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Renholmen receives large orders from Nordic countries

International Forest Industries - Wed, 08/04/2020 - 14:46

In recent weeks, Renholmen AB made three major business agreements with a total order value of around SEK 135 million. Timber handling equipment will be delivered to sawmills in Finland, Sweden and Norway.

“It’s great that we’ve gained this trust from both new and old customers. The deals are a good acknowledgment that we have products and a well-functioning organization that meet the markets high demands”, says Per Jonsson, CEO of Renholmen AB.

New customer in Finland
Renholmen has been given the confidence to deliver a comprehensive upgrade of a green sorting plant to a new customer in Finland. For example, Renholmen will deliver the new fully electric high capacity machines Electro Positioner, Trimmer ElectroSinus and Flexicut. A new large bin section is also included in the upgrade.

The delivery also involves a rebuilding of the intake so that timber can be received in the new green sorting line alternatively to one of the two existing lines. The upgrade includes camera sys-tems along with Renholmen’s new control system with built-in security solution.

Green sorting line to Norway
Bergene Holm Nidarå in southern Norway has ordered a modern and powerful green sorting line with a Sticker Stacker that match the saw line.

Bergene Holm has 5 sawmills and 3 planing mills in Norway, and the plant at Nidarå is the largest with a modern saw line from 2013. When it was built, the existing green sorting and sticker stacker, which is now to be replaced, was retained.

In order to get the full effect of the saw line, a large investment is now being made in the green sorting line, which will contain a powerful intake including Trimmer Triax and 45 bins with push chains. The sticker stacker is also added with an automatic forklift sticker placer.

Previously, Renholmen has delivered equipment to Bergene Holm’s sawmill in Kirkenaer.

Upgrade of dry sorting in Sweden
Höglandssågen AB has production in three places and now an upgrade of the capacity in Domsjö’s dry sorting is being implemented. Two years ago, a brand new saw line was built in their main plant, Anundsjö. At the same time, Renholmen upgraded their green sorting and sticker stacker.

The sticker stacked wood packages are driven by truck from Anundsjö to Domsjö for grading. For the dry sorting plant to keep pace with the new saw, the capacity in Domsjö must be upgraded. Therefore, Renholmen will rebuild the dry sorting with, for example, a new camera sorting and im-proved intake. In order to pack the timber efficiently and quickly, Renholmen delivers a brand new Triple Stacker.

“In these deliveries we find our well tested solutions together with further developed market-unique products, which has given us a tremendous response from the market”, says Bernt-Ove Anders-son, Marketing Manager at Renholmen AB.

Company website here.

Bernt-Ove Andersson, Marketing Manager
Mobile 076 836 08 56
bernt-ove.andersson@renholmen.se

Per JonssonCEO Mobile 070-651 38 33
per.jonsson@renholmen.se
Renholmen AB Box10 934 24 Byske, Sweden

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John Deere Adds Four New Models to L-Series Utility Wheel Loader Line

International Forest Industries - Tue, 07/04/2020 - 16:44

The new wheel loader models feature a redesigned Z-Bar linkage which provides improved visibility to the front attachment.

John Deere expands the L-Series Wheel Loader lineup with four new utility models, the 444L, 644L, 644L Hybrid and 724L. The new wheel loaders incorporate several customer-driven improvements to boost performance and productivity, including a redesigned Z-Bar loader linkage, an updated, ergonomically designed cab, electrohydraulic (EH) controls and a more robust heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system.

“The new L-Series Wheel Loader line is a culmination of customer feedback, industry-leading innovation, and versatile machines that are made to perform in a variety of applications,” says Grant Van Tine, Product Marketing Manager, Wheel Loaders. “Our customers expect machines that work as hard as they do. Having machines that are designed to improve productivity, provide all-day comfort and perform reliably day in and day out, makes all the difference.”

The powerful new wheel loaders were designed to maximize productivity. Horsepower has been increased from the previous K-Series models on the 644L, 644L Hybrid and 724L, boasting 249 hp (186 kW), 231 hp (172 kW) and 268 hp (200 kW), respectively. 

The redesigned Z-Bar linkage provides improved visibility to the front attachment and near parallel lift, which is now 8 degrees. A change from previous models, this improves load leveling throughout the lift cycle. Additionally, the 724L hinge pin height on the standard Z-Bar was enhanced by 3 in. compared to the K-Series machine, increasing clearance when dumping into hoppers or trucks.

