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LMI Technologies   – Optimization In The Lumber Industry -3d Laser Scanning

International Forest Industries - Fr, 01/11/2019 - 13:41
Lumber is becoming an increasingly expensive commodity. Pressure from environmental concerns as well as processing costs demand that lumber manufacturing be done in the most efficient way, getting the maximum amount of quality product from every tree that enters the mill. Nature, however, does not make this an easy task, with every tree being different in terms of size, shape, and quality.

The proven solution to these challenges in wood optimization is to employ 3D laser and color scanning. Laser and colour scanning provide dramatic improvements in yield and quality in all areas of lumber manufacturing.

Log Optimization (Primary Process)
The first operation in a mill is cutting logs into semi-finished boards (flitches). These operations can occur at up to 30 logs per minute, requiring a large amount of data to be collected and analyzed in a short time. The scanner configuration implemented for 3D log scanning depends on the layout of the log transport system.

When logs travel on a sharp chain into the mill, the common scanner configuration mounts 3, 4, or more laser line scanner heads in a ring layout spaced to provide full coverage. As the log moves through the scan plane, a full 3D map of the log surface is generated. Cutting patterns are then computed and sent to a downstream gang saw that strips away the outer flitches and a center cant.

Logs can also be loaded onto a headrig carriage—a kind of moving platform that positions, rotates, and transports the log through a single bandsaw. In this design, multi-line laser scanner heads are mounted along one or two sides of the carriage along the entire log length such that a single capture produces profile data every 6″. This snapshot data can immediately be used to make decisions on the next cut for the current opening face.

The cutting decisions are an accumulation of multiple scans and back and forth passes through the bandsaw until the final cant is dumped for downstream processing.

Board Optimization (Secondary Process)
After logs have been reduced to flitches and cants, secondary operations are required to edge pieces for width and to trim to length at two different machine centres—an edger and a trimmer optimizer.

In both machine centres, transverse 3D scanning is introduced to digitize each piece into 3D shape, 2D surface colour, and tracheid data. This information is then used to determine the best cutting patterns that yield maximum value based on a constantly changing demand for certain dimensions and grades.

Transverse conveyor systems use multi-point scanners (with the highest available data rate of 3000 scans per second using coplanar triangulation for excellent data quality). Speed of data acquisition is very important for secondary operations where part rates of 70 to 300 boards per minute are common.

Modular Board Scanning Systems for Finished Grading
With the Gocator® 200 series multi-point scanners, a modular board scanning system can now be designed mixing 3D profiles, tracheid, and colour. Colour, for example, may be used only on the wane-up surface, while profile and tracheid is used on both top and bottom board surfaces.

Multi-Point Scanning for Tracheid
In addition to multi-point scanners minimizing scanner frame space and seeing both edges of a board, these scanners achieve another critical capability—the measurement of tracheid effect.

When a laser spot is projected onto healthy tracheid wood cells, laser light is scattered into the cells in the direction of cell growth. If the wood fibre is dead (as in a knot), then the laser light does not scatter. This effect can be measured to identify good wood from defective wood and even determine grain angle.

Adding Color Vision for Defect Detection
The introduction of colour scanning to identify surface defects such as knots, splits, rot, speck, beetle damage, etc., has led to grade-based recovery optimization, where lumber is cut into boards to obtain the highest grade as opposed to extracting the highest volume. Higher grade output leads to higher dollar returns from the input wood fibre.

Colour scanning requires the addition of white light to illuminate the board surface and megapixel colour cameras to build high resolution colour images. Resolutions down to 0.25mm are typical in today’s high performance colour scanners.

The bolt-on Gocator® 205 vision module (along with a white LED light bar that is strobed to maximize efficiency and lifetime) provides Gocator® 200 scanners with color vision for detection and measurement of surface defects including knots, splits, and rot. Gocator® 200 scanners also have the ability to identify defect size and location, which is key in effective grade-based recovery optimization.

Lumber Optimization with Gocator®
The Gocator® smart sensor feature set offers onboard processing to configure triggering, exposure, resolution, board detection, filtering, stitching, measurement, builtin communication protocols to other factory equipment using Ether/IP, and advanced
visualization. With an open source SDK, customers can build sophisticated scanning solutions and deliver unique capabilities that are specific to mill requirements.

For more information on 3D scanning for wood optimization applications, visit LMI wood industry page at http://www.lmi3d.com/solutions/industries/wood

Photo: Ring layout of Gocator® 2880 laser line scanners scanning a log travelling along a lineal transport system.



