On Friday 5 October Timberlink welcomed the Hon David Littleproud MP and Kevin Hogan MP to its Bell Bay mill to see first hand how further investments could help generate jobs and growth in Northern Tasmania. Source: Timberbiz Timberlink recently announced a generational $100m investment program at its Australian mills in Bell Bay, Northern Tasmania and Tarpeena in South Australia that will see the total processing capacity of the sawmilling company increase by over 15%. “The plantation timber industry is vital to regional Tasmania and it is great to see an Australian manufacturing business make an investment of this size,” Minister Littleproud said. MP Kevin Hogan was also delighted, stating that he was “impressed by the outstanding commitment shown by Timberlink in Tasmanian sawmilling.” The investment will also see the creation of 90 jobs in the construction phase and six new permanent full-time positions at our Bell Bay mill. Timberlink’s EGM of Sales, Marketing & Corporate Affairs David Oliver was able to show the MPs the $15m of investments already made in the mill since the company’s takeover in 2013. “The level of technology in this mill is absolutely outstanding, it’s a world class facility that is only going to get better,” said Minister Littleproud. The minister was particularly interested in the ongoing investment in training and upskilling of Timberlink’s employees, as the level of skill required to operate the complex machinery increased as the technology advanced. At Timberlink’s Bell Bay site in Tasmania, new planer mill equipment will be installed along with a state-of-the-art contraflow kiln. Site infrastructure will be improved, including a new internal road system designed to improve safety outcomes and support the increase in site activity Engaging with the Bell Bay staff, the minister stated that “it’s fantastic to see the focus of safety and the level of investment to back up that rhetoric.” He went on to state that the sizeable investment was “great news for regional Australia,” securing the 1350 direct and indirect jobs around the country, of which 650 are in Northern Tasmania. The $100 million investment program will take place in stages over the next three years.
According to a recent forecast from the Swedish Forestry Agency the gross felling in 2018 is estimated to be 92.1 million cubic metre. It is slightly more than 2017 when the gross felling was 90.9 million cubic metre. Source: TTF The forecast is based on several different sources, as statistics on production, stocks and foreign trade for the whole of 2018 are not yet available. One is the production of soft sawnwood and wood pulp. The consumption of roundwood is estimated with the help of ratio for roundwood equivalent for the products. Thereafter, adjustments are made for stocks and imports respective exports of roundwood. Forecasts are always subject to uncertainty as they are based in part on assumptions and unexpected events can quickly change the conditions. With regard to the forecast on gross felling in 2018, it should be emphasized that uncertainty is unusually high in terms of stock changes and imports and exports with roundwood. The estimated increase in gross felling in 2018 is mainly due to the fact that the production of wood pulp and soft sawnwood is expected to grow. The survey is part of Official Statistics of Sweden.
The European Commission has released the second report on the implementation of the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR), covering the period March 2015 to February 2017. Source: Timberbiz The report reveals steady progress after four years of EUTR application. It is based on the reports from the 28 EU Member States and Norway. The report details how the EUTR is being implemented across the EU and in the European Economic Area. It indicates that almost all countries comply with the formal requirements of the EUTR. The report also finds that the number of checks made and sanctions applied for violations of the EUTR has significantly increased. Nonetheless, it calls for ‘continuous efforts’ to ensure ‘a uniform and effective application of the EUTR across countries.’ The report warns that uneven implementation of the EUTR can have ‘potential implications in terms of both the effectiveness of legislation and a level playing field for market operators.’ It stresses the need for increasing the number of checks in some countries to ensure a ‘truly dissuasive effect across the industry’. The report also stresses the importance of ensuring more consistency across the EU in ‘the scope and quality of the checks carried out’. The report features a section on the progress made in respect to the Voluntary Partnership Agreements on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) and their contribution to minimising the presence of illegally harvested timber and timber products on the EU market. The publication of the EUTR Implementation Report is supplemented by a ‘Background analysis of the 2015- 2017 national biennial reports on the implementation of the EUTR’, as well as the reports of all the EU Member States and Norway.