The all-new cab is filled with features designed to provide a first-class work environment, including increased functional storage, durable seats and an improved HVAC system. Customers can choose one of two cab options — standard or premium — to ensure their needs are met. Both options deliver three more inches of room between the pedals and the seat compared to the previous models. The standard cab features a deluxe cloth, air suspension seat, while the premium cab is equipped with a heated and ventilated heavy-duty air suspension seat. The premium cab also features automatic temperature control. The updated and relocated HVAC controls are easily reached, so the operator can adjust the blower speed or temperature with ease, while rear defrost improves cold weather visibility.

The single-lever hydraulic joystick control with an ergonomically designed grip is equipped with a standard forward-neutral-reverse switch as well as two multifunction buttons that can be programmed to control any of 10 different functions selected in the monitor. This helps operators easily control multiple functions without removing their hand from the joystick. Additionally, when properly equipped, the lever features integrated thumb rollers for auxiliary functions, making the single-lever joystick capable of controlling up to six different functions.

With the new EH functionality, the operator can select how abrupt the bucket or boom stops and can adjust hydraulic flow percentage using the monitor for specific attachments. The bucket vibrate feature aids when dumping or sprinkling loose material, while the EH precision mode allows for fine metering when placing pipe or heavy objects. The operator is able to store specific settings for up to 10 different attachments in the monitor. In addition, the new constant auxiliary flow function allows the operator to continuously run attachments without having to hold a lever or roller.

The optional seat belt minder monitoring system sends an alert to JDLink if the seat belt is not latched within 30 seconds of releasing the park brake. A seat belt indicator beacon on the cab will illuminate green when the seat belt is in use.

The 644L and 724L machines are available with over 30 new pin-on and coupler bucket configurations, providing expanded options for customers. The new Enhanced Production buckets improve performance and material retention over previous buckets with integrated spill guards, curved side cutters and greater rollback. New shaft style forks provide better visibility through the forks and to the fork tips. With all the features of the new EH controls and programmable settings for a wide variety of attachments, the new L-Series utility wheel loaders offer the versatility operators need to tackle almost any application.

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John Deere integrates SmartGrade into 333G CTL

International Forest Industries - Tue, 07/04/2020 - 15:07

John Deere has expanded availability of SmartGrade, its proprietary grade control technology, into the 333G compact track loader.

The implementation of SmartGrade is the first time a fully integrated grade control technology will be available on a compact machine.

“Already, the 333 has a really good reputation in the market,” said Gregg Zupancic, product marketing manager for skid steers and compact track loaders at John Deere Construction and Forestry.

“So, what we’re doing is integrating technologies that can help customers being more productive and more accurate.”

The SmartGrade 333G compact track loader will expand the capabilities of customers working in site development, roadbuilding, landscaping, residential and commercial building operations, by enabling them to take on new tasks and larger jobs that require accuracy.

By leveraging the latest grade control technology, the SmartGrade 333G machine levels the playing field with contractors running larger fleets.

“It has all the same attributes as a compact piece of equipment, even though this is more of a purpose-built package,” Zupancic said.

The SmartGrade 333G is designed to increase productivity by helping to automatically complete grading tasks, with fewer passes and less rework compared to working without grade control technology.

As well, operators can reap the benefit of a versatile, yet transportable, machine where the grade control system is fully integrated into the machine’s structures and software, delivering precise grading performance while eliminating vulnerable masts and cables.

SmartGrade meets DozerMode

In addition to introducing SmartGrade on the 333G, operators will also benefit from the launch of DozerMode, a breakthrough control solution that enables the EH joystick control system to function like a crawler dozer.

“At a push of a button, you can change the control pattern of the machine from a typical skid steer pattern to more of a dozer control pattern,” Zupancic said.

DozerMode is beneficial when operating the machine-equipped six-way dozer blade attachment that can both cut a grade and spread materials, streamlining attachment needs and setup time.

“This is robust enough to push material really well,” Zupancic said

The blade is fine-tuned to meet the performance needs of a compact track loader and does not require tools to change between other attachments.

It also enhances the versatility of the machine by accurately and automatically cutting or finishing light materials in tight spaces. In conjunction with SmartGrade technology, the blade reduces the amount of operator input, ultimately lowering operator fatigue.

