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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When Hurricane Michael’s winds pushed up the Florida Panhandle in late 2018, it took miles of the state’s timber industry with it. Landowner John Alter lost 50% of his trees in Jackson County. In all, 2.8 million acres of timber was damaged by the storm. Source: Fox13 “We had just planned on, as most hurricanes do, a dissipation of the winds by the time they got up to the Georgia border, which is only 10 miles from here,” Mr Alter said. “Hurricane Michael proved that all to be wrong.” Jim Karels, who leads the state’s forestry industry, says there are 72 million tons of wood on the ground right now. “That’s two and a half million truckloads of wood,” Mr Karels said. Of that, 1.4 million acres of trees suffered severe damage, meaning 75% to 95% of those trees were destroyed and landowners like Mr Alter are having to spend US$1000 per acre to clear the debris. “Because of the supply and demand situation and the glut that the mills are being faced with right now,” Mr Alter explained, “we’re probably getting a third or a half of the real value of the wood.” But that’s not the only issue. There’s also an increased wildfire threat from the dry timber and needles. And what can be salvaged is often damaged by what Mr Alter calls “ring shock.” “Some of the trees, when they’re snapped, have an effect called ring shock,” he said. “So, the mills have to be concerned about trying to handle that damaged wood, because once they start to cut it, there’s a tension within those concentric rings.” The setback to tree farmers has been a boom for loggers. Meanwhile, Mr Karels is asking the state for US$20-million to help landowners like Mr Alter clear fallen trees and start replanting. It’s expected to take a decade or more for the state’s timber industry to recover from the storm’s devastation.
An age-old building material is making a 21st-century comeback in Ontario but under provincial rules, you can’t construct a wood-frame building more than six storeys tall — but new technologies and initiatives could change that. One of the University of Toronto’s latest building projects, a 14- storey academic building on top of the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport, is going back to basics — with a twist. Source: TVO This building will be constructed mainly of mass timber, and when it’s done, it will be one of the tallest mass-timber-and-concrete hybrid buildings in North America. The building material comes with a number of benefits — environmentally friendly, lightweight — and support from the Ontario government. Provincial rules don’t allow for the construction of wood-frame buildings of more than six storeys — the new U of T academic building was granted a building-code exemption as part of the Ontario government’s $3.15 million Mass Timber Program, which it launched last spring to jump-start the industry. The program’s other demonstration projects include a 12-storey building at George Brown College on Toronto’s waterfront, a condo development in downtown North Bay, and an eight-storey office building in Toronto. Mass timber is on the rise in Ontario, but it won’t become commonplace until building codes change (the Mass Timber Institute is already advocating for this), local supply chains make for cheaper prices, and large developers start using it. Today’s wood building products use what’s called mass timber, which is factory-made to be so dense and large-scale that it’s fire resistant. (We still have building fires because, even if you build with non-combustible concrete, steel, and glass, people fill buildings with flammable items.) “This is a new kind of wood product; it comes out of R&D and scientific research,” said Anne Koven, adjunct professor of forestry at U of T and a member of the newly formed Mass Timber Institute, which promotes research and education on the material. “It’s about taking wood and putting it together in different ways. It’s been engineered to have certain properties, to be stronger and fire resistant.” Today’s mass-timber building materials resemble a far sturdier form of plywood. The U of T building will be constructed with cross laminated timber. Such wood structures often end up concealed beneath drywall or panelling. But designers will sometimes leave the wood exposed so that it’s visible in interior spaces or on the exterior. Architects, builders, and academics are increasingly looking to mass timber because wood is a renewable resource. “Mass timber is much more environmentally friendly than steel or concrete,” said Ms Koven. The concrete industry is one of the world’s top producers of carbon, and steel is made from iron ore, a non-renewable, mined resource. Forests, on the other hand, reduce carbon. Modern forestry practices are making the industry more environmentally responsible. And wood is light, which means it’s ideal for towers on top of existing buildings, such as the one at U of T. Mass-timber products can be preassembled and then easily shipped to the building site. Because urban construction is so costly and causes traffic jams, New York City and London have been building more with preassembled mass timber — full walls, full floors, or entire rooms — in recent years. Most mass-timber projects in Ontario use materials imported from Austria and Germany, which have made this a specialty. There are well-established manufacturers in Quebec and British Columbia (most mass-timber companies in Canada make, design, and preassemble as part of their services), but Ontario’s capacity is set to grow. Ontario has ample forests, and 40% of all construction in Canada happens in southern Ontario.
