-19 million cubic meters of timber, but only 2-3 million cubic meters can be used to make wooden furniture, while the rest are chips for artificial boards. To solve the material shortage, Vifores has proposed the state restrict material exports, especially chips which can be used for other work. It has also suggested fully exploiting domestic materials such as rubber wood and fruit tree wood. “To do this, the support by the State will be very important,” Mr Quyen said. “The state should not make too deep intervention into businesses’ transport and examination over timber origin.” According to Nguyen Quoc Tri, general director of the Forestry Department, in the long term, Vietnam needs to develop domestic material sources, which will allow to both reduce production costs and trace the origin of timber.

Forest Centre auto-tensioners for forestry

GFIS - Thu, 31/05/2018 - 02:27
Forest Centre is the supplier of Swedish made ExTe load binding products such as the TU Tensioner and has been since 1992. The company has amassed a great deal of local load expertise during that time. Source: Timberbiz Logging and timber haulage customers have been using the ExTe auto load binders that operate from the truck’s existing air system, making the task of load restraint simpler and safer with great success. Air pressure does all the hard work, quickly tensioning cargo straps once activated, then actively applying post-tension to the load whilst it is in transit. That translates to no more straining on load binder bars or ratchet handles and no more stopping to re-tension straps every few kilometres if the load shifts or settles. The ExTe load binders use the the truck’s air system to activate and don’t rely on the physical strength of the operator. Once they are activated the units continue to monitor and adjust according to conditions. All you have to do is place the load restraints in the right place and open the air valve to apply tension. Tension force can be adjusted by using a small in-line adjustable air regulator with a gauge. A regulator can be used to adjust either a whole series of auto-tensioners, or if necessary each individual unit. As a rough guide, the TU tensioner provides around 100kg of pre-tension per Bar of air pressure (when measured in a straight-line pull with 2.5 turns of webbing strap around the axle). The standard axle types can accommodate a few different types of lashing, with either 50mm or 75mm webbing straps up to 9-10M in length and 6mm high grade chain. Slip-through lashing can be used (similar method to a hand ratchet strap), where excess webbing is pulled through the axle before tensioning. The system runs on its own main supply line, connected to the vehicle or trailer air tank via a pressure protection valve and master on/off service tap. The protection valve will shut off if there is a drop below 6 Bar (around 85PSI), isolating the tensioner supply and retaining air system integrity for the rest of the vehicle. In the unlikely event of any air line damage, each tensioner can be operated or isolated individually. Without air, an auto-tensioner can simply be used like a manual cargo winch, with a mechanical ratchet engage and release function. Not only are these tensioners safer to use and reduce the risk of operator injury but they also make the job of loading a truck faster saving time, which in the end is money. For more information visit www.forestcentre.com.au

Casting a new light on wooden splints

GFIS - Thu, 31/05/2018 - 02:26
A biodegradable material for casts and splints is having its debut trial in New Zealand. Source: Stuff NZ A compostable cast is set to break the mould on its debut trial in New Zealand. Made from sustainable wood chips and biodegradable plastic, Woodcast is a mouldable material for casts and splints and is being trialled at Hands On Rehabilitation in Red Beach, north Auckland.  Developed in Norway, the material offers a sustainable alternative to traditional plaster of Paris and fibreglass methods and, according to hand therapist Alison Coyle, it might be the future.  Ms Coyle has been applying thermoplastic casts and splints for around 20 years, and has taken quickly to the new material.  “[Materials] have evolved over the years but there has been nothing up until now that has been reusable and recyclable like this,” she said.  At Therapy director Sharon Dodds and hand therapist Alison Coyle are excited for the Woodcast product to take off. Moulded with heat, and easy to cut with scissors, Ms Coyle says Woodcast uses “the same basic premise” as tradition thermoplastic – but it does come with benefits.  At 2mm thick, it’s light and strong and, once applied, it can be re-heated and re-moulded as often as needed.  It is also durable enough to stay on long-term, and due to its thickness, it can be used underneath strapping tape in competitive sports, within regulations.  Ms Dodds says the product may take a while to catch on, but consumers may start making the eco-friendly choice, once they know it’s available.  “I think there’s a certain group of the public who – once they know about it – will ask for it, just like reusable bags at the supermarket,” she said. Ms Coyle agrees, saying change won’t happen overnight. “As with any new product it will take a bit of time for people to get used to doing something different,” she said. “It’s just about creating awareness and then educating and having people coming on board saying yes, let’s do it.” And in terms of the wider implications of sustainability – we don’t really have a choice.