“In a market that becomes more competitive by the day, it’s important we provide our customers with leading-edge equipment,” Zupancic said.

While the 333G is the first compact machine to feature SmartGrade, other machine may feature the technology in the future. “We’re dipping our toes in the market with this first,” Zupancic said. “We’re testing the waters. If it goes well we will make this technology available on smaller compact track loaders too.”

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Record year as Rottne Industri AB celebrates 65-year jubilee

International Forest Industries - Tue, 07/04/2020 - 12:59

Rottne Industri AB is entering its 65th year as one of the world’s leading forestry machinery manufacturers.

Never before in the history of the company have so many forestry machines been delivered as in 2019.

And the stage is now set for continued growth.

All signs are positive for Swedish Rottne. The blue forwarders and harvesters are growing in popularity and the company’s position as one of the four major players in the industry’s global market has been strengthened.

“We’ve succeeded with our strategy of focusing on what we do best,” says Tobias Johansson, CEO for Rottne Industri AB. “Quality, innovations, serviceability and operator comfort have become synonymous with Rottne. “Instead of just playing it safe, we’ve chosen an aggressive approach, and this has produced results – in three year’s time, we’ve grown by 50 percent.”

After record sales in 2019, Rottne Industri AB is now setting its sights on new technological advances.

“We’re well-prepared to continue development and have targeted growth of another 50% over the next five years,” says Tobias Johansson.

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Ponsse launches a new powerful harvester head for processing eucalyptus trees

International Forest Industries - Fri, 03/04/2020 - 15:53

Ponsse launches a new debarking PONSSE H8HD Euca harvester head for eucalyptus sites. The new powerful harvester head has been designed as a response to our customers’ needs, and it further strengthens Ponsse’s strategy to be the leading global manufacturer of harvester heads.

-The new harvester head has been designed for the PONSSE Bear harvester, but especially it is ideal solution for track-based machines. PONSSE H8HD Euca is an effective tool in forests where the diameter of eucalyptus stems can be up to 50 cm. The geometry of the new harvester head’s debarking knives and feed rollers improves the efficiency of H8HD Euca in debarking and processing both smaller and larger stems. Ponsse’s heavy-duty frame structure means that the new harvester head can withstand the extreme loads of track-based machines, says Janne Loponen, Product Manager, harvester heads.

The PONSSE H8HD Euca harvester head has been optimised to debark trees. Its feed rollers and debarking knives guarantee first-rate debarking results from start to finish. The solid frame and robust tilt frame give the harvester head the durability needed in debarking. Automated functions control saw movements according to the tree diameter and saw bar position and allow trees to be cut quickly.

All Ponsse harvester heads have been designed to withstand even the toughest conditions. They are characterised by a simple and solid structure which enables them to be used in various harvesting applications, ranging from harvesters to track-based solutions. All PONSSE harvester heads are manufactured and designed at the Ponsse factory in Vieremä. The design process is comprehensive and covers, in addition to mechanical parts, the electronic control system, controls and software. The manufacturing process is highly automated to ensure high quality and measuring accuracy. Durable hoses and delimbing knives form an important part of reliability. 

See also ponsse.com

We will tell you more about our new product at webinars!

Ponsse arranges webinars to demonstrate its latest product. A product specialist from Ponsse will tell you about PONSSE H8HD Euca harvester head solutions and what make it an effective package at eucalyptus sites.

Webinars will be held in three languages:

English: 15.4. at 5:00-6:00 GMT
Spanish: 15.4. at 12.00-13:00 GMT
Portuguese: 17.4. at 12:00-13:00 GMT

Select a suitable date and time – register here.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

More information from your local Ponsse partner  https://www.ponsse.com/contacts/

Janne Loponen, product manager, harvester heads, janne.loponen@ponsse.com,  tel. +358 40 502 8018.

Ponsse Plc is a company specialising in the sales, manufacture, servicing and technology of cut-to-length method forest machines and is driven by genuine interest in its customers and their business. Ponsse develops and manufactures sustainable and innovative harvesting solutions based on customers’ needs. The company was established by forest machine entrepreneur Einari Vidgrén in 1970, and it 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 NASDAQ OMX Nordic List.

