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John Deere L-Series Loaders boast new front-end features and more

International Forest Industries - Tue, 12/05/2020 - 18:14

With new front-end features and an all-new cab and controls, the 444L, 644L, and 724L help you put your best foot forward. Enhancements over previous models include near-parallel lift, a more spacious operator station, ergonomic electrohydraulic (EH) controls, and new bucket and linkage designs. Plus streamlined electrical and hydraulic routing, and a host of other features help maximize uptime, for the performance, reliability, and comfort you need to stay in front of your competition.

Featuring redesigned joysticks and expanded, customizable electrohydraulic (EH) controls, L-Series Loaders put you in touch with intuitive operation. Two industry-exclusive multifunction buttons on the bucket lever can be programmed to handle any of up to 10 functions.

Production-boosting features up front include new bucket and linkage designs that improve load leveling, material retention, and visibility over earlier models.

Near-parallel lift combined with better load-leveling capability compared to K-Series models helps reduce load rollback, material spillage, and manual adjustments.

Redesigned cab features ergonomic controls, a more adjustable seat, an optional heated/ventilated seat (available only with the premium cab), a better HVAC system, and more legroom, storage, and power ports than previous models.

Available in 60- and 72-inch lengths, improved shaft-style forks enable better visibility to the fork tips compared to previous mode

Routing of electrical wire harnesses and hydraulic hoses has been streamlined to reduce rubbing.

An expanded selection of enhanced production buckets with integrated spill guards, curved side cutters, and impressive rollback boosts bucket-fill performance and material retention compared to the K-Series.

Cross-tube and boom geometry of the Z-Bar linkage has been streamlined to provide a better view to the front attachment.

Three additional inches of hinge-pin height on the 724L over the 724K provides more clearance for dumping into high feeders, hoppers, trucks, and wagons.

In addition to burning less fuel while meeting EPA Final Tier 4/EU Stage V emissions, the 644L Hybrid Loader also delivers quick, smooth, and responsive hydraulics; fast ramp-climbing ability; and strong pushing power. 

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Opticom – Fever Detection System

International Forest Industries - Thu, 07/05/2020 - 12:13

Opticom is has announced the release of its integrated facial recognition and temperature screening system for access control.

The OPT-7MFTD solution includes a 7” high resolution TFT screen with built in high sensitivity thermometry accurate to within 0.5°F. The system’s database can store up to 10,000 facial images along with temperature records, time passed, name, and ID card information.  

The ultra high speed system captures image and temperature information with 300 milliseconds and will generate an alarm response when the subject temperature registers 98.1°F or higher. Alarm outputs can also be connected to access control devices such as door locks and turnstiles. The OPT-7MFTD can be quickly deployed at facility access points and operated either locally or connected via network.

The system provides extremely accurate screening of both employees and customers for a wide range of applications including industrial, medical, and educational facilities, retail outlets, restaurants and more.

In business for over 45 years, Opticom is well known as an innovator in the development of industrial video solutions. The company has served many industries including Oil & Gas, Wood Products, Mining, Food Processing and Aggregates.

Further information can be found on their website or call 1-800-578-1853.

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FortisBC to purchase wood waste-derived RNG from REN Energy

International Forest Industries - Wed, 06/05/2020 - 17:27

Utility company FortisBC will purchase wood waste-derived renewable natural gas (RNG) from REN Energy International through a new partnership.

The project features technology being used for the first time in the US and represents ‘exciting new opportunities’ to reduce emissions using British Columbia’s (BC) expansive forestry sector, according to FortisBC. The production facility will be owned and operated by REN Energy and situated near Fruitvale, BC.

RNG is typically made by capturing methane released from decomposing organic waste. This project will utilise waste from forestry operations, sawmills and other wood manufacturers and create RNG through gasification, rather than decomposition. The syngas produced in the process will be converted to methane before being purified to meet natural gas line specifications.

Once operational, the technology will create a use for forestry waste in BC and ‘unlock the potential for significant new volumes of RNG’ in BC, according to FortisBC.

“We are extremely pleased with our FortisBC agreement spanning 20 years, to provide RNG to our fellow BC customers,” said Philip Viggiani, president of REN Energy. “REN Energy plans to be a major factor in assisting with the FortisBC mandate of creating carbon-neutral RNG.

