Pay rates of $400 a day are not enough to attract workers to plant trees, potentially putting a brake on the New Zealand Government’s one billion trees by 2028 campaign. Forest nurseries have doubled plantings to 100 million tree seedings in response to Government incentives, but finding staff is the biggest hurdle to getting them in the ground.
Forest Management director David Janett said the bottleneck was not so much acquiring seedlings from forest nurseries, but finding people to plant the trees. “We are fully booked up for this year.” Planting rates in the North Island were reaching 60 cents a tree, which equated to pay rates of $300 to $400 a day. “And we still can’t get people.”
“The greatest impediment is finding the labour to plant the trees. We can mechanise a lot of the work, but we can’t mechanise a person on a spade,” Janett said. Tree planting was done in autumn and winter and seasonal workers from the Pacific Islands would need to be recruited.
Forest Nursery Growers Association president Kevin Haine said its member nurseries would grow 100 million tree seedlings this year, almost double the 54m trees grown two years ago. Of this, the Government was responsible for about 20m trees through its Crown forestry partnerships, such as its agreement to establish a commercial forest on Ngati Rehia iwi land in Northland.
Tree planting had already increased to 70m trees last year in response to demand for replanting of harvested forests, as the “wall of wood” from a peak planting in 1994 reached maturity. “A positive aspect is that all the logged land is being replanted in trees. This is in contrast to about five years ago when carbon credits were low and it was cheap to get out of forestry and into farming.”
Nursery growers were aware that a change of government might lead to a change in tree-planting policy, which had occurred before, so were wary of gearing up too quickly, Haine said. “The contracts signed have only been for one year. The Government hasn’t signed any long-term contracts, so it’s year-by-year.
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The 2015 harvesting event, HarvestTECH was a SELL OUT. The 2017 event likewise sold out. Both at the time were the largest gathering of harvesting contractors, forestry managers, forest owners, harvest planners and all of the major equipment suppliers to the logging industry seen in New Zealand. Around 450 met up in Rotorua, New Zealand.
In addition to having most logging contractors from throughout the country attending, the events drew in a large contingent of contractors and forest managers from throughout Australia, as well as attracting key equipment suppliers, researchers, forestry companies and international contractors from Europe, the US, Canada, Papua New Guinea and Asia.
2019 is shaping up to be another standout. Already, as well as key local equipment and technology suppliers, most major international equipment providers will be bringing in international expertise for the event.
Leading contractors have already committed to present, as part of the two-day event, on new and innovative technologies along with some pretty clever operating practices that they’ve employed. This includes processes which are making a significant difference to their both their operations productivity and safety.
So, what’s being covered?
- Recent innovations in steep slope and winch assist harvesting
- Getting the best out of existing hauler & ground-based operations
- Harvest planning – new systems really making a difference
- Effective use of collected data from your harvesting operation
- Options for eliminating log sorts and reducing landing sizes
- Tools & Systems for harvesting smaller woodlots
- Remote sensing technologies for harvest planning and operations
- Solutions for improving in-forest communications
- Increased automation and mechanisation – new R&D
- Remote control, robotics, virtual reality and automation in the bush
- Filling the skills gap in harvesting
As anticipated, at this stage, many of the exhibition stands have been taken. If a supplier to wood harvesting operations in this region and you haven’t as yet booked a space, best get onto it (contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: +64 7 921 1384) to avoid missing out.
Further information relating to this major event will follow.
I caught up with Scott in Flagstaff Forest, part of the City Forests estate high above Dunedin, during a visit with Kevin Marsh, City Forest’s harvesting and OSH coordinator. Here the crew was operating at full tilt, with a daily harvest of 500-600 tonnes of second-rotation radiata pine. This equates to 18-20 truckloads of logs leaving the skid site every day.
“I really like operating the machinery,” says Scott, who left school at 16, and went straight into the bush – or rather, into the machines that work in the bush. He has only ever worked in mechanised operations, and joined Gamble Forest Harvesting early in 2018 after stints with a couple of other Otago contractors.
