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Trump Says California Can Learn From Finland on Fires. Is He Right?

NYT Logging Industry - So, 18/11/2018 - 20:33
Like his earlier comments about California’s forest management, President Trump’s remarks about how Finland prepares for wildfires were somewhat misleading.

Robust exhibit sales for 2019 Forest Products Expo

International Forest Industries - Fr, 16/11/2018 - 12:27

Nearly 100 companies have contracted fully 80% of the available exhibit space for the 35th Forest Products Machinery & Equipment Exposition – Expo 2019 – to be held June 26-28, 2019 at Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center.

“Participation in Expo is reaching an early sell-out; most of the larger exhibit spaces are already occupied. Many of the exhibiting companies are determining the equipment they’ll bring for display in Atlanta.  And some have expanded their exhibit space based on strong, pre-show orders,” commented Eric Gee, SFPA’s exposition director. “Expo 2019 is the best place to be for companies wanting to showcase the latest equipment, products and services for the wood industry,” he added.

Sponsored and conducted by the Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA) every two years since 1950, this event has traditionally included many of the biggest names in the business displaying everything from sawmill machinery to materials handling equipment, attracting key representatives from the nation’s largest wood products manufacturers. Expo 2017 featured 183 exhibitors, with a total attendance of just over 2,000.

An online sales kit and exhibit space application is now available at www.sfpaexpo.com. “We have also rolled out new event management software that streamlines the exhibit space selection and confirmation process,” Eric noted.

For questions about Expo 2019, contact Eric at 504/443-4464 (option 3), or e-mail him at egee@sfpa.org.

Photo:  Eric Gee, SFPA’s exposition director
NOTE to Editors: The EXPO 2019 logo and photos from Expo 2017 are available upon request; contact Cameron Goodreau, cgoodreau@sfpa.org.

The Forest Products Machinery & Equipment Exposition has been sponsored since 1950 by the Southern Forest Products Association, a trade association representing Southern Pine lumber manufacturers from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

SFPA’s member companies produce about 45 percent of the nation’s Southern Pine lumber.

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US timber tariff: Who will benefit?

International Forest Industries - Fr, 16/11/2018 - 11:44

China announced a 25% tariff on US imports, on a value of $16 billion from 23 August. The taxed products include $1.83 billion of wood products and logs.

A large range of wood products are listed in the tariff list, including oak logs, birch logs, OSB, spruce, larch, teak, wooden window frames, shelves, furniture etc.

China is the biggest importer for American wood products. The United States exported 6.14 million m3 logs to China, accounting for 53.9% of US logs, and 3.27 m3 lumber, accounting for 38% of US sawn timber exports, according to the U.S Bureau of Statistics. The China market represents half of total US log exports, and one third of its sawn timber exports.

The US tariffs will increase the cost of US wood imports, which will make America timber gradually lose its competitiveness and market position in China.

China Timber has forecast that Chinese buyers may turn to other countries such as Russia and Europe as the properties of timber from those countries are very similar to that of the US.

Source: ITTO MIS Report (October)

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Gough CAT signs with Weiler

International Forest Industries - Fr, 16/11/2018 - 11:11

Gough Cat have announced they have an agreement with United States company Weiler Incorporated to distribute its forestry product line in New Zealand.

Founded in 2000, Weiler has a long history of successfully manufacturing equipment distributed through the global Cat dealer network, says Gough Cat Executive General Manager Chris Heaton.

“These products complement the Caterpillar forestry machines that Gough Cat will continue to offer and we are excited about continuing to supply our customers a wide range of products.”

Gough Cat will distribute and service Weiler forestry products, including wheel skidders and track feller bunchers, while continuing to provide and service Cat’s forestry 500 series purpose-built forestry machines designed for log loading, harvesting and other New Zealand forestry applications.

“Gough Cat and Weiler look forward to growing our relationship further through distributing this portfolio of products for the forestry industry through our extensive dealer network throughout New Zealand,” says Chris Heaton.

“We are excited to have Gough Cat as the exclusive Weiler dealer for New Zealand, their great history of product support and taking care of customers fits our needs to continue to grow the Weiler brand,” says Pat Weiler, owner and founder of Weiler.