The Board of Södra in Sweden has decided to allocate SEK 100 million (roughly A$15,211,67) to research, of which half will be earmarked for the development of forest management methods and technologies. Södra is Sweden’s largest forest-owner association, with 52,000 forest owners as its members. Södra is also an international forest industry Group, with operations based on processing its members’ forest products. Source: Timberbiz “Society’s expectations of how this renewable raw material from the forest can help to combat climate change is clear. We are therefore investing to create opportunities for increasing forest production using low-impact methods in family forestry,” Lars Idermark, President and CEO of Södra said. The special R&D program will take place during the period 2019-2022. The initiative is in line with Södra’s sustainability target and is intended to create conditions for achieving a 20% higher annual rate of forest growth on Södra members’ estates by 2050 compared with 2015. The aim is consistent with the conservation of biodiversity, while maintaining both the natural functions and productive capacity of forest land. “There is major potential for developing forestry in terms of both digitisation and tree breeding, as well as job creation,” Mr Idermark said, and adds that innovation rates and productivity enhancements have now slowed in historical terms. The remaining SEK 50 million will go the Södra Research Foundation, whose mission is to promote research and development projects linked to forestry and forest industry operations in southern Sweden. With this new contribution, a total of SEK 300 million has been allocated to the Södra Research Foundation since it was founded in 1995. Funding of SEK 213 million has since been granted. The funding has led to progress in a wide range of areas related to the bio-based economy, including new opportunities for fossil-free products. “The contribution reflects our long-term approach to the funding of forest industry research, which is paving the way for future forestry, sustainable production and new climate-smart products,” Göran Örlander, Chairman of the Södra Research Foundation said.
Using 100% Hoop Pine, sourced from HQPlantations, which is a Responsible Wood certified softwood plantation in South East Queensland, Austral Plywoods manufactures a wide range of panel products, specialising in marine plywood and appearance grade plywoods. Source: Timberbiz The products are stocked by wholesalers in Australia and New Zealand, and Austral Plywoods targets architects and interior designers, and has been involved in a number of notable projects including the Brisbane Supreme and District Courts, Perth Arena and Melbourne Recital Centre. The supply of the Hoop Pine resource, pruned and harvested, plays an important role in supplying Austral Plywoods with superior grade product for manufacture. For Austral Plywoods, Responsible Wood is more than just a ‘trust mark’, through Responsible Wood’s Chain of Custody it provides Austral Plywoods with a licence to support responsible forestry. Austral Plywoods opened its doors for Responsible Wood directors Mark Thomson, and Willie van Niekerk, and Jason Ross – marketing and communications officer, to tour its facilities. Brothers Scott Matthews and Stuart Matthews are joint CEOs of Austral Plywood which employs more than 50 staff. The company competes with domestic and imported manufacturers of plywood product. “Competition in the market is strong with imported product competing against local manufacturers,” Stuart Matthews said. In such a competitive market place, forest certification plays an important role in differentiating sustainable product from the rest. “Responsible Wood certification is an important consideration. Whilst there are other environmental logos, the Responsible Wood ‘trust mark’ is the only logo that verifies that the plywood timber originates from a forest that meets the Australian Standard for Sustainable Forest Management,” Scott Matthews said. Verifying the origin of timber in the forest is one thing, but ensuring that manufactured timber maintains high levels of certified timber, is a key consideration for all environmentally conscious purchasers. According to Responsible Wood director and architect, Mark Thomson “this distinction is widely misunderstood by well-meaning specifiers of timber based products”. “When specifiers and builders source plywood they should ensure the product is Product Certified PAA, first and foremost. They then should make sure the product is processed and manufactured by an identified organisation that continues the commitment through Responsible Wood Chain of Custody,” Mr Thomson said.