Scott is now being trained to operate a relatively new addition to the array of big machines operated by Gamble Forest Harvesting. This is a winch-assisted John Deere 909MH self-levelling feller-buncher, which on steeper terrain is attached to “ROB” – a 850j John Deere Remote Operated Bulldozer. ROB carries two 500-metre steel cables which secure the harvester from up-slope. All ROB operations from starting the bulldozer to operating the winch can be controlled from the cab of the feller-buncher, so making for a multi-million-dollar one-man operation.
“It’s an unreal piece of kit,” says Scott. “I’ve been really lucky because Tony (Gamble) has taken the time to train me. Tony is the expert – he still handles all the tricky stuff. There’s nothing like learning on the job with these machines, and it’s not every contractor that has time to train people.”
Scott reckons he can operate nine of the eleven machines on-site and is adept at processing, skidding and loading. He is climbing the qualifications ladder quickly, and has been working his way through a raft NZQA certificates, recently completing his National Certificate in Forest Harvesting Operations.
“I learn new things every day at work,” says Scott. “I learn about operations, but also about safety and how to look after the environment.” Owning and managing his own crew is on Scott’s list for the future. “First I need to learn how to plan and optimise harvesting operations.”
Scott also reckons he has a few big advantages over his mates, some of whom are tradesmen, others who have been to university. “I may have to get up earlier than them, but I have a great job and I earn more than most of my friends. Also I think forestry’s reputation as a dangerous industry is unfair. We have the best health and safety systems of any industry; there are huge precautions in place.”
Gamble Forest Harvesting is a certified contractor, and has worked for City Forests for many years. Owner Tony Gamble likes his crew members to be versatile, so they are all trained to operate multiple machines. “What I’m looking for are intelligent, motivated people,” says Tony. “We’re seeing more mechanisation and automation all the time, so it’s all about people’s attitude and versatility. Scott works hard and is really keen to learn, so he has all the right attributes and I’m happy to spend time training him.”
Source: Harriet Palmer, Journalist, supported by Forest Growers Commodity Levy
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Quintessential Equity has hailed the opening late last year of a new Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) processing and offsite manufacturing factory at Avalon Airport’s new industrial precinct, as a major win for both the City of Geelong and the building industry’s march toward more sustainable methods of construction.
Executive Chairman of Quintessential Equity, Shane Quinn, said the launch of Cross Laminated Offsite Solutions’ (CLOS) factory will create local jobs, support sustainable development and bring significant potential to grow an advanced manufacturing industry in Geelong.
“Green design is no longer an option, it’s an expectation. We believe every new building in Australia from today onwards has to be designed with sustainability top of mind. The CLOS factory in Geelong will be a game-changer for the construction industry in Victoria and beyond. Local, accessible mass engineered timber will help put Australia in contention to meet and exceed global standards like WELL Ratings and the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
“We’re excited about CLOS because Quintessential Equity wants to use CLT technology – we’d love to construct our first CLT building in Geelong. Building with CLT is sustainable and efficient. Eight times the amount of carbon is emitted to produce a tonne of concrete compared to a tonne of timber, and building costs can be reduced by up to 20 per cent during construction,” said Mr Quinn.
Quintessential Equity has a strong track record of green design and supporting local economies. “One of our earlier projects in Parramatta set the benchmark for exemplar sustainability winning the Energy Efficiency Council (EEC) Best Commercial Building Energy Efficiency Project.
We’ve also halved the carbon footprint of the NAB’s headquarters building in Adelaide and recently achieved global best practice at 1 Malop Street right here in Geelong, which also created hundreds of local jobs,” he said.
The CLOS factory, set to open mid-2019, will “pre-fabricate” engineered timber products into walls, floors, roofs and other building components, adding the necessary cladding, insulation and plasterboards. The materials will then be sent to building sites where they are assembled and used in construction, using a similar principle as IKEA flat pack furniture.
While CLOS will initially import the cross laminated timber (CLT) used, the company aims to become Australia’s second CLT producer within five years, which would create around 100 direct local jobs as well as secondary employment in areas such as transportation. Along with CLT processing and offsite manufacturing, CLOS will process laminated veneer lumber (LVL) and glued laminated timber (glulam).
CLOS Founder and Managing Director, John Fitzgibbon, was previously part of the building team for the new WorkSafe building in Geelong, where he saw an opportunity for Geelong to lead the way in mass engineered timber manufacturing.
