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The Swedish image processing technology provider Cind and Timbeter enter into partnership

International Forest Industries - Wed, 05/08/2020 - 12:05
Timbeter and Cind enter into partnership and launch first cooperation project in Sweden Timbeter, an Estonian company providing an AI-based digital workflow management solution for the timber industry, and the Swedish image processing technology provider Cind (a spin-off from SAAB AB) have signed a cooperation agreement and launched the first joint project for the automation of timber trucks measurement.

Timbeter uses Artificial Intelligence and machine learning for timber measurement, combined with Cloud Computing for data management and logistics planning, while Cind develops solutions that automate and optimise labour intensive activities related to timber measurement and inspection.

The first cooperation project between the two companies has been launched in Sweden with the accuracy and measurement method certified by Biometria (Swedish forest measurement association).

The joint solution helps Cind to fully automate the diameter measurement of the truck loads. In the process, the loads on the truck are being measured, while the number of logs and diameters of the logs are detected and divided into different diameter classes. The joint solution helps to detect logs in specific diameter range, and optimize the production input.

Marcus Schelin, the CEO of Cind commented: “Our joint solution Timspect is helping customers to reduce error rate and labour cost thanks to its high level of automation. We are providing the turnkey solution that has been validated by Biometria and therefore proven its accuracy and reliability”

“Thanks to our cooperation, timber companies can save costs, have the needed data in digital format and optimize their processes. We are happy to work together with Cind and bring our technology to the Swedish market” the CEO of Timbeter, Anna-Greta Tsahkna said.

About Timberer
Established in 2013 in Estonia, Timbeter powers the digitalization of the forestry sector by bringing transparency and efficiency to the measurement process from the field to the factory. Timbeter enables quick and accurate timber measurement and data management using artificial intelligence. The software can count the number of logs, as well as to measure the diameters of the logs, volume and the pile density ratios for pulp-and fuelwood. All the measurements have a geotag, therefore the origin of the timber is always known, meaning that illegal logging can be prevented. The timber measurement is done digitally with the help of a smart-device (tablet, smartphone) and all the measurement data is stored in a cloud, providing real-time overview of the activities. Timbeter helps the forestry industry to save time and costs, making processes more objective and transparent and enabling better control.

Timbeter has demonstrated its success on the local and global markets, collaborating with the largest international corporations like CMPC (Chile), International Paper (Brazil), Faber-Castell (Brazil), Siam Forestry Group (Thailand), Mekong Timber Plantations (Laos) in the sector.

About Cind
Cind helps sawmills, pulp mills and heating plants to optimise their raw material supply chain by fast and accurate volume measurement of roundwood and woodchip loaded on trucks. Global corporations like SCA, Stora Enso and Smurfit Kappa are trusting Cind’s solutions in their daily operations and more than 30,000 trucks are measured on a monthly basis.

Carlos Fonseca
Marketing Manager
mobile: +372 5394 1866
skype: timbeter

Teaduspargi 3/1 21/1, Tallinn,
Harjumaa, Estonia 12618
Reg code: 12578543
VAT: EE101724227

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Enviva completes acquisition of Georgia Biomass & its Waycross Production Plant

International Forest Industries - Wed, 05/08/2020 - 10:19

Enviva Partners, LP (“Enviva” or the “Partnership”), a leading global energy company specializing in sustainable wood bioenergy, today announced the completion of its previously announced acquisition of a world-class, industrial scale wood pellet production plant in Waycross, Georgia, and associated contracted terminal capacity in Savannah, Georgia. Enviva’s growing operational footprint across the U.S. Southeast now includes nine wood pellet production plants and five deep-water export terminals across Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida.

“We are excited to welcome the entire Waycross team into the Enviva family,” said John Keppler, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Enviva. “This is an important step for Enviva’s growth and we look forward to continuing to be a great employer, customer, and neighbor, and an important contributor to the State of Georgia, a community we now call home.”

The newly acquired Waycross plant has been operating since 2011 and has a production capacity of approximately 800,000 metric tons per year, all of which is exported through the Port of Savannah to Enviva’s customers under long-term take-or-pay off-take contracts, many of which extend until the mid-2040s. Following the acquisition, Enviva’s total annual wood pellet production capacity is approximately 4.9 million metric tons. With the acquisition complete, the Waycross plant is now called, “Enviva Pellets Waycross.”

“The Waycross plant, its leadership, and the entire team are a perfect match for Enviva,” said Royal Smith, Executive Vice President of Operations of Enviva. “The Waycross team, under the exceptional leadership of Mark Gaddy, has been recognized for years for their commitment to and strong track record of safe operations and high performance. We look forward to working with Mark and his team in the years to come as we seek to build on their success, grow the business, and continue making a meaningful difference right now in the effort to fight climate change around the world.”

Enviva’s mission is to displace coal, grow more trees, and fight climate change. The Waycross plant acquisition diversifies Enviva’s manufacturing footprint and expands its operations in a region that supplies one-fifth of the timber used globally each year. Enviva currently is integrating the plant into the wider Enviva organization and looks forward to working closely with local leaders, private forest landowners, and conservation organizations to continue to make a positive impact across the State of Georgia.