 

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Lithuania – Juodeliai UAB launched a new website dedicated to buying packed logs

International Forest Industries - Fri, 03/04/2020 - 14:02

From January this year, wood processing company Juodeliai UAB started with a new website: www.juodeliaiperka.lt , which is focused only on buying logs.

The purpose of creating a new website is to avoid lumber dealers and have direct access to every forest owner. By avoiding the brokerage fee, they can offer forest owners a better purchase price. Juodeliai UAB prices are public and accessible 24/7. Anyone interested in selling pallet logs can contact them directly, in a convenient way: fill in the form for sale timber, write and consult online or send an email.

As of today, forest owners no longer have to worry about how to deliver packed logs to Juodeliai units, as the company is ready to bring them straight from the forest.

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Lithuania – UAB Juodeliai continues its operations without significant interruptions

International Forest Industries - Fri, 03/04/2020 - 13:07

Despite all disturbances caused by COVID-19 worldwide, the wood processing company UAB Juodeliai continues its operations without significant interruptions.

The majority of administration staff has been working remotely since mid-March; however, three of its production units continue operating and the entire team consistently works.

UAB Juodeliai has implemented a number of procedures in order to minimize the risk of COVID-19 spreading among company employees and from employees to clients.

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Western temporary curtails its manufacturing facilities in British Columbia, Canada

International Forest Industries - Thu, 02/04/2020 - 17:37

Western Forest Products Inc. (“Western”) announced that effective March 23, 2020 it will curtail its manufacturing facilities currently operating in British Columbia, Canada, due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on operating conditions. The planned curtailment is scheduled for up to one-week.

During this period the company will re-evaluate business and operating conditions to determine when these manufacturing operations will resume. Packaging and shipping of lumber products will continue to meet customer requirements. The ongoing curtailments at the company’s Cowichan Bay and Ladysmith sawmills are expected to continue into the 2Q due to limited log supply and weak market demand.

Western will also take steps to minimize its planned capital expenditures in 2020. The company plans to incur only safety, environmental and committed capital expenditures in the near-term. Going forward discretionary capital will remain on hold until there is greater operational certainty.

Western is an integrated forest products company building a margin-focused log and lumber business to compete successfully in global softwood markets.

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Weyerhaeuser to reduce lumber production by 20% in April

International Forest Industries - Thu, 02/04/2020 - 17:13
In response to recent changes in customer sentiment and order flow, Weyerhaeuser Company is dynamically adjusting operating capacity at certain of its manufacturing facilities.

For the month of April, the company expects to reduce operating capacity by approximately 20% for lumber, 15% for oriented strand board, and 15% to 25% for engineered wood products through a combination of temporary mill curtailments and reduced shift postures.

Weyerhaeuser, one of the world’s largest private owners of timberlands, began operations in 1900. The company owns or controls approximately 11 million acres of timberlands in the U.S. and manages additional timberlands under long-term licenses in Canada.

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EBRD supports new Kaamos Timber sawmill project in Belarus

International Forest Industries - Thu, 02/04/2020 - 13:10

The Belarussian wood processing industry will become more competitive following the construction of a new timber sawmill in south Belarus being supported by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). A new privately-owned sawmill will be constructed by Kaamos Timber on a brownfield site near one of the country’s oldest towns Mozyr.

A 7-year EBRD loan of up to EUR 15 million will finance a production facility, which will annually produce around 250 000 m3 of sawn softwood. It will be exported to existing and new markets.

The Mozyr sawmill, owned by Kaamos Timber, a subsidiary of Estonia-headed Kaamos Group a capital-based company that operates in the area of property development, construction, and sawmill industry, will create around 100 new jobs in Mozyr and help Kaamos Timber to almost double its current annual production capacity in Belarus – 450 000 m3 of sawn softwood.

The EBRD has worked with Kaamos Timber for more than two decades and successfully implemented a similar project in the town of Vitebsk, in northern Belarus.

Since the start of its operations in Belarus in 1992, the EBRD has invested almost EUR 2.7 billion in 119 projects in various sectors of the country’s economy.

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Swedish Forest Agency: Notified final felling area in February remains flat year-over-year

International Forest Industries - Tue, 31/03/2020 - 17:45

The total area notified for final felling in Sweden for the whole country was 18 501 hectares in February 2020, which is the same level as in 2019. There is, however, a large variation between different parts of the country, reports the Swedish Forest Agency.