“Mass engineered timber like CLT has so much potential. When you look at places like Europe and parts of the US, it’s clear Australia isn’t doing enough of it,” said Mr Fitzgibbon. The current prefabricated housing market in Australia is a AU$4.5 billion sector, or 3 per cent of the AU$150 billion construction industry, whereas Germany and Sweden’s prefabricated modular housing accounts for about 20 per cent and 70 per cent of their respective industries.
“There’s real opportunity for a major advanced manufacturing industry in Geelong – we have the space, the local workforce and the lifestyle that makes workers want to stay and live in the area. With the demise of hard manufacturing and the resurgence of white-collar jobs, I see advanced manufacturing as the next stage of Geelong’s economic growth.”
Photo: Executive Chairman of Quintessential Equity, Shane Quinn
Napier Port reported another record profit this year as the amount of cargo handled also hit a record. Net profit lifted 5.4 percent to $17.6 million in the year ended 30 September on a 5 .8 percent increase in revenue to $91.7 million, its annual report shows.
The port handled a record 5.1 million tonnes of cargo, with log exports lifting 35 percent to a record 2.2 million tonnes. A total of 266,006 containers or twenty- foot equivalent units passed through the port’s container terminal, and the port’s onsite packing operation handled a record 51,126 TEU containers.
Apple exports exceeded 23,000 TEU containers for the first time, while fertiliser, cement and oil imports remained relatively steady.
“We saw an extraordinary amount of cargo come through Napier Port the previous financial year as a result of earthquake damage to Wellington’s port. To not only match that figure this year, but to beat it by more than 320,000 tonnes, really shows the pace of growth in Hawke’s Bay,” chief executive Todd Dawson said.
He said the port is also handling larger ships and a growing cruise industry.
A total of 684 ships called at Napier this year, including 57 cruise ships, he said. Cruise tourism in the region is flourishing, with a record 103,000 passengers visiting Napier shores in the 2017-2018 cruise season. Figures from Statistics New Zealand figures show those cruise passengers spent $23 million on credit cards alone.
The port paid $10 million in dividends to the Hawke’s Bay Regional Investment Company.
Several local-area First Nations have signed on to a new agreement to manage forest lands and build on opportunities in the industry reports Charlene Tebbutt, Pa NOW.
The new Saskatchewan First Nations Forestry Alliance includes 13 First Nations, including the Montreal Lake Cree Nation, Big River First Nation, Pelican Lake First Nation, Witchekan Lake First Nation and Meadow Lake Tribal Council and their related business organizations.
The deal outlines how business-related opportunities will be handled on First Nations’ ancestral lands, which cover much of Saskatchewan’s forested area. Together, the groups direct forest management licenses and commercial arrangements on more than four million cubic metres of the annual allowable cut in the province.
Robert Fincati, chief executive officer with Montreal Lake Business Ventures, said the agreement has been in the works for several years.
“Everybody is really excited about it,” Fincati said Thursday. “We want to create stability in the forest industry in Saskatchewan. It’s important for all the nations.”
Fincati said there’s a lot of room for growth in the forestry sector.
“Right now there’s a huge gap in the forest industry in Saskatchewan and that is because there is no facility in Prince Albert,” he said, referencing the still-shuttered mill just outside the city. “It becomes really challenging to have an integrated forest operation when there’s nobody to take the hardwood.”
Fincati said the alliance is still finalizing some details around the new agreement, but the groups are eager to move forward and build on more business and growth opportunities.
“It’s actually a really good news story for all of Saskatchewan because a healthy forest industry in Saskatchewan is important for all, especially northern residents,” he added.
Provincial administrators are applauding news of the deal, and they will work with the alliance to engage and collaborate on any forest opportunities that come up, said Shane Vermette, executive director of the Forestry Development Branch with the Ministry of Energy and Resources. While the province wasn’t part of the discussions around the new agreement, Saskatchewan is a leader in Canada in working with First Nations groups on forest management, he said.
“This agreement, in fact, demonstrates Indigenous support for the sector in Saskatchewan and also collaboration by the numerous First Nations in further forestry sector growth opportunities,” Vermette added. “The annual allowable cut, which is the sustainable timber that can be harvested annually in the province, is just over eight million cubic metres, and we’re currently only harvesting about half of that.”
