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SENNEBOGEN 735 E with electric travel drive

International Forest Industries - Thu, 23/05/2019 - 12:03

Live at Ligna 2019

SENNEBOGEN develops Pick & Carry material handler with electric travel drive

At ligna 2019, in Hanover, SENNEBOGEN will showcase a new electric drive version of the diesel hydraulic Pick & Carry material handler SENNEBOGEN 735 that is so popular with the timber industry. The prototype is currently being field tested and will be ready to go into production by the end of 2019.

When it comes to mobile timber handling, many customers around the world depend on the reliable Pick & Carry material handler from SENNEBOGEN. These machines are mainly used in log yards to organize and sort, and to feed saw mills. The 7 series machines have been designed to run continuously. Electric solutions, such as those typically used in stationary timber manipulation, have not been possible due to the long travelling distances involved. At ligna, SENNEBOGEN will present the first machine with a new drive concept. All the work process still operate hydraulically, driven by an efficient stage 5 diesel engine, whilst the undercarriage travel drive is electric.

Joint development project with Bosch Rexroth
Bosch Rexroth and SENNEBOGEN, long-term partners in drive and application technology for material handlers, collaborated to develop this electric travel drive. The system solution is based on Bosch Rexroth components, is being jointly developed into a marketable product, and will be launched by SENNEBOGEN under the name ‘Green Efficiency Drive’. The Pick & Carry material handler 735 E will be the first machine to contain the series production technology for electric travel.

Design: up to 30 % more efficient thanks to the electric travel drive
The Pick & Carry machine can already switch continuously between acceleration, braking and driving under load and this provided options for improving the use of the available energy. The new drive concept consists of two electric drive engines in the undercarriage which are supplied with power by a generator operated by a diesel engine. In addition to the increased efficiency and lower consumption of this design, the development team have also managed to achieve a reduction in noise levels, and dynamic drive and braking in the pilot production. Initial applications saw efficiency increases of up to 30 % compared to the previously used diesel-hydraulic drive. The machine has already been very convincing in field tests with one customer. The machine was used for several days in the log yard of a Bavarian saw mill.

Experience the SENNEBOGEN 735 E with Green Efficiency Drive at ligna
As the first 7 series model, the SENNEBOGEN 735 E with the prototype Green Efficiency Drive will be on display at ligna. Additional technical details will also be available there. The new drive concept is currently undergoing intensive testing and the first models will be ready to go into production by the end of 2019.

In collaboration with Bosch Rexroth, SENNEBOGEN has developed a new electric drive concept for its Pick & Carry material handler. The SENNEBOGEN 735 E will be on display at ligna as the first machine with the new Green Efficiency Drive.
A joint SENNEBOGEN and Bosch Rexroth development team have successfully put the SENNEBOGEN 735 E, the first machine with a Green Efficiency Drive, through various field tests.
Fine-tuning during testing: the new drive concept is currently undergoing intensive testing and the first models will be ready to go into production by the end of 2019.

In collaboration with Bosch Rexroth, SENNEBOGEN has developed a new electric drive concept for its Pick & Carry material handler. The SENNEBOGEN 735 E will be on display at ligna as the first machine with the new Green Efficiency Drive


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Graanul Invest submits winning bid for Texas Pellets assets

International Forest Industries - Thu, 23/05/2019 - 11:27

Graanul Invest affiliate Woodville Pellets, LLC submitted the winning bid in the auction conducted on May 9, 2019 for the assets of Texas Pellets, Inc. and German Pellets Texas, LLC (collectively, “Texas Pellets”). The assets include Texas Pellets’ Woodville, Texas pellet manufacturing plant and its Port Arthur, Texas port terminal.

The transaction was approved by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Texas after a hearing held on May 15, 2019 (subject to entry of a final order), and is planned to be finalized by June 15, 2019.

In connection with the acquisition, Graanul Invest received financing from funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC.

The estimated manufacturing capacity of the wood biomass pellet plant in Woodville, Texas, US, is 450,000 MT of pellets per year. The Port Arthur terminal has a total storage capacity of 68,000 MT, and is capable of loading vessels up to approximately 60,000 MT.

Acquisition of Texas Pellets’ assets enables Graanul Invest group to expand its business to the United States to ensure greater security of supply to its customers. It also provides better logistical solutions for entering the Asian market, in particular the fast-growing markets in Korea and Japan.

With 11 pellet plants located in the Baltics, Graanul Invest group´s annual production volume is 2.2 million tons of pellets, making it the biggest pellet producer in Europe. Acquisition of the Texas Pellets pellet manufacturing plant offers a possibility to increase the group´s production capacity up to 25 percent.

“We have been looking for a suitable opportunity to start pellet production in the United States for over 10 years. Once we have successfully completed this transaction, we will have firmly established our presence in North America,” said Raul Kirjanen, CEO of Graanul Invest.

