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UPM remains the most sustainable company in the Paper and Forest industry

International Forest Industries - Wed, 25/09/2019 - 11:48

UPM was named industry leader for the Paper and Forest industry in the Dow Jones European and World Sustainability Indices (DJSI) for 2019-2020 for the seventh time. Of 61 industry leaders recognised worldwide, UPM was the only Finnish company on the list.

The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices are published in collaboration with Robeco SAM. The SAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA) is the longest running global sustainability benchmark and the key reference point in investing. In 2019, over 3,500 companies based on market capitalization were invited to the DJSI, marking the biggest increase in corporate participation in the SAM CSA.

RobecoSAM selects the most relevant criteria in each sustainability dimension – Economic, Environmental and Social – based on their weight in the assessment and their current or expected significance for the industry. UPM registered a four-point increase in its total score, from 85 to 89 and posted the industry best scores in all dimensions.

UPM’s continued strong performance on the DJSI recognition reaffirms the company’s goal to usher in a future beyond fossils. UPM Communication Papers’ main raw material, for example, is wood fibre – a renewable resource that comes from sustainably managed forests.

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Katerra opens CLT factory in Spokane Valley, Washington

International Forest Industries - Wed, 25/09/2019 - 11:30

Katerra announced the grand opening of North America’s highest volume cross-laminated timber (CLT) factory. Located in Spokane Valley, Washington, the 270,000-square-foot-facility will significantly increase supplies of CLT, a fully renewable structural building material that sequesters carbon for a building’s life and can be used in place of steel and concrete in buildings up to 18 stories.

Katerra’s state-of-the-art CLT facility reflects the company’s technology-first approach, incorporating advanced geometric and biometric scanning of lamstock, an on-site kiln for precise moisture control and artificial intelligence to further improve safety and reduce waste. Katerra’s factory also features the largest CLT press currently in operation globally, offering customers unmatched design flexibility.

“CLT perfectly embodies Katerra’s guiding principles for product development – it is technologically advanced, sustainable, and offers meaningful cost and time reductions,” said Michael Marks, CEO and co-founder of Katerra. “We have invested in creating the largest capacity CLT factory in North America because we believe deeply in the potential of CLT and want to see this great material advance to the mainstream.”

The new CLT factory occupies 29 acres with easy access to rail lines and interstate highways. At full operation, the factory will employ 105 people with an annual manufacturing capacity to provide thousands of apartments, student housing units, and more than 11 million square feet of floors and roofs.

Katerra is a technology company optimizing every aspect of building design, materials supply, and construction.

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Tolko reducing capacity at Soda Creek and Armstrong stud lumber mills

International Forest Industries - Wed, 25/09/2019 - 10:57

Tolko announced that it is implementing a flexible operating footprint at its Soda Creek and Armstrong stud lumber mills. This change will reduce the company’s operating stud capacity by 20%.

Vice President, Solid Wood, Troy Connolly says the decision is a result of high log costs in B.C. and weak market conditions.

“The continued and increasing pressures on log delivery costs in B.C. have eroded our competitiveness. This, in addition to continued weak markets, means we must take immediate and responsible action to ensure our long-term stability in B.C. We are moving to a flexible operating footprint starting next week. We will continue to monitor our cost competitiveness regularly to determine if further downtime is required. Our top priority is sustaining the business and the many jobs and economic spin-offs it provides to our communities.”

Tolko is a leading manufacturer of a wide range of forest products for customers around the world, including lumber, plywood, veneer, oriented strand board, co-products, biomass power, and a growing number of specialty wood products.

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Ponsse opened a new training centre in St. Petersburg

International Forest Industries - Tue, 24/09/2019 - 13:06

The grand opening of the new training and service centre of OOO Ponsse, Ponsse’s subsidiary in Russia, was celebrated earlier this month in Gorelovo, St. Petersburg. With its area of 1,500 square metres, the new training centre is one of the company’s largest investments in Russia, totalling approximately EUR 3 million.

The new training centre is the flagship of OOO Ponsse’s training network, featuring the best training equipment and skills in the industry. Jaakko Laurila, Managing Director of OOO Ponsse, says that the company is a pioneer in the development of training services.

“We want to offer the best training services in this industry. This new training centre is exceptional in terms of its quality and training content. High-quality training services give us a significant competitive edge and enable us to increase our market share”, Laurila says.

The new training and service centre in St. Petersburg features all PONSSE simulator models for operator training and a test track for practical training. Mechanics are trained in service facilities that have room for three forest machines at the same time.