“We remain strongly committed to our forestry business and expect Weiler’s forestry customers will benefit greatly from the exceptional sales and service that Gough Cat are proud to be known for,” says Chris Heaton.

The new agreement follows an announcement by Caterpillar Inc in August that it had entered into a preliminary agreement to sell some of its forestry business to Weiler.

Weiler paving and drill products will be available in New Zealand later this year, with forestry products becoming available early in 2019, as Caterpillar transitions these forest products.

“This is a positive move and a smooth transition is well underway, supported by Weiler’s proven track record of working with Cat dealers all over the world,” says Chris Heaton.

Photo: Gough Cat Executive General Manager Chris Heaton

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Australia – Timberlink announces new appointments

International Forest Industries - Fr, 16/11/2018 - 10:58

Timberlink has announced the appointment of Jason Wilson (photo) to the newly created position of Chief Operations Officer (COO) to support its growth and development strategy. In addition, Duncan Mayes has joined the Timberlink team, taking up the position of EGM Innovation and Emerging Business.

Previously, Jason has been the General Manager of Auswest Timbers, leading a business that has seven manufacturing sites. Prior to that he spent 7 years with Carter Holt Harvey and was Strategic Development Manager during his last four and a half years with the company.

The role of EGM Innovation and Emerging Business has a mission to support the strategic commitment to grow and expand the business in sustainably relevant sectors, further leveraging the strong material base with a greater focus on value adding with advanced technology and business models.

Duncan Mayes brings with him a wealth of experience, having worked with global wood products company Stora Enso over the last 20 years in a wide variety of operational and development roles, including leading the Wood Product Division’s Strategy, R&D and Innovation and Operational Business Management.

Timberlink CEO Ian Tyson welcomed both to the business, “this is an exciting time for Timberlink and I am delighted to be able to welcome these two experienced executives to the team.”

Source: Timberlink

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Australia – AKD Softwoods acquires NSW sawmilling business

International Forest Industries - Fr, 16/11/2018 - 10:40

Associated Kiln Driers Softwoods (AKD) has confirmed that it has finalised the purchase of Carter Holt Harvey’s (CHH) New South Wales sawmilling business. The major assets of this business comprise of the Tumut sawmill, Gilmore treatment facility, a 50% interest in the Highland Pine Products (HPP) joint venture in Oberon and a distribution centre in Berkeley Vale.

The Tumut sawmill processes approximately 565,000 m3 of sawlogs producing a range of outdoor and structural products and the Gilmore treatment facility is a value adding site also located in Tumut. The HPP joint venture processes approximately 600,000 m3 of sawlog. All of the nearly 500 NSW employees will continue to be employed by the business.

AKD’s Chief Executive Officer Shane Vicary explains “we are excited to be acquiring the assets and merging the NSW people into our AKD team, the operations are well run and operated by dedicated, talented and passionate people.”

AKD Softwoods is a privately-owned Australian company with a proud history of 60 years in the forest industry, with 55 of those years as softwood sawmillers. From humble beginnings in the regional Victorian town of Colac where the head office remains, AKD as of today will have 12 operational sites across 3 states and employ over 1000 people.

“We are proud of our story, the products we produce and relationships we hold with our customers, employees, suppliers and communities” says Mr Vicary. “We see the NSW business as a strategic fit for the AKD Group as we have a long-term dedication to our industry producing timber products for the Australian market. This opportunity will provide AKD with a larger range and volume of products, and greater flexibility with multiple sites located across the eastern seaboard to offer new and existing customers superior service and supply security”.

This expansion continues AKD’s approach of growth and sustainability through strategic acquisitions and continual capital investment, cementing its commitment to the industry.

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Plantation harvests rising

International Forest Industries - Di, 13/11/2018 - 11:09

Plantation harvests on the rise – According to the eighth national inventory of forest resources, the area of national plantation was 69.33 million hectares accounting for 36% of the forest land area in China. The stocking volume of these plantations was 2.483 billion cubic metres, or 17% of China’s forest standing volume.