Investments in the forest industry in Eastern Russia, driven by forest products demand in China, have resulted in higher timber harvests in the past few years, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. Source: Timberbiz Increased exports of softwood lumber from Russia to China the past decade have resulted in higher timber harvests in Eastern Russia. In 2017, Russia’s total harvest reached an estimated 190 million m3, 6% higher than the previous year. Practically all of the increase was in Russia’s eastern provinces. Timber harvests in Russia were close to 190 million m3 in 2017, as estimated by WRI based on forest industry production, log usage and net exports of logs. The derived timber harvest was up approximately 6.2% from 2016 primarily due to higher log consumption by the softwood sawmilling sector and the pellet industry. Domestic log demand in Russia has been on a steady upward trajectory over the past decade, while the exportation of logs has declined. The largest log-consuming sectors in 2017 were softwood sawmills (60% of domestic log usage) and pulp (17%). The provinces of Siberia and Russia Far East are the only regions in Russia where timber harvests have gone up during the past five years, according to the government agency Rosstat. This has been driven by substantial investments in forest industry production in the region, predominantly in the sawmilling sector. From 2013 to 2017, harvest volumes in Eastern Russia were up 30%, while they remained practically unchanged in Northwestern Russia and fell in the Central provinces of the country. The expansion of the forest industry in Eastern Russia has been driven by demand for lumber in China. Although the Chinese forest industry has a history of importing logs for its raw-material needs due to a lack of domestic sources, the trend over the last 10 years has been towards the importation of softwood lumber rather than logs. Chinese importers have gradually shifted their historical preference for logs away from the Russian Federation towards New Zealand and instead are importing softwood lumber from their forest-rich neighbour in the north, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly. The percentage of lumber as a share of total log and lumber volume (in roundwood equivalents) has gone up from 58% in 2014 to almost 80 % in 2018. In the coming years, it is expected that most of the investments in Russia’s forest industry will continue to occur in Siberia and the Far East to meet continued rising demand for lumber, plywood and pulp in China.
A Forest Products Commission initiative focused on increasing utilisation of Western Australia’s timber resources is poised to develop new markets and create regional jobs. Source: Timberlink Logs will be released into the marketplace to stimulate innovation and see some resources that do not currently have any commercial value used for the production of veneers and engineered wood product. Director Operations Gavin Butcher said the industry was adapting through innovation to produce high-value products from smaller regrowth logs and residue. “The release of this timber has the potential to stimulate jobs in the WA timber industry through the construction and operation of a new processing plant, and the opportunity for new downstream manufacturing industries,” Mr Butcher said. “Previously some of this material has been sold as lower-value products or burnt following harvesting, however advances in technology allow it to be processed into high-value products.” Establishing a market for these logs will also go a long way to meeting the goals for ecological thinning set by the Forest Management Plan 2014-2023. Ecological thinning helps to combat the threat to forest health from lower rainfall and climate change. “The opportunity of a market for veneer enables the commercial harvesting of the smaller regrowth trees, and improvements in forest health,” Mr Butcher said.
A symposium to start a discussion on the future of work in forestry and wood processing has shown New Zealand is sitting on a mountain of untapped opportunity. The problem is, New Zealand is missing out on an incalculable amount of wealth due to exporting commodities as raw materials, instead of producing a wider range of products before exporting, and this is especially true for the forestry and wood processing sector. Source: Timberbiz FIRST Union’s Forestry & Wood Processors Symposium 2018 was attended by Union members, delegates and officials, Green Party leader Marama Davidson and Labour list MP in Tauranga Jan Tinetti. The symposium also hosted a panel of industry leaders including Wood Processing and Manufacturing Association’s (WPMA)Dr Jon Tanner, Refining NZ Chief Executive Mike Fuge, Professor Göran Roos from Intellectual Capital Services and Greenpeace Executive Director Dr Russel Norman. While Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has indicated a drastic reduction in the exportation of raw logs is needed, attendees agreed there doesn’t seem to be an existing policy in place to achieve this. WPMA Chief Executive Dr Jon Tanner says by their estimates around 38 local jobs are lost every time a ship leaves a New Zealand port with raw logs on board. Dr Tanner also made renewed calls for a manufacturing plan to process more in New Zealand before exporting. FIRST Union Divisional Secretary Jared Abbott said the symposium was a great success and the first of its kind to include genuine engagement with workers across the industry. “There was a lot of information shared that was very helpful especially in relation to a Just Transition. We had a very open and cohesive discussion, all groups listened to the concerns of each other and there was an obvious want to hear the concerns of others.” Mr Abbott said that while the future looks bright, it’ll need backing from the Government. “The amount lost from wages alone this far would be insurmountable. It doesn’t make sense that we import logs for the Christchurch rebuild while we’re closing down saw mills at the same time, it’s just not logical,” he said. “We need to breathe new life into the regions through adding as much value to our resources as possible before these products are sold. This is how we can bring jobs into the sector and into the regions with focus placed on apprenticeships to ensure safety and up-skilling is at the forefront of these changes, especially as automation becomes more prevalent.” “The Government should have wood procurement policies for the economy to benefit from opportunities like Kiwibuild and the necessities in the Christchurch rebuild to assist the industries with the economies of a scale that’s globally competitive.” Professor Göran Roos says the mining industry is already going through the growing pains that come with automation and forestry is next. “What we know from mining is that robotics and automation reduces injury but decreases the operational jobs and increases technological jobs,” he said. Professor Roos says many jobs could be created if New Zealand realised its full potential. He listed un-tapped markets such as those for biofuels, ethanol, hydrogen, food-flavouring, textiles, garments and cosmetics that New Zealand could provide for if the industry had the processing plants in place to do so. He says cellulose based bio plastics could bring in 600 times the value of the original log it’s manufactured from and he placed emphasis on the need for New Zealand to become a product producing country rather than solely a commodity producing country. “No country has ever become rich on selling raw materials, and if it does, it doesn’t last, you need to add value… it’s commodity versus product producing.”