“The REN team has been working for the past several years to create the REN solution that creates RNG from wood waste. The plant, the first of its kind in North America, will create an immediate annual economic impact in the Kootenay region; our future waste-to-energy project regions will carry similar economic impacts in regard to the creation of hundreds of direct and indirect jobs, significant in-community investments and, of course, the clean energy product we create.”

Advancing carbon-neutral energies like RNG is a key element in FortisBC’s 30-by-30 target – the company’s goal to reduce customers’ greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030. The firm is also working towards having 15% of its natural gas supply be renewable by 2030, in line with commitments outlined in the province’s CleanBC promise.

“This is such an exciting win for us,” said Doug Stout, vice-president of market development and external relations at FortisBC. “This and future projects like it will rely on waste already generated by sustainable forestry, making it a credible addition to energy production in this province.

“I’d like to thank REN Energy and the community of Fruitvale for their partnership as we continue to work hard to reduce emissions and advance towards a lower-carbon future.”

The project received regulatory approval from the British Columbia Utilities Commission last month and is expected to be in service in summer 2021. It is expected to produce over one million gigajoules (approximately 277,777 megawatt-hours) of RNG annually, which would make it the largest source of RNG in the province to date.

Photo:Philip Viggiani, president of REN Energy.

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Drax launches Biomass Carbon Calculator to measure supply chain emissions

International Forest Industries - Wed, 06/05/2020 - 17:10

Drax has launched a Biomass Carbon Calculator to help the industry accurately measure emissions in the biomass supply chain.

The new tool will allow the sector to identify where emissions reductions can be made and help to make a greater contribution to tackling climate change, according to Drax. The company is seeking views from a wide range of experts, including non-governmental organisations, academics and the biomass energy industry in a consultation on the new tool, to ensure that the methodology is as accurate and transparent as possible.

The Biomass Carbon Calculator has already been independently reviewed against the greenhouse gas calculation methodology laid out in the Renewable Obligation, one of the main support mechanisms for large-scale renewable electricity projects in the UK, according to Drax. The review also verified the new tool for compliance with the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive II.

Rebecca Heaton, head of climate change at Drax Group, said the company announced a “world-leading ambition” to become carbon negative by 2030 by pioneering the “ground-breaking negative emissions technology”, bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS).

As part of this commitment to support the UK’s net-zero targets, Heaton said the company is also ensuring that the supply chain for the sustainable biomass pellets it uses to generate electricity is as low carbon as possible. She said: “To do that, it’s vital that Drax and the rest of the biomass industry has the clearest picture possible of emissions in the production and transportation of the pellets, by using actual supply chain data to help raise the quality of carbon accounting for biomass.

“That’s why we’re calling on academics, scientists, regulators and non-governmental organisations, as well as those in the biomass industry, to participate in the consultation to help further improve the modelling for this new calculator and create a higher industry standard for emissions reporting.”

Following the six-week consultation, Drax will undertake further third-party verification to ensure the new tool’s compliance with regulatory requirements

Photo: Rebecca Heaton, head of climate change at Drax Group

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OneFortyOne New Zealand resumed operations

International Forest Industries - Wed, 06/05/2020 - 16:36

OneFortyOne New Zealand (formerly Nelson Forests) to recommence business activities in its forest estate and Kaituna sawmill in New Zealand.

OneFortyOne Executive General Manager Lees Seymour said: “Whilst the country was at Alert Level 4 we were able to pay the team’s full salary and the wage subsidy did help us achieve that. We are now looking forward to getting back to work, supporting our employees, contractors and the economy.”

Over 50% of the timber from the Nelson Forest Estate is delivered to the domestic market and 60% of timber customers are Australasian. Supporting New Zealand’s economy during the COVID-recovery period continues a long history of support for local jobs and domestic processors for OneFortyOne.

Seymour says: “We are a vertically integrated company, with forests and a mill. OneFortyOne continues Nelson Forests practice of offering log fibre first domestically and developing its strategy to increase domestic processing in New Zealand. We’ve had a local mill as a customer since the 1950s and have increased volume to a growing number of local customers over the last decade.”

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Forestland Group appoints Tommie Herbert as Director of Investor Relations

International Forest Industries - Wed, 06/05/2020 - 16:14

The Forestland Group has appointed Tommie Herbert as Director of Investor Relations. She will be responsible for new product development, investor outreach, and relationship management. Her background includes a combination of conservation finance, forestry, and ecosystem markets research. Most recently, she served as the National Conservation Finance Lead at the USDA Forest Service headquarters in Washington D.C.