Between 2009 and 2013 the average annual harvest volume from China’s plantations was 155 million cubic metres. The harvest volume from plantations accounted for 46% of the total harvest, up by 7% on the period of the seventh national inventory.

Source: ITTO MIS Report October

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Acadian Timber reports 3Q net sales of $22.2 million

International Forest Industries - Di, 13/11/2018 - 10:59

In the 3Q, Acadian Timber Corp. generated net sales of $22.2 million compared to $19.3 million in the prior year period primarily due to a 20% increase in log sales volumes.

Adjusted EBITDA margin increased to 30% from 27% in the prior year period as the benefits of higher log sales volumes and stronger sales of higher and better use (HBU) land in Maine were partially offset by higher operating costs due to longer average haul distances.

Net income for the 3Q totaled $9.7 million, or $0.58 per share, compared to $2.8 million, or $0.17 per share, respectively, for the same period in 2016.

“Demand across Acadian’s sawtimber and hardwood pulpwood markets remained strong during the 3Q”, said Mark Bishop, CEO of Acadian. “While seasonally drier than normal summer weather supported strong 3Q log production, annual harvest levels will continue to reflect our long term sustainable targets.”

During the first nine months of 2017, Acadian’s net sales were $57.9 million, reflecting an improvement over the prior year period of $54.4 million primarily attributed to a 15% increase in log sales volumes from favourable harvest conditions throughout the year, particularly for spruce and fir stands.

Adjusted EBITDA improved to $17.3 million from $15.5 million during this period while the Adjusted EBITDA margin improved to 30% from 28% benefiting from the aforementioned sales volume increase as well as higher HBU land sales in Maine.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2017, net income improved to $18.5 million, or $1.10 per share, representing an increase of $5.5 million over the prior year period primarily due to higher Adjusted EBITDA as described above and favourable foreign exchange revaluation of U.S. dollar denominated long-term debt.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2017, net income improved to $18.5 million, or $1.10 per share, representing an increase of $5.5 million over the prior year period primarily due to higher Adjusted EBITDA as described above and favourable foreign exchange revaluation of U.S. dollar denominated long-term debt.

Acadian Timber Corp. is a leading supplier of primary forest products in Eastern Canada and the Northeastern U.S.

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Komatsu – New global after sales manager

International Forest Industries - Fr, 09/11/2018 - 13:42

Komatsu Forest has a new Global After Sales Manager – Bernd Rauser has since the year 2000 been active as Managing Director of Komatsu Forest GmbH. Now new challenges are waiting, that he is eager to face.

Komatsu Forest is in a phase where the company invests in growing within the aftermarket offering. The aim is to continuously improve the business models, and to grow on existing and new markets. Bernd, with his experience and deep knowledge of the forest industry, is now leading this exciting process.

I see it as a very exciting time to get into. Our aftermarket has tremendous potential to grow even more. As a company, we should be at the forefront of our offering, and there are smart technological solutions that we are currently working a lot with. We will continue to focus on that.

Furthermore, Bernd explains that a challenge as a Global After Sales Manager is the overall perspective. There are big differences between various markets and customer needs differ.

There are many pieces that are connected to each other. It’s important that each piece fits in the other to get an excellent overall offer. Our offer ranges from a small spare part screw to training to smart connected machines. It is a huge spread.

Bernd has been working for Komatsu Forest for 18 years, but the forest has always been present for Bernd. His parents were forest owners and he grew up close by the Black Forest (forested mountain range in southwest Germany). And now he sees exciting times for the forest industry:

The demand for wood and paper products is growing. From a sustainability perspective, it will be necessary to grow, and in even more places around the world. There are large forest markets where mechanization also becomes a natural part of the development.

Bernd is now stationed at the head office in Umeå, Sweden, and during the autumn his wife Beate will also move to Umeå.

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Jyri Kylä-Kaila Appointed Managing Director Of Epec Oy

International Forest Industries - Fr, 09/11/2018 - 13:19

Jyri Kylä-Kaila (39) has been appointed managing director of Epec Oy, a subsidiary of Ponsse, starting from 1 January 2019. Kylä-Kaila will report to Ponsse Plc’s President and CEO Juho Nummela, and he will be located in Seinäjoki.