Dozens of Indigenous-owned forestry businesses operate in Saskatchewan, a statement from the province said, ranging from sawmills to timber harvesting, road construction, trucking and reforestation. According to statistics from the Government of Saskatchewan, about 1,300 Indigenous people work in the forestry sector here, making up 31 per cent of the total workforce, compared to four per cent across Canada.
Twenty-eight per cent of Saskatchewan’s timber supply is allocated to Indigenous businesses, the largest percentage of any province, the government noted.
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After much anticipation and countless hours of product development, John Deere unveils three powerful and productive L-Series utility wheel loaders. The 524L, 544L and 624L offer customers an intuitive solution, ideal for projects that require agility and versatility on the job site or farm. Designed with the operator in mind, the L-Series machines incorporate several new features, including improved cabs for more comfort and visibility, electrohydraulic (EH) loader controls for easier operation and redesigned near-parallel linkage, and enhanced performance buckets.
“Our next generation of wheel loaders improves upon the legacy of the John Deere wheel loader line,” said Chris Cline, product marketing manager for utility wheel loaders, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “The L-Series boasts several improvements over previous models designed to positively impact productivity, comfort and visibility, resulting in increased profitability.”
The most notable of changes to the L-Series from their K-Series predecessors is the improved cab, which is roomier and more comfortable, offering more functional storage and floor space. The optional premium heavy-duty air suspension seat is heated, ventilated and designed to offer additional legroom. The HVAC performance is also enhanced, now including rear defrost, increasing air flow while reducing noise. Three standard 12-volt auxiliary power ports in the cab enable the operator to charge multiple devices. Optional remote-heated, adjustable mirrors increase job site visibility.
Behind the wheel, EH loader controls with integrated third and fourth function auxiliary hydraulics provide faster cycle times, resulting in more material moved in shorter periods of time. Two multifunction buttons integrated into the hydraulic controls allow the operator to assign a function to each button, improving operability and productivity. This loader also has an ergonomically designed, seat-mounted right-hand joystick with a standard forward-neutral-reverse switch and fully integrated auxiliary hydraulic controls. A throttle lock option removes the need for the operator to push the throttle pedal to maintain engine speed.
Improvements to the machine boom structure directly result in increased productivity. The design increases visibility to the coupler, bucket or forks, reducing overall cycle times, material spillage and equipment damage. Additional bucket options include enhanced production buckets with integrated spill guards, profiled side cutters and greater rollback, improving bucket fill and material retention. A new shaft-style fork design offers more visibility and tine length options, including 48-inch, 60-inch and 72-inch. Smoother boom and bucket hydraulic kickouts reduce operator fatigue, while new standard parallel lift linkage improves load leveling, limits bucket spillage and increases fork operation speed.
Return-to-dig settings can now be set from the cab for both directions of the bucket, allowing operators to return-to-dig from any position without having to adjust the bucket to dump position. Boom and Bucket EH metering rate aggressiveness allows the operator to choose a setting — low, medium or high — for quicker hydraulics or reduced response in precision operations for improved comfort. Attachment configuration settings can be saved, allowing the operator to assign and save settings to an attachment, making it easier to switch between attachments without impacting productivity.
The 524L, 544L and 624L are available with optional High Lift (HL) and High Lift Plus (HL Plus) selections; there is also a tool carrier option on the 524L and 624L models. The HL Plus option features hinge pin heights that are 12 to 13 inches higher than current HL pin heights, allowing the operator to dump into higher trucks or wagons. The tool carrier option provides the best centerline visibility to the coupler or forks. It is ideal for customers handling materials, like pallets, pipe or logs, where centerline visibility is important.
From a service perspective, the hydraulic hose and electrical wire harness routing and retention are improved, and the machines feature 40 fewer leak points, lowering potential repair costs.
The 524L, 544L and 624L feature fuel-efficient Final Tier 4 John Deere diesel engines (6.8 liter) and boast 152 (113kW), 166 (123kW) and 192 (143kW) net peak horsepower, respectively.