Tommie will be working with Benjie Tarbutton, current VP of Investor Relations, as he will be transitioning out of his investor relations position by the end of the year. Benjie will remain engaged with The Forestland Group as an advisory member of executive team.

The Forestland Group is a timberland investment management organization.

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Wilkins family mills update their LHGs with USNR Deep Learning technology

International Forest Industries - Tue, 05/05/2020 - 14:07

The Wilkins family owns two mills: WKO at Carson, WA and Mt. Hood at Hood River, OR. Both mills installed USNR’s Lineal High Grader (LHG) a few years ago, and are now updating these systems with the latest technology that provides the benefits of Deep Learning technology for improved lumber grade classification and recovery.

The latest platform that USNR provides for all of its grade scanning systems – both green mill and dry mill, includes Deep Learning technology along with other advancements. New vision sensors, computer hardware, and the latest software load will be installed. Deep Learning technology will provide enhanced detection of knots, pith, bark, and more defects.

These systems will be upgraded later this year. Click here to learn more about Deep Learning technology, and click here to read about the LHG projects that took place at WKO and Mt. Hood operations

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Gruen-Wald Laminates orders RF fingerjoint tunnel

International Forest Industries - Fri, 01/05/2020 - 14:00

Gruen-Wald Laminates is investing in a new radio frequency (RF) generator and 24′ long curing tunnel for its fingerjoint line at its plant in Tea, SD. This is the second tunnel at the plant, and the new equipment will provide increased capacity. The equipment is scheduled to be installed in Q3 of this year.

Gruen-Wald produces engineered building components for many industries including residential, commercial, and civil construction, production and storage facilities for farming, etc.

USNR is a leading supplier of systems for the manufacture of engineered wood products using RF gluing technology, dating back several decades. The RF generator produces radio waves used to create a field with alternating polarity, through which the wood and glue pass. Glue molecules are alternately attracted to one electrode or the other and become heated by the friction generated by this molecular agitation.

Thermosetting glues become cured within seconds of reaching the elevated temperature, so glued joints can be handled in minutes instead of hours or days. Another advantage is the glue begins curing throughout the joint instead of working in from the outside surfaces. For dimensional lumber sizes, hot oil or steam-heated platens would take much longer for the heat to get to the middle of the joint.

This equipment complements USNR’s other product lines for mass timber, panel press, and other engineered wood processing systems.

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North American softwood lumber prices bounce off lows of two weeks ago

International Forest Industries - Fri, 01/05/2020 - 13:37

Given the small surge last week, North American softwood lumber prices have bounced from lows of two weeks ago. Whether they will remain there in the short term, or if restricted supply will drive another surge upward, remains to be seen. The upheavals of the past month or two are far from over, states Madison’s Lumber Reporter.

The wholesaler price of several benchmark softwood lumber commodities last week recovered losses from two weeks previous, to land at levels of early April. Prices of benchmark softwood lumber commodity item Western Spruce-Pine-Fir KD 2×4 #2&Btr (RL) kissed exactly those of the same week last year, at US$336 mfbm (FOB sawmill).

In addition to the sudden changes in business and indeed life, brought on by this global virus pandemic, right now the northwest of Canada is experiencing some severe flooding. A late spring break-up has brought large volumes of snow-melt and ice down the immense rivers of northern Alberta and British Columbia. While the Canadian west coast sawmilling industry always welcomes with glee the spring freshet on the mighty Fraser River, there is a temporary lull in log hauling and lumber deliveries as the usual floods across highways and rail lines arrive.

Improving on increases made the previous week, for the week ending April 24, 2020, benchmark Western Spruce-Pine-Fir 2×4 prices were US$336 mfbm, up +$20, or +6%, from the previous week. Last week’s price was down -$20, or -6%, from one month ago. Compared to one year ago, this price is up +$4, or +1%.

Canadian Western Spruce-Pine-Fir producers described a persistent upward price trend developing in most of their wares, while buyers were beginning to get spooked by the palpable lack of wood available last week. Swathes of sawmills remained shut down or heavily curtailed, and those that were operational were “running for Asia”. Two-week or more order files at sawmills emerged as the market tightened up with so much production taken out. Sawmills had trouble keeping stock of 2×4 #3/Utility R/L on their sales lists as demand for that item was apparently really hot into Texas.

Spring breakup of ice on the mighty Fraser River in British Columbia was in full swing, halting most timber harvesting and log hauling operations for the time being.