BMO Capital Markets advised the Partnership and Vinson & Elkins LLP served as legal counsel on the transaction.

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South Coast Lumber chooses Lucidyne GradeScan

International Forest Industries - Tue, 04/08/2020 - 13:25
South Coast Lumber has purchased a GradeScan with Perceptive Sight 2.0 from Lucidyne for installation in their Brookings, OR mill.  South Coast chose the Lucidyne GradeScan after researching scanning systems over the last couple years.

Nick Johnson, South Coast’s Operations Manager, stated that along with showing great results, Lucidyne’s excellent customer service is what led them to choose the GradeScan system. South Coast lumber has been sawmilling since the early 1950’s.

All new Lucidyne GradeScan’s come standard with the Perceptive Sight Intelligent Grading platform, using deep learning artificial intelligence for unmatched defect detection and grading results. The South Coast GradeScan will be installed and started up in mid-October of 2020.

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Holmen acquires Martinsons

International Forest Industries - Tue, 04/08/2020 - 12:22
Holmen has signed an agreement to acquire Martinsons, one of Sweden’s leading players in sawn and processed wood products. The purchase price is SEK 1.0 billion for 100 per cent of the shares. The acquisition will almost double Holmen’s sales of wood products to over SEK 3 billion, while also advancing positions in wood construction and providing Holmen with the capacity to process the majority of the raw material from its own forests in its own industry. Martinsons consists of two well-invested sawmills in northern Sweden with extensive processing of wood products for Scandinavian wood construction, as well as a project operation for construction of complete frames made of cross-laminated timber (CLT) and glulam beams for purposes such as offices, sports centres and apartment buildings. The company has 470 employees, most of whom work in processing. “Martinsons is an extremely well-run family-owned company that has built a strong brand and succeeded in achieving growth with solid profitability. As our largest timber customer, we have followed their progress for a long time and have been impressed by of how they have developed a leading position in sustainable wood construction in Sweden. Backed by our large forest holdings, we look forward to continuing to grow the business and to contributing to increased construction using wood, which is part of the solution to the climate challenge”, says Henrik Sjölund, President and CEO of Holmen.


Left: Henrik Sjölund, President and CEO of Holmen.

“Holmen has met all of our high expectations for a new owner. It is a stable company with the power to grow, though equally important for us is their genuine interest in the knowledge and experience accumulated in our operations. We are particularly pleased to have found an owner with a corporate culture that we believe will be an excellent fit with the culture that we have built up”, says Lars Martinson, CEO and one of the owners of Martinsons.

 


Left: Lars Martinson, CEO and one of the owners of Martinsons.

After completion of current investments, Bygdsiljum, the larger sawmill, will be able to produce 500 000 m3 of wood products annually, while the annual production at Kroksjön is over 100 000 m3. Bygdsiljum also manufactures CLT and glulam beams, while Kroksjön processes wood products through trimming, planing, painting, treatment and finger jointing. Annual timber consumption is 1 million m3, which corresponds with Holmen’s annual timber harvest in northern Sweden.

 

MAIN PHOTO: Bygdsiljum sawmill

“In recent years we have invested in gradually increasing value-added and sales to Swedish builders’ merchants. Martinsons provides a good complement to our “In recent years we have invested in gradually increasing value-added and sales to Swedish builders’ merchants. Martinsons provides a good complement to our offering and strengthens our position on the market. Demand for processed wood products, especially CLT and glulam beams, is growing and with rising interest in wood construction we see great opportunities to further develop the business”, says Johan Padel, Senior Vice President Wood Products, Holmen.

Left: Johan Padel, Senior Vice President Wood Products, Holmen.

In 2019 Martinsons turn-over was SEK 1.8 billion, where SEK 1.1 billion came from sales of sawn and processed wood products, SEK 0.3 billion from major wood construction projects and the remainder from sales of by-products and timber trading. Martinsons’ underlying EBITDA totalled SEK 157 million in 2019 and operating profit amounted to SEK 99 million. The acquisition will be funded from existing credit facilities and is expected to positively contribute to earnings per share from the time of takeover, which is expected to occur during the fourth quarter.

The deal is subject to approval from the relevant competition authority, which is expected in the fall.

Holmen’s wood products business had sales of SEK 1.7 billion in 2019 and EBITDA amounted to SEK 159 million. Production takes place at three plants, Braviken Sawmill with a production capacity of 600 000 m3 after recent investments, Iggesund Sawmill with a capacity of 400 000 m3 and Linghem Sawmill of just under 100 000 m3.

For more information, please contact:
Stina Sandell, Senior Vice President Sustainability and Communications, +46 (0)73 986 51 12

 

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DB Cargo UK secures new 5-year contract with Drax

International Forest Industries - Tue, 04/08/2020 - 11:29

One of the U.K.’s largest rail freight operators, DB Cargo U.K. will operate an average of 60 trains per week from the ports of Immingham and Hull to Drax Power Station in Selby, Yorkshire.

Each train will carry around 1,650 metric tons of sustainable biomass to Drax Power Station, which provides flexible and reliable renewable power for millions of UK homes and businesses.