Graanul Invest group operates in the field of bioenergy and renewable energy production, forestry and biomaterials development. The group employs over 500 people.

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Contributions of private forests to the US economy

Australian timber industry news - Thu, 23/05/2019 - 03:16
Forest2Market recently completed an economic impact study for the National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO) in the US, which quantifies the contribution that forestry-related industries make to state, regional and national economies, and analyzes the most forested regions of the United States based on the most recent year of data available (2016). Source: Timberbiz Of the 1.2 billion acres of land in the study area, 563.0 million acres (45%) are forested. Most (81%) of this forested land is classified as timberland according to the definition under the US Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program. Timberland covers 455.9 million acres (36.6%) of the study area with 46% of timberland located in the South, which also contains 48% of all forested land. Of the 455.9 million acres of timberland within the 32-state study area, 335.5 million acres (74%) are privately-owned while only 120.4 million acres (26%) are publicly-owned. This translates into a much stronger economic impact associated with private timberlands. As a whole, 74% of timberland in the study area was owned by private entities, such as Timberland Investment Management Organizations (TIMOs), Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), corporate entities and private landowners. Regionally, the Northeast and South have the highest percentages of private ownership at 89% and 87%, respectively. Appalachia has a slightly lower percentage of private ownership at 83%, and 66% of timberland is privately-owned in the Midwest. Only 37% of timberland in the Northwest is privately-owned. You can read the full study and use the interactive state data feature on NAFO’s website. https://nafoalliance.org/issues/working-forests/

Fresh food packaging in fibre trays

Australian timber industry news - Thu, 23/05/2019 - 03:15
Biodegradable food packaging from forest products is becoming increasingly popular in the UK. One of the products is the result of a partnership between Södra, Huhtamaki and Saladworks, and made possible by an EU project. Source: Timberbiz The FRESH project was started in 2016 with the aim to find a plastic replacing, sustainable solution for ready meal trays that are used in significant quantities every day. “The project started in 2016 with the aim to find alternative food packaging to replace trays made from black plastic, most often CPET. The reason to avoid this material is not only its fossil origin but also because it is problematic to recycle due to the detection systems used in end-of-life material separation,” Steve Davey, Project Manager from Huhtamaki said. “We have called the new tray concept Fresh. We continue to develop it further and believe there are many more applications for it. “Consumers tend to prefer fibre-based materials and their recyclability, and even compostability are of course important advantages.” UK supermarket chain Waitrose has decided to phase out plastic packaging by the end of 2019 and has been testing the new fibre-based packaging for ready-made meals in its stores with customers since May 2018. The feedback has been very positive. At the end of May, a new range of Italian ready-made meals will be launched in new packaging on the UK market. This means that in 2019, nearly nine million plastic packaging products will be replaced by a bio-based material derived from Södra’s wood raw material. “Demand for sustainable alternatives is growing among both producers and customers. For Södra, partnership in the FRESH project is helping us to learn more about how we can use our bio-based raw material as an alternative to fossil-based packaging in such an important application like food packaging,” Catrin Gustavson, head of innovation and new business at Södra said. The Fresh project will continue until 2020.

Komatsu Forest builds future proof factory in Sweden

Australian timber industry news - Thu, 23/05/2019 - 03:14
Komatsu Forest in Umeå, Sweden is implementing one of the largest investments in industrial Sweden. It will be a future-proof factory with a focus on sustainable production. The company’s investment strengthens the region’s position as a leader in the field of forest technology. Source: Timberbiz Komatsu Forest is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of forest machines. The company sells its products all over the world and is wholly owned by the Japanese company Komatsu Ltd. “The forest industry is an industry for the future. The next decade we see how new innovative and climate smart products will be produced from wood fibre. We want to invest in the future and see that the best conditions for us to do so are in Umeå,” Martin Ärlestig, factory manager Komatsu Forest said. Komatsu Forest has headquarters and manufacturing in Umeå, where approximately 530 of the company’s employees are located. The new factory will be built on the industrial area Klockarbäcken in the outskirts of the city and the company has done a feasibility study to assess the entire project, including construction and transfer of operations while keeping the high productivity levels intact. The start of construction is estimated to be in early 2019 and the plan is that the finished factory will be inaugurated in 2021 and will be something of a landmark. “We will build a future-proof factory, where we can lay the foundation for the next generation of forest machines. In the new premises, we will be able to accommodate both production and development. “We are investing in a factory that meets our needs here and now, but also gives us room to grow for the future,” Mr Ärlestig said. The factory is one of the largest investments currently in industrial Sweden and will have a strong focus on sustainability and IoT. The factory will be carbon neutral in its production, which is achieved through efficient energy supply with solar panels, modern building techniques and geo energy. The location at Klockarbäcken in Umeå is also an important factor, since the proximity to the railway means that an increased share of the company’s goods can be transported by rail. As for IoT, Komatsu Forest will take a step towards the fourth-generation industry, where the company’s manufacturing process will be connected. “This means many advantages, including that we can monitor quality, availability and safety in detail and that customers will experience higher flexibility and shorter lead time,” Mr Ärlestig said. The ambition is also that the new factory will strengthen the region’s position as a leader in the field of forest technology.

