Stora Enso has joined the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment to eliminate plastic waste and pollution at the source. The Global Commitment and its vision for a circular economy for plastic is led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, in collaboration with UN Environment.
For Stora Enso, signing the commitment is another step to combat the global problem of plastic pollution by providing renewable alternatives. Stora Enso will contribute by cooperating with customers and suppliers to develop circular and low carbon solutions to replace plastic packaging.
The materials are based on wood fibres from sustainably managed forests and plantations. This commitment is an example of the increasing demand for alternatives to plastic, also demonstrated by the EU’s recent policy on single-use plastics.
The Global Commitment aims to create “a new normal” for plastic packaging. Commitments and targets will be reviewed every 18 months, and become increasingly ambitious over the coming years. Businesses that sign the commitment will publish annual data on their progress to help drive momentum and ensure transparency.
Stora Enso is a leading global provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions and paper.
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Linck to present a new profiler unit VPM 350 at LIGNA 2019. The family of VPM profiler units was extended by an additional machine model.
In addition to the high end machine VPM450, the smaller VPM 350 was developed to be used for cant heights of up to 350 mm and cutting depths of up to 75 mm.
The smaller adjustment paths and chip removal volumes made it possible to simplify drive and cutting tool design. There is only one drive motor per side whose power is distributed to the two profiler heads of one side according to requirement. The reduced adjustment paths allowed a shortening of the profiler head drive shaft with positive effect on the machine width and thus to keep to the dimensions of the VPF profiler unit. As a result, the VPM 350 corresponds to the VPF machine in size and processing possibilities and is perfectly suited to be installed in existing saw lines.
Downsizing the machine dimensions allowed for a further reduction of the masses to be moved, thus resulting in smaller gaps between cants for operating modes with sawing optimization.
And with the new VPM 350, you also benefit from the special features of the VPM profiler unit series, namely sawn lumber surfaces without tear-outs, the possibility of diagonal profiling by using tilting tool axes and the possibility of curve profiling by pivoting cutting tools.
Linck is the largest European manufacturer of sawmill equipment.
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Land areas around the world totalling more than the size of Canada have been identified as having potential to be restored to good quality, healthy forests, a new study has found.
As the global effort to help tackle climate change by reversing the alarming loss of forests steps up, scientists using sophisticated satellite mapping have produced a world map identifying areas in which more than a billion hectares of former forest land and degraded forest land has restoration potential. That is about 6% of the total land area of the planet, and restoring forests to some of these lands could be achieved without prejudicing other vital land uses, such as food production. The Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration (GPFLR) also says that the needs and rights of indigenous peoples and others who depend on forests must be respected when considering restoration projects. GPFLR will now work with individual countries and local communities to deliver restoration where communities benefit.
Preliminary analysis indicates that by 2030 the restoration of degraded forest lands could make the same contribution to the reduction of greenhouse gases as that which could be expected from avoided deforestation (70 Gt of CO2 emissions), and perhaps as much as twice that amount. The GPFLR will work with countries over the next year to clarify and refine these figures on a country-by-country basis.
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Wood is an established and versatile construction material, used to build everything from high-rises and airports to apartment buildings. It also, however, is not immune to catching fire. A new coating could help keep that from happening, and it’s actually made from wood.
Developed in Finland by scientists at the VTT Technical Research Centre, the solution incorporates nanocellulose, which in turn consists of microscopic cellulose fibres obtained from wood pulp.
Manufactured utilising a patented technology known as HefCel (High- Consistency Enzymatic Fibrillation of Cellulose) the gel-like nanocellulose reportedly has 10 times the solids content of similar materials. As a result, when applied to wood – which nanocellulose naturally adheres to – it’s very good at forming an airtight barrier that keeps oxygen from reaching that wood’s surface. This means that the wood is significantly less likely to combust when exposed to a flame.