Drax supplies 12 percent of the U.K.’s renewable electricity. Using sustainable biomass instead of coal at Drax Power Station has reduced emissions by more than 80 percent and helped the U.K. power system decarbonize faster than any other country.

Roger Neary, head of Sales at DB Cargo U.K., said, “We are delighted that Drax has chosen to extend our existing contract with them for another five years. We are proud of the important role our people continue to play in delivering an efficient and sustainable source of renewable energy for use here in the U.K.”

Mike Maudsley, U.K. portfolio generation director at Drax, said, “These rail deliveries are a critical part of our global supply chain for sustainable biomass that supports thousands of jobs and has delivered economic growth across the north of England, while supplying renewable electricity to millions of homes and businesses.

“We’re very pleased to extend our existing contract with DB Cargo U.K. for another five years and look forward to continuing to work with the team.”

Left: Mike Maudsley, U.K. portfolio generation director at Drax

 

About Drax
Drax Group’s purpose is to enable a zero carbon, lower cost energy future and in 2019 announced a world-leading ambition to be carbon negative by 2030.

Its 2,900-strong employees operate across three principal areas of activity – electricity generation, electricity sales to business customers and compressed wood pellet production.

Power generation:
Drax owns and operates a portfolio of flexible, low carbon and renewable electricity generation assets across Britain. The assets include the UK’s largest power station, based at Selby, North Yorkshire, which supplies five percent of the country’s electricity needs.

Having converted two thirds of Drax Power Station to use sustainable biomass instead of coal it has become the UK’s biggest renewable power generator and the largest decarbonisation project in Europe.

Its pumped storage, hydro and energy from waste assets in Scotland include Cruachan Power Station – a flexible pumped storage facility within the hollowed-out mountain Ben Cruachan.  It also owns and operates four gas power stations in England.

Customers:
Through its two B2B energy supply brands, Haven Power and Opus Energy, Drax supplies energy to 250,000 businesses across England, Scotland and Wales.

Pellet production:
Drax owns and operates three pellet mills in the US South which manufacture compressed wood pellets (biomass) produced from sustainably managed working forests. These pellet mills supply around 20% of the biomass used by Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire to generate flexible, renewable power for the UK’s homes and businesses.

 

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Enviva Partners completes Greenwood drop-down acquisition

International Forest Industries - Fri, 31/07/2020 - 21:29

Enviva Partners LP has completed the previously announced acquisition from its sponsor of Enviva Pellets Greenwood Holdings II LLC, which, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, owns a wood pellet production plant in Greenwood, South Carolina.

In connection with the Greenwood acquisition, our sponsor has assigned to the partnership five firm, long-term, take-or-pay off-take contracts with creditworthy Japanese counterparties that have maturities between 2031 and 2041, aggregate annual deliveries of 1.4 million metric tons per year, and an aggregate revenue backlog of $5.3 billion. Including the associated off-take contracts, the partnership’s total weighted-average remaining term of off-take contracts has increased from 11.4 years to 12.7 years and its total product sales backlog has increased from $10.2 billion to $15.5 billion, as of April 1, 2020.

To finance the Greenwood acquisition, as well as the partnership’s previously announced purchase of Georgia Biomass Holding LLC, which, through its wholly owned subsidiary, owns a wood pellet production plant in Waycross, Georgia, the partnership has completed the issuance of an aggregate of 6,153,847 common units in a private placement in exchange for gross proceeds of $200.0 million on June 23, 2020, and expects to close its previously announced private placement to eligible purchasers of $150.0 million in aggregate principal amount of 6.5 percent senior unsecured notes due 2026 on July 15, 2020, subject to customary closing conditions.

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Canfor subsidiary to acquire strategic assets company provides update on operating rates Vancouver, BC

International Forest Industries - Fri, 31/07/2020 - 21:01

Canfor Corporation (TSX:CFP) announced today that its 70%-owned subsidiary, Vida Group, has entered into an agreement to purchase three sawmills located in Sweden from Bergs Timber for a purchase price of CAD$43 million plus working capital.

“We are excited that Vida’s strong performance and balance sheet has enabled them to grow their operating footprint in Sweden,” said Don Kayne, President and Chief Executive Officer of Canfor. The three mills, which are located in Vimmerby, Mörlunda and Orrefors, Sweden, will add approximately 215 million board feet to Vida’s annual capacity.

With additional investment, Vida anticipates the production capacity of the mills can be increased to 300 million board feet. After taking into account this additional production capacity, Sweden represents 22% of Canfor’s globally diversified operating platforms, plus 43% in British Columbia, 31% in the Southern United States and 4% in Alberta.

The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2020 and is subject to due diligence, completion of certain transaction documents and other customary closing conditions, including any required regulatory approvals. Following downtime related to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Vida is operating at full capacity and Canfor continues to employ variable operating schedules in North America with sawmills in the United States operating at almost full capacity and Canadian sawmills operating at approximately 90% effective June 18, 2020.

Canfor is a leading integrated forest products company based in Vancouver, British Columbia (“BC”) with interests in BC, Alberta, North and South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Arkansas, as well as in Sweden with its majority acquisition of Vida Group. Canfor produces primarily softwood lumber and also owns a 54.8% interest in Canfor Pulp Products Inc., which is one of the largest global producers of market Northern Bleached Softwood Kraft Pulp and a leading producer of high performance kraft paper.