Hyne Community Trust grants open for 2019

Australian timber industry news - Thu, 23/05/2019 - 03:12
In 2018, the Hyne Community Trust awarded grants to Puggles Children’s Services to refurbish their storage shed and the Rotary Club of Tumbarumba to build a new storage shed. The Hyne Community Trust grants 2019 will reopen for applications in June for projects valued at more than $10,000, these grants are for projects that demonstrate lasting benefits for the community. Source: Timberbiz Puggles Mobile Children’s Services Van is a valued community service, bringing early childhood education and care to six regional and remote areas of the extended Tumbarumba region which otherwise have no such service. In 2018, the mobile preschool was awarded a grant to refurbish their storage shed in Tumbarumba which had reached a state of disrepair. The shed is instrumental to the service as this is the central home for the service, safe storage of toys, resources and cleaning of equipment. Speaking with parents who use and value this service, it was clear this is more than a play opportunity as their children learn new skills in preparation for school. Over the course of a week, the Puggles Mobile Children’s Services Van visits Rosewood, Ladysmith, Tarcutta, Tooma, Adjungbilly and Brungle providing preschool care for around 85 children where no other such service exists. Granted almost $27,000 in Trust funds and with continued support by way of timber supply, the Tumbarumba Men’s Shed officially opened in 2012. Inaugural president and active member, Graham Derrett says the Men’s Shed is part of the community and currently has 14 members with room to grow. Gerry Hall, Secretary of the Men’s Shed said the support of the Hyne Community Trust and the continued supply of timber remains instrumental in the Shed’s ongoing operations. “We needed financial support to assist with establishing the shed and purchasing equipment. Donations of timber assisted us to build a mezzanine storage area and the meeting room and amenities wall framing. Hyne Timber also donated a band saw,” Mr Hall said. The Hyne Community Trust grant enabled the renovatation of the shed as without the shed, the organisation cannot operate. To learn more about the 2019 round of Hyne Community Trust Grants which open for applications on 1 June email tumbatrust@hyne.com.au.

Sustainable Timber Tas and Parks & Wildlife announce road openings 

Australian timber industry news - Thu, 23/05/2019 - 03:10
Florentine Road and Arve Road to the Hartz Mountain junction in Tasmania have been reopened.  As a result of the Gell River and Riveaux Road bushfires, Florentine Road and Arve Road have remained closed since the beginning of the year due to unsafe and hazardous conditions. After extensive work by Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) and Sustainable Timber Tasmania (STT), these roads have reopened for public access. Source: Timberbiz PWS and STT would like to remind visitors about existing hazards when venturing onto these roads. Visitors undertaking recreational and other activities should know that risk remains in and around bushfire affected areas from damaged trees and unstable burnt ground. The Tahune Airwalk and Arve Road from Hartz Mountain junction to Tahune Airwalk will remain closed until further notice. Visitors are asked to respect road closure signs and direction from staff or contractors on the ground for their safety. There will be ongoing recovery operations conducted throughout impacted areas and there will be considerable time before all bushfire closure areas are reopened. Information relating to PWS Track and Reserves Closures can be found at www.parks.tas.gov.au/closures and STT road closures can be found at www.sttas.com.au. Fire alerts list and map can be found at www.fire.tas.gov.au

More staff at Tumut for annual pine seedling season

Australian timber industry news - Thu, 23/05/2019 - 03:09
Seven staff have started at Tumut’s Blowering Nursery to assist with Forestry Corporation of NSW’s annual pine seedling dispatch. This brings the local nursery workforce to 17 people, they manage a critical step in the forestry cycle. Source: Timberbiz Forestry Corporation’s Plantation Improvement Manager Phil Green said the new recruits are grading, packing and loading seedlings bound for state‐owned pine plantations around NSW from now until the middle of September. “Over the May‐September period each member of the Blowering Nursery team will handle almost 600,000 seedlings as the team sorts through the nine million cells sown,” Mr Green said. “Their work is essential to make sure that only those seedlings that meet our standards are dispatched for planting. “Blowering Nursery is Forestry Corporation’s largest production nursery, and we expect to get around 7.4 million seedlings out the gate to our plantations during the winter planting period. “Across the state, we need more than nine million seedlings for this year’s softwood planting program. In addition to the crop at Blowering, we’ve produced 0.6 million seedlings from our nursery in Grafton and we are drawing the rest of our supply from private nurseries under contract. “From here on in, we’ll be working on the substantive task of distributing the seedlings to plantations near Bathurst, Lithgow, Oberon, Tumbarumba, Bombala, Orange, Walcha and Tumut, where they will be hand planted over an area equivalent of about 8,000 football fields.” Forestry Corporation of NSW manages more than 200,000 hectares of pine plantations which produce enough timber to build 25% of houses constructed in Australia each year. These seedlings will re‐establish the state‐owned pine plantations that were harvested over the past year, so these plantations can continue to supply local industry and the community with timber into the future