In region Northern Sweden the notified area decreased by 50% to 1 800 hectares, which is lower than average (2 640 hectares) for February during the period 2007 – 2020.

In region South of Northern Sweden the notified area increased by 15% to 3 924 hectares compared to the same period 2019, which is close to the average of 4 040 hectares for February during the period 2007 – 2020.

In region Central Sweden the notified area increased by 26% compared to February 2019 to 6 466 hectares. This is significantly above average (3 333 hectares) for the period 2007 – 2020 and the highest note in 14 years.

In region Southern Sweden the notified area was 6 295 hectares, which is approximately the same level as 2019.

The large decrease in notified area for final felling in February this year compared to the same month 2019 in region Northern Sweden is likely due to the unusually large areas notified last year after storm fellings by the storm Jan.

Due to the storm Alfrida it was same situation in region Central Sweden in February 2019 and the high notes of notified areas remains in February 2020 as well. 

 

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Metsä Fibre to begin construction of the world’s most modern sawmill in Rauma, Finland

International Forest Industries - Tue, 31/03/2020 - 17:31

Metsä Fibre has made the decision to build the world’s most modern sawmill in Rauma, Finland. Construction will begin in the spring of 2020. Production at the sawmill is set to begin during the 3Q 2022. The coronavirus outbreak may have an impact on the schedules.

Ilkka Hämälä, President and CEO of Metsä Group, says: “The pre-engineering of Kemi bioproduct mill has progressed well and we expect to reach the decision-making stage in the autumn of 2020, as the environmental permit process is finalised. In this challenging situation faced by the society, what Finland needs now is investments and faith in the future. We estimate that the role of Finnish suppliers will be significant in implementing these investments.”

The value of the Rauma sawmill investment is approximately Euro 200 million, and the new unit will produce around 750,000 cubic metres of pine sawn timber a year. The new sawmill will be a worldwide forerunner in technology and efficiency. For example, using machine vision and artificial intelligence in different stages of the sawing process is a significant new development. Similar technology is not yet in use anywhere in the sawmill industry.

“The next-generation sawmill to be constructed in Rauma is a significant leap forward for the whole industry. The new technology allows for the transition from workstations to control room monitoring and continuous operation. The key elements of the Rauma sawmill’s operating model include employees’ in-depth expertise and multiple skills as well as user maintenance,” says Ismo Nousiainen, CEO of Metsä Fibre. “The demand for high-quality sawn timber will increase globally, especially in the demanding component and woodworking industries.”

The new sawmill will employ around 100 people directly and around 500 people across its direct value chain in Finland. The sawmill’s employment impact during the construction phase is estimated to be roughly 1,500 person-years. The annual use of logs sourced in Finland is estimated to be around 1.5 million cubic metres. Sawn timber produced by the Rauma sawmill will be sold mainly to Europe and Asia.

Metsä Fibre has made an agreement with Veisto on the delivery of the new sawline. This delivery’s degree of Finnish origin is more than 80%. Negotiations with other equipment suppliers are underway. The company has signed an agreement with AFRY on planning the sawmill’s construction phase and with A-Insinöörit on construction management services.

 

Photo: Ismo Nousiainen, CEO of Metsä Fibre. 

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Logset Oy’s FY 2019 turnover increased to Euro 48 million

International Forest Industries - Tue, 31/03/2020 - 15:11

Year 2019 was record-breaking for forest machine manufacturer Logset Oy. The turnover was Euro 48 million, compared to Euro 40.1 million in 2018. FY 2019 operating profit landed on Euro 2.5 million, compared to Euro 1.6 million in 2018. The turnover and result were higher than ever.

However, during the first months of 2020 the market situation has clearly weakened. In the beginning of the year it was observed that the demand for forest machines has decreased. In Finland the demand was affected by labour disputes.

The global market suffered from the amounts of force cut timber due to storms in Central Europe and insect damages in North America and Europe. The price of timber had dropped already before the outbreak of the global Corona virus pandemic. The current risks have to do with the world’s economical state and health issues, as well as how the sales will develop.

Logset believes that the growth target for 2020 is still within reach, even when taking in account the disturbance of the market caused by the Corona virus.

Logset Oy is a Finnish forest machine manuf acturer located in Koivulahti, near Vaasa.