ForestrySA has stepped up surveillance of its Green Triangle Native Forest Reserves, following a spate of dangerous forest car fires and illegal rubbish dumping. Rubbish dumping is a longstanding local issue, with household waste and other material (including asbestos, chemicals and noxious weeds) regularly discarded within Forest Reserves. Source: Timberbiz The latest spate of illegal forest activity has seen nine car bodies dumped on Caroline’s Pond Flat Airstrip, presenting a significant fire and safety risk to the community, and cost to ForestrySA. ForestrySA fire crews were also called to extinguish a car fire at the airstrip recently, after a Holden Commodore was set alight near scrubland. Ranger Ryan Fisher said ForestrySA has a zero-tolerance approach to illegal fires and rubbish dumping, and perpetrators face prosecution. “The airstrip borders Penambol Conservation Park and plantation forest. Dumping a vehicle and setting it alight poses a significant fire risk, especially during the middle of Fire Danger Season,” Mr Fisher said. “Rubbish dumping of any kind is illegal and those caught face substantial fines. We are working with South Australia Police to investigate the incident.” ForestrySA manages approximately 13,500 hectares of gazetted Native Forest Reserve across the South East, located within reserves from Mount Benson and Cave Range, to the Victorian Border. Mr Fisher said additional camera surveillance was being installed at the airstrip and other dumping hotspots in a bid to curb the problem. Camera surveillance technology has been used in ForestrySA Forest Reserves for many years, assisting in the identification of illegal forest activity and supplementing regular forest patrols carried out by ForestrySA Rangers. Forest rangers are wardens appointed pursuant to the provisions of the Forestry Act 1950 and have authority to enforce forest regulations under this act.
Forestry Corporation of NSW’s network of fire towers in the Hunter and Mid North Coast proved instrumental in spotting and controlling several forest fires during the recent extreme high fire danger period, with crews dispatched to half a dozen fires spotted from the towers. Forest Protection Manager Karel Zejbrlik said Forestry Corporation had more than 100 fire towers statewide and the only network of fire towers on the Mid North Coast. Source: Timberbiz “The faster we can get a crew to a fire, the better chance we have of getting it under control before it develops into a large damaging wildfire that can put the forest or local communities at risk. That’s why our network of fire towers is crucial – because it allows us to rapidly detect new fires and get firefighters on the ground without delay,” Mr Zejbrlik said. “Yesterday’s heat carried an extreme fire risk, so we had trained firefighters stationed in fire towers across the region to spot fires in State forests and across the landscape. “Our spotters picked up six blazes yesterday, including three that were previously undetected. One of the fires spotted was in the remote Riamukka State Forest. Firefighting crews from our Walcha office quickly deployed with a dozer and heavy firefighting equipment and worked through the night to bring the blaze under control. “Another fire spotted from the fire tower at Warrawalong yesterday afternoon was extinguished by early evening thanks to quick work from Forestry Corporation and RFS crews. “The fire towers are around six metres high and are built on vantage points that allow us to see over large areas of State forest, national park and private property. When our spotters see smoke, they use a triangulation technique developed in the war time era to quickly detect where the fire is and either deploy a Forestry Corporation crew if on State forest or inform the Rural Fire Service or National Parks and Wildlife Service if on a private property or national park. “We leave nothing to chance when it comes to protecting State forests from wildfire and also invest heavily in training our firefighting staff, maintaining a network of roads and fire trails and a fleet of heavy firefighting equipment and completing hazard reduction burning during the cooler months.” While the fire threat has eased in the Hunter and mid north coast, Forestry Corporation crews continue to assist in fighting large fires threatening homes and plantations in Tabulam west of Casino and near the town of Tingha. Heavy equipment and crews have been dispatched from throughout the State to support the firefighting effort. Forestry Corporation is responsible for preventing and managing fires in two million hectares of State forests across New South Wales. It also assists with large bushfires on private property, other bushland, interstate and overseas as part of the State’s combined firefighting response.