Mandatory height restrictions restrict timber building

Australian timber industry news - Thu, 23/05/2019 - 03:08
A new report has found that mandatory height controls in the Victorian planning system have unintentionally penalised timber building systems, favouring the use of expensive, energy-intensive concrete and steel alternatives. The report is titled Timber Construction and Building Height Planning Controls – The unintended consequences of the Planning System. Source: Timberbiz The report was devised by Melbourne town planners, urban designers and landscape architects Tract, and investigates the role of the Victorian planning system in determining the choice of materials used for construction projects. In the report, Tract concludes that the predominant use of ‘metres’ rather than storeys in planning requirements is likely to constrain the uptake of timber in building construction. This is due to the additional height often required for the floor/ceiling system and the reluctance of developers to challenge the planning process. “An inflexible height limit, in some cases, means that a project will be designed in concrete because it becomes one storey less in timber and therefore less viable for the developer,” said Robert Pradolin, former general manger Frasers Property Australia. “The typical driver for a developer is yield. A timber structural solution generally requires a greater floor thickness. This increases the overall height of the building and, in some cases, may exceed the existing height controls. “The loss of a floor due to using timber can make it unviable for the developer and therefore the other benefits of using timber, including affordability and sustainability, are lost to the broader community.” A comparison of the floor systems for concrete and timber construction techniques indicate a variation of the floor system depth of approximately 250mm for each floor… for a 5-storey building, a timber building will be typically 8% higher than a concrete building. According to Tract, under the Victorian Planning Provisions (VPP), the local authority does not have the discretion to approve an increase in height to promote the use of a more sustainable material like timber, despite wanting to encourage its use and consequent benefits. This puts timber at a competitive disadvantage. A situation further compromised when a planning permit has already been granted for a concrete building and the developer would like to consider converting the building to timber. Any height increase (even with the same number of floors), triggers a permit amendment process. These are typically subject to notice (public advertising) and review provisions, which can be both costly and time consuming. This acts as a further disincentive to change the material to timber. The comprehensive report also includes; examples of multi-storey timber projects, case studies of planning permission processes and an analysis of the variations in planning requirements of Australian States and a comparison of several Melbourne councils. Tract concludes that: “It is clear that changes to planning schemes are needed to: Allow for timber constructed buildings to marginally exceed height limits, and provide a fast tracked permit amendment process to specifically allow an approval process by the responsible authority if it is purely a material substitution. This would allow much more timely conversion of concrete construction to timber where there is an existing permit.” They also recommend changes at the State level through the VPP, as the alternative. Ric Sinclair, managing director Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) said: “We believe local governments need to be aware of these unintended consequences and discuss this with their constituency.”

Engineering students gain from exposure to technical innovations

Australian timber industry news - Thu, 23/05/2019 - 03:06
Engineering students from across Australia have been benefiting from exposure to the most up-to-the-minute technical developments and innovations in timber construction from across the globe. Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) regularly sponsors students to attend the World Conference on Timber Engineering (WCTE) – one of the world’s most prestigious events in timber engineering, engineered wood products and the design of timber structures.  Source: Timberbiz For the last eight years, FWPA funding has allowed outstanding post-graduate students engaging in timber-focused research to apply for financial support for their attendance. In 2018, eight students were selected and awarded a $3500 bursary to attend the event in Seoul, South Korea. Alastair Woodard from FWPA’s WoodSolutions education program, said the initiative accelerates the career paths of emerging leaders amongst Australian engineering graduate and postgraduate students, through transfer of knowledge from leading global timber talent. “We had meetings with each of the students about what they wanted to learn and who they wanted to meet, before introducing them to the relevant international timber experts. Knowing they can call upon these people right throughout their careers makes this such a valuable networking experience,” said Mr Woodard. “Once back in Australia, the students returned to their universities and gave presentations about what they learned. There has been a great flow-on effect from bringing back their excitement, enthusiasm and knowledge and sharing it with their peers.” Kristopher Orlowski, student at the University of Melbourne, said the knowledge gained through his attendance proved invaluable for informing his current research project. Mr Orlowski is working with an industry partner on the development of a post-tensioned (strengthened or reinforced) timber-based prefabricated panelised structure. The aim of his research is to understand the limitations and develop solutions to advance the use of this novel form of construction. “This system was originally developed to tie the structure down to the foundations for construction purposes,” explained Mr Orlowski. “From the advanced research in this area presented at the conference, I’ve learned you can use this technology as a method of self-centering for earthquake design, which is a benefit we hadn’t considered. “From a personal perspective, it was valuable to see the way people present their final work, because I’ll be presenting the findings and conclusions of my own thesis soon.”