Growing market requires training services
In just over ten years, large parts of Russia have shifted from tree-length harvesting to the more efficient and eco-friendlier cut-to-length (CTL) method. Currently, Russia is the world’s largest forest machine market. This can be seen not only through increased forest machine sales, but also as a growing need for training and maintenance services. Russia does not offer any official training for forest machine operators and mechanics, which strengthens the importance of Ponsse’s training range even further. Studies have shown that high professional skills of operators play an important part in terms of productivity.

Ponsse’s subsidiary in Russia was established in 2005 and, nearly ever since, the company has worked with educational institutions in the field of forestry. Currently, Ponsse’s training network comprises, in addition to the new unit opened in St. Petersburg, a training and service centre in Pitkyaranta and 17 training units that work in cooperation with vocational and higher level educational institutions in different parts of Russia and Belarus.

The highly advanced training range covers not only operator and mechanic training, but also training programmes for the management of the harvesting process, productive harvesting and thinning. The training range has been designed for Ponsse’s operators, mechanics and customers, the PONSSE network’s retailers and personnel, as well as teachers of educational institutions in the field of forestry. The duration of training periods spans from a few days to one month. Training manager Nikolai Chernutskii is in charge of OOO Ponsse’s training services.

OOO Ponsse has 120 employees in Russia, as well as an extensive retailer network which enables nationwide operations. Approximately 2,000 PONSSE forest machines operate in Russia. The company has service centers in St. Petersburg, Pitkyaranta, Segezha, Tihkvin and Tomsk.

Jaakko Laurila
Managing Director, OOO Ponsse

Jaakko Laurila, Managing Director, OOO Ponsse, tel. +7 921 946 18 23
Harri Perätalo, Service Director, OOO Ponsse, tel. +7 921 983 03 34
Main Photo: Jaakko Laurila, Managing Director of OOO Ponsse,


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Ponsse’s efficient solutions for profitable logging

International Forest Industries - Tue, 24/09/2019 - 11:29

Ponsse’s products and services that improve productivity and profitability in logging had a strong presence at the The Great Lakes Logging & Heavy Equipment Logging Congress September 5-7 Escanaba, MI. The new PONSSE Cobra harvester was introduced at the fair as well as new PONSSE Active Crane system for loader controlling.

PONSSE COBRA – an efficient harvester for varying conditions
The PONSSE Cobra is an adaptable eight-wheel all-round machine with an extensive range of equipment making possible a variety of cutting and work methods. The Cobra’s strengths include a powerful six-cylinder engine, a high-performance hydraulics system powered by a sizeable 210 cm3 working pump, and a robust and thoroughly tested structure. Thanks to the high quality of its basic solutions, the Cobra is a reliable and fuel-economic package whose accurate and easy-to-use crane, great balance and powerful six-cylinder engine make it an excellent solution for varying conditions.

Seamless loader control with PONSSE Active Crane
The PONSSE Active Crane offers a new way of controlling the loader and boosting work. It is an innovation that the driver uses to control the grapple movement instead of individual functions, allowing the driver to concentrate efficiently on loader work. The Active Crane is easy to control using two control levers, one of which controls the grapple height from the ground and the other the direction of movement. What is essential is that the driver does not need to control all the functions simultaneously. When the desired grapple location is specified for the machine, the system performs the lifting, folding and extending operations automatically.

The new products are part of the Boost/Save approach aimed at enabling customers to improve the productivity and cost efficiency of harvesting through the right products, information systems, training and service. Apart from forest machines.

For further information:
Diana Olkowski, Marketing coordinator, Ponsse North America
tel. +1 715 490 0988 or diana.olkowski@ponsse.com

Ponsse Plc develops and manufactures sustainable and innovative harvesting solutions for environmentally friendly cut-to-length logging. The strong family company is one of the world’s leading forest machine manufacturers, and its customer-oriented operations are still guided by the wishes and needs of forest machine entrepreneurs.

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New managing director for Ponsse AS

International Forest Industries - Tue, 24/09/2019 - 11:00

The managing director of Ponsse AS, Ponsse’s subsidiary in Norway, is to change. Sigurd Skotte, who has held the position since 2011, will transfer to parent company Ponsse Plc starting from 1 October 2019, where he will work in the development of global sales.

Carl-Henrik Hammar, managing director of Ponsse’s subsidiary in Sweden, will be appointed managing director of Ponsse AS. Hammar will also continue as the managing director of Ponsse AB.

“Both of these appointments support our investments in the continuous development of our international network. Sigurd Skotte has a strong vision for the customer-driven development of sales and maintenance services, and Carl-Henrik Hammar’s role in leading our two Nordic subsidiaries helps these companies to work closer together. Both companies will continue as independent entities, while their functions will be developed side-by-side, and they will be engaged in closer cooperation”, says Jarmo Vidgrén, sales and marketing director at Ponsse Plc.