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Enviva to build a new wood pellet plant in Alabama

International Forest Industries - Mi, 23/10/2019 - 13:45

Press Releases

Governor Kay Ivey joined executives with Enviva and local leaders recently to announce that the company expects to invest approximately $175 million to construct a wood pellet production plant in Sumter County that would provide an economic boost to West Alabama.

The proposed facility, to be located at the Port of Epes Industrial Park, is expected to create a minimum of 85 full-time jobs and generate an estimated 180 additional jobs in logging, transportation and local services in the region.

This milestone was officially announced today at a ceremony held on the square of the Sumter County Courthouse in Livingston.

“We are very excited about the prospect of Enviva joining Alabama’s business community with a very important manufacturing project in Sumter County,” Governor Ivey said. “Enviva is the world’s largest producer of wood pellets for energy, and Alabama is proud to support the company’s efforts to provide a renewable fuel solution for worldwide power generation.”

“This project will create quality jobs for West Alabama’s citizens, improved timber markets for local landowners, and enhanced economic activity for the entire region,” she added.

Enviva, whose industrial wood pellets are used for low-carbon, renewable power generation, expects construction to be ready to begin on the Sumter County facility in early 2020, subject to receiving the necessary permits. Enviva expects construction to take between 15 and 18 months.

“We are privileged to have been invited by the people of Alabama to invest in a remarkable community like Epes,” said John Keppler, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Enviva.

“With its thriving forest resources, great local workforce and favorable transportation logistics, we look forward to the opportunity to grow sustainably in West Alabama for decades to come.”

Bethesda, Maryland-based Enviva expects the wood pellet production plant in Epes to become the next facility in its strategic asset cluster in the Gulf region, which envisions other pellet plants in the states of Mississippi and Alabama, and a future deep-water marine terminal at the Port of Pascagoula.

Enviva said the proposed production facility would principally utilize a mix of softwood and scrap from mills sourced from within a 75-mile radius. The sustainably sourced pellets produced at the plant would be transported by barge via the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway to the terminal at Pascagoula, then exported to Europe and Asia.

“Enviva’s announcement that it expects to build a new wood pellet plant at the Port of Epes represents a major win for West Alabama,” said U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, whose district includes the area. “The jobs and economic development this project would create would serve to uplift not only individuals and families but the entire Sumter County community.”

Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce, said the Enviva project aligns perfectly with the Ivey Administration’s strategic goal of sparking job creation in rural communities across the state.

“We’re committed to helping create jobs through economic development in Alabama’s rural areas, and the opportunity for Enviva to locate this wood pellet plant at Epes is a significant development for Sumter County,” Secretary Canfield said. “Enviva is expected to make a major investment in this facility, which would drive economic growth in the area through the creation of direct and indirect jobs.”

Dr. Ken Tucker, president of the University of West Alabama in Livingston, said university representatives, community leaders and state officials teamed with business and industry partners for more than a year and half to help bring the Enviva project to fruition.

“We are excited to have a company of Enviva’s international reputation interested in Sumter County. The significant number of jobs created, and the large amount of capital invested would truly be transformational for our region,” Dr. Tucker said.

Sumter County Commission Chair Marcus Campbell said local officials are looking forward to working with Enviva to create jobs and improve the region’s quality of life.

“The benefits this company and project would have on our county and region cannot be overestimated,” Campbell said. “Great things happen when we work together with shared goals for the betterment of our county and region.”

Enviva owns and operates eight plants in the Southeast that produce over 3.5 million metric tons of wood pellets annually. The expected Sumter County facility would be constructed to initially produce 700,000 metric tons of pellets annually, though production could eventually be increased to 1.15 million tons per year.

Enviva does not own forestland but works with suppliers that meet its strict sustainability criteria. The company’s sourcing practices ensures it takes only wood from responsibly managed working forests and it does not take wood from forests that are being converted out of forest use. It has several procedures in place to ensure it does not source wood from high conservation value bottomland forests and has created a proprietary monitoring system that works with its supply chain partners to verify and document the origin of all of their wood.

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Pinnacle Renewable Energy to supply 100 thousand tonnes of industrial wood pellets to Japan’s Mitsui

International Forest Industries - Mi, 23/10/2019 - 13:01

Pinnacle Renewable Energy (“Pinnacle” or the “Company”) (TSX: PL) has announced that it has entered into a new long-term, take-or-pay off-take contract with Mitsui & Co. Ltd. (“Mitsui”), a large, diversified trading company in Japan. Under the terms of the contract, Pinnacle will supply 100,000 metric tons per annum of industrial wood pellets to Mitsui beginning in Q3 2023. The industrial wood pellets will be used by a biomass power generation plant in Japan.