Kuru two time winner at NZ Forestry Awards 2018

GFIS - Thu, 31/05/2018 - 02:26
The 2018 Eastland Wood Council Forestry Awards were a record-breaker across the board, and fittingly produced the first two-time supreme winner. Source: Timberbiz Ricky Kuru from Kuru Contracting was toasted by more than 500 guests at the awards dinner as the Eastland Wood Council Skilled Forestry Professional of the Year, as well as collecting the individual Roading Excellence Award. Mr Kuru last won the top award in 2013. In its ninth year, the awards attracted the most entries ever, the highest calibre of nominations, some of the closest competition in categories and the biggest celebration dinner. For the past 16 years Mr Kuru’s company has provided road line harvesting and road construction services to Hikurangi Forest Farms, and many others prior to that. He is known for his efficiency and high standard of work on all sorts of terrain. He has a strong focus on training for himself and his team – a trait he has carried since he first started in the forestry industry in 1992. The multi-generational Kuru Contracting began as a family business, with Mr Kuru and his wife Leanne taking over from his own parents. Sheldon Drummond, who chaired the awards’ judging panel, praised Mr Kuru and his crew. “He has diversified over the years and continued to develop excellence while providing excellent service to the companies he works for,” Mr Drummond said. “There were several others very close for that overall award, but Ricky came through as a clear winner in the end.” The awards have continued to grow in both stature and numbers over the past nine years. “It is an industry which is growing but we are also now into our third generation of forestry people from within the region. “So, it is an industry which is feeding on its own expertise and we are really developing excellence as we go. “Entries are up about 25% on last year and just continue to grow. We are just over the moon with the quality of entrants and where the industry has come from and gone to in the past 30-plus years. “Forestry on the East Coast is no longer a fledgling industry – it is up and running and growing,” Mr Drummond said. When the first commercial logging in plantation forestry began in the region back in 1985 in Patunamu Forest, the loggers came from Bay of Plenty. “That has all changed now and it is awesome to see leading expertise emerging from within Tairawhiti,” he said. “Nine years ago, the Eastland Wood Council decided to start an award system that would mimic what the Golden Shears and Young Farmer of the Year had done, professionalising the industry and it’s people, and now East Coast is leading the way. “We were the first ones to do this and now other regions throughout the country are following suit.” Plans are already well underway for an extra special celebration for next year’s 10-year anniversary. Awards -Training Excellence NZ Apprentice of the Year Georgia Paulson, Blackstump Logging Trainee of the Year Rick Te Whiu, Knowles Family Trust Training Company/Contractor of the Year Pride Forestry Limited, Stacy & Penny Habib Awards – Skilled Professionals Forestry Excellence Edward Tuapawa, Pride Forestry Limited Roading Excellence Ricky Kuru, Kuru Contracting Harvesting Excellence Nortyn Willis, Down n Out Distribution Excellence Paul Coker, ISO Limited Wood Processing Excellence Loncey Crawford, East Coast Lumber Construction Excellence Brian Deam, Big Bark Loading Contracting Faller Excellence Les Tidy, Pakiri 26 Pavement Excellence Kieren McCarthy, Big Bark Loading Contracting Industry Development Awards Contractor of the Year Big Bark Loading Contracting, Tony Shanahan Outstanding H & S Management Stubbs Contracting Limited Outstanding Environmental Management Mangatu Blocks Incorporated Outstanding Regional Service Performance ISO Limited

Forest industry reputation damaged by harvest residues 

GFIS - Thu, 31/05/2018 - 02:25
The successful prosecution of a forest management company by the Marlborough District Council has been endorsed by the Forest Owners Association of New Zealand. Source: Timberbiz Merrill and Ring has been fined NZ$39,000 and ordered to pay an additional NZ$20,000 in reparations by the Blenheim District Court for leaving woody debris in a stream bed after logging. Forest Owners Association President Peter Weir, says that according to the report on the case, logging residues were left on a flood plain after harvest in 2014, and sometime later the Council instructed Merrill and Ring to move that debris. This direction was ignored. The logging residues then mobilised in a storm in late 2016 and were carried by flood waters beyond the forest boundary onto neighbouring property. “This is not acceptable behaviour from the holder of a resource consent and we acknowledge that the full force of the law was applied. “The licence to operate of everyone in our industry is put in jeopardy by harvesting operators who count on a remote location and no storms to get away with acting outside the law,” Mr Weir said. He says the National Environmental Standards for Planation Forestry, which came into operation at the beginning of this month, have clarified and tightened up the conditions for forest harvesting. Any logging residue left in the bed of a river or on a flood plain now has to be moved to above the level of a one in 20-year storm. “The National Environmental Standards rules for harvest should reduce problems from now on, but this prosecution sends a clear message about the ongoing liability from material left from past harvests. “All forest owners, large and small, should be very aware of their obligation under RMA Section 15 not to leave any logging slash land in circumstances which may result in that material entering flood-water. “Let’s hope that this prosecution, on top of a similar one in the Bay of Plenty recently, sends a clear enough message that cutting corners doesn’t pay off,” Mr Weir said.