Hyne Timber has announced a significant expansion to its Glue Laminated Timber (GLT) manufacturing capability in Maryborough, Queensland. Source: Timberbiz Already a significant manufacturer of GLT in addition to softwood timber products, this expansion investment with the support of a Queensland Government Jobs and Regional Growth Fund will launch the company into a globally competitive product offer. The new state-of-the-art manufacturing plant will accompany the existing plant in Maryborough’s Industrial Estate which is now in its 40th year of production. This announcement comes as engineered timber manufactured from plantation softwood is increasingly preferred for larger scale commercial and residential construction projects due to its superior sustainability and environmental credentials. During the 12 October announcement with local MP, Bruce Saunders, Hyne Timber’s CEO, Jon Kleinschmidt said investment to increase manufacturing capability has never been more timely. “Increased GLT manufacturing capability has been on our horizon for a number of years and a Queensland Government grant has accelerated this investment. “We have been experiencing an increase in demand for GLT products so this new capability can increase volumes, improve speed of delivery while broadening our product capability to capitalise on new growth opportunities for the timber industry. “GLT is the talk of the design and construction industry, but a lack of competitive Australian supply options has prevented many projects from using it. “Increased capability here in Australia will be a game changer for the construction sector and a very positive area of growth for Maryborough.” Mr Kleinschmidt said. Construction of the new plant is expected to commence within a matter of weeks. This is one of the most significant milestones in the history of Hyne Timber, which itself dates back to 1882. Recruitment of a range of specialist roles will commence well ahead of plant commissioning, with more operational and specialist jobs created as production scales up. The announcement also presents research and development opportunities for new, innovative products and solutions which wouldn’t have otherwise been commercially viable. A comprehensive research and development initiative is also underway with the support of research partner, the University of Queensland Centre for Future Timber Structures. The Centre’s Director, Professor Kitipornchai welcomed the announcement stating that the Centre prides itself in supporting industry by ensuring the engineers and architects of our future are educated, skilled and qualified in timber designs, innovation and solutions. “Timber brings a wealth of creative options to deliver naturally built environments and we welcome any announcements and news that industry and government are working together to improve the supply and capability of the future. “Hyne Timber is one of the leading timber manufacturers, including engineered timber, in Australia and is well placed to strategically drive change within the design and construction industry provided there is confidence in supply.” Professor Kitipornchai concluded. Businesses in the region have also thrown their support behind the announcement including Managing Director of iconic freight supplier, Graham Richers of Richers Transport. In a statement of support, Mr Richers said having been Hyne Timber’s principle freight supplier for over 30 years, any opportunities to accelerate the required growth for a sustainable future is critical, not just for Hyne Timber, but for its suppliers, “Accelerating growth and creating jobs is exactly what the Queensland Government Jobs and Regional Growth Fund is trying to achieve and I’m delighted to hear Hyne Timber have been successful in securing support to do exactly that. “Business security, sustainability and growth is a priority for our region. If Hyne Timber grows, the entire local supply chain grows too. “This is excellent news and a major confidence boost to the Maryborough economy.” Mr Richers concluded. Hyne Timber will be releasing progress updates throughout the next few months as the new plant nears commissioning around mid-2019. The Queensland timber industry has welcomed the announcement with Timber Queensland (TQ) Chief Executive Officer Mick Stephens said that this investment was a positive endorsement of the future of the timber industry and potential for growth given rising market demand. “This investment by Hyne Timber will create 42 new jobs and greatly enhance the capacity of the industry to meet the growing demand and interest for engineered timber products in the building and construction sector,” Mr Stephens said. “It was only yesterday (11 October) that I participated in a Wood Solutions event in Brisbane with over 120 architects, engineers and building professionals, eager to learn more about the growing opportunities for timber-rich structures and buildings in the future. “This reflects the many benefits of using timber products such as GLT compared to materials such as steel and concrete. The advantages of timber products include their inherent renewability, low carbon footprint, natural aesthetics, strength, lighter weight and versatility for innovative design. “It is certainly an exciting time to be in the timber industry,” Mr Stephens said. Timber Queensland also acknowledged the support of the Queensland Government in supporting this project through the Jobs and Regional Growth Fund. “This project is a tangible example of the benefits from collaboration with industry, particularly in the regional timber industry hub of Maryborough in the Wide Bay-Burnett region.” “The Queensland Government has publicly committed to creating greater value, jobs and innovation in the timber industry, and we look forward to working with the Government to promote these opportunities in the key industry hubs within the State.” The Queensland timber industry generates more than $3 billion in value each year and directly supports more than 10,000 jobs, mostly in regional areas. The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) also welcomed the announcement. “Not only is this significant $20 million investment, which will create up to 42 new jobs, a sign of a thriving timber industry, but it’s also another example of how Hyne Timber is always willing to innovate and seek to compete in growing markets,” Chief Executive Officer of AFPA, Mr Ross Hampton said. “As an environmentally friendly and more versatile option, GLT is a renewable rival for steel and concrete and we’re certainly seeing a trend towards increased GLT use in large-scale construction developments. This investment will make Hyne Timber […]