NZ forest industry welcomes additional government resources

Australian timber industry news - Thu, 23/05/2019 - 03:05
New Zealand forest industry leaders have stated that the pre-Budget announcement by Forestry Minister Shane Jones of additional regional resources for Te Uru Rākau is potentially of great benefit to regional New Zealand. Farm Forestry Association President, Neil Cullen, says Shane Jones’ announcement aligns with the forest industry’s recently released roadmap for 2020 to 2050. Source: Timberbiz Mr Cullen says there has been an urgent need for the government to put more resources into working with hill country farmers. “At the moment, there are farm leaders who say they feel their communities are threatened by forestry.  They are expressing these views because there is not enough available information to explain to these farmers how a well-planned and managed farm forest planting can be a highly profitable complement to running livestock,” Mr Cullen said. “Our association is keen to work more with Te Uru Rākau to improve buy-in from local communities.” Mr Cullen says it is now becoming obvious to everyone that all reports on climate change point to a need for extensive afforestation to meet New Zealand’s international commitments. “Land use change on this scale will mean that government should implement measures to minimise social and economic disruption,” he said. “Te Uru Rākau regional extension officers will be able to encourage and advise farmers to plant the right species in the right parts of their farms and help ensure that farmers can grow their log resource to maximise their forestry profits.” Forest Owners Association president Peter Weir says more government involvement in recruitment into the industry is very welcomed to deal with critical gaps in silviculture, logging and log cartage. “Forest owners are investing heavily in promoting forest education courses, recruitment and training. But in the short term, there are things which only government can do to help, including as working with Pacific Island governments to get the increased planting done over the next two winters. The Minister has announced a laudable aim of a sustainable domestic workforce – but the need is now,” he said. “Without enough labour, the Billion Tree program will drive up costs for those replanting after harvest, and New Zealand’s very ambitious Zero Carbon 2050 target will not be met.” Mr Weir is emphatic that a strong domestic processing sector is critical to complement healthy log export markets. “It is unwise for any exporter to rely on one product and access to one market” Mr Weir said. “About half our exports are further processed, with sawn lumber going to Australia while medium density fibreboard, laminated veneer lumber and wood pulp goes to a variety of countries.” Forest growers lament the very recent closure of New Zealand’s only cross laminated timber plant in Nelson, but Mr Weir said its Australian owners stated that did not have the necessary scale to compete. “This demonstrates that our wood processing sector needs to be more able, and have greater confidence, to invest in large scale modern timber processing,” he said. “It is great that the government is building a showcase Te Uru Rākau office in Rotorua made out of timber. We hope that will include cross laminated timber and laminated veneer lumber to demonstrate the amazing qualities of modern engineered wood as a building material in larger scale construction.”