Jyri Kylä-Kaila will transfer to his new position from Valmet Automotive where he has worked in various research and development, sales and marketing tasks since 2011. Kylä-Kaila will transfer to Epec Oy from the position of director of electric powertrains at Valmet Automotive. Kylä-Kaila has studied master’s degree in industrial engineering.

Teemu Raitis, Epec’s current managing director, will leave the company on 30 November 2018. Petri Härkönen, Ponsse Plc’s CFO, will be the acting managing director of Epec Oy during December 2018.

Epec Oy is Ponsse Group’s subsidiary located in Seinäjoki, Finland. It designs and manufactures control systems for mobile work machines, electronics and software for demanding conditions. Epec Oy was founded in 1978, and it has been the manufacturer of PONSSE information system products since 2004.

FURTHER INFORMATION
Juho Nummela, President and CEO, Ponsse Plc, tel. +358 400 495 690

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Photo: Jyri Kylä-Kaila (39) has been appointed managing director of Epec Oy.

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Rayonier reports 3Q net income of $23.4 million

International Forest Industries - Fr, 09/11/2018 - 12:34

Rayonier Inc. reported 3Q 2018 net income of $23.4 million, or $0.18 per share, on revenues of $200.9 million. This compares to net income of $24.7 million, or $0.19 per share, on revenues of $184.4 million in the prior year quarter.

3Q 2018 operating income was $46.4 million versus $39.3 million in the prior year period. 3Q 2018 Adjusted EBITDA was $83.3 million versus $69.3 million in the prior year period.

“Following a very strong first half of the year, we are pleased to report 3Q results above expectations, largely driven by a timberland sale in New Zealand,” said David Nunes, President and CEO. “Southern Timber results reflect 2% lower harvest volumes and a 3% increase in pine pulpwood stumpage prices relative to the prior year quarter, as wet weather conditions hindered harvest efforts but positively impacted pulpwood pricing.

Overall, weighted-average stumpage prices in Southern Timber decreased 1% due to the geographic mix of sawtimber harvest volumes and the impact of tariffs on China export volume. Pacific Northwest Timber results improved versus the prior year quarter driven by 23% higher harvest volumes as well as higher delivered sawtimber and pulpwood prices, partially offset by higher cut and haul costs.”

Rayonier is a leading timberland real estate investment trust with assets located in some of the most productive softwood timber growing regions in the United States and New Zealand.

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Sappi Nth America appoints Alexander ‘Sandy’ Taft as director of sustainability

International Forest Industries - Fr, 09/11/2018 - 11:29

Sappi North America appoints Alexander “Sandy” Taft as director of sustainability. Taft will work cross-functionally within Sappi’s North American operations to drive sustainability strategy and execution. Taft will also work with counterparts in Sappi’s European and South African offices to ensure consistency with global sustainability goals.

Taft joins Sappi from National Grid, a U.K.-headquartered energy delivery company, where he was most recently the Director of Environmental and Sustainability Policy for its U.S. subsidiary. He brings a strong background in U.S. energy and environmental policy, as well as a collaborative approach to global policy development.

Taft will also join the Two Sides North America Board of Directors as a member this fall. Two Sides is a non-profit, global initiative by companies from the graphic communications industry including forestry, pulp and paper, among others.

Sappi North America, Inc., a leading producer and supplier of diversified paper, packaging products and dissolving wood pulp.
View Sappi North America here.

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Södra to offer renewable electricity through Guarantees of Origin to Europe

International Forest Industries - Fr, 09/11/2018 - 11:01

Södra can now offer Guarantees of Origin (GoOs) for its renewable electricity. The GoOs are recognised by the EU, following the certification of Södra’s Mönsterås pulp mill according to EU standards.

“We believe in renewable energy and want to give our customers the opportunity to take advantage of our renewable electricity,” said Henric Dernegård, Energy Coordinator at Södra.