PHOTO left:  Don Kayne, President and Chief Executive Officer of Canfor

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A new woodroom has been placed in service at the Bratsk Mill of Ilim Group

International Forest Industries - Fri, 31/07/2020 - 18:38

The new woodroom includes three lines with an aggregate capacity of 5 million cubic meters of chips per year. The project investments amounted to USD 125 million. The woodroom lines are interchangeable with the distinction between them being the type of processed species. The lines handle SW and HW species, as well as their mix. A completely automated process control from debarking to feeding of chips to a storage area allows not only to minimize losses during the chip production process, but also to significantly improve chips quality. Production of chips of the required species mix by better controlling the wood mix will have a positive impact on the pulp quality.

An important environmental effect involving reduction of water consumption and, consequently, reduction of the effluents sent to the waste water treatment plant will be achieved through the use of a dry debarking method that is now one of the best available technologies. Sand, stones and small hard particles will be captured and sent to the waste collecting container. These efforts will allow to minimize the impact on a water body where wastewater is sent after treatment at the waste water treatment plant. Moreover, automated water supply and temperature adjustment will drive a significant reduction of electric energy consumption.

Construction of a new woodroom required an upgrade of a chip handling system used to transfer chips to the new outdoor chip storages, as well as an upgrade of the chip storages themselves. A conveyor-based chip feeding system has been installed at chip storages. This system (as compared to a pneumatic system) allows to maintain the quality of chips fed to the Cooking Area. Moreover, Ilim’s storage areas have implemented the FIFO principle ensuring an optimal duration of storage before feeding chips to the Cooking Area.

Reference information: 

By the end of 2021, total amount of investments into the Bratsk mill projects will reach RUB 38 billion. The KLB line upgrade has become the key project for the Bratsk Mill. With a focus on best available technologies (BAT) and global best practices, additional facilities are being built to support capacity growth in Bratsk. In 2019, Ilim allocated more than RUB 18 billion to reduce the environmental footprint, which is equal to one third of all Ilim’s investments in 2019.

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BÜTTNER ENERGY & DRYING SYSTEMS GMBH: FOUR NEW DRUM DRYERS FOR HIGHLAND PELLETS LLC.

International Forest Industries - Fri, 31/07/2020 - 17:57

New order for Büttner: The specialist for energy and drying systems will deliver four new drum dryers to the American pellet producer Highland Pellets LLC. Büttner convinced the Arkansas-based company with a practical conversion project and its many years of expertise in drying technology.

At the end of June both cooperation partners signed the supply contract for the new plant, which will be installed in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Here Highland Pellets has been operating a plant for the production of wood pellets since 2017, which are mainly supplied to the European market. The total of eight existing dryers – four pre-dryers and four main-dryers – from another supplier did not achieve the planned capacity, so that replacement with new equipment was necessary.

Büttner, known for its high-performance and reliable drying systems for pellet production, has already supplied numerous dryers to US customers. Decades of experience as well as technical innovation also stabilized the Krefeld company’s high reputation in this market. This expertise paved the way for Büttner also in this current project: The four existing energy plants in Pine Bluff will be connected to four new, identical, directly heated drum dryers type 4.2 x 24 R.

The aspect of sustainability is also taken into account by the new equipment: “The new high-performance drying technology […] will significantly improve production volumes, quality, reliability and ensure we remain in full compliance with our air permit obligations”, says Jeff Vanderpool, CEO of Highland Pellets LLC, about the new project.

“We are pleased that Highland Pellets has chosen us as a new partner and is convinced of our expertise”, says Andreas Klug, Managing Director Büttner.

Main Photo: New business partnership, modern contract conclusion via video conference, from top left to bottom right: Dirk Koltze (President Buettner Energy and Drying Systems North America LLC), Andreas Klug (Managing Director Büttner), Gottfried Bluthardt (Sales Manager Büttner), Tom Reilley (Chairman Highland Pellets), Stephen Rice (Director of Engineering, Highland Pellets), Dirk Homann (Managing Director Büttner)

Photo Left: 3D layout of the new order: Four Büttner drum dryers, divided into two groups – open spaces in front and behind the dryers mark the locations of the existing energy plants

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SCA’s new harvesting plan confirmed increased harvesting level

International Forest Industries - Tue, 28/07/2020 - 11:03

SCA has confirmed a new harvesting plan which shows that the harvesting level in their own forest will increase over the coming five years by an additional one million cubic meters per year more than the current level. The increased harvesting level gives an increased cash flow of 300-400 MSEK per year with full effect from 2025.

In 2019, SCA made a new forest survey which showed that the company’s forests had a higher standing volume and a higher growth rate than previously estimated. A higher growth rate gives higher long term harvesting potential.

The new harvesting plan is now confirmed and it is based on calculations of the development of the forest over more than one hundred years into the future. It shows that harvesting over the coming five year period can successively increase from todays level of 4.3 million cubics meter solid wood under bark (m3sub) to 5.4 million m3sub per year.
For further information, please contact:
Toby Lawton, CFO, +46 (0) 60 19 31 09
Josefine Bonnevier, Director Investor Relations, +46 (0) 60 19 33 90
Björn Lyngfelt, SVP Communications, +46 (0)60 19 34 98

The core of SCA’s business is the forest, Europe’s largest private forest holding. Around this unique resource, they have built a well-developed value chain based on renewable raw material from our own and others’ forests.