Fleet managers looking to get the most out of their L-Series wheel loaders can rely on their John Deere dealers to provide Ultimate Uptime, featuring John Deere WorkSight™. With Ultimate Uptime, owners receive predelivery and follow-up inspections that include five years of JDLink™ telematics, machine health prognostics, remote diagnostics and programming capabilities and the ability to add dealer-provided uptime solutions to a customized package.
The 544L will also be on display at World of Concrete, Jan. 22-25, 2019, at booth C5451. Along side the 544L will be a JD544, built in December 1968, to commemorate 50 years of John Deere building wheel loaders. Contractors, builders, and sand and gravel-pit operators alike helped build the innovative JD544 50 years ago. The new L-Series machines are a testament of durability, dependability and productivity, and of continuous customer-inspired design. Throughout 2019, all new manufactured wheel loaders will showcase a 50 year anniversary emblem to signify this milestone.
For additional information and model-specific specifications about the new L-Series wheel loaders, visit www.JohnDeere.com or contact your local dealer.
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“Storskogen invests in companies that are stable and profitable. It gives us great opportunities to continue our journey with development and expansion of the company,” says Renholmen’s CEO Per Jonsson.
“We look forward to continuing to develop our three leading companies in a positive spirit together with Storskogen, which also enables further acquisitions to the group,” says Johan Andersson, CEO of ARAT Group.
ARAT Group delivers high-tech equipment to sawmills and further processing industry. The three companies operate freely and have together a turnover of SEK 300 million and have 100 employees.
Storskogen is an industry and trading group, which today owns 28 Swedish companies with a turnover of just over SEK 4 billion.
Photo: Renholmen’s CEO Per Jonsson.
Tolko Industries, headquartered in Vernon, BC, has partnered with Louisiana-based Hunt Forest Products to build a state-of-the-art sawmill near Urania, Louisiana. Earlier this year, Tolko announced plans to build the new facility. The mill is designed to produce 200 million board feet annually, with three continuous dry kilns and a planer facility.
“This is our first venture into the United States,” said Brad Thorlakson, Tolko president and CEO. “And we are thrilled to be in Louisiana with Hunt Forest Products, a family-owned company like ours, and one that has played a vital, reliable role in Louisiana’s forestry industry for more than a century.”
Pino Pucci is the company’s manager and will represent LaSalle Lumber on the SFPA Board of Directors.
Photo: Brad Thorlakson, Tolko president and CEO
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Enviva Partners to invest at least $75.7 million to expand its operation in Southampton, Virginia. In addition to increasing wood pellet production by a third to approximately 750 thousand metric tons per year (MTPY), the expansion will allow for the processing of sustainably sourced pine at the existing facility, significantly augmenting the company’s usage of fiber (or raw material) from Virginia forests.
Enviva is a leading global energy company specializing in sustainable wood biomass. The company is the world’s largest producer of wood pellets, which provide sustainable, low-carbon heat and power that can replace fossil fuels.
Wood pellets produced at Enviva’s Southampton facility are primarily exported through the company’s deep-water marine terminal at the Port of Chesapeake, Virginia.
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Global Softwood Lumber Trade
Global trade of softwood lumber from January through September 2018 was down 2.5% as compared to the same period last year. China, Japan, the United Kingdom and the MENA region reduced their imports, while the US and continental Europe have imported more lumber this year than in 2017.
Lumber markets – North America
After US lumber imports reached a 10-year high in the 2Q/18, import volumes fell 3.5% to 9.44 million m3 in the 3Q/18, which was still over ten percent more than in the same quarter in 2017. The trend over the past few years has been that the market share for overseas lumber supply to the US has increased at the expense of Canadian supply, as reported in the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ). The Canadian share has fallen from 95% of total imports in 2016 to 91% in 2018.
Lumber prices in the US plummeted during the summer and fall, with major grades falling about 40% from June to November.
Lumber exports from Canada were down in all markets in the 3Q, and the total export volume was down 4.3% q-o-q. Almost 80% of the shipments were destined for the United States. During the first nine months of 2018, export volumes to China were 16% lower than the same period last year.