It is thought that the coating could be particularly useful when mixed with a pigment, then applied to wood in the form of a sprayed- or brushed-on paint or stain.
Initial batches of the HefCel-based coating have reportedly performed well in lab tests, and an energy-efficient production process has been developed. The scientists are now working on scaling up that process, making it simpler yet at the same time even more efficient. They’re also currently looking for an industry partner to help commercialise the technology.
Photo: HefCel-coated wood (left) and untreated wood (right) after 30 seconds flame test. (Photo: VTT)
While both New Zealand and Russia are at the top of the leaderboard for softwood log imports into China, as the accompanying table shows, Russia tops the leaderboard for sawnwood imports.
That is largely driven by export tariffs on logs by Russian government which incentivises sawing Russian logs on their side of their border with China.
Source: MIS ITTO Report
Log export markets – This week WoodWeek.com has received it’s monthly update from the Champion Freight team. In short China is up again, all other key Asian log markets are down.
The chart shows total log export values to China year-on-year to the end of March were up 20 percent year-on-year contributing to overall log exports growing 16 percent across all markets.
To the end of March, China shipments month-on-month are up 39 percent and overall log exports up 21 percent.
Over 22 million tons of wood pellets were shipped globally in 2018, up 21% from 2017. The US, Canada, Vietnam, Latvia and Russia, accounted for 69% of global exports in 2018, reports the North American Wood Fiber Review
Global trade of wood pellets jumped more than 21% year-over-year in 2018 when a new record of 22.3 million tons was shipped, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. The five major pellet exporting countries (the US, Canada, Vietnam, Latvia, and Russia) have remained the top exporters for over five years. They accounted for about 69% of the world’s export volume in 2018.
Following the “big five” in 2018 were Estonia, Austria, Malaysia, Denmark and Germany, in descending order. Pellet production in the US South continued at record pace in, driven by a European move away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy. From the 1Q/18 to the 4Q/18, exports from the region were up almost 50%, further manifesting US’s role as the world’s largest producer and exporter of wood pellets, reports the NAWFR. The United States ships practically all its pellets to three countries: the United Kingdom, Belgium and Denmark. Only a small share of the pellet production in the US is consumed domestically.
Demand for imported pellets in Japan and South Korea continued a three-year growth trend in the 4Q/18 when import volumes reached new record highs of 339,000 tons and 993,000 tons, respectively. In 2018, the total annual import volume for the two countries was just over 4.5 million tons, more than doubling in just two years. With the increased trade, prices for pellets landed in both Japan and South Korea have moved upward over the past three years.
In the 4Q/18, the price for pellets imported to Japan averaged $182/ton, up almost six percent from the 4Q/17. Pellet import prices to South Korea, which were nominally lower than those in Japan, rose almost 25 percent during the same period. The lower average cost for South Korea can be explained by that country’s reliance on pellets from low-cost countries in nearby Vietnam and Malaysia. This is unlike Japan, whose major pellet supplier is British Columbia, a more expensive producer of high-quality FSC and SFI certified pellets.
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A company is now producing drones designed to fire seed missiles into fields, aiming to help restore the world’s forests. According to National Geographic, between 1990 and 2016, the world lost 502,000 square miles of forest due to a combination of humans cutting them down, and natural factors including wildfires.
With deforestation affecting all life on Earth, it needs addressing urgently, and Biocarbon Engineering believe they can help. The company have designed drones which, in September, planted seeds in a field just south of Yangon, Myanmar. These seeds have now grown into mangrove saplings, about 20 inches tall, and now Biocarbon Engineering are looking to ‘replicate this success’ elsewhere.
The company’s cofounder, Irina Fedorenko told Fast Company “We now have a case confirmed of what species we can plant and in what conditions. We are now ready to scale up our planting and replicate this success”.
Biocarbon Engineering also used drones to plant both trees and grasses at abandoned mines in Australia, as well as other locations over the world. Since the project started in 2012, more than six million trees have been planted by non-profit organisation Worldview Impact, which has recently been working with Biocarbon Engineering.