Recovering some of the losses of recent weeks, last week’s Western S-P-F 2×4 price is down -$39, or -10%, relative to the 1-year rolling average price of US$375 mfbm and is down -$79, or -19% relative to the 2-year rolling average price of US$415 mfbm.

Eastern Canadian lumber and studs suppliers described a mixed market last week depending on the source, destination, and item. While pricing of #2&Btr dimension lumber into the American Great Lakes market held firm for the most part, that of delivered prices into the Toronto market — aside from 2×4 which nudged up $5 to US$495 mfbm —  crashed down.

The below graph shows current benchmark softwood lumber item prices 2012 – April 2020:

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Segezha Group buys new timber carriers and Off-Road Vehicles for Vologda loggers

International Forest Industries - Fri, 01/05/2020 - 12:56

In Q1 2020, Vologda loggers of Segezha Group (part of Sistema JSFC) purchased 11 new timber carriers equipped with trailers and manipulators, as well as 22 all-terrain vehicles. The total investment amounted to around RUB 300 million.

“State-of-the-art SCANIA, MAN and Volvo timber carriers will guarantee handling of the scheduled timber hauling volumes,” says Kipelovo LCS JSC Executive Director Fedor Potapenko. “The new vehicles will be operated by our best employees. We believe that their proficiency, advanced machinery and smooth business processes will help improve the company’s performance.”

The new vehicles are expected to reduce the cost of logging and reliance on the wood hauling contractors. For instance, МАN timber carriers have completely substituted the services of contractor companies in Kharovsky area. Volvo short log trucks have increased in-house transportation volume from 70 to 85% in Kovzhinsky area.

Another important task is to procure feedstock for CLT panels manufacturing at the new enterprise, Sokol CLT LLC. The Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade included construction of the plant in the list of priority investment projects for forest development. The controlled felling rate allotted for the project amounts to 618 thousand cubic meters per year. Starting from Q3 this year, logging at the allotted forest areas will be managed by Kipelovo LCS. For that purpose, a new branch, Vostok, has been established within the logging enterprise.

“The new all-terrain vehicles have been purchased on time to perform field research of the forest resources, demarcation of timber cutting areas, and road construction planning,” comments Andrey Nazarov, Head of Vostok production branch of Kipelovo LCS JSC. “We are working on schedule which is very tight.”

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Fuel Pellet Plant second stage launched in Lesosibirsk

International Forest Industries - Thu, 30/04/2020 - 17:01

The second stage of KsilotekSibir LLC fuel pellet plant has been launched five months in advance of the project schedule at the manufacturing site of Lesosibirsky LDK No. 1 JSC, asset of Segezha Group (part of Sistema JSFC). The new plant has brought the total pellet production capacity of the company to 110.5 thousand tons of pellet granules per year.

The first construction stage of the third manufacturing line with an output of 30 thousand tons per year lasted from August to December 2019. It resulted in the commissioning of the third pellet press with an output of 4.5 t of fuel pellets per hour.

Equipment for the second, conclusive stage of construction was received at the mill on March 3 this year. The team of Lesosibirsky LDK No. 1 JSC started the installation in parallel with unloading and transportation of the line’s constituent units. The works had been in progress for one month and used only the mill’s own resources, without disruption of the existing production process or demolition of buildings, and with participation of Hekotek, the Estonian equipment producer.

Lesosibirsky LDK No. 1 Technical Director and Project Manager Evgeniy Verevkin says that successful project completion was driven by cohesive co-operation between LDK No. 1 and Hekotek teams and proactivity in implementation of the team’s own improvement ideas. “During installation the team, including workers engaged at the construction site, acted with a high level of competence and professional skill. The implemented improvement ideas have significantly reduced the project timing and costs. Launch of equipment without fail or hitch was possible owing to the high efficiency and commitment of the team.”

The first two fuel pellet manufacturing process lines with a capacity of 70 thousand tons of finished product were launched at the industrial site of KsilotekSibir LLC, part of Lesosibirsky LDK No. 1, in December 2018.

The equipment is intended for manufacturing of 6 mm and 8 mm diameter pellets from sawn timber production and processing waste – natural humidity sawdust and wood chips. The disposal of wood logging byproducts is effected by means of transforming these products into biofuel and heat.

Presently Lesosibirsk mill dispatches three container trains per month to the Baltic ports for further shipment to Denmark and other EU countries.