They offer paper for packaging and print, pulp, wood products, renewable energy, services for forest owners and efficient transport solutions.
In 2019, the forest products company SCA had approximately 4,000 employees and sales amounted to approximately SEK 19.6bn (EUR 1.9bn).
SCA was founded in 1929 and has its headquarters in Sundsvall, Sweden. For more information, visit www.sca.com

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Holmen acquires Martinsons

International Forest Industries - Fri, 24/07/2020 - 15:09

Holmen has signed an agreement to acquire Martinsons, one of Sweden’s leading players in sawn and processed wood products. The purchase price is SEK 1.0 billion for 100 per cent of the shares. The acquisition will almost double Holmen’s sales of wood products to over SEK 3 billion, while also advancing positions in wood construction and providing Holmen with the capacity to process the majority of the raw material from its own forests in its own industry.

Martinsons consists of two well-invested sawmills in northern Sweden with extensive processing of wood products for Scandinavian wood construction, as well as a project operation for construction of complete frames made of cross-laminated timber (CLT) and glulam beams for purposes such as offices, sports centres and apartment buildings. The company has 470 employees, most of whom work in processing.

“Martinsons is an extremely well-run family-owned company that has built a strong brand and succeeded in achieving growth with solid profitability. As our largest timber customer, we have followed their progress for a long time and have been impressed by of how they have developed a leading position in sustainable wood construction in Sweden. Backed by our large forest holdings, we look forward to continuing to grow the business and to contributing to increased construction using wood, which is part of the solution to the climate challenge”, says Henrik Sjölund, President and CEO of Holmen.

“Holmen has met all of our high expectations for a new owner. It is a stable company with the power to grow, though equally important for us is their genuine interest in the knowledge and experience accumulated in our operations. We are particularly pleased to have found an owner with a corporate culture that we believe will be an excellent fit with the culture that we have built up”, says Lars Martinson, CEO and one of the owners of Martinsons.

After completion of current investments, Bygdsiljum, the larger sawmill, will be able to produce 500 000 m3 of wood products annually, while the annual production at Kroksjön is over 100 000 m3. Bygdsiljum also manufactures CLT and glulam beams, while Kroksjön processes wood products through trimming, planing, painting, treatment and finger jointing. Annual timber consumption is 1 million m3, which corresponds with Holmen’s annual timber harvest in northern Sweden.

“In recent years we have invested in gradually increasing value-added and sales to Swedish builders’ merchants. Martinsons provides a good complement to our offering and strengthens our position on the market. Demand for processed wood products, especially CLT and glulam beams, is growing and with rising interest in wood construction we see great opportunities to further develop the business”, says Johan Padel, Senior Vice President Wood Products, Holmen.

In 2019 Martinsons turn-over was SEK 1.8 billion, where SEK 1.1 billion came from sales of sawn and processed wood products, SEK 0.3 billion from major wood construction projects and the remainder from sales of by-products and timber trading. Martinsons’ underlying EBITDA totalled SEK 157 million in 2019 and operating profit amounted to SEK 99 million. The acquisition will be funded from existing credit facilities and is expected to positively contribute to earnings per share from the time of takeover, which is expected to occur during the fourth quarter.

The deal is subject to approval from the relevant competition authority, which is expected in the fall.

Holmen’s wood products business had sales of SEK 1.7 billion in 2019 and EBITDA amounted to SEK 159 million. Production takes place at three plants, Braviken Sawmill with a production capacity of 600 000 m3 after recent investments, Iggesund Sawmill with a capacity of 400 000 m3 and Linghem Sawmill of just under 100 000 m3.

For more information, please contact:
Stina Sandell, Senior Vice President Sustainability and Communications, +46 (0)73 986 51 12

This information is information that Holmen AB is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person set out above, on 16 July 2020 at 19.00 CEST.

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C3 ramps up in Portland with new log marshalling contract

International Forest Industries - Fri, 24/07/2020 - 14:50

C3’s Portland log marshalling operation has increased throughput by 300% since the deal was completed despite C3 purchasing equipment and commencing operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

C3, one of Australia’s largest forest products logistics providers and part of LINX Cargo Care Group, has secured a multi-million dollar deal to provide log marshalling services in Portland, Victoria.

The deal with Pacific Forest Products (Australia) (PFP) sees C3 handling all log marshalling operations at the Port of Portland, having previously handled approximately 40 per cent of the volume exported through the port.

“We’re proud of the work we have already done in the region, and the work we’re about to do,” said Anthony Jones, LINX Cargo Care Group CEO. “We’re committed to the region and have hired an additional 30 people from the area.”

In Australia, C3 offers both in-field chipping and cut to length harvest and haulage solutions, along with bulk and containerised export log marshalling and stevedoring services.