“We are pleased to enter into this new relationship with Mitsui and our fourth contract with Asian customers this year,” said Robert McCurdy, Chief Executive Officer of Pinnacle. “Our growing order book in Japan underscores both Japan’s strong commitment to decarbonization and the strength of our competitive position in this market. We are also pleased to support the B.C. economy through our growing exports of industrial wood pellets to Asia.”

“I am excited about this new partnership between Pinnacle Renewable Energy and Mitsui & Co, which uses B.C. wood waste to generate good jobs in B.C. and power clean, renewable electricity in Japan,” said John Horgan, Premier of B.C.

Japan is a supportive market for renewable energy, targeting 3.7% to 4.6% from biomass or 20 million MTPA in pellet equivalent terms, providing Pinnacle with a compelling opportunity to continue growing in this market.

About Pinnacle
Pinnacle is a rapidly growing industrial wood pellet manufacturer and distributor and the third largest producer in the world. The Company produces sustainable fuel for renewable electricity generation in the form of industrial wood pellets. This fuel is used by large-scale thermal power generators as a greener alternative to coal that allows them to produce reliable baseload renewable power. Pinnacle is a trusted supplier to its customers, who require reliable, high-quality fuel supply to maximize utilization of their facilities. Pinnacle takes pride in its industry leading safety practices.

The Company operates eight industrial wood pellet production facilities in western Canada and one in Alabama, with a further plant under construction in Alberta. The Company also owns a port terminal in Prince Rupert, B.C.  Pinnacle has entered into long-term take-or-pay contracts with utilities in the U.K., Europe and Asia that represent 100% of its announced production capacity through 2021 and 108% of its announced production capacity through 2026.

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Holmen introduces digital wood scanning

International Forest Industries - Mi, 23/10/2019 - 12:34

Holmen is now taking another step towards more resource-efficient and digital forestry. Through an advanced three-dimensional image analysis of the forest company’s wood deliveries, Holmen will be able to increase the efficiency of transport and boost the added value of the wood. “This is a climate-smart solution that makes wood scanning more accurate and the whole process more efficient. Unmanned measurement terminals offer the possibility to be open around the clock, creating greater accessibility and fewer queues. In this way, we can make better use of transport resources, which is good for both the work environment and the climate,” says Andreas Rastbäck, Marketing Director at Holmen Skog.

During wood scanning, the timber truck drives in through an unmanned measuring rig where the logs’ diameter and solid volume percentage are read digitally. The information is immediately sent on to a log measurer, who then quickly informs the driver that the load has been scanned and whether it has been approved for the plant it is heading to.

This means more accurate scanning of the volume on which payment is based and faster unloading of the load. The first measuring rig will be installed at the train terminal in Vännäs. Then a rig will be installed at Holmen’s paper mill in Hallstavik, followed by one at the paper mill in Braviken.

Holmen has signed an agreement with the Jönköping company Cind for the supply of measuring rigs, cameras and technology. “Holmen’s strategy to digitise and streamline its wood measurement process fits well with our offering. They will be the first to use our new solid volume calculation function, and I look forward to upcoming joint development efforts in other areas where machine learning will be an important component,” says Marcus Schelin, CEO at Cind.

Digitisation of the forest value chain creates opportunities to gather and process data, making it easier to improve support for intelligent planning and decision-making for the forest industry. In the long term, Holmen expects to fully automate wood handling. With the help of Artificial Intelligence, scanning can become more accurate and lead times further reduced.

Photo: Andreas Rastbäck, Marketing Director at Holmen Skog.

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From Seattle: Plastic Surgery’s Global Sustainability

ForestCarbon Asia - So, 20/10/2019 - 18:08

With the passage of time, the demand for plastic surgery goes on increasing day by day which helps people to get the perfect body shape which they want. Lots of plastic surgeries in Seattle is increasing per day by several plastic surgeons with several forms to provide satisfied result to the customers.

The popularity of nonsurgical and surgical cosmetic enhancement is expected to continue increasing in plastic surgery Seattle as large number of people wants to gain the benefits of plastic surgery in best possible manner. Large number of plastic surgeons from different health care organizations in Seattle works with the aim to provide safe and affordable surgical facilities when needed. According to the data, the large numbers of young people in Seattle are attracting toward the plastic surgery over years due to the several benefits they can get from the surgery.