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Eco-friendly material reduction with the 6050 carbonator

International Forest Industries - Tue, 31/03/2020 - 13:55

The 6050 carbonator is the first product offering from Tigercat’s new material processing equipment line-up. Unique, cost-effective and eco-friendly, the 6050 carbonator reduces wood debris volume onsite through an environmentally friendly carbon sequestration process with no material pre-processing required.

Logs, limbs, brush, stumps, yard waste, pallets, clean lumber and other clean wood-based debris can be reduced by 90-95%. The remaining carbon-based output – often referred to as biochar – sequesters the captured carbon. Because there is no resulting organic decay, along with the associated release of greenhouse gasses, Tigercat believes that this carbonization process represents the lowest carbon footprint of any competing material reduction method.

For the full news release visit here.

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Enviva & The Longleaf Alliance announce partnership to protect and restore Longleaf Pine Forests

International Forest Industries - Tue, 31/03/2020 - 13:06

Enviva and The Longleaf Alliance announced the signing of a five-year partnership to protect and restore longleaf pine forests, one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in North America. Enviva and The Longleaf Alliance will collaboratively implement Enviva’s longleaf forest restoration plan.

Longleaf pine forests are a critical forest ecosystem in the southeastern U.S. They are considered high conservation value forests because of their rarity and biodiversity value. Longleaf forests support some of the highest levels of small-scale species diversity of any forest ecosystem in North America.

Once spreading over 90 million acres, longleaf forests today only cover about 4.7 million acres. The partnership between Enviva and The Longleaf Alliance will support the goals of America’s Longleaf Restoration Initiative, an extensive collaboration to increase acreage of longleaf pine forests to 8 million acres across the southeastern U.S.

The Longleaf Alliance will provide technical expertise to ensure that Enviva’s biomass sourcing in mapped longleaf forests improves forest ecosystem conditions. Because many existing longleaf forests need thinning, and because millions of acres of former longleaf forests were converted to other forest types, appropriate biomass removals are a critical step in the longleaf restoration process.

Together, Enviva and The Longleaf Alliance will work with stakeholders, landowners, land managers, and others to support longleaf restoration on public and private lands, as well as to monitor, track, and report on progress.

Enviva Holdings, LP is the world’s largest producer of industrial wood pellets, a renewable and sustainable energy source.

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Komatsu Forest temporarily shuts down production due to Covid-19

International Forest Industries - Fri, 27/03/2020 - 13:06

Due to the closure of suppliers of critical components, Komatsu Forest will temporarily shut down its production of forest machinery at its factory in Umeå. On March 26, the company agreed with IF Metall on short-term work from 2020-04-13 through 2020-06-21 for employees in production.

 “The background is that the Corona pandemic has caused some of our suppliers to shut down their production, forcing us to shut down our production completely for three weeks, after which we intend to gradually increase production. However, our production plan assumes that our suppliers can start up their production according to plan and that restrictions on the spread of infection allow it,” says Jens Bengtsson COO of Komatsu Forest.

Other measures that have been taken are that the company has terminated consultancy contracts and laid off fixed-term employees in production.
The company will continue to operate its services to the extent that restrictions on different markets allow.

“We see that in many places around the world, our customers can still operate. Therefore, we will do what we can to safely service and provide spare parts to our customers. Our workshops and service points will carry out their work based on the restrictions set for reducing the spread of infection,” concludes Bengtsson.

If you have any questions, please contact the Press Officer
Annelie Persson
090-709732
annelie.persson@komatsuforest.com 

 

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NZ$100m forestry package announced

International Forest Industries - Fri, 27/03/2020 - 12:40

The New Zealand Government will spend NZ$100 million redeploying forestry workers who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The forestry industry on the East Coast has been hit hard by the coronavirus because of supply chain disruption in China. Many of the country’s logging crews are unable to work as a result.

Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford, Forestry and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Employment Minister Willie Jackson announced the funding last Friday. Twyford said COVID-19 has had a “significant” impact on workers throughout New Zealand, but acknowledged that forestry workers in Gisborne have been the hardest hit.

“Our Government is moving quickly to help people stay in work through a NZ$100 million package which will see workers redeployed into local alternative employment for the next three to six months. Of this funding, NZ$28 million will go to Tairāwhiti [Gisborne] to help redeploy almost 300 workers.