In light of the major project and partnership opportunities emerging in the sector and the increasing multinational demand for products and services, the XLam board has undertaken an extensive review of its current operations and structure. Source: Timberbiz Gary Caulfield’s expertise and industry relationships make him the point person to specialise in the rapidly expanding project part of the business, and to free up his time away from day-to-day plant management he is taking up the newly created role of General Manager XLam Projects. Mr Caulfield will focus 100% on existing projects and on the opportunities for service and collaboration on public and private projects that are currently in the planning stage and for which XLam is optimally positioned. Stepping into the CEO role (effective 1st October 2018) is Shane Robertson, whose years of service with Hyne have honed his leadership skills and given him extensive experience in manufacturing and finance – making him ideally qualified to lead the next growth phase of the business, which will include significant expansion on the manufacturing side. Mr Caulfield retains overall responsibility for sales, marketing, construction and commercial functions of the company, while Mr Robertson will oversee the manufacturing, design and accounting functions. The current factors driving the board’s decision are market development and sales conversion in New Zealand and Australia, and the need to future-proof the business for growth.
Australia’s production of pulp – all made from local timber – was stable over the last financial year. Meantime, pulp imports rose 4.8%. Source: IndustryEdge for Timberbiz With pulp production rising, the uses are more varied than many would expect as the latest industry Strategic Review demonstrates. The main users of imported pulp are Australia’s tissue manufacturers. The big three – ABC Tissue in Sydney and Brisbane, Asaleo Care in Melbourne and Kimberly-Clark Australia in the Green Triangle region – are using close to 240,000 tonnes of imported pulp each year. Some imported pulp is used to manufacture ‘white top’ packaging. IndustryEdge estimates in 2017-18 that was around 20,000 tonnes, with expectations of that increasing in coming years. The remaining volume is Unbleached Softwood Kraft pulp from New Zealand. These shipments are primarily used as cement sheet stabilizer, a sustainable replacement for deadly asbestos. Australia’s pulp imports have declined since they peaked in 2007-08 at 389.6 kt, but after hitting its decadal low of 230.3 kt in 2010-11, have subsequently grown more or less constantly. In 2017-18, pulp imports totalled 311.4 kt. Over the decade, imports of pulp have declined an average 2.2% per annum, but have been trending up since 2011. Imports are delivered from a range of countries. New Zealand dominates, but Brazil is the second most significant, with its supplies almost entirely Bleached Hardwood Kraft (BEK) pulp. Shipments of BEK from Brazil rose an average 1.0% per annum over the decade. It is the shipments from New Zealand – which declined an average 3.3% per annum over the decade – that constitutes the genuine base under Australia’s pulp imports. IndustryEdge’s 27th annual Pulp & Paper Strategic Review is available from www.industryedge.com.au
The Federal Government’s $20 million forestry plan to plant one billion trees is a big policy step, but is inadequate as it amounts to only two cents per tree. Source: Philip Hopkins for Timberbiz That was a key point made by the chairman of the Australian Forest Products Association, Greg McCormack, to the DANA forestry conference in Launceston last week. “This is a good start, but clearly there needs to be other support to meet the target,” Mr McCormack told the conference. In contrast, New Zealand was spending $240 million on its billion trees policy, which amounted to 24 cents per tree, he said. Australia’s 20 million tree program managed by Landcare had received $37.6 million so far, which equated to $1.88 per tree. Australia’s Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper initiatives had also received up to $4 billion, and agriculture received many low-interest loans. Mr McCormack said NZ used a variety of means to encourage plantations. These included Crown land for planting; joint ventures or leases with landowners such as farmers; incentives for planting through grants; options to scale up some native regeneration projects; and emphasising the role of innovation to enable planting, he said. NZ had also announced $249 million funding for the 2018 round of the Endeavour R&D Fund, which included forestry R&D. NZ farmers’ big contribution to NZ’s forestry industry is a model for the Federal Government’s emphasis on farm forestry in its national plan. Mr McCormack said NZ’s challenges were different from those in Australia. It had a problem with high country – the ridges were too steep for cattle and crops, so the steepest were planted for trees, he said. NZ still had a lot of top soil, unlike Australia, and was geographically gifted; there were many ports, forestry operations were not far from port, and the industry was geared towards exports. Mr McCormack said NZ used other instruments. For example at Rotorua, algae blooms in