NZ’s Wellbeing Budget has focus on forestry

Australian timber industry news - Thu, 23/05/2019 - 03:04
New Zealand’s Wellbeing Budget will enable further transformation of the country’s forestry sector after the successful rollout of the Government’s One Billion Trees program, according to Forestry Minister Shane Jones. The NZ government has called it the Wellbeing Budget as it says it is committed to putting people’s wellbeing and the environment at the heart of its policies. Source: Timberbiz “Forestry plays a key role in many of our Government’s priority areas – enhancing regional development, supporting Maori to realise the potential of their land, improving water quality, reducing carbon emissions and creating jobs,” Minister Jones said. “The One Billion Trees ambition is ahead of target. The Wellbeing Budget is delivering NZ$58 million in funding to ensure this remains the case while also catalysing further transformation of such an important sector. “The funding will allow Te Uru Rākau (Forestry New Zealand) to increase its regional presence to ensure foresters and landowners have the support they need and will also see the agency focus on the Government’s goal of developing a sustainable, domestic forestry workforce. “A key part to achieving our vision for the sector will be delivering in the regions and we will see new premises built in Rotorua – the heart of the forestry sector – showcasing the use of wood in construction and accommodating Te Uru Rākau’s growth. “By growing the regional presence, we have a huge opportunity to work even more closely with landowners – particularly Māori and farmers – to revitalise our regions and create real benefits across the country. “Forestry is a great choice which will help landowners to diversify their income, invest in a sustainable future and increase productivity through improved land-use, including tackling erosion. “Along with this, we will see Te Uru Rākau lead important work to capture and add value to the sector. They have been tasked with strengthening the domestic market for wood products and working closely with the sector to support investment in forestry. “One of the priorities for the wellbeing budget is to transform the economy. This announcement will help us to do this in a sustainable way.” Forestry is a very significant industry in New Zealand and directly employs 20,000 people and is forecast to contribute NZ$6.8 billion to the economy in 2019, an increase of 7% from 2018. Wood products are New Zealand’s third largest export earner behind dairy and meat. Te Uru Rākau, Forestry New Zealand was launched in May 2018. In its first year it has led to the following: 61 million trees planted since the One Billion Trees Program was launched. Crown Forestry entering into 21 commercial joint venture – many of which will enable Māori to realise the potential of their land and enable the planting of nearly 11 million trees; Launching the One Billion Trees Fund and entering into 15 partnerships (approximately NZ$28 million) and approving 36 tree planting grants (approximately NZ$2.4 million); At least 52 full-time equivalent jobs created with a further 50 trainees, with the potential to grow; Approving nearly NZ$36 million of funding over four years to establish over 13 million trees on more than 21,000 hectares of hill country erosion prone land; Launching Matariki Tu Rākau in partnership with regional communities, enabling the planting of approximately 40,000 trees; Introducing Ngā Karahipi Uru Rākau – the Forestry Scholarships program awarded eight scholarships in 2019; In conjunction with Corrections, developed a workplace pilot program that will provide up to 15 prisoners from Northland Region Corrections facilities with Forestry training and work experience; and Streamlined the overseas investment process for forestry. Budget 2019 is said to enable Te Uru Rākau to achieve the following outcomes over the next four years: Development of a modern Forestry Strategy setting the strategic direction for the sector covering commercial and indigenous forestry, trees and wood processing for the next 20 years; Review the Forest Act 1949 to reflect developments in domestic and international approaches to sustainable forestry management; Implement a workforce strategy to provide sustainable jobs, training and clear career pathways; Research factors affecting the wood supply for local wood processors; Build a new office in Rotorua to accommodate the anticipated growth of regional staff and demonstrate the value of using wood in construction; Provide easy access to Te Uru Rākau research material to support decision making through the development of a knowledge hub.

Quality and ergonomics are the premise of BMW Design Works’ interior solutions for fixed forwarder cabin

International Forest Industries - Wed, 22/05/2019 - 12:03

The fixed forwarder cabin has been updated based on customer feedback. The renewed fixed cab is more spacious and gives the operator more room when rotating the seat. The lighting has been enhanced and special attention has been given to acoustics, look, and operator comfort.

The renewed fixed cab features high-quality, easy-to-care-for interior materials and new LED lighting solutions that illuminate the floor space, the cab, and the new doored storage spaces in the upper part of the cab. The light on the ceiling illuminates the stairs when climbing into the cab. Machines equipped with a central locking system also have an approach light.

Production of the renewed fixed cab begins and replaces the previous cab design at the end of April 2019.

Further information:
Elina Suuriniemi
John Deere Forestry Oy
Tel. +358 400 466 476

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Forests…Our ‘lungs of the planet’ keep us alive

International Forest Industries - Wed, 22/05/2019 - 11:26
Forests are vitally important for sustaining life on Earth – they play a major role in the fight against climate change. With the 2019 session of the United Nations Forum on Forests wrapping up recently in New York, we delve deeper into the subject, and find out what the UN is doing to safeguard and protect them.

Forests are the most cost-effective way to fight climate change
Arguably, protection and enhancing the world’s forests is one of the most cost- effective forms of climate action: forests act as carbon sinks, absorbing roughly 2 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide each year. Sustainable forest management can build resilience and help mitigate and adapt to climate change.

Speaking at the 2018 UN climate conference (COP24) in Katowice, Poland, Liu Zhemin, head of the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), said that “forests are central in developing solutions both to mitigate and adapt to climate change, adding that “these terrestrial ecosystems have already removed nearly one third of human- produced carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere. Through sustainable forest management, they could remove much more.”

At this week’s meeting session of the UNFF, it was noted that forest-based climate change mitigation and adaptation actions, if fully implemented, could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by around 15 gigatonnes of CO2 a year by 2050, which could potentially be enough to limit warming to well below 2°C (the target set by the international community in 2015). Today, fossil fuels emit 36 gigatonnes every year.

In addition, as renewable sources increasingly replace fossil fuels, forests will become more and more important as sources of energy: already, forests supply about 40 per cent of global renewable energy in the form of wood fuel – as much as solar, hydroelectric and wind power combined.

The goal of zero deforestation is close to being reached
Significant progress has been made in international forest protection over the past 25 years. The rate of net global deforestation has slowed by more than 50 per cent, a credit to global efforts to sustainably manage existing forests, while at the same time engaging in ambitious measures to restore degraded forests and land, and to plant more trees to meet the demand for forest products and services.