“Forestry was one of the first industries to be seriously impacted by COVID-19 but by keeping the infrastructure and workforce of the sector intact, we hope it will be one of the first to recover,” Twyford said.

Jones said the forestry industry, which is responsible for 6.7 percent of regional GDP, is still recovering from a “slow-down” last winter. “Many small firms used their cash reserves to get them through that and some companies are now struggling to survive.

“However, the future for the forestry sector is extremely bright and we want to ensure it is in a position to recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19 as quickly as possible. By redeploying workers to short-term projects, we can help ensure they are available to go back to the forestry sector once it returns to normal,” Jones said.

Jackson said the package includes training, transport, administration, assurance and other project-related services. Alternative work identified for Tairāwhiti forestry workers includes:

• local roading work, including road maintenance
• hazardous tree removal
• fast-tracked One Billion Trees projects
• conservation activities
• retraining and educational opportunities.

The money will be administered by the Provincial Development Unit, the Mayors’ Forum and Gisborne District Council. Affected workers will be referred via the Ministry of Social Development’s Rapid Response Team and affected businesses.

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NZ forestry sector COVID-19 update following 25 March

International Forest Industries - Fri, 27/03/2020 - 11:55

Covid-19 – In this update from Te Uru Rakau, please find information on essential services, ports and registering as an essential service which will or should have been implemented as New Zealand went into Level 4 Alert for Covid-19 late on Wednesday.

At an industry teleconference on Wednesday, Forestry Minister Shane Jones clarified that the bar for essential services had been set deliberately high by the Government and there would be no stepping back from this in the current environment as this disease continues to spread.

Therefore, unless you are specifically identified as otherwise, you should assume that your businesses will need to shut down and that your key task is working to manage this, and to be supporting your people over the next four weeks so they can remain at home.

Please find below the list of essential services within the forestry and wood processing sector:

Essential services within the forestry sector

• Oji’s pulp and paper mill (Kinleith)

• Oji’s stand-alone Tasman chemical plant, for the purposes of producing chlorine for water treatment;

• Secondary wood processes for the purpose of producing shipping pallets, packing cases and other packaging requirements for supporting food, beverage and pharmaceutical supply only;

• Chip and pellet production for supply of essential domestic and industrial heating (such as for hospitals and food processors) using existing raw fibre stock;

• Norske Skog for nine days to produce sufficient newsprint for newspapers for four weeks;

• Dispatch operators within the supply chain ensuring the supply of existing stock materials to these producers. This includes dispatching existing stock from sawmills;

• Nurseries will be able to carry out maintenance to on capital stock and plants to keep them alive. They will not be able to open for business as usual.

Non-essential services

• Sawmills and all other producers of wood products including but not limited to Particleboard, plywood, MDF and LVL

• All secondary processors of wood products except those explicitly listed above.

• Logging harvesters

• These should be shut down by now.

Registering as an essential service

• Registering does not make your business an essential service. You should only register if you meet the strict lists and criteria listed above or on the website.

• If you register and you are not an essential service, you will be breach of the Alert Level 4 protocols. The Government will take such breaches seriously.

• If you are an essential service you must go online and fill out the appropriate forms, and adhere to all safety protocols.

• https://www.mpi.govt.nz/covid-19-essential-primary-sector-service-registration/

Transition period

• Te Uru Rākau had asked the Government mid-week to consider allowing operators to apply for an extension time to shut down processing plants where this is necessary to avoid damaging equipment (e.g. when it takes time to safely shut down boilers).

• If you are in this position you should have contacted Julie Collins or Jason Wilson Jason.wilson@mpi.govt.nz.

Reviewing essential services list every seven days

• Te Uru Rakau have committed to reviewing the list of essential services every seven days.

• However, please remember the bar for essential services is extremely high. While there may be some tweaks, there are unlikely to be significant changes to the list of essential services.

• People and their safety will be the priority in all decision making.

Ports update

• After midnight on Wednesday there should be no logging trucks, taking inventory to ports.

• The use of essential workers to move essential goods and provide essential services is paramount and must be prioritised above all other goods and services at the Port. Only in the following circumstances can non-essential goods at a port be transported:

1. if essential workers are already located at the port for the purpose of dealing with essential goods; and

2. if the movement of non-essential goods at the Port does not impact on:

2.1 the movement of essential goods or

2.2 the delivery of essential services at the Port; or

3. if the movement of non-essential goods are required to create space for essential goods and the movement of essential goods within the port and across the supply chain.