Lumber markets – Northern Europe
Lumber exports from both Finland and Sweden slowed substantially in the late summer, with August shipments being down 10% (Finland) and 6% (Sweden) from August 2017. The biggest decrease in Finnish exports so far this year have been in shipments to China and Saudi Arabia, while Swedish sawmills have reduced exports to Egypt, China and Japan the most. Both countries have kept up sales in the European market in 2018 with only minor changes in shipped volumes from 2017, according to the WRQ. Lumber prices in both Finland and Sweden have remained fairly stable during most of 2018.
Lumber market – United Kingdom
The United Kingdom is the world’s third largest importer of softwood lumber, after the US and China. In 2017, the country imported 7.5 million m3 of lumber, the highest level seen since 2007 and up almost 50% from five years ago. Sweden has long been the major supplier, with a market share of about 45%. However, demand for imported lumber to the UK has fallen by 20% during the first nine months of 2018.
Import prices for lumber have trended upwards in US dollar terms in the past few years to reach a three-year high in the 2Q/18, followed by a decline of 7.3% in the 3Q/18.
Lumber markets – China
A gloomier outlook by Chinese consumers and a shortage of credits for many provincial governments and state-run firms have contributed to reduced demand for forest products. As a result, total softwood lumber imports to China have slowed in 2018, with volumes in the first nine months falling 11% as compared to the same period in 2017, according to Chinese customs data. Imports were down from all supplying countries except Russia.
Wood Resources International LLC
As of January 1st 2019, Jan Liljegren will take the position as CEO for Bergs Timber Production AB, and will be responsible for the Swedish operations.
In the autumn, Jan held the position as Production Director and now stands up as CEO.
Bergs Timber produces and sells sawn and further processed wood products. It operates its production facilities in Sweden, Estonia and Latvia. The Group also includes its own port and logistics operations in England.
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Tigercat has announced that EkoNivaTechnika-Holding is now a Tigercat dealer for areas of Western Russia and Siberia.
With headquarters in Detchino, approximately 150 kilometers southeast of Moscow, EkoNivaTechnika-Holding has a regional presence through three operational branches: EkoNiva-Teсhnika in the Central region, EkoNiva-Chernozemye in the Central Black Earth region and EkoNivaSibir in the Siberian area.
With 24 years in the Russian agricultural equipment business, the company is a leader in mobile farm equipment and servicing.
Covering fourteen regions, EkoNiva has twelve service centres each with its own spare parts warehouses, state-of-the-art overhaul depots and field service trucks. The company has over 550 employees with a great deal of attention paid to training and development, both in Russia and abroad.
Matt Roberts, Tigercat sales manager for Europe and Russia comments, “We are very happy to welcome EkoNiva to the Tigercat dealer network. The company’s vast experience and proven record in customer support, combined with their operational excellence as a leading heavy equipment dealer in the Russian Federation, is an outstanding match for our products. We are confident that forestry customers in EkoNiva’s area will see great benefit to adding Tigercat products to their fleet with the support of EkoNiva’s strong network of branches and technicians.”
“We are excited to introduce Tigercat to our customers in Northern Russia and Siberia. Our choice for Tigercat is based on the premium quality of the forestry equipment and high level reputation as a customer driven company with strong engineering capabilities,” comments Bjoerne Drechsler, First Deputy Managing Director, EkoNivaTechnika-Holding.
Ekoniva strives to establish a long-term, honest and mutually beneficial cooperation with its customers, stating, “Every customer is unique for us. Each order is completed with consideration of the customer’s requirements and specific possibilities.”
Tigercat looks forward to expanding its customer base in Russia and along with EkoNiva, will deliver a high-class customer.
Matriarch designs and manufactures a range of material handling products used predominantly in the forestry and sugar industries across local and international territories.
Bell said the intellectual property (IP) of the products designed by Matriarch is aligned to the broader strategy of the company to enhance IP ownership and to provide niche product solutions in the forestry and sugar industries.
In terms of the transaction BECSA will acquire all the assets of Matriarch consisting of the inventory, the value whereof will be finalised at an inventory count to be conducted on or about January 31, 2019; the operating assets to the value of circa-R1.3 million; the value of the IP which was determined by valuing the business of Matriarch on a discounted cash flow basis; and take on the employees of Matriarch.