Many of these six million seeds were planted by hand which takes time, so Worldview Impact hopes to use more drones in the future now they’ve proven to be successful. It’s estimated two operators working with 10 drones can plant an amazing 400,000 trees a day.
After flying over the areas, the drones then map it, while collecting data about the soil condition and topography to determine the best locations to plant seeds. They then fire biodegradable pods into the ground, which are filled with a germinated seed and the nutrients it needs.
The project in Myanmar is all about community development and enabling people to care for trees, providing them with jobs, and making environmental restoration in a way that it’s profitable for people.
The forest didn’t vanish by itself — the forest was cut down by local people. We train local people to be drone pilots, and they want that. They want to be in IT. They want to process data, they want to fly drones, they want to do agroforestry, they want to do regenerative agriculture, they want to create vertical farms, they want to do all this cool stuff. It’s not the ambition to be a seedling planter for $1 a day.
So, the drone project isn’t just helping the forests themselves, but the local communities too by helping provide new economic opportunities. The project will hopefully have a huge impact with climate change, as researchers recently calculated there’s enough room on the planet to plant 1.2 trillion trees, enough to suck up more carbon each year than humans emit. Amazing!
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In December 2018, Te Uru Rākau, the Forest Owners Association and the Forest Industry Contractors Association, with support from Competenz, surveyed the New Zealand silviculture and harvesting sectors’ labour requirements for 2019. The results were published last month. As the move into planting season begins, the responses and results from the survey you may find interesting.
The survey was designed to better understand:-
- Expected labour requirements, both seasonal and permanent roles, for the 2019 calendar year; – for which roles, and in which regions, silviculture contractors and harvesting contractors are experiencing challenges; – the recruitment strategies people intend to use in 2019; and – the industry’s views of the key reasons for the labour shortages. Some of the findings include;
- Silviculture contractors involved in planting estimate that they will need approximately 1,780 workers for 2019, an increase of 750 workers or around 73 percent on 2018.
- The main regions for forestry employment are Waikato, Gisborne, Bay of Plenty and Northland.
- The survey respondents estimate that the forestry workforce for silviculture and harvesting will increase by 36 percent in 2019.
- Silviculture contractors are looking to increase their number of seasonal workers in 2019. However, 54 percent of the new planting jobs (approximately 400 of the 750 new jobs) are still expected to be permanent roles. As a result, the silviculture workforce in 2019 is expected to be 64 percent permanent and 36 percent seasonal. If these permanent staff are retained, silviculture contractors will be better placed for the 2020 planting season.
- There are regional differences –In Northland all new jobs are expected to be permanent where as in Southland and Bay of Plenty most new jobs are expected to be seasonal.
- While overall the forestry sector permanent workforce increased in 2018 (that is, more people were hired in 2018 than left), 25% of permanent workers left the firms they were working for during the year.
- Contracting organisations (silviculture and harvesting contractors) had a much higher percentage of their permanent staff leaving during the year than other forestry entities. This suggests that even though silviculture and harvest contractors offer permanent employment, they face difficulties retaining staff.
- Almost 70% of silviculture contractors expect to plant more than last year, with nearly half of respondents expecting to plant more than 20% more, and around 15% of respondents expecting to 50% or more than they did last year.
To look over the results from the full survey, click here.
Source: Primary Industry Capability Alliance
The first eucalypt seedlings will be planted out in the Latrobe Valley this winter to meet the Victorian Government’s 2017 promise to spend AU$110 million growing hardwood plantations to support the state’s timber industry.
Agriculture Minister Jaclyn Symes launched the plantation programme at Yallourn North, where crown land will be used to establish plantations. But rather than using the experience of the private sector, the government intends to use its state-owned native forest manager VicForests to oversee the plantations to meet its legislated obligation to supply at least 350,000 cubic metres of hardwood pulp to the Latrobe Valley’s Australian Paper Mill until at least 2030.