The goal of zero net global deforestation is close to being reached, bringing the world one step closer to the UN Strategic Plan for Forest’s target to expand global forest area by 3 per cent by 2030, an area of 120 million hectares, about the size of South Africa.

The biggest threat to forests is…agriculture
Many people will be aware of the devastating effects that illegal and unsustainable logging has on forests, but the biggest global driver of deforestation is actually agriculture, because of the extent to which forests are converted to farmland and livestock grazing land: a key challenge is how to manage the ongoing increase in agricultural production, and improve food security, without reducing overall forest areas.

A major UN report on biodiversity, released in May, made headlines around the world with its headline figure of one million species at risk of extinction, warned against the destruction of forests, noting that this “will likely have negative impacts on biodiversity and can threaten food and water security as well as local livelihoods, including by intensifying social conflict.”

The UN’s growing role in forest protection
The first time forests came to the forefront of the international agenda was at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, widely regarded as one of the landmark UN conferences. The Summit led to the adoption of Agenda 21, the first significant international action plan for achieving sustainable development, which noted the “major weaknesses in the policies, methods and mechanisms adopted to support and develop the multiple ecological, economic, social and cultural roles of trees, forests and forest lands.”

The Earth Summit also saw the adoption of the Forest Principles which, although non- legally binding, was the first global consensus reached on the sustainable management of forests. The Principles called for all countries to make efforts towards reforestation and forest conservation; enshrined the right of nations to develop forests in keeping with national sustainable development policies; and called for financial resources to be provided for targeted economic policies.

To better co-ordinate international efforts to put the principles into practice, an inter- governmental panel and forum were set up in the 1990s, to be replaced in 2000 by the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF), which meets every year at UN Headquarters in New York to monitor progress on the implementation of the six Global Forest Goals.

The Goals set targets for the sustainable management of forests, and reduction of deforestation and forest degradation, and were developed as part the forest community’s response to the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development, the UN’s overall blueprint for economic progress that protects the environment and humanity.

This year’s top priorities: climate change and the real cost of deforestation
One of the key take-aways from the 2019 session of the UN Forest Forum was that, too often, forests are under-valued, because it’s hard to put a clear monetary value on all of the positive contributions they make to the world.

As a result, the true cost of deforestation and forest degradation is not taken into account when policy decisions are made on land use, such as decisions to clear forest land to use for commercial agriculture.

The importance of financing was another important element of the session: sufficient funding is an essential element in ensuring effective action to halt deforestation and forest degradation, promote greater sustainable forest management and increase the world’s forest area: despite the central role forests play in protecting the environment, only 2 per cent of funds available for climate change mitigation are available for efforts to reduce deforestation.

Source: United Nations via Scoop
Photo by kazuend on Unsplash

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Utah Continues Its Assault on Federal Lands

NYT Logging Industry - Tue, 21/05/2019 - 23:51
The state wants to roll back protections on millions of acres of forest land owned by U.S. taxpayers.

Hitachi names Brandt new dealer for forestry products

International Forest Industries - Tue, 21/05/2019 - 12:00

The Brandt Group of Companies has made a major product-line announcement; they have been named a Hitachi forestry products dealer effective May 9, 2019.

Hitachi’s purpose-built forestry products will be a strong complement to Brandt’s full-line John Deere offering and is a natural fit, as both product lines are designed and manufactured through a joint venture – Deere-Hitachi Specialty Products (DHSP) – in Langley, BC.

This is an exciting day for Brandt and a big win for Hitachi equipment owners.” says Brandt President and CEO, Shaun Semple. “Hitachi’s strong forestry lineup is highly-compatible with our existing John Deere offering, so loggers currently operating Hitachi equipment will be able to come directly to Brandt for unparalleled customer support from Day One!”

The dealer change will give Hitachi equipment owners the opportunity to increase their operational uptime, thanks to a larger-than-ever offering of products, parts and services, including Isuzu engine parts, available via Brandt’s extensive service network and warehouse facilities. Existing Brandt customers will also benefit from additional forestry product options.

Brandt’s area of responsibility will include Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and PEI.

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Ponsse opens a new service centre in Sandviken Sweden

International Forest Industries - Tue, 21/05/2019 - 11:09

Ponsse has its sixth service centre in Sweden on 17 May when a new service centre opened its doors in Sandviken.

Ponsse is growing fast, and the need for services is increasing. We hope that we can meet future needs for maintenance even better than before, says after-sales manager Urban Folkesson. This signifies one-step in our strategy – our goal is to succeed together with our customers.

We hope that we can respond to demand even better with our new service centre. A little over a year ago, we opened our southernmost service centre in Värnamo, and this year we will open our sixth service centre in Sweden. Our personnel in Sandviken will consist of manager Peter Gästgivar, and service engineers Jonas Anderson, Anders Skog and Fredrik Jonsson, who will travel on service vehicles from Sandviken and Leksand to where service is needed.”