The log marshalling contract was signed in March, and work commenced just prior to the COVID-19 crisis and lockdown measures. Jones said the importance of the region to C3’s operations and staff, as well the local economy, ensured that the deal could not wait until after the pandemic subsided.

“We made a significant investment in the region despite the economic headwinds and concerns the world was facing,” said Jones. “Portland, as part of the Green Triangle, is vitally important to the economy. This has been proven with an incredible ramp up in operations and productivity since the contract was signed, driven by customer demand and our ability to quickly adapt and cater to those demands.”

Since work commenced, C3 increased throughput in Portland by 300 per cent despite facing significant constraints in relation to COVID-19, such as limitations around securing medical clearances to onboard new staff.

“C3 took over the receivals in the thick of COVID-19 and have done a fantastic job to adapt and manage with the available resources and additional restrictions brought on by the pandemic,” said Andy Bell, Regional Manager Australia, Pacific Forest Products.

“The Portland Operation is fast becoming a flagship operation for PFP and as we come out of the other side of COVID-19, we remain focused on continuing to provide our suppliers with great service.”

Jones says C3 has been able to achieve increased production rates due to the company’s mandate to remain agile and adapt to external conditions quickly.

“The global supply chain impacts linked to COVID-19 has led to an increase in Portland’s log marshalling activity and as such, we’ve had to handle volumes at levels twice what customers had forecast – and that is just in the first month of operations,” said Jones. “Many companies could not achieve such a quick ramp-up in activity but LINX Cargo Care Group has always maintained agility in our operations and that ability has held us in good stead during this pandemic.”

C3 continues to invest in the operation with the purchase of three new material handlers along with the new members joining the team on-site, to ensure productivity continues to increase.

Contact for further information:
Kate Carulli
Head of Media, Marketing & Sponsorship
+61 458 458 863 or k.carulli@linxcc.com.au

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AFM-Forest launches new AFM 75 processing head mode

International Forest Industries - Fri, 24/07/2020 - 14:34

AFM-Forest Ltd. launches the all new AFM 75 processing head model. The new AFM 75 is a tough-built processing head with high feeding power and excellent geometry for the most demanding logging operations worldwide.

With its new HD frame and pins made from SSAB RUUKKI Scandinavian quality steel and nylon bushings it can fit on different tracked base machines.

A wide tilt angle and the geometry of the front knifes will guaranty an efficient and ergonomic way to pick up logs in steep slopes. The new design of the AFM 75 offers easy access for daily maintenance and hydraulic hoses change, maximizing production.

Optional feeding motors and rollers make the new AFM 75 a perfect tool for harvesting and debarking operations in the most difficult species of plantation grown eucalyptus by offering good debarking results during the first feed. AFM-Forest proportional saw system and saw control will guaranty a fast and efficient sawing in all tree species.

AFM-Forest Ltd is a Finnish company manufacturing high-quality single-grip harvester, processor, combi and energy wood heads for demanding forest operations.

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Brandt the exclusive dealer for Sokkia

International Forest Industries - Thu, 23/07/2020 - 10:37

Effective July 2, the Brandt Group of Companies successfully acquired the assets of Ontario-based Sokkia Canada in a deal with owner Topcon Positioning Systems.

The acquisition, which directly affects the Ontario and Quebec markets, makes Brandt the exclusive dealer for Sokkia optical survey instruments, accessories and parts for the Canadian market.

The news signals Brandt’s entry into Central Canada’s geopositioning technology market and is the latest in a growing list of acquisitions and dealer agreements made by the Regina, SK-based company since its purchase of Ontario/Quebec/Newfoundland and Labrador John Deere Construction & Forestry dealer Nortrax in late 2019.

“Expanding our Sokkia offering into Ontario and Quebec has been a high priority for Brandt,” said Brandt CEO Shaun Semple. “Central Canada is an important new market for us and we are 100% committed to delivering exceptional value for the survey, engineering and construction industry here. This addition is a big step forward for us.”

The survey-focused Sokkia brand has a 100-year history and is owned and marketed by Topcon Positioning Systems, a U.S.-based division of Japanese precision equipment manufacturer Topcon Corporation.

The Sokkia product lineup will be distributed and supported through the company’s Brandt Positioning Technology division and includes total stations, GNSS receivers, data collectors, digital levels and a full complement of field accessories.

The move will consolidate Sokkia distribution for the first time under one banner and will further establish the Brandt’s position as a premier privately-held Canadian company.

The Brandt Group of Companies — headquartered in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada — is comprised of Brandt Agricultural Products, Brandt Engineered Products, Brandt Equipment Solutions, Brandt Road Rail, Brandt Positioning Technology, Brandt Truck Rigging & Trailers, Brandt Finance, Brandt Developments Ltd., Brandt Road Technology, Brandt Mineral Technology and Brandt Tractor Ltd. (the world’s largest privately owned John Deere Construction & Forestry equipment dealer.)

Brandt has more than 100 locations in Canada and the U.S., more than 3,400 employees, and a growing international customer base. It serves the construction, forestry, agriculture, rail, mining, steel and energy industries.

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Russian Segezha to invest $25.5 million in Arkhangelsk CLT plant

International Forest Industries - Wed, 22/07/2020 - 14:13

Segezha Group, one of the leading Russian wood processing company, intends to build new CLT plant in Arkhangelsk region, said Mikhail Shamolin, president of Segezha, at the meeting with Arkhangelsk governor.