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Segezha Group restores forest resources in Kirov Oblast

International Forest Industries - Thu, 30/04/2020 - 15:31

In 2020 Segezha Group (part of Sistema JSFC) will spend around RUB 10.5 million on restoration of forest crops in Kirov Oblast. Employees of Vyatsky Plywood Mill, the holding’s asset, will plant about 775.5 thousands of fir and pine seedlings from the local forest nurseries across the area of 258.5 hectares. Other activities are scheduled to ensure natural restoration of forests, particularly to preserve the undergrowth and soil surface mineralization across the area of 1,450.8 hectares.

“Despite the current difficulties due to combatting the coronavirus infection, the annual activities will be performed as scheduled,” assures Andrey Sharov, Director for Forest Management and Certification of Vyatsky Plywood Mill Branch for Forest Resources. “Compensatory forest planting will be performed in all felled areas within one or two years after completion of timber logging and hauling.”

All logging enterprises have approved lists of forest areas subject to protection. Priority areas are water conservation districts, prohibition belts, designated areas, forest territories with high biodiversity, as well as areas of special significance for local communities – habitats of porcini mushrooms and berries, and wood grouse mating places. The company’s logging equipment operators are instructed to leave valuable trees and trunks with caves and nests intact. Each stage of forest management takes into account the variations in wild forest animals’ habitats, state of soils and water resources. Presence of landscapes vulnerable to human impact is also considered. Segezha Group conducts no production activities in the aforementioned areas.

The mill’s logging works are performed within the scope of a priority investment project for forest development (Order of the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade No. 4313 dd. 11/12/2017). All necessary international certificates for forest areas management are available. Segezha Group has adopted a Policy for responsible forest management and supply mandatory for all its employees. The company draws on the principle of conducting forest restoration works in the territories whose size is commensurate to logging areas. Planting and sowing new trees are scheduled for the period from May to October. Forest renewal will take place without damage to the young stock and undergrowth remaining after felling.

“The company continues its systematic efforts for restoration of target coniferous species from high quality planting material. In order to grow new, strong and resilient trees in place of the felled ones, consistent and meticulous field work is necessary,” says Vyatsky Plywood Mill Executive Director Alexey Stepanov.

In 2019, forest restoration works in all Segezha Group regions of presence required an expenditure of RUB 97 million. The forest has been restored across the area of 26 thousand hectares, an expansion by 13.5% against the previous year.


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New H212 Harvester Head for Thinnings

International Forest Industries - Wed, 29/04/2020 - 15:47

The new H212 harvester head has been designed specifically for thinnings. The harvester head’s dimensions give it agility in navigating even dense thinning stands. Delimbing has been optimized for smaller trees, enabling a very high-quality delimbing result. The location and the high-speed cutting of the saw increases productivity and minimizes cutting damage. It has the power and feed speed also for bigger trees. The H212 harvester head is available for John Deere 1070G and 1170G harvesters.

The narrow frame of the H212 harvester head offer excellent visibility to the stem. The harvester head is narrow even when the feed rollers are open, making it easy to work in very dense thinning forests.

The long delimbing knives make for an easy grip to the stem. The design of the knives and the location of the feed rollers at the lower end of the frame provide an excellent grip on the stem.

The daily maintenance of the harvester head takes less time than before. The easy daily maintenance targets one point with the harvester head raised.

– Optimum working area 100-250 mm, maximum opening of the feed rollers 440 mm

– Feed power 20 kN

– Highest feed speed 5.4 m/s

– Weight with rotator and link 850 kg

Excellent bundle-handling characteristics
The H212 harvester head’s frame, tilt, feed roller arms, and the design of the knives increase the efficiency in bundle-handling. The harvester head’s high frame provides support for stem bundles, and

the long delimbing knives facilitate in grabbing the stems. The firm grip of the feed rollers located on the lower part of the frame makes it easy to move a bundle of stems upright even in a dense forest.

New SuperCut 100S saw unit for all John Deere harvester heads
Starting in spring 2020, all John Deere harvester heads will have a new SuperCut 100S saw unit. The saw unit’s next-generation chain tightening unit, automatic chain tightening and mechanical bar

locking give it added efficiency and reliability. Improved chain release facilitates saw chain replacement. The new saw unit enables also a bigger selection in terms of saw motors and saw bars.