lakes had been created due to strong nutrient loads from farmland and cattle getting in water table. It took 60 years for the nitrogen in the creeks to reach the lakes. Mr McCormack said local Maoris had aggregated their land and had expanded plantations at no cost to themselves – they just provided the land. They reduced stocking, put trees on the property and received $2000 a hectare through the sale of nitrogen credits. “They are now generating new income – more than $1million a year in stumpage, and have satisfied the needs of 30-plus families who aggregated their properties,” he said. Mr McCormack said in much of the world, farmers provided more wood than in Australia. “Here, it’s mainly state government agencies, so to have more farmers involved is a good thing,” he said. “We will work closely with farmers to ensure the right trees are in the right places and have the right scale. We have strong ties with the NFF (National Farmers Federation) and strong common goals.” Mr McCormack said removing the water restrictions in the Emissions Reduction Fund, as both the Government and Opposition had promised, would greatly enhance forestry’s role in fighting climate change. “Any land with rainfall more than 600 millimetres is ineligible. Our industry relies on regions with 700mm-plus rainfall to produce economic trees, wood of the right quality and species,” he said. “With the review of the water rule, forestry can take rightful place in carbon markets. Forestry has received the strong endorsement of IPCC as a relative quick way to achieve emissions targets.” Mr McCormack said the plan’s commitment to the regional forest agreements (RFAs) was critical, even though only 13 per cent of production came from native forests. “Visit furniture stores and see the amount of overseas furniture in shops disappointing, if you think of the wonderful furniture we have here in forest locked away in national parks,” he said. Mr McCormack also praised the national plan’s emphasis on regional forestry hubs. Industry had along advocated that plantation investment should concentrate on existing plantation hubs. “Fibre does not travel easily and processing is better near the fibre resource,” he said. Investments could the include new infrastructure – roads, rail hubs and bridges – integrated industry investments, R&D nodes, communication upgrades, and education, skills and training centres, he said. “In Australia, we need to be at top of our game, given our big distances and small population,” he said.
JARTEK, Finland, is acquiring a significant shareholding in ROSÉNS MASKIN, Sweden, with a view to ensuring both companies can continue offering the market a broad product range for sawmills and the timber industry and meet the most diverse range of requirements for capacity as well as design.
The companies’ joint product range will continue to consist of log sorting lines, wood-drying kilns, board sorting lines, planing mill equipment and Thermowood kilns.
This partnership is a strategic move based on the fact that the companies complement each other in the best possible way in terms of ensuring maximum exposure to a growing market.
“With 40 years of industry experience, we consider ourselves one of the most well-rounded manufacturers of material-handling equipment with a focus on mid-sized sawmills and planing mills where complete building structures have been and remain important elements.
Our partnership with JARTEK means that we now span the whole field and can accordingly become an important actor also in relation to large sawmills, as well as a broader market,” said Peter Davidsson, General Manager of ROSÉNS MASKIN.
“JARTEK is one of the leading suppliers of sawmill technology with 60 years’ experience in this sector. Like ROSÉNS MASKIN, we are a family-owned business, and we share the same values in terms of business ethics and customer service.
Through this partnership with ROSÉNS MASKIN, we will now have the opportunity to serve our customers even better, for instance by being able to offer them more comprehensive board handling systems. We are eager to embark on this partnership, which will allow us to meet the needs of sawmills at every capacity level,” said Teemu Uimonen, General Manager of JARTEK. Both companies will be attending the trade fair “Wood Products & Technology” from 28-31 August in Gothenburg, Sweden. Booths: B05:34. The present management teams and companies in each country will remain unaltered.
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John Deere’s Forestry Division has released new streamlined software solutions for loggers designed to enhance machine connectivity and communication. Available for John Deere wheeled-cut-to-length equipment, the revolutionary TimberMatic Maps and TimberManager software is another way John Deere is continuing to help customers optimize machines, increasing productivity.
“Understanding that our customers need access to real-time data to help increase production and accurately manage their business, we developed a streamlined, integrated solution: TimberMatic Maps for operations on-board the machines and TimberManager as an Off-Board, management solution,” said Matt Flood ForestSight product manager, John Deere. “In today’s challenging applications and environments, loggers need the right tools to maximize their visibility to machines, jobsites and their businesses to increase profitability.”
The TimberMatic Maps system is used in G-Series Harvesters and Forwarders, utilizing a mobile network to share real-time production information between harvester and the forwarder, as well back to managers in the office. Managers can access the data using TimberManager, a web-based solution for a PC, tablet or mobile phone, allowing loggers to follow progress of the work site. Combined, the software provides complete visibility to the operation from land harvested to the machines at work, streamlining communication and increasing efficiency when shift planning.