Segezha expects a CLT plant to be operational by 2023 with capacity of 50 thousand m3. Company plans to spend $25.5 million (1.8 billion roubles) on the plant.

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North American softwood lumber prices pop during usual seasonal slow-down

International Forest Industries - Wed, 22/07/2020 - 13:42

At this time of year it is usual for softwood lumber prices to be lowering, as end-users would be stocked-up on inventory needs for ongoing building projects, and sawmills would be slowing down as normal seasonal closures and curtailments come into effect, according to Madison’s Lumber Reporter.

However, this year – having largely stopped production during spring as industry responded to Covid-19 infections – softwood lumber producers across North America are still operating at relatively high capacity levels. Inventories in the field remain sketchy to weak and lumber manufacturers continue running at higher-than-normal production levels for the time of year, to try to feed buyer hunger.

Prices, of course, have responded according. While beginning to rise well above this time last year, the price of most benchmark construction framing dimension softwood lumber items are far below mid-2018 levels. This week the price of Western Spruce-Pine-Fir KD 2×4 #2&Btr again rose significantly. Particularly in the Western region standard wood building materials prices are up +7%. As prices of this commodity approach levels of March 2020, these rises are expected to slow as more long-delayed deliveries arrive to customers daily. While order files at sawmills are claimed to be 3 weeks, demand lately has mostly been for small volumes of very specific items.

Demand for Western S-P-F in the United States remained steady last week even as players on both sides of the border celebrated their respective national holidays. Suppliers were confident that business will improve even further this week after everyone gets back to their desks and sawmill orders start flowing again with increased fervour. Asking prices continued to rise.

According to Canadian Western S-P-F producers, there was no change in the pace of demand from the previous week even though many folks took long weekends in view of Canada Day and Independence Day. Buyers in Canada continued to get to sawmills’ wood piles before US customers even got a whiff, and prices kept climbing. Sawmill order files were to the week of July 27th and were pushing into August.

For the week ending July 3, 2020, prices of standard construction framing dimension softwood lumber items rose yet again. For its part, benchmark lumber item Western S-P-F 2×4 #2&Btr KD rose another +32, or +7%, to US$468 mfbm, from US$436 the week before. The price for this lumber commodity was up +$90, or +24%, from one month ago. Compared to the same week in 2019 this price is up +$66, or +17%.

Purveyors of Eastern S-P-F dimension lumber and studs had another tricky week, with prices again all over the place. Sawmills were tentative about getting their wares to market as they didn’t want to leave potential money on the table. Construction activity remained strong on both sides of the border and many contractors were unable to find wood materials’ coverage for current and upcoming building jobs.

Recovering well compared to last year but still far behind mid-2018, last week’s Western S-P-F 2×4 price improved +$85, or +22%, relative to the 1-year rolling average price of US$383 mfbm and increased +$77, or +20%, relative to the 2-year rolling average price of US$391 mfbm.

The below table is a comparison of recent highs, in June 2018, and current July 2020 benchmark dimension softwood lumber 2×4 prices compared to historical highs of 2004/05 and compared to recent lows of September 2015:

Softwood Lumber Prices Pop During Usual Seasonal Slow-Down

 

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Madison’s North America Lumber and Sawmill Update: May 2020

International Forest Industries - Wed, 22/07/2020 - 13:08

US Softwood Lumber Production Improves in January-February 2020 Compared to One-Year-Ago

For the first two months of 2020 softwood lumber production in the US continued improvements compared to one-year-ago, to increase even more, says the latest issue of the Western Wood Products Association’s monthly Lumber Track.
For January and February 2020 US lumber production volume increased by +5% to 6,163 mfbm compared to the first two months of 2019 when it was 5,862 mfbm. Comparing February to the previous month however, there was a -10% drop in US softwood lumber production in February 2020 likely due to the impact of the global COVID19 pandemic.

In Canada meanwhile, softwood lumber production fell, by -7.8% in the first two months of 2020 to 3,766 mfbm, compared to one-year-ago when it was 4,084 mfbm.

China Restricts Import of Canadian Logs

The Chinese government announced June 16 that it has found pests in logs imported from Canada, and will be treating Canadian lumber with relevant precautions. Though China has not announced any lumber-related export restrictions thus far, Canadian forestry companies are concerned this announcement precedes an official sanction on this key Canadian export.
The Trudeau government is investigating these claims, which come weeks after a Canadian court ruled against Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou. Canada’s Trade Ministry confirmed later on Tuesday that on June 9 it received 16 notifications of non-compliance from China related to the discovery of pests in shipments of hardwood and softwood logs, spokesperson Ryan Nearing said to the Financial Post.

Top of mind are previous Chinese sanctions on Canadian agricultural products, including canola, which despite having been eased, severely affected prairie farmers. China has recently placed sanctions on Australian beef and barley imports, in retaliation for Australia’s calls to investigate Beijing’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Interforst 2022 will be shortened to four days

International Forest Industries - Wed, 22/07/2020 - 12:16

Interforst – The next international leading trade fair for forestry and forest technology will take place from July 20 to 23, 2022 in Munich, Germany. The aim of the event is to bring all representatives of the international forestry sector, including representatives from science and politics, together at a trade fair so that visitors can enjoy a high-level exchange.