How plastic surgery Seattle can help in global sustainability?

Various plastic surgeons can help in global sustainability with best possible manner by providing help to large number of people with prosperity and affordable services. This will help to improvise the health conditions of people and make them able to do more work and helps to remove the poverty in best possible manner. Different forms of plastic surgery help people to improve their health conditions and get overcome from several diseases.

Lots of people lack access to timely, affordable and safe surgical care and a community of care providers can help people by offering reliable and affordable health surgery to provide best possible services to people and contribute in the global development. The surgery delivered by several plastic surgeons in cost effective manner then it will be referred to as public health priority and helps to reduce the stress from the people and also make the world more equitable.

The plastic surgeons must recognize different skills with complete responsibility to provide great and complete care to people worldwide to provide the best possible help. With access to the essential equipment and safety tools, these plastic surgeons carry out procedure to provide effective delivery of care to the patients. In addition to the financial, technical and technological support offered by these plastic surgeons, they also travel to the resource-poor areas to teach various techniques and technology of different forms of plastic surgery. This can help the countries to empower the plastic surgery to provide fruitful results and enable faster growth of surgical capacity.

People get more employment opportunity

By establishing the global partnership of different plastic surgeons and carrying effective training can help people to learn about various plastic surgeries. With the effective research, these surgeons allow their customers a safe and affordable plastic surgical care in most effective manner. With the help of variety of services offered by plastic surgeons such as training and education, more people will get the employment opportunity and able to boost their confidence in personal and professional field. This will allow students to learn about several forms and techniques of plastic surgeries and make them able to focus on their career with effective employment and able to enhance the economic condition of that country.

Low risk of diseases in Seattle

Plastic surgeons play crucial roles in decreasing the global burden of the surgical diseases, preventing death and help people to get effective and right shape of their face and body in best possible manner. Surgeons from different organizations work together for the welfare of people by fulfilling their variety of needs at affordable prices. Plastic surgery helps in the fat reduction which can help you to minimize your several diseases and provide you a stable health condition. It is beneficial for you to get help from a reliable and experienced surgeon with great knowledge and able to save your lots of issues regarding health problems and many more within small time. In the present day, the popularity of plastic surgery is growing among the young people because it allows them to get the perfect and right shape of their body and face as they want.

Most importantly, the plastic surgeons also recognized to decrease the significant burden of different surgical diseases and their effective treatment to help the patients in best possible way. If a student learns various techniques and technologies of various forms of plastic surgery then it can help them in near future to make their career in this field and able to provide their services to lots of people in affordable prices. For a country, it is beneficial to have experienced and qualified plastic surgeons who can help in maintaining the economic condition of the country by providing effective and reliable services to the people at affordable prices with high quality tools and techniques so that people do not have to spend more money on reliable treatment and able to save their cost.

Thus, with the help of effective plastic surgeon, it becomes possible to reduce the level of poverty in a country and which help effectively in the global sustainability. Due to this reason, lots of people from different organizations of the world, come together and contribute to provide effective knowledge and training to the young students for their bright future and to provide reliable services to the people with help of high-quality tools and equipment.

Various forms of plastic surgery are offered by the plastic surgeons, some of these help people in reduction of their weight and others help to make a change in the physical feature of a person according to their desire. All the services offered by the plastic surgeon can help to encourage the self-esteem of people and make them able to enjoy their life in the right way. Due to the several benefits offered by plastic surgeons, more and more people choose to go for the best plastic surgery treatment to fulfill their needs. So, encouraging the knowledge and techniques of plastic surgeons is economically beneficial for a country or to the whole world to reduce the level of poverty and maintain the global sustainability in an effective manner.

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CMI New Tigercat Dealer For Alaska

International Forest Industries - Mi, 16/10/2019 - 14:36

Tigercat has announced that Construction Machinery Industrial (CMI) is now the authorized Tigercat dealer for the state of Alaska.

With over 30 years of experience in the heavy equipment industry, CMI is a leader in the sale and service of construction equipment in Alaska. Headquartered in Anchorage, with locations in Fairbanks, Juneau and Ketchikan, CMI is strategically positioned throughout Alaska to deliver its products and services quickly and effectively.

“We are pleased to welcome CMI to the Tigercat dealer network,” says Kevin Selby, Tigercat sales manager for the United States. “CMI is a leader in Alaska’s heavy equipment industry. The company’s experience and dedication to customer support is the perfect match for our products.”