New Zealand National MPs Nick Smith, MP for Nelson, and Maureen Pugh are calling for the Government to establish a business support fund similar to that used following other disasters to help small businesses and contractors affected by the recent New Zealand fires and ongoing extreme conditions. Source: Timberbiz “We have been approached by many small and medium enterprises who need support to get through this disaster,” Dr Smith said. “These are tourism operators providing biking tours but which are shut out by the ban on access to forests and reserves, agricultural, civil and forestry contractors whose work supply has ceased due to the civil defence ban on such activities and others whose business access has been interrupted by the fires. “These businesses are still having to pay wages, they are bleeding financially and with the ongoing extreme conditions may have little work or income for many weeks. “We are recommending to the Government the successful model National used to help businesses get through previous disasters. The wage subsidy package provided after the Kaikoura and Canterbury earthquakes helped thousands of businesses to retain jobs and helped the communities’ wider recovery. “The subsidy did not fully protect the businesses from the impacts but the NZ$500 per week provided for fulltime employees and NZ$300 for part-time employees helped them get through without dismissing staff,” Dr Smith said. According to the New Zealand Herald Forestry Minister Shane Jones said that he had been advised that the cost of lost production and earnings was to be estimated at around NS$2 million a day as the Nelson fires were preventing forestry crews from working. It was stated that up to 30 forestry crews of up to 240 workers had been stood down. Additionally, it was stated that two sawmills had been closed due to the fires but the affects of the fires would be felt for many years to come. The extent of the fire damage to the forests and plantations has yet to be evaluated as a state of emergency continues to exist in the area. “We believe this fire, the largest in New Zealand for 60 years, and the uncertainty of when significant rain will occur means this support is needed and justified,” Mrs Pugh said. “This recovery support will complement the Mayoral Relief Fund and the welfare support available for affected families from the Ministry of Social Development. “The separate business support is about protecting jobs in an unsettling environment where no one knows how long it will be before full access to the forests and reserves will be restored and the ban on contracting activities revoked. “We commend the overall effort that local and central Government has put into this emergency in Nelson and Tasman and particularly congratulate Fire and Emergency New Zealand. We’ve got most people into their homes and this proposed business support package is about ensuring we maintain their jobs,” Mrs Pugh said.
Every month, IndustryEdge publishes Wood Market Edge, Australia’s only forestry and wood products market and trade analysis, and supplies its customers with hundreds of unique data products, advisory and consulting services. Find out more at www.industryedge.com.au Softwood log exports – Down 6.4% – Australia’s softwood log exports declined to 4.160 million m3 in 2018, down 6.4% on 2017 Hardwood chip export record – 6.666 million bone dry tonnes – Australia’s hardwood chip exports in 2018 were 6.2% higher than in 2017 Sawn softwood export record – Australia’s imports of sawn softwood products lifted 44.0% over 2018, to reach a record total 1.126 million m3 Hardwood log export record –791,130 m3 – Hardwood log exports hit record levels in 2018, up 34.2% on 2017 Chinese pulp prices decline – USD670/t – After hitting record highs in 2018, the price of Bleached Eucalypt Kraft (BEK) pulp fell sharply in November and December. Australia’s hardwood chips are mainly used in BEK pulp.
New Forests is to acquire Hikurangi Forest Farms (HFF), based in Gisborne, New Zealand and anticipates that the purchase from current owner, Samling Group, will be complete by mid-2019, subject to consent from the Overseas Investment Office. The intention is to launch a rebranded business at that time. Source: Timberbiz 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 will be 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. “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.”
International House in Sydney, the first commercial office building in Australia made from timber, has won a major award at the World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam. The seven-floor structure, which is also the world’s tallest commercial building made from engineered wood, was awarded the Best Use of Certified Timber Prize. The award is supported by PEFC. Source: Philip Hopkins for Timberbiz International House was designed by Tzannes architects and built by Lendlease, with PEFC-certified cross laminated timber (CLT) supplied by the Austrian company Stora Enso. Glulam was also used in the building. The prize was announced at a gala dinner in Amsterdam attended by more than 1000 people. Dedicated to celebrating outstanding architecture, the World Architecture Festival awards prizes in various categories. This year, PEFC and WAF awarded the Best Use of Certified Timber Prize for the first time. The prize recognises architects and project teams for their use of certified timber as a main construction material for buildings outstanding in sustainability, innovation, quality or aesthetics. A total of 40 architects from 20 countries entered their projects in this category. International House is an entry point to Sydney’s major new development, the Barangaroo precinct, which hosts thousands of visitors daily. The commercial building catches the eye; the ‘clear glass skin’ reveals the multi-storey timber structure that forms the character of the architecture. A