John Deere harvester heads are known for their productivity, reliability and measuring accuracy.
John Deere harvester heads are high performance tools that meet the industry’s stringent quality requirements in all working conditions. Harvester head testing is part of John Deere’s product testing process. Each harvester head model has been field-tested for thousands of hours before the start of serial production.

John Deere harvester heads are designed and manufactured in Finland.

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Microtec acquires Lucidyne

International Forest Industries - Wed, 29/04/2020 - 11:35

In a move that creates the largest wood products scanning company in the world, Microtec has acquired Lucidyne Technologies, Inc.

Microtec has been delivering technologically advanced scanning and optimization systems for 40 years, and is the premier scanning company across Europe. Lucidyne has been the industry leader in scanning and optimization throughout North America since 1985. This acquisition expands both companies’ product lines, geographical reach, and, perhaps most importantly, brings the two most advanced technologies and technology teams together.

The opportunities provided by this acquisition to the wood products industry are significant. Lucidyne’s products will now be enhanced by the availability of the entire Microtec product line. Together there will be a mill-wide integrated scanning opportunity. Microtec and Lucidyne will be introducing co-developed products that bring the best of the companies’ technologies together, including Lucidyne’s patented Perceptive Sight® Intelligent Grading platform.

Microtec’s headquarters will remain in Bressanone, Italy, while Lucidyne’s operations will remain in Corvallis, Oregon. There are no anticipated changes to staffing, support, plant operations or customer interaction. Customer support will remain an important top priority.

Microtec and Lucidyne are eager to work together as the world’s largest wood products scanning company, delivering unparalleled results to our industry worldwide.


Lucidyne Technologies, Inc. was advised in this transaction by Cascadia Capital LLC and Stoel Rives LLP.

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Demo International ® to be postponed to 2021

International Forest Industries - Tue, 28/04/2020 - 13:31

Over the last 50 years, Demo International has become North America’s largest and most recognized ‘live, in-woods’ forestry equipment show; this years’ event scheduled for September 24-26, 2020 in Venosta, Quebec in the Gatineau Valley Region was shaping up to be an excellent show.

As part of DEMO International®, the pre-show conference entitled, “Digital Transformation in Forest Operations: A leap forward in driving business growth & competitiveness”, was also scheduled for September 22-23 at the Delta Ottawa City Center, Ottawa, Ontario. The program was 90% complete and delegate registration was about to be launched in April 2020.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented level of uncertainty and has had a profound impact on people’s health, livelihoods and travel, both globally and across Canada.

Based on the current circumstances and uncertain timelines, and to comply with the stated policies and requirements from our Public Health authorities throughout the country (For full details in Quebec, please click here), the Canadian Woodlands Forum in partnership with our host SBC Cedar, and show and conference partners, have decided to postpone DEMO International 2020 until 2021.

As disappointing and unprecedented that this decision is, it was made in the best interest of the health and safety of our exhibitors, visitors, partners, contractors, and conference speakers and delegates.

We are in the process of investigating new dates for the event, and we will continue to monitor information from the Public Health authorities; we look forward to sharing rescheduled 2021 dates for the show & conference in the near future.

Thank you and please stay safe.

For more information please contact:

Peter Robichaud
Executive Director
Canadian Woodlands Forum
Phone (902) 897-6961 • Cell (902) 899-6420

Marc Bergeron
Property Manager
SBC Cedar
(418) 507-2525

Mark Cusack
National Show Manager
Master Promotions Ltd.
(506) 333-1064

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New Gator is the most comfortable ever

International Forest Industries - Tue, 28/04/2020 - 13:12

John Deere’s new premium XUV 865R Gator is the most comfortable model ever produced in the company’s popular cross-over utility vehicle range. This 23hp diesel-powered model combines the established high performance of the XUV 865M with a wide range of additional operator friendly features, including a luxurious cab environment.

Standard specification includes a continuously variable transmission with on-demand four-wheel drive, power steering, fully independent suspension and an attachment-ready electrical system. The quiet, fully equipped cab provides comfortable car-style seating for up to three people when driving off-road, as well as easy-opening door handles, a fully opening windscreen and a proven, extremely efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning system.

In addition, the cab features an attractive tan-coloured interior that has been ergonomically redesigned, with the easy-to-use automotive-style controls now conveniently located in the centre of the dash. The streamlined roof moves water to the outside edges, and both the high-level front and rear lights are set below the roof line for better protection.

The R trim specification also provides the fully enclosed cab with a wide range of extra standard features, including an adjustable 40/60 bench seat, tiltable steering wheel, sun visors, a windshield wiper and washer plus electrical wiring for attachments, as well as high- and low-beam LED headlights.