CMI will be offering the full Tigercat forestry and off-road industrial product line-up including skidders, log loaders, track harvesters and more.

“Our goal is to provide Alaska with the best of the best,” says Ken Gerondale, CMI president. “High quality is the standard by which we operate, and that is only made possible by choosing high quality products from companies like Tigercat.”

Tigercat and CMI look forward to growing its customer base in Alaska. CMI is eager to gain the trust of area loggers by providing strong customer service with parts availability, service support and the best product on the market – Tigercat.

To learn more about CMI visit, www.cmiak.com.

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Using Old Cellphones to Listen for Illegal Loggers

NYT Logging Industry - Di, 15/10/2019 - 16:13
Indonesian villagers are trying out a treetop surveillance system that uses recycled phones and artificial intelligence software to detect chain saws.

Enviva Partners, LP receives an air permit for its Sampson facility

International Forest Industries - Di, 15/10/2019 - 10:54

Enviva Partners, LP issued thanking the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality for issuing an air permit for Enviva’s Sampson wood pellet production plant to:

–           install additional air emission controls;

–           increase production;

–           allow flexibility to increase the percentage of softwood (pine) utilization.

Enviva’s Chairman and CEO John Keppler issued the following statement: “We want to thank Secretary Regan and the Division of Air Quality’s leadership and staff for the crucial review and issuance of this important permit.

Enviva is proud to be part of the robust forest products industry that contributes to the vital rural economy in North Carolina. We are also proud of the work we do displacing fossil fuels. Since we opened our first plant in North Carolina over eight years ago, Enviva has helped to displace over 14 million tons of coal and, at the same time, we have helped ensure that private landowners continue to grow more trees. Forest inventory in our North Carolina sourcing region has increased by approximately 15% as we have grown in the state and helped provide a market for the forestry industry. We look forward to continued growth, alongside the communities in which we operate.

We want to solve big challenges. Renewable wood energy is an important part of the renewable energy transition. Enviva, and the broader forest products industry in North Carolina, are moving us toward a more sustainable future.

We want to create products here in the United States that we can export to other countries. Wood pellets are a great export success story, and our hardworking employees are a vital part of it.”

Enviva Partners, LP is a publicly traded master limited partnership that aggregates a natural resource, wood fibre, & processes it into a transportable form, wood pellets.


Photo: Enviva’s Chairman and CEO John Keppler

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Swedish Forest Agency: Gross felling is expected to increase in 2019

International Forest Industries - Fr, 11/10/2019 - 14:23

Harvesting in Sweden is expected to increase this year, showing a forecast from the Swedish Forest Agency. If the forecast stands, it is the highest figure since 2007.The gross felling in 2019 is estimated to be 94 million forest cubic metres. It is slightly more than 2018 when the preliminary gross felling was less than 93.5 million cubic metres.

There are several sources that are the basis for the forecast and point to increased harvesting:

– So far this year, forest owners have notified 6% larger areas for final felling than last year, suggesting that the interest of harvesting is great.

– According to the Swedish Forest Industries Federation, the production of sawn wood and pulp is expected to increase in 2019 compared to 2018.

– The stocks of roundwood and wood chips were more than 30% larger in the first half of this year compared to last year.

– In the forecast, the Swedish forest agency has estimated that stocks at the end of the year will be slightly larger than at the end of 2018, which means an increased harvest level.

At the same time, imports of pulpwood in the first half of this year are larger than the same period the previous year, while exports are lower, reducing the harvest forecast somewhat.

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John Deere announces new forestry Swing Machine options

International Forest Industries - Fr, 11/10/2019 - 12:53

Utilizing invaluable customer feedback, John Deere is rolling out increased options on its G-Series forestry swing machines, to help lower daily operating costs, boost productivity, and increase uptime. New updates, including improvements to the machine design and the addition of more standard features, provide loggers with a streamlined, reliable machine.

“To take a good machine and make it better, we knew we needed to go to our customers. Their input has helped us engineer the best equipped swing machines to handle the daily demands loggers face,” said Jarvis De Groot, product marketing manager, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “The new forestry swing machines were designed to increase uptime and reliability, even when navigating harsh and challenging terrain.”

The improved machine design includes changes to the boom and arm cylinder guards, hood, and underdecking. Additionally, the larger undercarriage offered on the 3754G and 3756G swing machines is now available on the 3145G and 3156G models, increasing productivity. A new front sunshade increases operator comfort and visibility in sunny conditions. The inclusion of a deck handrail increases operator safety while traversing the upper deck, and the redesigned 7-inch tool tray improves access and security.