Personal meetings with members of the Advisory Board and the analysis of the exhibitor survey showed that the majority within the industry welcome a shortened trade fair. Given this broad support, Messe München has decided to reduce the next Interforst to four trade fair days.

 Reinhard Pfeiffer, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board of Messe München, supports this decision: “Interforst is the leading platform for innovations and solutions in the field of forestry, wood and bioenergy. We owe that primarily to our loyal exhibitors and visitors. That’s why it’s important to us to ensure the best conditions for everyone involved.”

What was noticeable in the analysis of the visitor survey was that visitors spend an average of 1,3 days at the trade fair. The aim is to organize a modern trade fair that offers visitors solutions for various challenges over the long term and adapts to the contemporary forestry culture.

The four days of the fair from Wednesday to Saturday will continue to reach all parts of the forestry sector that work together nationally and globally. Constructive and interactive trade fair programs will be offered from and for the fields of business, science and politics.

Every four years, Interforst, as one of the leading international trade fairs for forestry and forest technology, presents the entire logistics chain from afforestation and timber harvesting to the sawmill. Another focus is on the energetic use of wood.

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Safely seeding the South West

International Forest Industries - Wed, 22/07/2020 - 11:47

Seeding – It is all hands-on deck at the West Manjimup Nursery in Western Australia. Forest Products Commission (FPC) staff and a team of casuals have started dispatching seedlings for the 2020 planting season.

The first load of pine seedlings left the nursery in mid June and was taken to Baudin Plantation.

Nursery and Seed Centre Manager Jeffrey Cook said approximately 3.3 million pine seedlings and one million karri seedlings would be dispatched and planted in the South West during June and July.

“The nursery has been required to increase the workforce significantly to meet the demands of the planting schedule,” Mr Cook said.

“We have employed approximately 45 casual employees which has been a big boost in employment for the Manjimup community.”

Nursery processes have had to evolve to deliver and meet new social distancing requirements.

“We have installed polycarbonate sheeting on the packing line to provide a barrier of protection between each individual packer, to meet social distancing requirements and create a safe working environment during dispatch,” Mr. Cook said.

The nursery has also staggered lunch and other breaks to assist in managing social distancing.

“The casual employees are very happy to be back working as employment opportunities have been scarce in the last few months and the FPC plays a vital part in regional employment,” Mr Cook said.

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Combi-CS pedestrian stacker wins prestigious IFOY Award

International Forest Industries - Wed, 22/07/2020 - 11:13

Combilift is a winner at this year’s IFOY Awards 2020– one of the most prestigious and hotly contested international awards in the materials handling industry which honours the best products and solutions of the year. The company won the Warehouse Truck Lowlifter Category with its innovative Combi-CS pedestrian counterbalance stacker.

The Combi-CS is the only pedestrian counterbalance stacker that will operate in a conventional reach truck aisle for space saving and productive storage and handling. It features Combilift’s unique, internationally patented and award winning multi-position tiller arm which can be turned to the left or right of the unit to position the rear drive wheel, allowing the operator to remain in the safest position- at the side of the machine rather than at the rear as is the case with other pedestrian stackers. This ensures optimum visibility of the load and surroundings as well as guaranteeing maximum safety in areas where other personnel or members of the public may be present.

Due to the current circumstances, the hundreds of people that normally attend the IFOY ceremony could not get together personally, so the organisers rolled out the virtual red carpet for the winners on the Internet on July 13th 2020 at www.ifoy.org. IFOY founder and Executive Chairperson of the IFOY Jury Anita Würmser said: “Special times require special solutions and this year’s IFOY Awards were dedicated to the best innovations in intralogistics and moreover to the people who make intralogistics happen.”

Finalists’ products underwent stringent IFOY audit and innovation checks by industry experts and journalists from leading logistics media from 19 countries also tested and evaluated the equipment for qualities such as technology, design, ergonomics, safety, marketability, customer benefit and sustainability. Some of the jury’s comments on the Combi-CS were as follows: “The Combi-CS is a really compact smart pedestrian operated truck and a nice hands-on solution. It offers significant added value in terms of narrow aisle operation and safety in confined environments. It is a customer-focussed solution with a very high level of market relevance.”

Combilift CEO and Co-founder Martin McVicar said: “On behalf of the whole Combilift team I am delighted to receive the IFOY 2020 Award and proud that this innovative product has been recognised as valuable solution for the intralogistics sector. We extend our thanks to the IFOY jury for selecting us for this important award.”

Main photo: Combi-CS IFOY Award 2020 in the Warehouse Truck Lowlifter Category

photo left: Martin McVicar, CEO and co-founder, Combilift pictured with the IFOY Award 2020 for the Combi-

www.combilift.com

https://combilift.com/en/combi-cs-pedestrian-stacker-wins-prestigious-ifoy-award/

Video of award acceptance: https://youtu.be/3RDXQ6mZDTY

Product video: https://youtu.be/6iPfEWThgJE

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