The XUV 865R Gator is powered by an 854cc three-cylinder, liquid-cooled OHV diesel engine producing 23hp at 3600rpm, with a top speed of 31mph (50kph) in high range. The true 4WD system has an auto-locking front differential and dash-mounted electronic rocker switch for easy operation.

To complement the robust frame, the vehicle is equipped with four-wheel independent suspension. This has been designed to provide a smooth ride and optimum load carrying ability over challenging terrain, without compromising ride quality or vehicle stability.

The versatile deluxe cargo box is made of a durable composite material that eliminates rust and dents and reduces noise. There is an automotive style tailgate handle and the rear lights are available with optional protectors. The cargo box can be easily converted to a flat-bed and has a load capacity of 454kg, while towing capacity is 900kg and total payload is 680kg.

For extra versatility the new John Deere XUV 865R Gator utility vehicle can be fitted with a wide range of attachments from snow blades to winches, and features a large 42-litre fuel tank for longer running between fill-ups.

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Henrik Sjölund elected Chairman of the Swedish Forest Industries Federation

International Forest Industries - Tue, 28/04/2020 - 12:46

Henrik Sjölund, President and CEO of Holmen, has been elected Chairman of the Swedish Forest Industries Federation, whose members last year generated ten percent of the Swedish net export value.

There are indeed plenty of challenges, but also opportunities, facing Henrik Sjölund as he steps onboard as Chairman of the Swedish Forest Industries Federation for the next two years.

As consumer demand is decreasing, we are presently experiencing a general decline in economic growth affecting the whole business community. At the same time, the forest-based industries produce products highly essential for people’s everyday life ranging from wood for climate smart construction to hygiene products and packaging for pharmaceuticals, food and transports. We are living in a world with increasing globalization and urbanization. To secure jobs, export and societal welfare, we need to keep our total forest-based value chains up and running – this is without any doubt priority number one both in the short and long term, says Henrik Sjölund.

The Swedish Forest Industries Federation’s mission is to strengthen the member companies’ international competitiveness and to promote the use of forest-based products. Despite a present strong focus on minimizing the negative effects due to the Corona crisis, the work to improve sustainable forest management conditions is still high on the agenda.

One of the most important objectives for the Swedish Forest Industries Federation is to make politicians understand our value-chains and our businesses and to define reasonable terms for sustainable forest management. Our sector and the renewable resources we are based on are pre-conditions for the European Union to build a climate neutral society. We need to use our forests more, not less, to be able to achieve sustainable climate change mitigation. This is the most important opportunity but also challenge for our sector, says Henrik Sjölund.

For further information please contact:
Stina Sandell, Head of Sustainability and Communications, Holmen, +46 73 986 51 12.

The Swedish Forest Industries Federation is the organisation for Swedish pulp, paper and woodworking industries.

Photo: Ulla-Carin Ekblom

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Bergs Timber returns to normal sawmill production

International Forest Industries - Tue, 28/04/2020 - 12:25

Bergs Timber has previously announced the closure of Gransjö sawmill in Sweden. Similarly, production as a result of the ongoing corona crisis has been reduced at other Swedish sawmills and at its Estonian sawmill. The closure of Gransjö sawmill has proceeded according to plan and the sawmill production will cease during April.

“Demand for sawn timber is good for several important markets and we see some improvement in the English market. Our stocks are in balance and order intake has improved. Demand for wood products is normally seasonally high during the 2Q,” the company reports.

At Swedish sawmills, implemented short-term work will be terminated and production will return to normal pace from May 4. Estonian sawmill has produced in one shift during April and returns to two shifts from 4 May. Latvian sawmill Vika Wood has not been affected by production curtailments.

“After a decline in the second half of March and during April, we now see that demand is improving and that order intake is increasing until the holiday period. After the production curtailments that have been implemented, we have balanced inventories and it feels positive that we are now returning to normal production levels. The long-term effects of the ongoing corona crisis remain difficult to assess,” says Peter Nilsson, President and CEO of Bergs Timber.

Bergs Timber primarily produces and sells structural timber in spruce and pine for several different markets in Europe.

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A productive collaboration with the help of MaxiVision

International Forest Industries - Tue, 28/04/2020 - 10:49

Victor Damm and Emil Engdahl are harvester and forwarder operators, respectively, at ELA Skogsservice in Östergötland County, southeast Sweden. Since August 2019, this harvesting team have been using MaxiVision, a digital planning tool, and say that it’s added a new dimension to their productivity.