striking colonnade of hardwood columns fronts the street. The ground floor is concrete, but above that, all the floors are CLT. The cores such as lifts are also CLT, while the columns and beams are Glulam and exposed around the lifts. Raking columns are made of hardwood Ironbark timber reclaimed from old bridges. The designer, Alec Tzannes, said he aimed to create a new form of beauty beyond shape and surface. “It is ‘deep design’, renewing architecture’s role to serve the greater social purpose of lowering carbon emissions,” he said. The building sets new standards in sustainable construction and operation. The certified timber stores large amounts of carbon in its fabric, while the adjacent harbour cools the building through modern heat exchange technology. Photovoltaic panels on the roof generate renewable energy. The use of prefabricated timber also reduced waste by 25% compared with a conventional building. It’s also good for the people working in the building. Tzannes director Jonathan Evans said timber had a very strong effect on humans, both psychologically and physically. “We respond to the warmth of the timber, the character, the natural heritage of the material. It lowers our blood pressure and heart rate, and improves our cognitive ability,” he said. Mark Thomson, architect and member of the WAF jury, said the variety and geographic diversity of the projects entered in the prize verified that certified wood was a growing global trend. “The PEFC certification provided confidence to architects that sustainability issues were correctly addressed in their projects,” he said. The World Architecture Festival was first held in 2008. The first four festivals were held in Barcelona, but since 2012, the annual events have been hosted by Singapore, Berlin and Amsterdam.
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 (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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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 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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The Forest Landowners Association praised President Trump for signing his second executive order requiring federal agencies to prioritize the purchase of USA-made goods, including lumber, in federally-financed infrastructure projects. Source: Timberbiz This new executive order directs the head of each executive department and agency administering a covered program to: “encourage recipients of new Federal financial assistance awards to use, to the greatest extent practicable … manufactured products produced in the United States in every contract, subcontract, purchase order, or sub‑award that is chargeable against such Federal financial assistance award.” (c) “Manufactured products” means items and construction materials composed in whole or in part of non-ferrous metals such as aluminum; plastics and polymer-based products such as polyvinyl chloride pipe; aggregates such as concrete; glass, including optical fiber; and lumber. Since Trump came into office, FLA has been working with the Administration to encourage the inclusion of lumber in any Buy America policy. The FLA said that it has had several phone calls and meetings directly with key officials in the Administration, including Director of the National Economic Council, Larry Kudlow. “As you examine the state of our economy, I encourage you to think about expanding the concept of ‘buy America’ to include the use of US wood products in all federally funded projects including infrastructure projects. The use of US wood will help revitalize rural communities and economies, like those in my home state of Georgia,” stated FLA Foundation President, Joe Hopkins in a letter to White House National Economic Director, Larry Kudlow. “As US forest landowners and taxpayers, it is the hope of the FLA members that when our government purchases wood products for federally funded projects, that these wood products come from US grown and manufactured wood. The Administration’s commitment to rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure combined with the requirement to use US wood in not only infrastructure projects but all federal projects can serve as a mechanism to revitalize rural communities and establish a platform for sustaining our nation’s forests,” stated the FLA letter to the White House To provide the White House with an economic analysis of the timber industry, the Forest Landowner Foundation commissioned a national and state-level impact study detailing the economic boost to the wood products value chain, its employees, and the broader economy as result of a Buy America timber policy.
In August 2018, due to extremely high rainfall during the monsoon season, severe floods affected the south Indian state of Kerala. Many people lost their lives and properties and numerous residents were rendered homeless for several days. Among the victims of this climatic catastrophe were Biesse customers and their companies located in the region. Source: Timberbiz Biesse’s factories were submerged under water and mud for more than four days, severely damaging plant and machinery. Biesse promptly contacted customers and in a very short time offered help by sending their service team as support. The Biesse Service team worked together with customers, supplied free spare parts and reconditioned Biesse machines. Thanks to the timely support provided, seven companies and 12 machines were back in operation. Because of this prompt intervention, the adverse impact on customers’ businesses was mitigated to a large extent. All these machines are currently working, so the customers’ factories and production levels are restored. Biesse’s customers expressed their deep appreciation for the support during these tough times saying it vindicated how Biesse is not only a supplier but a real partner in business.