The data shared is collected by the sensors on the harvester, while the location of the production is collected through the GPS technology. Information is automatically transmitted to the TimberMatic Maps and TimberManager systems, providing real- time updates to operators and managers both on and off the jobsite.
One of the key benefits of TimberMatic Maps and TimberManager is the ability to plan work that needs to get done in a day. The map provides the precise location, volume and species of timber with the network of logging routes, allowing operators to efficiently work. As timber is transported, the operator can mark the map to indicate it has occurred, providing an exact volume count of the timber taken to the storage area. This helps the manager track the volume of timber at the storage area, simplifying planning for trailer transports and the onward transportation of timber.
Additionally, the map allows all operators to add markings, pointing out other challenging terrain factors such as an area with soft ground, making it easier to plan routes. The real-time updates provide on demand visibility to the entire crew.
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China’s first half 2018 wood products trade
Data from China Customs shows that in the first half of 2018 the value of China’s wood products trade totalled US$80.97 billion, up 9% from the same period of 2017 but this was a slower growth than in the first half of 2017.
Of the total, the value of exports in the first half rose 6% to US$39.1 billion. China’s traders accelerated their wood product exports to beat the introduction of tariffs by the US.
The value of imports of wood products rose 13% to US$41.9 billion in the first half of 2017, down 9% year on year. Overall the pace of China’s wood products imports was slower in the first half of 2018.
China: Main Wood Product Imports
Logs: In the first half of 2018 the volume of China’s log imports totalled 30.32 million cubic metres valued at US$5.8 billion, a year on year increase of 17% and 28% respectively.
Sawnwood: In the first half of 2018 the volume of China’s sawnwood imports totalled 18.15 million cubic metres valued at US$5.2 billion, a year on year increase of 0.1% and 9% respectively.
Wood pulp: In the first half of 2018 the volume of China’s wood pulp imports totalled 12.35 million tonnes valued at US$9.8 billion, a year on year increase of 2% and 33% respectively.
Source: ITTO TTM Report
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Nokian Tyres has been broadening its product portfolio of tyres for trucks with the latest addition the Nokian R-Truck product range for demanding on and off-road use such as earthmoving and forestry applications. Source: Timberbiz “On and off-road use puts special, even conflicting demands on a truck tyre,” Nokian Heavy Tyres Product Manager Teppo Siltanen said. “It’s like two different worlds – the smooth highway and the rocky earthmoving site or the muddy forest road. The Nokian R-Truck product line strikes an excellent compromise between the two worlds.” Starting with the off-road world, all Nokian R-Truck tyres have open pattern and wide grooves that ensure good self-cleaning on soft surfaces such as mud, sand and snow. This improves both grip and reliability. They feature a special rubber compound that is highly resistant to cuts and cracks, which reduces the risk of tyre damage on rough surfaces. The tyres also have stone ejectors in their main grooves, increasing their operating life. On-road, the Nokian R-Truck tyres boast an excellent mileage thanks to their even wear pattern and low heat build-up.The non-directional pattern is also quiet and has a low rolling resistance. The new Nokian R-Truck series is suitable for year-round use. All have 3PMSF approval, and they are equally at home on snowy roads and hot tarmac. The Nokian R-Truck series consists of three models: Nokian R-Truck Steer Designed for year-round use on steer axles for on and off-road trucks. The stone ejectors in its main grooves prolong the operating life especially on rough surfaces. Nokian R-Truck Drive An all-season drive axle tyre designed for on and off-road trucks operating in demanding conditions and various surfaces. Its tread has large blocks that offer durability and reduce cuts and tears in challenging environments. Nokian R-Truck Trailer A reliable choice for demanding year-round trailer use, Nokian R-Truck Trailer is optimized for demanding on and off-road and timber trailer use. Its main grooves have stone ejectors that reduce the risk of tyre damage.