The move is also seen as an attempt to reduce the reliance on native forests pulp logs as the Government comes under pressure from environmentalists and green groups to phase out native timber harvesting. Bringing VicForests into plantation forestry to meet Australian Paper’s future demands would bring the Government back into a sector it privatised more than 20 years ago.
One industry player said it did not make sense for VicForests to run plantations, given there were seven efficient private-sector firms already operating in Australia. Three of these firms operate in Victoria: Hancock Victorian Plantations, New Forests and Global Forest Partners.
The move back into plantation forestry is seen by industry players as an attempt to find a role for some of VicForests’ 128 staff. But one analyst argued only 15-30 staff would be needed to operate AU$110 million of hardwood plantations.
Source: Weekly Times
Photo: Agriculture Minister Jaclyn Symes
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Toyo Engineering Corporation has been awarded a contract for a project to construct a 51,500kW biomass power plant. This plant will be built in Ishikari- shi, Hokkaido, Japan for Ishikari Shinko New Energy Hatsuden Godo Kaisha.
This project is to construct a dedicated biomass-fired power plant using imported fuels such as wood pellets and PKS (Palm Kernel Shells). This power generation facility is a highly efficient biomass-fired plant based on the reheat system.
TOYO will carry out the EPC turnkey contract on a full turn-key basis that includes engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning services for a power generation unit.
TOYO has positioned the infrastructure field centred on power generation plants as one of its core businesses, actively working on renewable energy power generation plants such as photovoltaic power plants and biomass power plants.
This project marks TOYO’s 4th orders for 50,000-kW-class biomass power plants. TOYO will continue to contribute to helping create a low-carbon society by expanding its approach to biomass power generation.
Softwood lumber prices have generally fallen faster than the costs for sawlogs throughout the world in late 2018, resulting in lower margins for the sawmilling sector, according to the WRQ. In western US and western Canada, margins fell to unprofitable levels and many sawmills in the region curtailed production in late 2018 and early 2019.
Seattle, USA. Lumber prices in North America continued their decline from the 3Q/18 with another quarter of substantial reductions. Average lumber prices for southern yellow pine were down 12% quarter-over-quarter in the 3Q/18, which was then followed by a reduction of 17% in the 4Q/18.
With practically no change in log or chip prices, gross margins, and the EBIDTAs, have plunged in the Southern states, after having reach a 13- year high in the 2Q/18, as reported in the latest issue of the WRQ.
However, the region’s sawmill margins were still well above their ten-year average margin. With lumber prices continuing to decline faster than log prices in early 2019, profit margins have continued to slide in the 1Q/19.
Sawmills in British Columbia have also seen the prices for lumber in the US market come down substantially during the second half of 2018. Despite the weaker lumber market, sawlog prices still increased from the 3Q/18 to the 4Q/18 because of tighter supply and a rise in hauling costs.
Sawmills saw their gross margins plunge to unprofitable levels and many companies decided to take market-related downtime in late 2018 and early 2019. In Europe and Russia, market prices for lumber were much less volatile than in North America, with only small price adjustments from the 4Q/17 to the 4Q/18.
Log costs were unchanged in Finland during most of the year, while the costs for spruce sawlogs in Sweden jumped in late 2018. Gross margins for sawmills in both countries are still at healthy levels and, in the 4Q/18, were close to the highest they have been in four years.
Sawmills in Siberia continue to expand exports to China with fairly stable lumber export prices the past three years. However, in the 4Q/18, lumber prices fell to their lowest level in almost two years. This occurred at the same time as sawlog costs remained unchanged from the previous quarter, resulting in reduced gross margins for many lumber producers at the end of 2018. Sawmill margins for 2018 were slightly below their five-year averages, but still higher than the average for the past 14 years.