Also, three previously optional features are now available as standard offerings. Available on all Final Tier 4 engine models, a standard pre-cleaner for engine air intake extends filter life and minimizes service frequency. Additionally, the auto-reversing fan, now standard on all machines, is controlled by a dash-mounted button that reverses airflow to eject debris from the cooler cores, reducing cooler-maintenance frequency. Finally, the extremely effective and durable LED light package, which includes access and service compartment lighting, is now standard.

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Tigercat acquires ROI, gaining foothold in material processing sector.

International Forest Industries - Fr, 11/10/2019 - 12:30

Effective September 30 2019, Tigercat Industries Inc. based in Ontario, Canada completed the purchase of Ragnar Original Innovations (ROI) located in New Hampshire, USA. The company, founded by Anders Ragnarsson, currently manufactures material processing machinery used in the construction, forestry and recycling industries.

Tigercat had welcome Ragnarsson and his staff to the Tigercat team. They bring decades of experience and expertise in the design and manufacture of material processing machinery, broadening Tigercat’s range of capabilities within the marketplace.

Ragnarsson has assumed the role of VP engineering, material processing products. He and his team will continue to operate from their Chester, New Hampshire location until a new facility in Freemont, New Hampshire ¬– currently under construction – is completed.

The initial and immediate addition to the Tigercat line-up will be the Carbonizer product line. Already a commercially available product, this innovative carbon negative technology can convert processed and unprocessed wood debris into a product called Biochar.

Still relatively new to the marketplace, this technology has attracted widespread interest from both the private and public sectors seeking practical methods to reduce atmospheric carbon emissions. The Carbonizer’s single step process sequesters carbon and significantly reduces debris volume while creating a product useful in agriculture.

All ROI products retailed to date will be fully supported by Tigercat throughout their lifespans.

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Global timber and wood products market update

International Forest Industries - Do, 10/10/2019 - 12:58

Sawmill profit margins have fallen substantially in North America over the past 12 months with BC sawmills margins in the 2Q/19 being close to their lowest levels in 15 years, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly

Costs for sawlogs declined in most major regions around the world in the first half of 2019. However, lumber prices have fallen faster in key markets resulting in lower profits for sawmills, particularly in British Columbia, the US South and Eastern Russia, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly.

Lower lumber prices and only small adjustments in sawlog costs in the 2Q/19, sawmills in North America saw their profit margins decline again after a short-lived improvement in the 1Q/19. Although margins have fallen quite substantially in the US South the past year, reaching a three-year low, they are still higher than the 15-year average as tracked by the WRQ.

Small changes in log costs together with lower income from lumber and residual sales have taken the gross margins for sawmills in British Columbia down to their lowest levels since the Global Financial Crisis back in 2009. In the 2Q/19, these margins areless than half of their ten-year average (see chart).

In the Nordic countries, sawmill profit margins (in US dollar terms) have increased over the past two years as a result of lumber and residual prices growing more than sawlog costs. From the 2Q/17 to the 2Q/19, gross margins in Finland and Sweden were up 4% and 11%, respectively. Export prices for lumber in both Finland and Sweden have fallen from early 2018 to 2Q/19.

As a result of substantially lower costs for sawlogs in Austria, sawmills have seen improved profits during 2018 and 2019. Despite declines in lumber prices during the second half of 2018 and in early 2019, gross margins in the 2Q/19 were at their highest level since the 2Q/08.

Sawmills in Siberia continue to expand exports to China with fairly stable lumber export prices over the past three years. However, in the 4Q/18, lumber prices fell to their lowest level in almost two years and the decline continued during the first six months of 2019.

This decline occurred at the same time that sawlog costs were moving slightly upward in early 2019, which resulted in reduced gross margins for many lumber producers in the region. Sawmill margins for the 2Q/19 were below their 15-year averages in US dollar terms but above the average for the past 15 years in Rouble terms.

Sawmill gross margins are reported for key world markets each quarter in the 56-page publication, the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ). The report, which was established in 1988 and has subscribers in over 30 countries, tracks sawlog, pulpwood, lumber and pellet prices, trade and market developments in most key regions around the world. To subscribe to the WRQ, please go to www.WoodPrices.com

Contact Information
Wood Resources International LLC
Hakan Ekstrom, Seattle, USA

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Tigercat Releases 1165 Wheel Harvester

International Forest Industries - Mi, 09/10/2019 - 10:22
The 1165 is a mid-sized harvester well suited for thinning, selective cut and final fell applications. With strong swing and leveling capabilities that exceed the competition, the 1165 is well suited for steep slopes. The machine is available in both six-wheel and eight-wheel drive configurations.