Carl-Henrik Hammar started his career at Ponsse in 2015. He will continue to work in Surahammar, Sweden, and report to Jarmo Vidgrén, Ponsse Plc’s sales and marketing director.

The head office of Ponsse AS, established in 1998, is located in Kongsvinger, Norway. Ponsse AB’s head office is located in Surahammar, and the company is responsible for Swedish markets and Ponsse’s operations in Denmark. The company was established in 1994.

Ponsse Plc
Further Information
Jarmo Vidgrén, sales and marketing director, Ponsse Plc, tel. +358 40 519 1486

Ponsse Plc specialises in the sale, production, maintenance and technology of cut-to-length method forest machines, and is driven by a genuine interest in its customers and their business operations. Ponsse develops and manufactures sustainable and innovative harvesting solutions based on customer needs.

The company was established by forest machine entrepreneur Einari Vidgrén in 1970, and has been a leader in timber harvesting solutions based on the cut-to-length method ever since. Ponsse is headquartered in Vieremä, Finland. The company’s shares are quoted on the Nordic list of the Nasdaq Helsinki stock exchange.

Photo: Carl-Henrik Hammar 

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The Swedish BISON DEMO TOUR has begun!

International Forest Industries - Thu, 19/09/2019 - 14:27

From September 2 2019 until January 13 2020 it is going to travel from the south of Sweden to the most northern parts and is going to make at least one stop per sales district.

Contact your local contact for more information when the Bison is coming to your neighbourhood. And keep yourself updated with more information by following us on social media (Facebook and Instagram). Welcome!

Stop #1 week 36-37
Andreas From, Tel. 070 399 03 28

Stop #2 week 38-39
Thomas Andersson, Tel. 070 399 15 30

Stop #3 week 40-41
Robert Johansson, Tel. 070 399 44 11

Stop #4 week 42-43
Jerker Welén, Tel. 070 399 52 80

Stop #5 week 44-45
Jesper Magnusson, Tel. 070 399 07 37

Stop #6 week 46-47
Lars Dahlin, Tel. 070 399 41 53

Stop #7 week 48-49
Jon Holmström, Tel. 070 595 90 17

Stop #8 week 50-51
Jonas Sundin, Tel. 070 399 80 93

Stop #9 week 2-3
Jan Förare, Tel. 070 669 33 93

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Weyerhaeuser to sell its Michigan timberlands to Lyme Great Lakes Holding

International Forest Industries - Thu, 19/09/2019 - 13:38

Weyerhaeuser Company announced an agreement to sell its 555,000 acres of Michigan timberlands to Lyme Great Lakes Holding LLC, an affiliate of The Lyme Timber Company LP, for $300 million in cash. The company expects to recognize a gain on the sale and anticipates no tax liability in conjunction with the transaction.

“This transaction in our Northern region encompasses a diverse mix of hardwood and softwood acres and is part of our ongoing effort to strategically optimize our timberlands portfolio,” said Devin W. Stockfish, president and CEO of Weyerhaeuser. “Lyme will also welcome our exceptional team of highly skilled employees.”

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the 4Q 2019.

Weyerhaeuser Company is one of the world’s largest private owners of timberlands.

Photo: Devin W. Stockfish, president and CEO of Weyerhaeuser

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Norske Skog Skogn names Bjørn Einar Ugedal as new Managing Director

International Forest Industries - Thu, 19/09/2019 - 11:10

Bjørn Einar Ugedal has been appointed new Managing Director at Norske Skog Skogn AS from October 15, 2019. He has extensive experience from a number of positions in the process- and power-intensive industry.

Until recently, he was the CEO of Ferroglobe Mangan Norway in Mo i Rana, which produces manganese alloys. He has held a number of leading positions in multinational corporations in the process industry.

When Ugedal takes over as Managing Director, he will replace Amund Saxrud, who has been Managing Director since 2011. Amund Saxrud will from October, 15 take over as new Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Norske Skog Group, responsible for monitoring operational activities at the Group’s 7 mills.

About Norske Skog
Norske Skog is a leading producer of publication paper with strong market positions in Europe, where it occupies a top-tier publication paper position, and Australasia, where Norske Skog is a leading producer of publication paper in a concentrated market.

Norske Skog operates a total of seven profitable paper mills strategically located close to attractive markets and with total paper production capacity of 2.6 million tons, comprising 1.7 million tons of newsprint and 0.9 million tons of magazine paper (supercalandered and coated mechanical). The Norske Skog Group has approximately 2,400 employees, and had in 2018 annual revenue and EBITDA of approximately NOK 12.6 billion and NOK 1.0 billion, respectively.