Restoring forests has become a world-wide strategy for simultaneously addressing the challenges of climate change and biodiversity conservation. In a new study, scientists at Point Blue Conservation Science assessed how successful restoration efforts in California’s Central Valley were at these two goals. Sources: Phys Org, Journal of Applied Ecology Key among the findings was the conclusion that, in some cases, optimizing for carbon storage may come at the expense of biodiversity. Forests store tremendous amounts of carbon in the trees and soil, and they can provide valuable habitat for wildlife. But reforestations designed to maximize carbon storage may not be as successful at conserving biodiversity. Researchers found that areas with the highest densities of trees had more carbon stored in trees (as expected), but that bird density and diversity were lower. So, decisions about planting density, thinning, burning, and other actions may increase one benefit at the expense of the other. “Going into the study, we understood that restored forests of any sort are generally better for carbon storage and biodiversity than agricultural fields or cleared land. What we really wanted to know was how we can get the most benefit out of restoration projects that are being conducted,” Dr Kristen Dybala, Senior Research Ecologist at Point Blue said. Dr Dybala led the study. Researchers studied carbon storage and bird communities in the Cosumnes River Preserve, California USA to better understand how carbon and biodiversity relate to forest age, tree density, and canopy and understory cover. They conducted surveys in four study areas ranging in size from 70—370 acres. These included a remnant forest at least 80 years old, a 30-year old planted forest, a forest that is naturally regenerating after levee breaches 22 and 32 years ago, and an area currently undergoing restoration. The study found that after 20-30 years, restored riparian forests were similar to the remnant forest, storing 170-285 more tons of carbon per acre in the trees than the youngest study area. They also stored twice as much soil carbon and provided habitat to four times as many birds. Even so, there was a lot of variability within these forests, suggesting that the carbon and biodiversity benefits of riparian forest restoration could be increased even further. “One of the key takeaways from our study is that there is a lot of room to continue measuring the results from restoration efforts so we can maximize the success of these projects,” Dr. Dybala said. “As we think about ongoing forest restoration work along the Cosumnes river as well as around the world, we need to be aware of the tradeoffs and do our best to plan for multiple benefits. These include carbon storage in soil and trees to reduce climate change; groundwater replenishment; habitat for a diverse array of wildlife species; and much more.” The researchers also found that areas with more shrub cover tended to have higher bird density and diversity, and more soil carbon storage. So, planting more understory shrubs is likely a no-regrets strategy that could help maximize these benefits. “Restoration of natural and working lands is an important global strategy for The Nature Conservancy to address climate change and conserve biodiversity,” Dr Rodd Kelsey, Lead Scientist for the Land Program at The Nature Conservancy said. “Studies like this one help us do restoration projects better—to be more effective and efficient.” “We need to get better at measuring multiple things at once,” Dr Dybala said. “It’s important for land managers and restoration practitioners to carefully articulate their restoration goals ahead of time, then monitor and assess along the way to make sure they’re on the right track.”
According to T-Media’s Reputation&Trust survey, Ponsse is the most reputable company in Finland in 2018. Ponsse received a higher score in the survey than any company ever before. Source: Timberbiz The survey and the results are based on the Reputation&Trust survey, carried out in June and July 2018 with the goal of investigating the reputation of companies operating in Finland among the general public. A total of 6612 Finns responded to the survey providing a total of 17,004 company evaluations. Ponsse was evaluated to be excellent in all eight dimensions of reputation that were measured in the survey. In addition to the total score, the company was assessed to be historically good in responsibility and the ability to renew itself. According to Riku Ruokolahti, T-Media’s Development Director, the set of indicators used in the Reputation&Trust survey is challenging due to its varied nature, and success in one dimension is not enough to reach the top. “In order to increase trust, product and service evaluations must be supplemented by collecting positive views especially on openness, transparency, acting as an employer and appropriate overall business behaviour. “Ponsse is an example of a company that has been successful in all dimensions and remained at the top of the industry’s development. The company is committed to developing the well-being of its employees and the whole surrounding community. Ponsse has also taken care of dialogue and interaction in a comprehensive way – not just by successfully selecting sponsorships,” Mr Ruokolahti said. Juha Vidgrén, Chairman of the Board of Ponsse, received the Reputation&Trust award in Helsinki which was presented by Prime Minister Juha Sipilä. According to Juha Vidgrén’s assessment, the success was based on the ability to manage challenging situations. “Ponsse has come a long way since the depression of the early 1970s, when the first PONSSE forest machine was completed in Vieremä. At that time, there was no capital, no engineering skills, no machine-building study, not even the company’s own factory hall. “Our success of today is based on winning the challenges of the early days. These starting points still serve as the foundation for the determined management of customers, persistence, tolerance for uncertainty, appreciation for work and the expertise of personnel, and flexibility. “The brightest goal has always been to manufacture the best forest machines in the world. As Einari Vidgrén, the company’s founder, put it: the Mercedes-Benz of logging sites,” Juha Vidgrén said. “In the tightening competition for skilled workforce, reputation plays an important role. A good reputation supports our own recruitments, while also increasing the appreciation of the whole forest machine industry, which is facing its own challenges in attracting workforce. Reputation also contributes to the pride employees feel for their work. “The role of every Ponsse employee is important as a part of the whole.”