Powered by the Tigercat FPT N67 engine, the 1165 provides full emissions compliance for Tier 4 final regions, along with excellent fuel economy, all in a simple and reliable package. Both Tier 4f and Tier 2 options deliver 210 kW (282 hp) at 2,000 rpm.

The 1165 uses the same swing components as the larger 1185, as well as oscillating and articulating centre section components used on Tigercat forwarders. The new active oscillation balancing technology provides unparalleled machine stability even while travelling. This allows crane operation while driving, thus increasing productivity.

The patented long reach ER crane is energy efficient and provides the same action as a parallel crane, but with simplified construction and less maintenance. The 9 m (30 ft) crane comes standard for heads up to 1 600 kg (3,530 lb), and 11 m (36 ft) telescopic crane for heads up to 1 100 kg (2,425 lb).

Dedicated attachment and carrier pumps provide ample oil flow for uninterrupted power and multifunctioning capability. Many hydraulic components are common with other Tigercat machines, and efficient hydraulic system design and plumbing help the 1165 deliver exceptional productivity and optimal fuel economy.

Operator visibility is unmatched in the quiet, comfortable, ergonomically designed cab. The hooked crane design and large windows provide a clear line of sight to the attachment’s working area and surrounding terrain. The 360° continuous swing upper turntable supplies strong swing torque. Leveling capacity is 24° backward, 18° degrees forward and 18° side/side. This, along with tethering lugs built into the frame facilitates steep slope cable assisted harvesting applications.

Photo – Early prototype testing in Michigan.

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The Amazon Is Still Burning. Blame Beef (and Bolsonaro).

NYT Logging Industry - So, 06/10/2019 - 09:25
Welcome to the lawless heart of the Brazilian Amazon. Here, cattle ranchers and loggers — emboldened by President Jair Bolsonaro — are clearing huge swaths of rainforest every minute. All in the name of progress.

Raute secures €58 million orders from Segezha Group in Russia

International Forest Industries - Fr, 04/10/2019 - 12:19

Raute Corporation has received orders worth approximately Euro 58 million from Segezha Group to Russia. The scope of orders includes all machinery and equipment for the production process of an entire plywood mill. The ordered machinery and equipment will be delivered during the year 2020 and production in the plywood mill will start in summer 2021.

The machinery and equipment will be delivered to a green field plywood mill to be set up in Galich, Kostroma region by Segezha Group. The annual capacity of the new mill will be approximately 125,000 cubic meters.

The equipment will be engineered and produced in Raute’s units in Nastola, Shanghai and Kajaani, and also in the company’s partnership network.

Segezha Group, a Russian forest industry holding company, has operations, in addition to Russia, in eleven countries in Europe.

Raute is a technology and service company that operates worldwide. Raute’s customers are companies operating in the wood products industry that manufacture veneer, plywood, LVL (Laminated Veneer Lumber) and sawn timber.

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NZ – One Billion Trees doing nicely says Minister

International Forest Industries - Do, 03/10/2019 - 13:35

The One Billion Trees Fund has just hit two significant milestones that will create more than 7,500 hectares of new forest cover, New Zealand’s Forestry Minister Shane Jones says. Speaking at a celebratory dinner at Parliament to mark 100 years of the New Zealand Forestry Service this week, Minister Jones said the One Billion Trees Fund was helping put forestry back on the map.

The Fund offers direct grants to landowners for planting and regeneration projects, as well as partnership funding to co-fund projects that aim to reduce the barriers to tree planting.

“We launched the Fund late last year and I’m pleased with the progress we’re making,” Shane Jones said. “We’ve now approved more than 170 funding grants worth more than NZ$15 million. I’m particularly delighted that eight of these approvals are for Māori Freehold Land, where the $1.7 million allocated will see planting cover almost 1,000 hectares”.

“We know that growing the right trees, in the right place, for the right purpose will help build resilient ecosystems and help us deliver our climate change objectives.” The grants approved to date reflect an exciting range of initiatives, the length and breadth of the country.

“A key component of the grants is to provide funding for farmers to integrate trees onto their land to improve productivity, for example retiring unproductive land through trees, and help diversify their income,” Shane Jones said.