Renewable energy is produced in Södra’s pulp mills using raw material from the forests owned by Södra’s members. Since 2010, Södra has been self-sufficient in terms of electricity production and sells any surplus on the open electricity market. Södra is now certified according to the European Energy Certificate System (EECS). This is a standard for cross-border trade in GoO certificates.

Södra’s European customers have shown an interest in GoO-label electricity. In May, the mill at Mönsterås was classified according to the EECS, and since then, the mill has produced 190 GWh in bio-based GoO-label electricity. This corresponds to the heating requirements of around 7,600 houses.

“Many of our European customers are electricity-intensive and already purchase renewable products from us in the form of paper pulp. They can now purchase renewable GoOs from us as well, which is an added value that we think strengthens our business,” commented Dernegård.

A GoO certificate corresponds to one MWh and is an electronic label showing where and how the electricity is produced. In Södra’s case, this electricity is bio-based, but it can also be sun, wind or water-based, for example.

For more technical information, please contact:
Henric Dernegård, Energy Coordinator, Södra

Tel: +46 (0)470-152 63
E-mail: henric.dernegard@sodra.com

For more market information, please contact:
Magnus Reitersjö, Director Treasury and Credits, Södra
Tel: +46 (0)470-891 34
E-mail: magnus.reitersjo@sodra.com

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Metsä Wood inaugurates new birch plywood mill in Pärnu, Estonia

International Forest Industries - Do, 08/11/2018 - 12:43

Metsä Wood’s new birch plywood mill inaugurated in Pärnu, Estonia. The investment in the birch plywood mill in Pärnu is worth Euro 55 million. Once the mill is operating at full capacity, it will employ around 200 people.

For Metsä Wood, the Pärnu mill is a strategically important investment in birch plywood speciality products. The most important applications for birch plywood include construction and transport industry, which are increasing globally as a result of enhanced urbanisation.

“Metsä Wood has been implementing its industrial efficiency strategy for five years, to great effect. The inauguration of the birch plywood mill in Pärnu is the culmination of the company’s Euro 100 million investment programme, which improves production excellence and competitiveness in the market. Today, we are witnessing another new beginning for Metsä Group’s strong growth,” said President and CEO Ilkka Hämälä.

The annual production capacity of the Pärnu birch plywood mill is 50,000 cubic metres. This increases Metsä Wood’s total net production capacity by around 30,000 cubic metres.

The birch plywood mill in Pärnu uses birch veneers as a raw material. The veneers are produced in Äänekoski in central Finland. The wood is acquired from Finland, mainly from the forests of Metsä Group’s owner-members. The veneer mill at Äänekoski and the birch plywood mill in Pärnu constitute a mill complex, in which the two parts must work seamlessly together. The Pärnu mill is expected to reach its full capacity during 2019.

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Resolute Forest Products improved 2Q to $976 million

International Forest Industries - Do, 08/11/2018 - 10:35

Resolute Forest Products Inc. reported net income for the quarter ended June 30, 2018, of $72 million, or $0.77 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $74 million, or $0.82 per share, in the same period in 2017. Sales were $976 million in the quarter, an increase of $118 million from the year-ago period.

Excluding special items, the company reported net income of $66 million, or $0.71 per share, compared to a net loss, excluding special items, of $3 million, or $0.03per share, in the 2Q 2017.

“Overall positive price momentum and improved operational performance led to record profitability this quarter. Our strong financial results allowed repayment of $105 million of debt during the quarter, significantly improving our balance sheet and leverage,” said Yves Laflamme, president and CEO. “We are also very pleased that the countervailing duty order on supercalendered paper has recently been revoked, resulting in a $60 million refund of duty deposits over the coming months.”

Resolute Forest Products is a global leader in the forest products industry with a diverse range of products, including market pulp, tissue, wood products, newsprint and specialty papers, which are marketed in close to 70 countries.

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Brazil’s wood-based product exports increased by 8.4% in September

International Forest Industries - Mi, 07/11/2018 - 14:01

In September 2018 Brazilian exports of wood-based products (except pulp and paper) increased 8.4% in value compared to September 2017, from $248.3 million to $269.1 million, reports ITTO.