See Transport Sector Essential Services You will need to work with your individual Port operators to establish what that means for the port/ports you operate out of.

Your priority needs to be helping keep people safe

• Te Uru Rakau have stressed while there are essential services within the wood processing industry, they expect strict safety procedures to be followed. Contact with people should be limited where possible. Social distancing between workers should be used. You can find all of the restrictions and safety requirements at Covid19.govt.nz

• Any non-essential personnel should be working from home or simply staying home.

Source: Te Uru Rakau

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French government to require 50% timber in all new public buildings from 2022

International Forest Industries - Fri, 14/02/2020 - 10:19

The government of France is set to require that all new public buildings must be made at least 50% from wood or other sustainable materials from 2022 as it pushes for sustainable urban development.

The local government in Paris had already pledged a greater use of natural materials such as wood, straw and hemp, and any buildings higher than eight storeys built for the 2024 Paris Olympics must be made entirely of timber.

“If it is possible for the Olympics, it should be possible for ordinary buildings,” said Julien Denormandie, minister for cities and housing, on 5 February. “I am imposing on all public bodies that manage development to construct their buildings with material that is at least 50% wood or other bio-sourced material.”

The minister also called for the creation of 100 urban farms, with the first 30 to be selected by this summer. “As a father, I prefer that what is on my children’s plates come from the local area, rather than being imported on a plane,” he said.

Finally, he announced the objective of low-carbon cities that can adapt to heat waves and floods. This will involve the building of 90 “eco-neighbourhoods”, to be organised by the a new body called “France Ville Durable”, chaired by Patrice Vergriete, mayor of Dunkirk.

In 2016, it was announced that the city of Bordeaux would acquire France’s first timber towers. The Hyperion towers (pictured), will be 50m and 57m in height. They are being developed by Bordeaux Euratlantique, a public body involved in modernising the city. The project is due to be completed later this year.

Photo: Image: A rendering of Bordeaux’s Hyperion project (Jean-Paul Viguier & Associés)
The 57m high timber construction Hyperion building in Bordeaux

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AU$20 million Hydrogen Transition Centre announced

International Forest Industries - Fri, 07/02/2020 - 13:18

Deakin University has announced it will pioneer an Australian first Hydrogen Transition Centre to help fuel cleaner, low emissions trucks in Victoria. The centre to be established at Deakin’s Warrnambool campus in the state’s southwest, will partner with industry on the AU$20 million research and industry testing site according to Deakin Vice-Chancellor Professor Iain Martin.

“Freight trucking continues to grow here and overseas, and trucks are driving further, with heavier loads; all big challenges. The centre confirms Deakin’s commitment to the Warrnambool campus and the broader region, and when the HyceL@Warrnambool project is fully established it will create up to 200 full-time jobs,” he said. With AU$2 million in Federal Government research funding allocated to it, the Hydrogen Transition Centre will develop hydrogen fuel cells to work in tandem with electric vehicle technologies as part of the fast growing multi-billion-dollar hydrogen market.

“The Federal Government investment will see our researchers’ partner with Australia’s leading truck manufacturer, Kenworth, as well as with industry leaders in hydrogen fuel-cells, electric vehicles and gas distribution,” said Martin. It is understood PACCAR is poised to partner on HyceL@Warrnambool in which fuel-cells can create electricity from hydrogen and oxygen with water vapour the predominant emission.

An electric truck, using this technology, can create power while driving, to dispense with the frequent stops currently required of battery charging infrastructure. “If successful, the enhanced technologies could be used by Kenworth trucks made here in Australia, as well as those made internationally by Kenworth’s parent company PACCAR – a US Fortune 500 company. The technologies can also be applied to other heavy vehicles, such as buses, including those operated by Warrnambool Bus Lines,” Martin said.

According to Deakin the Hydrogen Transition Centre will put Victoria’s southwest at the heart of Australia’s work in hydrogen fuel-cell innovation and position the region well, to cash-in as new markets for hydrogen technologies emerge in the international push for cleaner transport. The global fuel-cell market is predicted to be worth more than AU$71 billion.

Source: primemovermag.com.au

 

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