Norske Skog Skogn has 390 employees and had in 2018 annual revenue of NOK 2.2 billion. The mill has an annual production capacity of 510 000 tonnes of newsprint.

Bjørn Einar Ugedal as new Managing Director

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British Columbia to allocate $69 million to support provincial forest workers impacted by mill closures

International Forest Industries - Wed, 18/09/2019 - 14:16

British Columbia government has announced $69 million to fund a new series of measures aimed at supporting provincial forest workers impacted by mill closures and shift reductions in several B.C. Interior communities. The Interior forest industry has been reducing production in an effort to adjust to the end of the mountain pine beetle harvest and the devastating 2017 and 2018 fire seasons.

“The previous government knew that the end of mountain pine beetle harvest would disrupt the lives of forest workers, contractors and communities, but they did little to prepare for this inevitable transition,” said Premier John Horgan. “While the forest sector must reduce surplus milling capacity to remain competitive, it cannot do so at the expense of the workers, contractors and communities who built the industry. Our government will ensure that forest workers impacted by mill closures are supported.”

Premier Horgan and Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, met with the chief executive officers of the major Interior forest companies to set out measures to support forest workers in the months and years ahead. Those measures include:

$40 million to establish a new cost-shared, early-retirement bridging program for older forest workers;

$15 million to establish a new short-term forest employment program, focused on fire prevention and community resiliency projects;

$12 million for workers to access skills training, and for employer and community grants for training;

$2 million to establish a new job placement co-ordination office that will track the transition and employment of impacted forest workers on an individual basis; and

Community support grants aimed at providing short-term assistance to communities more profoundly impacted by the closure of a major forest employer.

“The Province is committed to supporting the people impacted by this change, but we need the forest industry and the federal government to step up and do their part as well,” Donaldson said. “I’m hopeful that the Interior forest sector recognizes that the new industry that will arise from this transition will need skilled, experienced workers to produce new forest products that can compete in global markets.”

Donaldson called on the forest industry to increase supports for impacted workers, ensure key corporate leaders are working on the industry transition and ensure that it does a better job of communicating effectively with affected workers and communities.

“The forest industry and its workers have built the success of the industry and bolstered B.C.’s economy for decades,” said Harry Bains, Minister of Labour. “I am pleased that my ministry can help deliver solutions that provide direct and tangible support to workers impacted by current challenges in the forest industry and that will help sustain family-supporting jobs in communities that are home to the industry and its workers.”

“Over the summer, I met with workers, industry and elected officials in many of the Interior communities impacted by permanent and indefinite mill closures. The $69 million our government is providing to support impacted workers and families and enable resilient forest communities is a direct result of my discussions with the people who live and work in these Interior communities,” said Ravi Kahlon, Parliamentary Secretary for Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development.

“We’re ensuring that impacted forestry workers and their communities have access to retraining and supports they need to assist them with this transition. We’re providing funding for skills training programs and employer and community grants that will give people the new skills they need to prepare for sustainable employment and good family-supporting jobs,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.

“We appreciate the Province recognizing these supportive measures needed for impacted workers as industry adapts to declining timber supply. This funding for workers’ support aligns with our efforts at West Fraser to ensure continuing employment and opportunity for our hard-working employees and their families as industry works together with government on longer-term solutions to our current challenges,” said Ray Ferris, CEO, West Fraser.

“The Public and Private Workers of Canada stands with the provincial government today. In doing so, we recognize the value of what is being offered to the people of rural British Columbia. It was through communication, co-operation and compassion with and for the affected forestry workers and the communities they call home that relief will be forthcoming. We will continue to work to save jobs, but have to be realistic with the situation at hand and help people transition in a changed landscape. This funding announced today is just a start in the effort needed to accomplish this transition,” said Gary Fiege, president, Public and Private Workers of Canada.

“Taking this step to support workers and their families is the right thing for the B.C. government to do. Forestry workers are facing enormous challenges across the Interior right now and we know that with the right supports for these workers and with the right investments by corporations, the forestry sector can rise to meet these challenges and be a vital part of our sustainable future,” Gavin McGarrigle, western regional director, Unifor.

Photo: Honourable Doug Donaldson
Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development

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Softwood lumber trade was up 5% in FH 2019, with China reaching record-high imports in 2Q

International Forest Industries - Wed, 18/09/2019 - 13:05

Softwood lumber trade was up 5% in the first half of 2019 on a worldwide basis, with China reaching record-high imports in the 2Q, reports Wood Resources International in its Wood Resource Quarterly.