BECSA will pay an initial consideration of R3.8 million for the Matriarch IP plus a performance-based consideration (PBC) based on future sales performance of Matriarch Products, retrospectively per quarter for five years. In addition to the five-year time limit, the PBC has a monetary cap of R15 million.
The finalisation announcement is expected on or about February 1, 2019.
The new technological line for production of wooden pellets has been launched in a special ceremony at Lesosibirsky LDK No. 1 (Segezha Group, part of Sistema JSFC) at the end of the year 2018.
The presentation ceremony was attended by Аleksandr Uss, Governor of Krasnoyarsk Krai, c, and other heads of the Krai and the company.
The capacity of the new enterprise is 70,000 tons of ready pellets in a year, which will be exported all over Europe, but the designed solution allows to increase the output volume by nearly 1.5 times.
The investments into the pellet production facility amounted to RUB 816.6 million.
A month after the factory first started in “test mode”, the first batch, 120 containers, was loaded with approximately 2400 tonnes of pellets for European customers.
Biofuel production is one of the key areas of the Segezha Group in Ecology and Environmental Protection. The launch of a new factory allows the company to use wood processing resources to the fullest extent, providing handling of sawing by-product and processing it into biofuel and heat energy.
Photo: Mikhail Shamolin, Chairman of the Board of Segezha Group
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MaskinLeverantörerna (ML), the Swedish trade association for suppliers of mobile machinery and equipment, has announced that it will launch a brand new Swedish Forestry Expo, which will take place June 3-5, 2021, at the Solvalla Harness-Racing Track in Stockholm, Sweden. The fair aims to be a meeting place for professional, large-scale forestry with forest machinery the focal point.
According to a statement, the launch of the fair is an initiative of the trade association and its members. The Swedish Forestry Expo will be open to all exhibitors who have relevant products for large-scale forestry, forest machines, allied equipment, and accessories. This includes companies that are not members of MaskinLeverantörerna.
The new trade fair aims to be an easily accessible meeting place where one as a visitor can clearly experience all exhibitors in the area. In addition to the fair, meetings and seminars will be organized, as knowledge transfer is an important part of the experience.
The organisers, MaskinLeverantörerna (ML) says that it has already confirmed the participation of several major forest machinery brands including Eco Log Sweden AB, John Deere AB, Komatsu Forest AB, Rottne Industri AB, and Ponsse AB.
We want to create a more focused fair for professional forest equipment buyers, where machinery is the focal point. The choice of Solvalla as the fair arena felt natural, as we have good experience from there with the Swedish Machine Fair and the location meets the requirements for accessibility, said Björn Bäckström, CEO of MaskinLeverantörerna.
Photo: Björn Bäckström, CEO, MaskinLeverantörerna (ML), the Swedish trade association for suppliers of mobile machinery and equipment
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The recent UN Report on climate change has put renewable energy back in the headlines, and rightly so. If we want to avoid the most serious damage from climate change, we need an all-in approach, solutions that are available today, and policies that support our working forests.
While solar and wind power are the most talked-about renewable solutions, bioenergy is a critical part of the mix – and one that is available right now. As an alternative to coal, wood pellets help power utilities reduce their carbon footprint up to 85% on a lifecycle basis, often without undergoing major renovations to their existing infrastructure. Power generation using biomass also provides a reliable, clean source of energy that complements the intermittency of wind and solar energy.
The Guardian reported last week that “the capacity of renewable energy has overtaken that of fossil fuels in the UK for the first time, in a milestone that experts said would have been unthinkable a few years ago.”
Bioenergy is making this possible. Countries like the UK, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, and Japan are increasingly turning to wood-based bioenergy. Across Europe, biomass represents more than 60% of renewable energy consumption, and is widely seen as essential to the strategies for meeting ambitious carbon reduction goals. That’s why The Economist recently noted: “if climate targets are to be met … it will be impossible without the contribution of a critical, yet often overlooked source of renewable energy: modern bioenergy.”
Just as importantly, wood biomass – and strong demand for forest products — helps ensure forests stay forests. Today, in the southeast U.S., private forest owners are growing 40% more wood than they remove every year. Why? Because additional demand raises the value landowners can get from keeping their land as managed forests. Absent strong demand for wood, landowners have the incentive to convert their land for a higher return. That could mean less environmentally beneficial agriculture, or worse – a housing development or a strip mall.