The Forest Products Commission (FPC) is running a tender process for the sale of hardwood logs or billets from south west native forests, and the sale of bluegum timber. Source: Timberbiz FPC is seeking proposals to enter into a contract with financially sound, experienced and innovative buyer/s to purchase up to 150,000 cubic metres per annum of karri and jarrah hardwood logs or billets from the south west native forests. Interested parties are encouraged to attend a non-mandatory briefing that will be held at 10:00am at the FPC’s Bunbury office on Wednesday, 24 October 2018. FPC is also are seeking suitably equipped and experienced businesses to purchase Eucalyptus globulus timber from five blue gum plantations located near Brunswick Junction, Frankland River, Mumballup, Table Hill and Two Peoples Bay. Each of the FPC’s plantations are located on private land under share farming agreements. It is expected that the buyer of each plantation (not the land) will conduct their own harvesting operations (sale at stump arrangement). More information and links to tender documents is available at www.fpc.wa.gov.au/current-fpc-tenders
The release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, ‘Global Warming of 1.5°C’, should serve as a timely reminder that Australia’s forest industries are providing a major contribution in the fight against climate change, but they can do a lot more with the right government policy settings. Source: Timberbiz “Earlier this year, AFPA released ‘18 by 2030 – Forest industries help tackle Australia’s climate change challenge’, a strategy aimed at maximising the emissions reduction potential of Australia’s forestry sector,” Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Forest Product Association (AFPA), Mr Ross Hampton said. “The phrase 18 by 2030, refers to the commitment that Australia’s forest industries can be responsible for removing an additional 18 megatonnes of CO2 equivalent per year from 2030, with the right government policy settings. “With the federal government committed to reducing emissions by 26% to 28% on 2005 levels by 2030, Australia needs to be removing 79 megatonnes of greenhouse gases from the economy per year by 2030. Forest industries can deliver 18 of that 79 megatonnes goal. “With government focus on growing our plantation estate and ensuring existing plantations are replanted, encouraging more wood in construction, the use of more biofuels for transport, bioenergy in industry and biomass in powers stations, Australia’s forest industries can make an enhanced contribution to fighting climate change. “Australia’s forest plantation estate already stores 171 megatonnes of carbon, which equates to 628 megatonnes of C02 equivalent. We can do more with the right government policies.” According to AFPA 18 extra megatonnes removed by forest industries per year is the equivalent of taking 3 million cars off the road for a year, or the emissions removed by 4200 wind turbines in a year. “With Australia and the world still looking for solutions to tackle climate change, governments should do more to harness the positive impact of forestry in combating global warning,” Mr Hampton said.
Suppliers must meet Australian Standards in order to supply timber and timber-based products to the Federal Government. Source: Timberbiz Referenced as part of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 government departments are obligated to meet specific Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPRs) when selecting suppliers for timber and timber based products. Among CPRs, government departments must now specify products that meet an available Australian Standard; which in the case of timber and timber based products is AS 4707 – Chain of Custody for Forest Products and AS 4708 – Sustainable Forest Management. According to Responsible Wood CEO, Simon Dorries the Act represents a major commitment by the federal government towards the Australian Standards for Forest Management and Chain of Custody, as well as local businesses that support the Responsible Wood Certification Scheme (RWCS). “Today, suppliers that claim through the Responsible Wood Certification Scheme will 100% satisfy the Commonwealth Procurement Rules set by the federal government,” Mr Dorries said. “Suppliers that claim through Responsible Wood, or through PEFC – which is recognised through mutual recognition with Responsible Wood, will meet the requirements of the federal government for timber and timber-based products. “The Responsible Wood Certification Scheme, or schemes such as PEFC which is mutually recognised by Responsible Wood, are the only certification schemes that complies with AS 4707 – Chain of Custody for Forest Products and AS 4708 – Sustainable Forest Management.” Responsible Wood has developed a Fact Sheet The Australian Standards and Federal Procurement Rules which is readily accessible from the Responsible Wood website. “The fact sheet is now available for download from our website, we also have a technical document with legal advice which will also be made available for our Responsible Wood members upon request,” Mr Dorries said. Further information, including a copy of ‘The Australian Standards and Federal Procurement Rules’ is available at www.responsiblewood.org.au
The New Zealand Institute of Forestry has announced that David Saathof has been awarded The Prince of Wales Award for Sustainable Forestry in 2018. Source: Timberbiz This award recognises engagement in the principles and practice of sustainable forest management including policy, planning, practice and sound science-based land stewardship. Awardees must be committed to public outreach and knowledge exchange, focusing on the wise use and conservation of forests and forest ecosystems. This prestigious award was established last year, with the guidance and support of His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales. In a video message played at the New Zealand Institute of Forestry annual awards dinner in Rotorua in 2017, His Royal Highness said the purpose of the award was to encourage young forestry professionals to be “…a catalyst for change, improving communication and collaboration between national forestry institutes, and ultimately helping to equip the forestry profession to deal wisely with the challenges we face now and in the future…” The NZIF is pleased to acknowledge Mr Saathof’s achievements as an emerging leader in sustainable forestry in New Zealand. He joins a select group of young leaders with a common passion for sustainable forestry, from throughout the Commonwealth, who now have an international platform to exchange ideas, promote sustainability and share their knowledge. The award recognises that sustainable forestry management principles are fundamental to the practice of forestry in New Zealand.