Global Softwood Lumber Trade
Demand for lumber in China, the United Kingdom, Egypt and the Netherlands increased this year despite a slowdown in the global economy. Global softwood lumber trade was up just over five percent year-over-year during the first half of 2019.. Of the major importing countries in the world, only Japan and Germany have experienced major declines in imports so far this year. Germany’s lumber imports have fallen 6.1%, while exports have gone up 9.2%. German net exports have increased from approximately 1.5 million m3 the first six months of 2018 to two million m3 during the same period in 2019.

Lumber markets – North America
Lumber demand in the US has not recovered as fast as many market observers predicted in 2018. Housing starts, which are the major lumber end-use sector, were hovering between 1.2 and 1.3 million starts annualized during the first half of 2019. This was slightly lower than during the same period in 2018. Lumber production in Canada from January to May 2019 was nine percent lower than it was in same period in 2018. Most of the decline came from British Columbia, where production was down 16.5%.

Lumber markets – China
China imported almost eight million m3 of softwood lumber in the 2Q 2019, a new quarterly high. Russian deliveries reached almost five million m3, a 39% increase from the 1Q 2019 and 15% higher than in the 2Q 2018. The Nordic countries have steadily expanded their shipments to China over the past year and were the third largest suppliers behind Russia and Canada in the 2Q 2019.

Import prices have trended downward for the past 18 months and in June hit their lowest levels since early 2016 (read more about lumber prices in the latest issue of the WRQ).

Lumber markets – MENA
Softwood lumber imports to the Middle East and Northern Africa (the MENA region) were up three percent year-over-year in 2018. This increase came after import volumes in 2017 reached their lowest level in ten years. Decreased activity in the housing sector, political instability and financial turmoil reduced the demand for wood products in 2016 and 2017. However, with economic growth rebounding in 2018 and the outlook being for continued expansion in the region over the next few years, consumption of softwood lumber is on the upswing. The increased import demand continued in the 1Q 2019 when the two major markets, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, increased their importation by over 50% from the 1Q 2018

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Bruks Siwertell awarded repeat truck dump equipment order from Douglas Pellets

International Forest Industries - Wed, 18/09/2019 - 11:22
Bruks Siwertell, has won a contract to supply a back-on truck dump receiving system for Douglas Pellets LLC. It will be used to efficiently unload dry peanut hulls at the company’s facility in Pearson, Georgia, in the US, and is planned for delivery in January 2020.

Bruks Siwertell has supplied various truck dumpers as well as chippers and other equipment to Douglas Pellets’ network of pellet plants and sawmills in Georgia.

“The contract demonstrates the strength of Bruks Siwertell’s business relationship with Douglas Pellets as a preferred supplier and the trust that it has in our equipment and services,” says Bruks Siwertell Americas Area Sales Manager, Christopher Duffy. “We are delighted that Douglas Pellets has opted to continue this partnership and we hope to support its continued growth in the coming years.”

The new contract calls for Bruks Siwertell to supply a back-on truck dumper with a receiving hopper and dust collector. The system comprises a platform and a set of hydraulic cylinders used to lift the entire truck and allow the free-flowing cargo to dump out of the back of its trailer and into the receiving hopper. The new truck dumper will have the capacity to unload dry peanut hulls at a rate up to 85t/h. Once they have been unloaded the peanut hulls will later be compressed into pellet form.

Controlling dust emissions from handling dry materials is an important concern at such facilities. “Our truck dumper systems are designed to minimize dust emissions by utilizing a covered receiving hopper and dust collection system,” he notes. “The complete system helps Douglas Pellets to protect the environment.”

In addition to the back-on type of truck dumper ordered by Douglas Pellets, Bruks Siwertell’s unique truck unloading portfolio also includes a drive-over version.

“Chip trucks are used throughout North America as an efficient and flexible way to transport pellets, hogged fuel, wood chips and other cargoes,” Mr Duffy explains. “Our truck dumper systems are by far the most effective method for receiving materials and are relied upon throughout the North American wood products industry.”

Bruks Siwertell design, produce and deliver systems for loading, unloading, conveying, storing, and stacking and reclaiming dry bulk materials, alongside equipment for chipping, screening, milling and processing wood for the biofuel, board, saw mill, pulp and paper industries. All equipment is designed to ensure environmentally-friendly and efficient cargo operations.

Siwertell is part of Bruks Siwertell Group.