But, we also must recognize that not all biomass is good biomass. How we source our wood is critical. As the world’s largest producer of wood pellets with an expanding footprint, we take seriously our responsibility to maintain and improve forest health. Enviva uses industrial wood waste (like sawdust), or low-grade wood – including “thinnings,” limbs, tops, or crooked and knotted trees that would otherwise not get used for lumber or other higher value products. We only source from land that will continue to be re-forested. And we are leaders in transparency. Under our Track & TraceTM program, we identify the specific origin of wood that we receive from the forest, and we make that information public.
We have long embraced third-party certification, and we work with the world’s foremost forestry organizations, including the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), and the Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP). This week, I’m pleased to be joining the SBP Board. Forest certification programs provide a consistent, verifiable and transparent framework for evaluating the sustainability of a company’s operations, from forest to product. At Enviva, we believe in appropriate safeguards and continuous improvement, and I look forward to sharing what we’ve learned as SBP plays an increasingly important role in the sustainability of our industry.
The climate is changing. We need to move forward with workable solutions that can meet today’s energy needs, and protect our forests at the same time. Only an all-of-the-above approach — that includes wood biomass — can get us there.
Enviva announced recently that the conditions precedent to the organization’s previously announced take-or-pay off-take contracts to supply 630,000 metric tons per year (MTPY) of wood pellets to a major Japanese customer have been satisfied and the agreements are now firm. Under the terms of the agreements with Mitsubishi Corporation, Enviva will be the exclusive, long-term imported biomass fuel supplier to the Aioi Bioenergy Corporation, a joint venture between Mitsubishi Corporation Power Ltd. And Kansai Electric Power Co, Inc., which is converting an existing oil-fired power plant to biomass.
Under these contracts, Enviva Partners, LP (NYSE: EVA) (the “Partnership”) and Enviva JV Development Company, LLC, the Partnership’s sponsor’s joint venture with John Hancock Life Insurance Company (U.S.A.), will supply approximately 180,000 and 450,000 MTPY of wood pellets, respectively. Deliveries under the contracts are scheduled to commence in late 2022 and continue for at least 15 years.
“Our partners at Aioi Bioenergy and Mitsubishi Corporation are at the forefront of Japan’s commitment to reducing the impacts of climate change,” said John Keppler, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Enviva. “We are privileged and honored to be the sole source of supply of sustainable wood pellet fuel to the Aioi facility, one of the largest dedicated biomass projects in Japan announced to date, and we look forward to helping Mitsubishi and Kansai deliver on the promise of renewable energy.”
Enviva Partners, LP and its sponsor have now finalized long-term off-take agreements with counterparties in Japan that will total 1.5 million MTPY by the end of 2022.
About Enviva Partners, LP
Enviva Partners, LP (NYSE: EVA) is a publicly traded master limited partnership that aggregates a natural resource, wood fiber, and processes it into a transportable form, wood pellets. The Partnership sells a significant majority of its wood pellets through long-term, take-or-pay agreements with creditworthy customers in the United Kingdom and Europe. The Partnership owns and operates six plants with a combined production capacity of nearly three million metric tons of wood pellets per year in Virginia, North Carolina, Mississippi, and Florida. In addition, the Partnership exports wood pellets through its owned marine terminal assets at the Port of Chesapeake, Virginia, and the Port of Wilmington, North Carolina and from third-party marine terminals in Mobile, Alabama and Panama City, Florida.
About Enviva Holdings, LP
Enviva Holdings, LP is the world’s largest producer of wood pellets, a renewable and sustainable energy source used to generate electricity and heat. Through its subsidiaries, Enviva Holdings, LP owns and operates wood pellet processing plants and deep-water export terminals in the Southeastern United States. They export pellets primarily to power plants in the United Kingdom and Europe that previously were fueled by coal, enabling them to reduce their lifetime carbon footprint by about 80 percent. They make pellets using sustainable practices that protect Southern forests, and employ about 800 people and support many other businesses in the rural South, where jobs and economic opportunity are sometimes scarce.
John Keppler, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Enviva
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