The value of pine sawnwood exports increased 20% between September 2017 ($41.9 million) and September 2018 ($50.4 million) and the volume of exports increased 17% over the same period (202,500 cubic metres to 237,700 cubic metres).

Tropical sawnwood exports also increased rising 31% year-on-year from 42,500 cubic metres in September 2017 to 55,700 cubic metres in September 2018. In terms of value, exports increased 21% from $19.5 million to $23.5 million over the same period.

September pine plywood exports increased 31% in value year-on-year from $48.7 million to $63.6 million. Export volumes also increased, rising 13% over the same period, from 165,900 cubic metres to 188,200 cubic metres.

In contrast, tropical plywood exports declined 28% in volume, from 16,300 cubic metres ($6.3 million) in September 2017 to 11,700 cubic metres ($5.5 million) in September 2018.

Brazil’s wooden furniture exports continue to do well and in September 2018 totalled $44 million compared to $40 million in September 2017 a 10% rise.

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Boise Cascade closes sales of its lumber mills

International Forest Industries - Mi, 07/11/2018 - 13:22

Boise Cascade Company has completed the sale of its northeast Oregon lumber mills in Pilot Rock and La Grande and the particleboard operations in Island City to Woodgrain Millwork. The sale officially closed on November 2, 2018.

Boise Cascade is one of the largest producers of engineered wood products and plywood in North America and a leading U.S. wholesale distributor of building products.

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JoeScan Debuts Next Gen Scanner

International Forest Industries - Di, 06/11/2018 - 12:03
JS-50 prototype turns heads at TP&EE

JoeScan gave visitors a glimpse at the future of sawmill scanning during TP&EE in Portland, Oregon. The 3D laser scanning leaders brought a pair of interactive demos to their booth, showcasing a variety of innovations exclusive to their latest JS-50 prototype devices.

By leveraging sixteen years of sawmill industry engineering, as well as the latest advances in hardware technology, JoeScan has built their best 3D scanner yet. The new JS-50 scan heads bring twice the speed, resolution, and data density, all in a package ¼ the size and weight of earlier models

Performance benefits were demonstrated on a log supported by two flights that visitors pushed through a towering scan arch. The on-screen visualization laid bare the improvement in data density. Visitors also commented on how the dual camera design produced data around the flights that would be missed by single camera scanners.

The second demo offered a hands-on test of the JS-50’s new dovetail snap-mount and single cable connector. Untrained visitors were able to remove and replace scan heads in less than ten seconds with this intuitive new system.

Using a power-over-ethernet architecture cuts the number of cables needed in half. For instance a large system would go from 48 cables down to just 24. This cable uses a single industry-standard RJ45 ethernet plug, making for extremely tidy junction boxes. It also removes the need for a dedicated power supply, reduces cable management complexity, and dramatically improves troubleshooting time.

“Our inspiration for the snap mount was the repeatability of picatinny rail systems used by the military for rifle optics,” says mechanical engineer Vadim Kovalev. “We wanted to create something that was very easy to use, and that would allow for heads to be swapped without recalibration.”

But perhaps the most visually stunning feature of the new JoeScan is its size and shape. The JS-50 comes in at a slender 19 inches by 3 inches by 1½ inches and sports a sleek, bow-like style. This makes it significantly easier to handle and install than earlier models. The smaller package also opens it up to applications without much room for scanning hardware.

Overall the JS-50’s new features proved to be very popular with show attendees. Both sawmill operators and optimization experts agreed that the new model will raise the bar JoeScan has already set for simplicity and reliability in sawmill scanning.

“We are pleased with the positive response the JS-50 is generating,” said Jason Farmer, JoeScan’s vice president of engineering. “But we aren’t surprised. We’ve built a compelling technology roadmap, focused exclusively on the sawmill industry, and the JS-50 is our first step down that path. It is an exciting time to be scanning with JoeScan.”

These prototype units impressed, and the final commercial version of the JS-50 will be available for purchase in early 2019.