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This year KOPA is all set to participate at LIGNA with an entire range of heavy machinery for the forestry industry and will display the innovative forestry solution at the open-air site of the trade fair, the recently revamped F20D forwarder from ROTTNE.
KOPA Forstmachinen – Handels- and Reparatur GmbH had its inception in 1964, since then the company continuously evolved, and produced innovative products in the market. With time, the company has enlarged its distribution network, and today the products are found in Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland. This year at Hannover, in LIGNA 2019, KOPA is all set to host a full range of heavy machinery.
The ROTTNE F20D will be the main attraction of the show. This robust forwarder is equipped with a loading capacity of 20metric tons and a loading area of 8.4 square meters. This system makes it an ideal machine for transportation across long distances. This is an automatic gearbox that is equipped with an automatic gearbox and a variable hydrostatic transmission to offer a tractive force of 27 metric tons. The layout of the forwarder is specially designed to handle different types of terrain and also function in high speed and move with heavy loads. The upgraded forestry –solution doubled with energy-efficiency RK 160 crane solution is perfect to ensure a highly successful future for ROTTNE F20D.
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Koneosapalvelu is going through a strong development stage. The construction of the company’s new facilities began in Vilppula, Central Finland in February 2019. This investment in premises and equipment enables the company to achieve additional capacity, in addition to having modern production and workshop facilities.
New premises for production and customer service
Koneosapalvelu’s business operations will be concentrated to the new premises and the existing building will be renovated. The extension will be completed at the end of 2019, giving Koneosapalvelu about 2700 m² new business premises. The new premises will include the hydraulics service, shop and hydraulic hose assemblies, a central warehouse, offices as well as social and recreational facilities for the staff. The transmission repair shop and cylinder installation will also be getting a renovated production facility in the current location.
The renovation of the premises also means updating machinery and equipment. The most significant equipment investment will be the new testing equipment for hydraulics maintenance, which will provide a unique capacity for the Finnish market for testing and adjusting hydraulic pumps used in mobile machinery and industrial applications. The testing equipment can be used for testing all hydraulic pumps up to a volume of 380 cm³, with a maximum pressure of 550 bar and a maximum flow of 300 l/min.
Koneosapalvelu is the first Finnish company to become Bosch Rexroth Service Partner
Koneosapalvelu’s hydraulics service will become a certified Bosch Rexroth Service Partner when the new premises are completed. The collaboration agreement with Bosch Rexroth was signed in August 2018.
The new building with its machinery and equipment investments will add more capacity and modern facilities not only for hydraulics maintenance but also for the production of reconditioned parts, logistics operations and customer service in the shop.
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This year Ligna will become the epicentre for sawmill leaders. Turkish log sawmill specialist Üstünkarli Makine A.S. will attend LIGNA in May at Hannover to display those machines designed to process high-quality French and German hardwood for the leading market.
The company had its inception in 1954 in Izmir, Üstünkarli Makine A.S as a small workshop for saw production and sawmill machinery. At present, the workshop near Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport spans some 20,000 square meters, as well as the unique machines, are shipped all over the globe. Üstünkarli Makine A.S is thus exhibiting at LIGNA, with its strong reputation and for attracting the audience from far and wide.
Üstünkarli Makine A.S is showcasing a line of unique innovations at LIGNA this year, displaying new machinery near the Franco-German border. The audience at LIGNA will have the chance to explore these machines and equipment at the show.
The developers and production team of Üstünkarli Makine A.S will be present at the centre to explain the technology behind the developments that include an inclined hydraulic log carriage with an optimization-software-operated 2D scanner, a chipping canter with adequate speed control functionality and an automatic edger line with chipping canters.
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In March, the notified area of final felling in Sweden increased by 16% compared with the corresponding month in 2018. It is the second highest monthly recorded data for the whole country in for March month in the last 12 years, according to the Swedish Forest Agency.