Nominations open for Prince of Wales Award for Sustainable Forestry

GFIS - Thu, 31/05/2018 - 02:24
The Institute of Foresters of Australia (IFA) is calling for nominations for, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales Sustainable Forestry Award for 2018. Source: Timberbiz “It is about forests and foresters,” said Mr Rob de Fégely, vice-president of the Institute of Foresters of Australia and director responsible for international relations. “His Royal Highness has a well-known passion for forests and natural production systems. In recent years, he has provided support to the professional forestry institutes in Australia and New Zealand and prior to that in Canada and United Kingdom,” Mr de Fegely said. “His Royal Highness wants to encourage greater awareness of the importance of sustainably managing the world’s forests and training and creating a network of young foresters who will manage them professionally. “Forestry is about long term thinking and planning and the stability of his leadership should inspire many younger members of our profession to join his quest to sustainably managing the worlds’ forests. “We are fortunate to have such a prominent person as the Prince of Wales encouraging our profession and taking such a keen interest in forest management. “It is critically important that we continue to train professional forest managers who have the broad range of skills that early foresters were trained for to manage our forests for production or conservation purposes. To rely on people with only specialist skills such as ecologists or botanists would be like trying to manage our health system without the general practitioners.” The Australian and New Zealand winners of the Prince of Wales awards in 2017, Jesse Mahoney and Alfred Duval met with His Royal Highness at the IFA roundtable. “This Prince of Wales award for sustainable forestry is to encourage engagement in and dedication to, the principles of sustainable forest management including policy, planning and practice and sound science-based land stewardship,” Mr de Fegely said. Those awarded must be committed to public outreach and knowledge exchange, focusing on the wise use and conservation of forests and the ecosystems that they encompass. Eligible recipients must either be a student or recent graduate and up to 30 years of age and come from a forestry, natural resources or environmental science university or college program, who have made outstanding contributions to their school and program, and to forest professionalism in general, within their community. Recipients must be members in good standing of their respective institutes, demonstrating their personal commitment to lifelong continuing education and professional development, and their support of forest professionalism. Nominations close 30 June 2018 visit www.forestry.org.au/honours-awards-scholarships/220-prince-of-wales-award-for-sustainable-forestry

Liberals and Nationals push for Australian paper before election

GFIS - Thu, 31/05/2018 - 02:23
Industry bodies representing Australian and Victorian forest industries have warmly welcomed the Victorian Liberals and National election commitment to use Australian-made paper wherever practical in State Government departments. Source: Timberbiz This is slated to happen from mid 2019. “This is an incredibly important commitment, not only because of the recognition of Victoria’s sustainable forest and paper industries, especially in the Latrobe Valley, but also because it demonstrates the value political parties are willing to place on pulp and paper manufacturing jobs,” CEO of the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) Mr Hampton said. “This is the sort of commitment that should be forthcoming from all State Governments and indeed the Federal Government.” CEO of the Victorian Association of Forest Industries (VAFI), Mr Tim Johnston said: “Pulp and paper manufacturing jobs are vital to the Latrobe Valley and this announcement will help secure them into the future. “Victoria’s sustainable forest and paper industries are well recognised as major employers in both regional and metropolitan Victoria, and this is a simple and very practical move to secure those jobs and those industries. “I thank the Victorian Liberals and Nationals for this announcement, and I look forward to demonstrated bipartisan support for our sustainable forest and paper industries ahead of the Victorian State election in November.”

Forestry and fungi – a neglected relationship

GFIS - Wed, 30/05/2018 - 12:43
The consequences of forestry on fungal communities are seldom up to discussion in the debate, but new results indicate that logging have long-term impacts on important fungal groups. Disturbing the fungal balance may even lead to nutrient deficiency and reduced tree growth. This topic is one of many where researchers…

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The palm oil dilemma – Podcast with Focali member Martin Persson

GFIS - Wed, 30/05/2018 - 12:29
In this P3 news podcast experts on palm oil, the most consumed oil in the world, are interviewed about the consequences it has as a driver of deforestation.

Green Innovation at China Conference

GFIS - Wed, 30/05/2018 - 05:12

China conference to focus on “green innovation” with bamboo and rattan Read more here

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