The grant scheme is in addition to the Crown Forestry joint ventures, which are also contributing to the One Billion Trees goal. “There are currently 33 forestry joint ventures covering 19,446 hectares with 17.5 million trees to be planted. Almost 13 million seedlings have been planted since the scheme started in 2018,” Shane Jones said.

Get the details of Crown Forestry joint ventures here and further information about the grants and partnerships can be found here.

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Ence promotes the training of forest machinists in Galicia

International Forest Industries - Do, 03/10/2019 - 12:23

Ence – Energía y Celulosa sponsors a course to instruct new forest machinists for processors and self-loaders, in their eagerness to develop and professionalize the sector, as well as to continue improving occupational safety. The company expects that part of the students, once the course is finished, will start working in leading companies in the forestry sector, such as forest harvesting and maderistas, helping them to continue growing.

This free course aims to respond to the high demand of machinists of forest processors and self-loaders, a growing profession with a lack of professionals. During 3 months, the students will learn the theoretical foundations for the handling of the machinery and its maintenance and will practice in a state-of-the-art simulator and professional machines. In addition, they will attend a course on occupational risk prevention through which they will obtain a certificate in PRL, which will help instruct professionals with safety knowledge.

The course will be taught by the Forma-t training company in Villalba (Lugo), from September to December 2019. This is aimed at any employed or unemployed person interested in starting to work as a forest engineer, without previous experience in processors and autoloaders Those interested in the course can inform or sign up for it through the telephone 982 513 605, email info@grupoforma-t.es or visiting the website www.formacionforestal-es.webnode.es.

More info: comunicacion@ence.es

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Sergei Anoprienko appointed Head of Federal Forestry Agency of Russia

International Forest Industries - Mi, 02/10/2019 - 14:14

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has appointed Sergei Mikhailovich Anoprienko, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation – Head of the Federal Forestry Agency, the Russian government’s website reported. Earlier, Sergei Anoprienko served as deputy head of the Federal Property Management Agency.

Sergei Anoprienko was born on November 24, 1970 in the city of Novy Oskol, Belgorod Region of Russia. In 1992 he graduated from the Moscow Higher Combined Arms Command School. In 2011 he graduated from the Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration under the President of the Russian Federation. In 2016 he graduate school of the Institute of Management, Economics and Innovation.

Until 2012, he worked in the Russian Emergencies Ministry. In 2012, he entered the civil service at the Federal Agency for State Property Management. Since 2016, he served as head of the Property Management Department of federal authorities and defense and security organizations of the Federal Agency for State Property Management. In 2017, he was appointed Deputy Head of the Federal Agency for State Property Management.

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The new 46 MW Ence plant in Huelva brings its first megawatt of energy to the Red Eléctrica

International Forest Industries - Mi, 02/10/2019 - 13:32

The new 46 MW biomass generation plant that Ence is building in Huelva has already joined the Red Eléctrica and has generated its first megawatt of renewable energy from biomass.

The new installation will continue in the testing phase until December, when it is expected to complete this previous test period and make it into official operation. The plant has been built following the best available techniques and can produce an estimated 299,000 MWh of electricity per year, equivalent to the energy needs of almost 56,000 people.

Once started, the plant will generate about 1,200 sustainable jobs, which will be added to the 500 direct jobs that have generated its construction work. The company is now working on the training of professionals who will be in charge of operating the facilities, once it becomes operational.

For the hiring of these new professionals the company has had the professional schools and municipal employment services of several Huelva municipalities, especially with that of San Juan del Puerto and Huelva, within the framework of the collaboration commitment that Ence maintains with these consistories for the promotion of local employment.

Biomass is a manageable renewable technology, since it can be stored and programmed. Ence’s commitment to this technology thus contributes to advancing the decarbonization objectives set by the European Commission and to advancing the path of the energy transition.

The company has also developed a Decalogue for the Sustainability of Biomass as a Fuel. The sustainable management of biomass helps to mitigate climate change and prevents fires in the mountains, as well as the polluting burning of agricultural residues.

The investment that the company has allocated to this new plant reinforces Ence’s commitment to generate high efficiency and low emission energy, since it will use the most advanced technologies and systems to guarantee a permanent respect for the environment.

Since 2012, Ence has invested more than 300 million euros in what is already the most important and advanced biomass generation complex in Spain. Currently, there are two renewable biomass generation plants on the site that, together with the new plant about to become operational, constitute a clear example of qualified employment and cutting-edge technology, capable of minimizing the environmental impact.

More info: comunicacion@ence.es

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