Morbark has acquired Denis Cimaf (Quebec), the second acquisition since private equity firm Stellex Capital Management LP acquired Morbark in 2016. The acquisition of Rayco Manufacturing in October 2017, brought a lineup of innovative equipment into the Morbark family across multiple product categories. Source: Timberbiz In particular, Rayco stump cutters, aerial trimmers, forestry mulchers and crawler trucks. The purchase of Denis Cimaf is another step in the company’s strategic focus on broadening the range of tree care and industrial equipment, aftermarket parts, and service. Founded by Laurent Denis and his wife, Monique Vaillancourt, in 1998, Denis Cimaf specialises in the development of high-performance brushcutter-mulcher attachments for excavators, skid steers, forestry tractors, graders and other types of heavy equipment. The company manufactures three main lines of products: the DAH series, industrial mulcher attachments for excavators; the DAF series, attachments for skid steers and other dedicated carriers; and the EWF series, dedicated hydraulic power packs.
The Federal Government Budget should back the nation’s builders so they can continue to play their role as drivers of growth, builders of a stronger economy, creators of jobs and opportunities for young people in every community around the country. That was the clear message from Master Builders Australia’s CEO Denita Wawn when releasing the MBA pre-budget submission. Source: Timberbiz “A strong building industry means a strong economy. Our industry has done the heavy lifting over recent years to support the economy’s transition from the mining construction boom and is now underpinning much of the economic growth supporting the return to surplus that’s forecast for 2019/20. What we need now are Budget measures to help our industry sustain that growth,” she said. “Master Builders is the only industry peak body that represents small, medium and large businesses in the building and construction industry. We are calling for Budget measures that will underpin construction activity for contractors and sub-contractors across the residential, commercial and civil construction sectors.” Master Builders’ key priorities for the Federal Budget 2019 leading into the Federal Election include: Backing Small Business: A new independent small business agency to more rigorously test the impact of legislation and regulation on SMEs and spearhead changes to make the Federal Government a ‘model procurer’ making taxpayer funded projects more accessible to small business. Tax Incentives to Drive Growth: Tax incentives including keeping negative gearing and the capital gains tax discount, increasing the instant asset tax write off to $30,000 and make it permanent and a time scale for the 25 per cent company tax rate to apply to all businesses. Creating More Jobs and Boosting Vocational Skills: New funding for an additional kick-start apprenticeship program in 2019-20 and greater support for pre-apprenticeship programs to ensure the industry has an appropriately skilled future workforce. Help revive the apprenticeship brand with parents, teachers and young people with a new $10 million for the Real Skills for Real Careers campaign. Increase Housing, Boost Infrastructure, Improve the Built Environment: Increase direct government funding of public infrastructure, expand cross-government activities to boost supply of housing and infrastructure, increase the provision of adequate stock of public housing and tie NAHHA funding to performance in meeting targets and boost funding the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) with a focus on implementing the recommendations of the Building Confidence Report (Shergold Weir Report). Support for Safety and Workplace Relations Agencies: Support a safer and more productive building and construction industry by adequately funding the agencies charged with stopping building union bullying and best safety outcomes on construction sites including the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC), the Registered Organisations Commission, Safe Work Australia and the Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner.
New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has shown her support for the Rapid Relief Team (RRT) who have been feeding hundreds of emergency services personnel and Defence staff battling forest fires in the New Zealand Nelson-Tasman region. Source: Timberbiz Local NZ RRT volunteers have been handing out 700 free meals and nearly 1500 drinks including barista-made coffees, energy drinks and water to tired and hungry firefighters at all hours of the day. The RRT, an initiative of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, is staffed by Church volunteers who provide catering services during a range of emergencies and charitable events. Lloyd Grimshaw, from the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, said the RRT was happy to help in any small way. “The men and women fighting these blazes are heroes and we hope our support has sustained them through these long days and challenging circumstances,” Mr Grimshaw said. “The RRT is delighted to extend its kindness and compassion to our emergency response organisations and we are humbled by their continued efforts in keeping us safe. “These are selfless people, many of whom are volunteers, and their hard work and efforts are saving lives and properties. “The RRT is a Church organisation with Christian values and we will continue to serve these workers and we genuinely hope the meals we serve will help ease the burden in the smallest way,” he said. Every day in some small way, RRT volunteers offer a helping hand to those in need. For more information about the Rapid Relief Team, go to https://www.rapidreliefteam.org/