The total area of notified final felling in the whole country amounted to 18,103 hectares. The increase is partly due to the extensive attacks by bark beetle in large parts of South of Sweden and Central Sweden. Furthermore, storms Alfrida and Jan also affect where forest owners now make notifications to be able to take care of the forest that has been affected.
The notified area of final felling increased in all regions except for the region South of Northern Sweden where it decreased by 24% to 3,799 hectares. In the region North of Sweden, it was unchanged amounting to 2,429 hectares. In the region Central Sweden, the notified area of final felling increased by 74% and amounted to 5,266 hectares, which is the highest monthly recorded data for March since 2007. In the region South of Sweden, the increase was 29% and amounted to 6,608 hectares.
At county level, the notified area of final felling increased in 16 of 21 counties. The highest increase percentage was in Örebro County. In Stockholm, Kalmar and Värmland counties, the increase was more than a doubling of the notified final felling area. It is the highest monthly recorded data for March month since 2007 in all these four counties, but also in Uppsala and Västra Götaland County.
In Jämtland County, the notified area of final felling decreased by 41%.
During the 1Q 2019, 25% larger area of notified final felling compared with the same quarter last year.
Ponsse’s consolidated net sales for 2018 amounted to Euro 143.1 million, which is 0.7% more than in 2017. International business operations accounted for 76.3% of net sales.
The operating result amounted to Euro 12.9 million. The operating result equalled 9% of net sales for the period under review. Consolidated return on capital employed (ROCE) stood at 19.8%.
Order intake for the period totalled Euro 222.8 million, while period-end order books were valued at Euro 367.9 million.
Ponsse Plc is a company specialising in the sales, manufacture, servicing and technology of cut-to-length method forest machines.
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At LIGNA 2019, Linck will be showcasing a further development in the shape of its log motion control: a Microtec Truespin unit tracks and maps the actual position of the log as it is spun.
The Linck optimization program calculates the deviation from the ideal position, and adjusts the spin trajectory if necessary. The more accurately the log can be positioned, the more useable – and saleable – timber it will yield.
Linck’s optimization software calculates the precise angle of spin from the dimensional data provided by a 3D scan. To visit Linck click here.
Moelven has entered into a cooperation agreement with SCA to deliver pellets from Moelven’s new pellet factory.
The collaboration will provide the Swedish group SCA with a long-term and exclusive supply agreement of 80,000 tonne per annum, which is the entire production volume from Moelven Pellet’s factory in Sokna, Norway.
“This is a massive agreement for Moelven Pellets, a company that will first start its operations in the fall of 2019. We are proud to become a supplier to such an experienced group with exciting ambitions regarding renewable energy. This agreement also shows that Moelven ventured into the pellet market at the right time with our energy-efficient and innovative pellet plant,” says CEO Lars Storslett in Moelven Pellets AS.
Moelven is a Scandinavian industrial group that produces building products and systems for the construction industry.
JoeScan’s latest JS-50 sawmill scanner keeps impressing. After a successful run of spring tradeshows, the Vancouver, Washington based company is preparing for a busy summer of travel with their new device.
“We got a lot of great feedback from mill owners at the Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association spring meeting and the Hardwood Manufacturers Association annual conference,” says JoeScan president Joey Nelson. “Sawmills love the idea of having a single scanner model for their entire line. It really simplifies things for management and employees.”
“People got to see the JS-50 scan logs at TP&EE in Portland last year,” Nelson adds. “We’re already known for lineal and log scanning, so the chance to show off the performance for trimmers and transverse edgers is a great step forward for us. This really is a scanner that can do it all for sawmills.”
“We’ve made it a big priority to get out there and have conversations with the sawmills that are using our products,” Nelson says. “We only make scanners for sawmills, so their input is invaluable to us. It’s these relationships that allow us to generate innovations like the features in the JS-50.”
Stop by and say hello at any of the above shows this year, and you will get the chance to influence the next big sawmill scanning improvement from JoeScan.