Ken Upchurch, Vice President Sales and Marketing, Bruks Siwertell Americas tel. +1 770 905 6023 kuh@bruks.com

Sales Manager / Engineer – BRUKS Siwertell

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Georgia-Pacific makes significant investments in Southeast Arkansas community

International Forest Industries - Tue, 17/09/2019 - 13:50

Georgia-Pacific has announced two major investments that will contribute significantly to its facility community in Gurdon, Arkansas, and the region.

Georgia-Pacific is investing $70 million for upgrades to its plywood and lumber operations in the community. The company is also making its largest contribution ever to Gurdon and Clark County schools, committing $100,000 over five years to help install a multi-use playing field that will be used by the three schools and the city for community events. The pair of investments are a great example of GP’s belief that strong communities are good for business and strong businesses reinvest into the community.

What Impact Will $70 Million Make?
In addition to extending the ability to meet the growing needs of customers for lumber and plywood, this investment will increase the mill’s efficiency and capacity, sustaining the more than 700 jobs at the two facilities.

“We are making state of the art improvements that will transform our Gurdon facilities, greatly improving the utilization of raw materials and overall operating efficiencies, making jobs more meaningful, and turning us into an even stronger competitor,” said Mike White, Western Regional Operations Manager.

“This investment is validation of the work, commitment, and loyalty of our employees and the support Gurdon and Clark County have demonstrated for years,” said White, who started as an electrician at the plant when it was built in 1979. “And as any facilities manager will tell you, the quality of the workforce is the critical factor for success. All the latest technology isn’t nearly as important as having the calibre of competent, responsible, conscientious employees we have.”

GP’s investment will have a ripple economic effect in the southern Arkansas region, generating $169 million in overall impact, according to Dr. Gauri Guha, Associate Professor of Economics at Arkansas State University.

Georgia-Pacific is investing $70 million into its Gurdon lumber and plywood operations that will greatly improving utilization of raw materials and overall operating efficiencies.

“Any large investment in an economic sector is amplified by regional economic multipliers due to direct, indirect and induced effects of the expenditures,” Dr. Guha said. “This means a direct investment of $70 million ends up generating an economic value of $169 million within the year.”

In addition to meeting the growing needs of lumber and plywood customers, the investment will increase efficiency and capacity, sustaining the more than 700 jobs across the two Gurdon plants.

Some of the improvements include the install of an advanced merchandiser that determines best end-product use, new panel assembly stations with state-of-the-art scanning systems, an upgraded power plant and software and security enhancements. Work on the projects began earlier this summer and will be completed by 2020.

The Work Doesn’t Stop at the Mills
Georgia-Pacific’s contribution for a $100,000 multi-use playing field provides a setting for students to participate in extra-curricular activities, helping them to expand their social skills– a benefit for finding career opportunities after graduation. This contribution along with the investment into the mill provides a foundation for a solid community that will be ready for the generations to come.

“The Gurdon schools have been such a cooperative, helpful and successful partner in ensuring we have the talented people we need,” said Carrie Wilkins, Regional Human Resources for GP’s Plywood and Lumber divisions. “We want and need them to continue to be successful, so our aim is to contribute meaningfully to our schools every year.”

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Pölkky Oy has appointed Ville Liimola as it’s new Sales Director

International Forest Industries - Wed, 04/09/2019 - 13:09

Pölky’s Sales Director Mikko Luikku is leaving the company. Pölkky Oy has nominated Ville Liimola as the new Sales Director. Mr. Liimola will start in his new position on 7.1.2020.

Pölkky Oy is the largest private wood processing company in northern Finland. Pölkky Oy uses 1.4 million cubic metres of raw timber annually, across its four sawmills in Finland.

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Derome Sweden acquires Woody Anderstorp

International Forest Industries - Wed, 04/09/2019 - 11:43

Derome, Sweden’s largest family-owned timber company, has acquired wood trading company Woody Anderstorp, Derome has announced.

“Anderstorp and its environs is a viable and expansive market which is interesting to us. We are already a major supplier of roof trusses in the region and buy forest raw material from here to our sawmill in Kinnared,” said Johan Winroth, CEO of Derome.

Per Enocson and Victor Svensson, who have been developing and operating Woody Anderstorp since 2012, look forward to running the business under Derome’s management.

“This is positive for our employees and customers. Victor Svensson and me look forward to becoming part of Derome. They have the industry’s best customer concept and logistics, which now benefits the customers,” said Per Enocson.

Photo: Johan Winroth, CEO of Derome.

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John Deere Expands TimberMatic™ Maps and TimberManager™ Technology Solutions to Full-Tree Equipment

International Forest Industries - Tue, 03/09/2019 - 11:51

Building upon the positive momentum of the original launch of TimberMatic™ Maps and TimberManager™, John Deere has announced the expansion of the technology offerings to full-tree equipment, including feller bunchers and skidders. These streamlined software solutions offer loggers enhanced machine visibility and communication for a productive work day.