“It truly helps you to work more efficiently in several ways,” says Victor.

Victor and Emil have been using MaxiVision since its launch. Initially, they were a little sceptical, especially Emil:
“Although that’s probably because I’m generally sceptical about new things.”

However, they soon both took a liking to the tool and learned to use it in their day-to-day work:
“Actually, I think it’s a fairly simple program to start using. In terms of both the technical side and your working method,” says Victor.

The duo continues by explaining that, in practice, they each use MaxiVision in quite different ways. Victor, a harvester operator, plans suitable access roads and soft ground strip roads, and benefits greatly from the ground moisture map when planning his work.
“Before, for example, I used to get out and walk around the felling site a lot more. Simply to check the ground conditions, such as the soil structure and stability. Now, with MaxiVision, I can see much of this information directly onscreen. This speeds my planning and allows me to structure my route early on,” Victor explains.

Victor also points out that it’s an advantage when chain saw operators are needed:
“In Östergötland, the terrain is generally challenging, with lots of rocks and steep slopes, which means that we often need help from chain saw operators. Now I can quickly check the contour lines for the area in MaxiVision, examine specific locations and contact them  in good time.”

From a forwarder operator’s perspective, Emil highlights the simplicity of planning and optimising his forwarding. With MaxiVision, he can see which tree species, assortments and quantities to expect.
“In fact, I can already see all this even before I reach the felling site. It’s easy to set up a forwarding strategy, such as which assortments to combine.”

“We’ve also had quite a few bark beetle jobs. Before, this meant a lot of searching for the infested trees, but now everything is marked directly on the map, showing us exactly where the affected trees are, which saves a great deal of time,” Emil continues.

Both Emil and Victor, who “work together 99 percent of the time”, say that they can see a clear link between MaxiVision and increased productivity.
“As a harvester operator, the advantages are that I quickly get a good overview, can plan more efficient routes and don’t need to leave the cab as much to check the ground conditions. This saves time that I can spend on production instead. Although I think forwarder operators make even bigger gains,” says Victor.

Emil explains:
“I get served most of what I need directly onscreen, really useful information that helps me to make good decisions. With a better strategy, my work is more efficient and definitely more productive,” Emil ends.

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New CEO for Komatsu Forest

International Forest Industries - Fri, 24/04/2020 - 17:36

On April 1, 2020 Jens Bengtsson took up the position as CEO of Komatsu Forest AB, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of forest machines and related services and accessories. Jens has worked in the company for 11 years and has recently held both the role of CFO and COO.

“I am very honoured to be given this role and very humbled by the tasks that lie ahead,” Jens says. “I take up my new position at a time that is very turbulent due to the Corona pandemic. The whole world is doing its best to deal with this unusual situation. We as a company have recently announced that we are temporarily closing our production for three weeks to adapt to the prevailing circumstances, and then, if restrictions permit, gradually increase production again in the spring.”

Komatsu Forest has had a strong development for several years, where the company has constantly grown. “Despite the current circumstances, we are confident that demand for forest machinery equipment will continue to drive growth in our business – and we have great potential to continue growing. Right now, it is impossible to say how the forest industry will be affected by the current situation, but in the long term we see great potential,” he says.

Former CEO Mitsuru Ueno is now taking on a new role as Senior Fellow for the Forest Division of the parent company Komatsu Ltd. During his time as CEO, he has had two important focus areas; to ensure a new production facility with a safe and good working environment, that is prepared for an upcoming expansion of the business, and to broaden the forest machine business through strategic acquisitions such as Quadco, Southstar, TimberPro and Oryx Simulations.

In order for our business to continue to grow, our owner decided in 2019 to invest in a brand new factory in Umeå. The decision is particularly exciting as it is rare for new factories to be built in this part of the world, but it shows that they believe in the industry’s continued development and the solid know-how that exists in the company and the region. With his strong commitment and work, Mitsuru Ueno has made the project possible. “We now have great opportunity to have a modern and safe production facility prepared for us to grow, while at the same time uniting the dispersed operations in Umeå,” Jens concludes.

Footnote: Jens Bengtsson will be the first Swedish CEO since Komatsu Ltd took over in 2004.
Photo : Former CEO Mitsuru Ueno with Jens Bengtsson

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