We decided to open this new service centre because we want to provide our customers with added value to meet their demands locally”, says Folkesson. We will invest heavily in providing our customers with the services they need in their day-to-day activities, such as products, a broad range of spare parts, as well as effective high-quality services. When necessary, we will also offer repair services with professional skills and tools. What is more, we will help our customers to update their hardware and software and provide them with information, support and training. Our goal is to offer the best services!

Jarmo Vidgrén, Sales and Marketing Director, tel. +358 40 519 1486

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Gilbert Products invests $ 5 million

International Forest Industries - Tue, 21/05/2019 - 10:37
Products Gilbert, of Roberval, specializes in the production of equipment for sawmills, all-terrain surfacers, equipment for the forest industry and for construction, invests $ 5 million to acquire new robotic machining units to increase productivity reports Denis Villeneuve leQuotidien www.lequotidien.com

The investment was announced recently by the president of the company, Sylvain Gilbert, in the presence of Richard Hébert, MP for Lac-Saint-Jean and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion , and the member for Roberval, Nancy Guillemette, on behalf of his colleague, Minister of the Economy and Innovation, Pierre Fitzgibbon.

Gilbert products obtained financial assistance totaling $ 3.9 million in interest-free loans from three programs managed by Canada Economic Development, the Essor Program and Investissement Québec.

In an interview, Lydia Gaudreault, General Manager of Gilbert Products, said that the loans allow the acquisition of a Fastens robot that will supply three new machining and machining units from the manufacturer DMG Mori. “The robot we are acquiring will manage the tools of the three machining units whose function is to manufacture various parts. The robot we currently own does not start a job until there are 25 tools available. The new robot can undertake a task with five tools available, “she said. Two robot welders will also enter the factory.

Ms. Gaudreault added that the investment will greatly improve the productivity of the Boulevard Marcotte plant while the order book is already full at the cork.

Another aspect of the investment, she says, is that the company will be able to improve its performance in the delivery of spare parts for the equipment it supplies to the market.

In its main market for the manufacture of planers, feed tables, acceleration chains, automatic harvesting systems for sawmills and forestry parts, delays caused by parts shortages can be costly, in advance Ms. Gaudreault.

Despite the entry into the robotic systems factory, Gilbert Products plans to create 18 new jobs that will add to the 125 existing ones. The positions of machinists, mechanics, production employees, technicians in robotization and computer programming will be created after the installation of new equipment.

No expansion of the existing plant will be necessary since the installation of the new equipment requires interior refitting only.

Founded in 1986, the company is a leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of snowmobile trail maintenance equipment (surface groomers) and forestry, sawmill and construction equipment.

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Africa to launch sustainable forestry management guide

Australian timber industry news - Tue, 21/05/2019 - 03:14
Africa’s sustainable forestry management framework will be launched in early 2020 to guide the continent in sustainable exploitation of forest resources. Almami Dampha, senior policy officer at the African Union (AU) Commission, said that the framework has been developed to help countries meet the AU Agenda 2063 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Source: Xinhua “The framework will act as a guide to assist AU member states and regional bodies in promoting sustainable management and policies development of forest,” Dampha told over 100 delegates attending a forestry conference in Nairobi. He said that Africa’s forest declined by 2.8 million hectares in 2010-2015 due to poor forestry and land use policies, competition from other sectors such agriculture and mining, and conflicts and instability. “We hope that the framework will help in reversing the deforestation, forest degradation, land degradation, desertification, mitigate and adapt to climate change and make the continent prosperous,” said Dampha. The AU official told forestry experts and governments to prioritize forestry in their national plans and resource allocation. He observed that the framework that will be ratified by the heads of state and governments early next year is due for validation in July.  

Japan’s plywood imports drop to a record low

Australian timber industry news - Tue, 21/05/2019 - 03:14
Japan’s March 2019 plywood imports dropped below 150,000 cubic metres, a record low. Plywood demand remains firm and more of the domestic demand is being met from domestic production from domestic raw materials as well as imported veneer. Source: Lesprom Year-on-year March import volumes were 13% down and month-on-month March imports fell a massive 24%. Compared with the 1Q 2018 plywood imports fell 6% in the 1Q 2019. As usual, the top three suppliers Malaysia, Indonesia and China continued to dominate plywood imports but all three saw March shipments drop. Shipments from Malaysia and Indonesia, the two biggest suppliers, fell 26% year-on-year in March 2019 and shipments from China were also down 10% year-on-year. More startling was the month-on-month shipments from all three main suppliers with China witnessing a 60% decline only just beating the 64% decline in shipments from Vietnam which was beginning to gain market share.  


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