“The addition of full-tree machines to the TimberMatic Maps and TimberManager offering is an example of how John Deere continues to lead the way in innovation and arm our customers with smart, streamlined solutions to optimize their efforts and ultimately increase productivity,” said Matt Flood ForestSight product manager, John Deere.

TimberMatic Maps and TimberManager provide loggers with the ability to plan work that needs to get done in a day. The map provides the precise location, estimated volume or mass, and up to two species of timber. As timber is moved, operators can update the map for improved team visibility. Loggers can also add items of interest to the digital maps such as points, areas, and lines. These features are shared in real time with all crew members for a better understanding and opportunity to optimize jobsite awareness and production as a system of machines.

One of the biggest feature improvements over the former TimberNavi™ system is the accommodation of all map formats, ranging from a simple map drawn in by hand to an elaborate shape file or PDF file. The design of TimberMatic Maps also allows for standard satellite imagery or topography to be loaded directly through the JDLink™ cellular connection. In addition to a simplified map creation tool, TimberMatic Maps now provides tools for estimated production awareness. With TimberManager, the online, cloud-based solution optimized for mobile devices, owners can create or alter map features and share updates to all machines in real time without the need to visit each machine and operator. Managers can also view jobsite summary data and production efficiencies through TimberManager.

“I’ve seen a big increase in production from basically out of the gate with TimberMatic Maps and TimberManager,” said Thomas Johnson, owner of Thomas Johnson Logging. “It lets me map out, in the machine, the area that I’m working, my job sites, and it counts the stems that the tracked buncher is cutting … It also lets the skidder know where the wood is at on the ground … I don’t have to guess anymore or ask an operator how much wood’s left on the ground — being able to see everything in realtime is a big help.”

The technology system is now available in skidders, wheeled and tracked feller bunchers, wheeled and tracked harvesters, forwarders, and swing machines. Data is collected by the sensors on the equipment, while the location of the production is gathered through the GPS technology. Information is then transmitted to the TimberMatic Maps and TimberManager systems. “[With TimberMatic Maps and TimberManager], the skidder and the feller buncher are working together instead of guessing where each other are at. In a way it adds a safety aspect to it. You can see a lot more [of the job site] without having to walk ahead,” Johnson said.

From the office, managers can access the data from the machines using a PC, tablet or mobile phone and follow the progress of the work site. This solution offers ultimate insight into the operation from land harvested to the machines at work, streamlining communication and increasing efficiency when shift planning. “I can be in a meeting or off-site somewhere and pull up TimberManager on my [cell phone], and see my skidders are here, my buncher is here, and there’s been this much wood dropped off in the landing already today … I know what I have by looking at TimberManager on my phone … It makes my life a lot easier,” said Johnson.

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Trump to Miners, Loggers and Drillers: This Land Is Your Land

NYT Logging Industry - Sat, 31/08/2019 - 20:30
From Alaska’s Tongass National Forest to Minnesota’s Boundary Waters, the Trump administration wants to despoil, not preserve, America’s resources.

Confor presses forestry case with new ministerial team

International Forest Industries - Wed, 28/08/2019 - 12:12

Confor has urged the new ministerial team at Defra to work with the industry to drive up tree planting rates significantly to tackle the damaging effects of climate change.

New Forestry Minister Zac Goldsmith MP has a track record of environmental activism and Confor hopes that he will push for rapid increases in tree planting to help tackle the climate emergency.

His new boss, Secretary of State for the Environment, Theresa Villiers MP, has also shown support for tree planting. In a Westminster Hall debate on Forestry in England in January 2018, she said: “A key goal for all of us who recognise the benefits of woods and forests is not just protecting what we have, but planting more trees.”

She went on to express the wish that the private sector should do more to help achieve the long term goal of 12 per cent afforestation in England by 2060.

Confor Chief Executive Stuart Goodall said he hoped for early meetings with both the Secretary of State and the Forestry Minister.

He added: “We very much look forward to working with Theresa Villiers and Zac Goldsmith to continue pushing forestry and wood products up the political agenda. The imperative to plant many more trees – especially productive forestry at scale – is greater than ever. Successive reports from the Committee on Climate Change have identified a vital role for large-scale tree planting in removing atmospheric carbon and mitigating the damaging effects of climate change, while using wood locks up that carbon.”

The letter to Theresa Villiers says: “Confor and its members look forward to working with you to drive up tree planting in England. A significant increase is necessary to meet national targets and make a critical contribution to alleviating the global climate emergency – but it is very achievable through constructive partnership working.”