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JoeScan debuts Next Gen Scanner – JS-50 prototype turns heads at TP&EE

International Forest Industries - Di, 06/11/2018 - 11:45

At JoeScan’s TP&EE booth, a group of sawmill industry leaders gathered to toast Galloway Lumber, the winner of the Longest Running JoeScan contest. This announcement ended the months long search for the longest continually operating JoeScan 3D laser scanner.

With champagne and beer glasses held high, marketing manager Brad Michael and JoeScan founder and president Joey Nelson gave a short speech to the crowd packed around their booth.

During the ceremony, Nelson identified the winning scan head. “This is really special because it’s the very first JoeScan ever installed. It’s still running great, almost sixteen years later.”

The winning scanner first went to work on the bucking line at Galloway’s British Columbia sawmill in February of 2003, or just over 5700 days ago. “If this isn’t a testament to our ‘Made for Sawmills’ motto, I don’t know what is,” Michael added.

Although there was only one winner in the contest, JoeScan was quick to acknowledge all of the sawmills and systems integrators that have worked with them over the years. “From our oldest partners to our newest friends, you’re the reason we’re here today,” Michael said. “Here’s to sixteen more years of successful sawmill scanning!”

For additional information about this topic or assistance with media files, please contact Brad Michael at +1.360.993.0069 x7007 or email at brad.michael@joescan.com.

Photo: Golden  toast announcing the winner

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Waratah Forestry Equipment celebrates 45th anniversary

International Forest Industries - Di, 06/11/2018 - 11:27

Waratah Forestry Equipment is celebrating 45 years of innovation and serving customers in the forestry industry.

The company pioneered mechanized harvesting with first-class products paired with unparalleled customer support.

Established in Tokoroa, New Zealand in 1973, the company transitioned to meet local loggers’ heavy-duty delimbing needs creating a delimber-feller-buncher featuring a four-roller fixed head.   Following that innovation, a red grapple processor for the Canadian markets marked the beginnings of the 600 Series and solidified its place as the original red head in the industry.

Today, Waratah heads are found in all logging applications from felling on steep slopes, to cut-to-length hardwood harvesting at the stump, to processing on a landing or debarking on endless plantations.

“We’re dedicated to serving loggers across the globe,” said Heather Robinson, general manager of worldwide distribution, Waratah. “As an industry leader and the manufacturer of the original red head, we’re in a unique position to offer customers experience, expertise and innovation. We’re excited to celebrate the past 45 years and look forward to the next 45.”

Since its inception, Waratah, which has factories in New Zealand and Finland, has grown to support a global market.

“Waratah is based on quality, innovation and many years of experience,” said John Alemann, general manager, Waratah, New Zealand. “With 45 years under our belts, we are able innovate better and use our expertise to push the envelope.”

Waratah has continued to innovate by finding new ways to increase productivity and provide customer solutions including reliability and durability. For example, the Waratah HTH622C 4×4 and HTH624C 4×4 help minimize waste and maximize profits as powerful four-wheel drive heads that offer multi-stemming, independent log shuffling, 360-degree rotation and more.

TimberRiteTM H-16, Waratah’s measuring and control system, is another recent innovation. This system provides unique versatility with configurable settings for improved head performance, productivity and measuring accuracy.

In addition to the TimberRiteTM H-16 system, Waratah developed WaratahMateTM – a phone app that works with TimberRite to wirelessly share the machine’s production data in real-time. Developed exclusively for Waratah customers, the new app makes it faster and more reliable to send measuring system data back to the company.

“We’ve got a huge legacy in this business,” said Alemann. “We are looking forward to developing and providing opportunities that will keep our customers ahead of the competition.”

For more information about Waratah, please visit Waratah.com or contact Sarah Larson at slarson@mindfirecomm.com.

Waratah Forestry Equipment, headquartered in Rotorua, New Zealand, has served the global forestry industry for 45 years, manufacturing harvesting, processing and heads as well as harvester and forwarder cranes in its state-of-the-art facilities in New Zealand and Finland. The company’s extensive support and parts distribution network, rigorous global application testing, advanced manufacturing systems and sophisticated quality measures delivers customers with durable and reliable forestry equipment that is Built to Work. For more information, visit here.

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