Mr Goodall said he was especially keen to discuss positive progress made in areas like Northumberland. “There are a number of initiatives coming together which make me confident that with political support, we can really see a step change in planting and woodland management – which would be a positive investment in a cleaner, greener future for the UK,” he said.

“It is also crucial in these meetings to gain further clarity on how funding for forestry will work after Brexit.”

As well as his appointment as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at Defra

(Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), Mr Goldsmith is a Minister of State at the Department for International Development.

Mr Goodall added: “This is a very interesting combination of portfolios and I hope to raise the issue with Zac Goldsmith of how planting more trees at home can reduce the long-term need for imported timber. We need to do everything we can to stop exporting our forest and carbon footprint.”

Mr Goodall also paid tribute to Michael Gove MP and David Rutley MP.

“Michael Gove really pushed the climate change and environment brief up the political agenda and David Rutley developed a real understanding of the benefits of more tree planting and the greater use of home-grown wood. We worked very closely with him and one of his final ministerial visits was to see forestry and wood processing in Northumberland. We are very keen to work with Defra officials to get Zac Goldsmith on a similar visit soon to start delivering on the real potential of the forestry and timber sector.”

Confor has extended a similar invitation to Theresa Villers.

Photo: New Forestry Minister Zac Goldsmith MP

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Amazon rainforest is ablaze

International Forest Industries - Wed, 28/08/2019 - 11:17

This satellite image provided by NASA on Aug. 13, 2019 shows several fires burning in the Brazilian Amazon forest. Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research, a federal agency monitoring deforestation and wildfires, said the country has seen a record number of wildfires this year, counting 74,155 as of Tuesday, Aug. 20, an 84 percent increase compared to the same period last year. (NASA via AP)

Huge tracts of the Amazon, which serves as the lungs of the planet by taking in carbon dioxide, storing it in soils and producing oxygen, are ablaze. Smoke from the widespread fires has turned day into night in Sao Paulo, and intensified a controversy over the Brazilian government’s land use policies.

The Brazilian Amazon has experienced 74,155 fires since January, according to data from Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research, known by the acronym INPE. That’s an 85 percent increase from last year and significantly higher than the 67,790 blazes since by this point in the year during 2016, when there were severe drought conditions in the region associated with a strong El Niño event.

“There is nothing abnormal about the climate this year or the rainfall in the Amazon region, which is just a little below average,” INPE researcher Alberto Setzer told Reuters. Speaking of the fires, he said, “The dry season creates the favourable conditions for the use and spread of fire, but starting a fire is the work of humans, either deliberately or by accident.”

The fires have covered Sao Paulo in dark smoke, and they are raising concerns that the rainforest, which is one of the most biologically diverse regions on Earth, may be suffering from land-clearing operations and other activities intended to transform the land for agricultural use.

Source: oregonlive.com

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International log war hurting New Zealand

International Forest Industries - Wed, 28/08/2019 - 10:50

New Zealand’s wood processors say the international log price war and protected overseas economies are crippling the New Zealand trade. The Wood Processors and Manufacturers Association told a meeting in Nelson that distortions in international trade were starting to make it difficult for local processors to be competitive globally.

The industry worked to add value to New Zealand’s raw timber and supported 25,000 jobs nationwide, but it was fighting to survive. The association’s chief executive, Jon Tanner, said the global playing field was tilting less in New Zealand’s favour.

That was because international competitors were playing by a different set of rules. “And all this, we believe, is being caused primarily by subsidies that are being paid out across the world, and that are supporting the industries we are competing with,” Mr Tanner said.

MFAT (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade) likes to call them non-tariff barriers – let’s just call them the covert world of subsidies because they’re really, really, really hard to see.” They were focused on finding ways to tackle the problem, but the elephant in the room was log supply and prices, he said. The global manipulation of pricing was hurting New Zealand processors and timber growers.

The government recently commissioned an inquiry into the log market, which was looking into barriers to fairer international competition. Mr Tanner said it was a good start.

“We’ve certainly made the case for the issue. What officials are doing now is drilling into what we can understand about the sector and what’s supporting it around the world because we really don’t – as a global industry, understand that.”

The government was also working on securing a range of trade agreements, but warned it would not be a quick-fix. The Minister for Trade and for Export Growth, Damien O’Connor said agreements in principle with ASEAN member countries – from South East Asia – were expected to be in place by the end of the year.

“We won’t get all the things we want but if we can get in place rules of trade that all those countries have to adhere to, around e-commerce, around investment and around goods, then we’ll be in a safer space,” Mr O’Connor said.

Source: WPMA

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