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Preference of domestic timber supplies can’t work

International Forest Industries - Tue, 14/04/2020 - 19:16

New Zealand foresters are saying that log supply to domestic and export markets is inextricably linked and can’t be separated, as Forests Minister Shane Jones now seems to be advocating. Forest Owners Association President Phil Taylor says a harvest of just about any forest will produce higher grade logs for domestic construction, some logs for export and some lower value wood which is only suitable for domestic chipping.

“We just can’t go in and cut down some parts of a tree to cater to one market without harvesting the whole tree for other markets too. That was clearly shown up when forest companies were unable to export earlier in the year and how difficult it physically was to keep our local mills supplied,” Phil Taylor says.

“It’s not true either that we send all our logs overseas. In most years, the majority of the export value of our forest products comes from added value categories, such as sawn timber and pulp and paper. About 15 million tonnes of logs a year are consumed by our domestic processors and this represents just under half of the total annual harvest from New Zealand’s forests. That has been remarkably consistent and a welcome market for us over the past twenty years.”

“Of course, at the moment most of the industry is closed down in support of the government aim of ending the COVID-19 infection crisis. We have supported this measure,” Phil Taylor says “But the shut-down has meant we are getting increasing reports of tens of thousands of tonnes of logs left deteriorating on harvest sites and in yards around the country, which urgently need to be exported or processed before they are worth nothing.”

“When we do get back to business, we’d welcome new infrastructure projects the government says it intends to generate to get the economy going. It would be tremendous if wood construction was a major part of that,” Phil Taylor says. “It would also be great if some of these wood dependent projects could be in the regions. That would help those communities which grow, supply and process these logs. The forests are often in regions where other employment opportunities are generally scarce”.

“We are concerned for the forestry workforce in our rural communities. They have felt the market effects of Covid-19 right back to the beginning of this year, well before the shutdown began. Any restriction on exports has the potential to severely impact their well-being and that of their families.”

“Shane Jones is talking about creating new jobs. We’d love to see those, but not if we fail to protect current ones. We need a sustainable domestic market for our logs in New Zealand, just as we need a healthy export market.”

The Chief Executive of the Forest Industry Contractors Association Prue Younger says contractors as an industry sector will want to get back to work as quickly as possible, whether it be export logs or domestic processing. “Both offer opportunity to return our contractors to financial viability.”

“Ultimate stability with the right product balance needs to be the medium-term vision where retention of a skilled workforce is seen pivotal in the supply chain. Otherwise once again they hold the greatest risk as has become apparent through recent episodes of low log prices and the COVID19 crisis,” Prue Younger says.

Phil Taylor says if the export market was restricted it would most likely mean that less timber would be available locally. The Farm Forestry Association shares Phil Taylor’s concerns. President, Hamish Levack says he doesn’t know what Shane Jones is actually proposing.

“If the government introduced compulsory acquisition at low prices for instance, then I suspect most farm foresters, because they are not going to harvest at a loss, would shut up their woodlots and wait for a change of government. Our sector represents 40 percent of the currently harvestable trees.”

Phil Taylor says he doesn’t think some iwi would be very pleased either. “That is something of course that they might wish to speak for themselves about. Land owned by iwi which is growing commercial forests on it represents another 40 percent of the New Zealand forest estate, and Māori outside of the iwi estates own forests in their own right too.”

Phil Taylor says the industry has also been pushing for the Labour led government to fulfil its election promise of a wood preference policy in construction. “Ever since the government was elected, we have been trying to get Labour to prioritise New Zealand wood use over high carbon emission materials, such as mostly imported from overseas steel and concrete. It hasn’t happened unfortunately.”

“We would hardly be pushing for this policy if we wanted to keep logs for export. If the policy had come in during 2017, when it should have, we’d be well on the way of using a New Zealand grown resource being available for New Zealand workers to construct with when the COVID-19 lockdown ends,” Phil Taylor says.

‘As it is, it’ll will take years to grow New Zealand timber processing, while our immediate need will be many jobs to be available when the lockdown ends. Right now, we cannot afford to take an everyone for themselves approach. It is even more important than ever for all parts of our supply chain work together which can deliver solutions that are the best for all.”

Source: Forest Owners Association

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Harvest contractor making the most of the lockdown

International Forest Industries - Tue, 14/04/2020 - 19:01

A good news story – and they’re rare as hen’s teeth right now. Whanganui father says he is rapt to be spending so much time at home with his kids, after years of working 80-hour weeks. The lockdown has seen logging company owner Harley Pomeroy trade his 3am wake-up and trudge into the dark forest for a “sleep in” and cuddles with his three young daughters.

“I have been in the bush for 23 years and I work between 70-90 hours a week and to actually wake-up at half past five in the morning and having my kids in bed with me – you can’t beat it,” he said. “I am not used to waking up in the morning having my kids next to me in bed and giving them breakfast, making them lunch, and seeing what they do day-to-day. I have never seen that side of things because I am never home for it.”

Pomeroy said his work commitments in the forestry industry meant he missed a lot of his two teenage sons growing up. He is relishing the opportunity under alert level four to have quality time with his daughters Jasmine, 11, Amber-Rose, 6, and Rhyana, 4.

But he admits, the reality of spending 24/7 with his children can be a “nightmare”, albeit a “good nightmare. I am not used to being home and seeing the girls actually physically do what they do during the day. I don’t know what they do during the day! Trying to keep them entertained is like a bull at a gate, especially three of them!”

“Go for a walk with the kids, have fun – that’s how I see my day. Okay, what are we doing today kids? What can we do together? And enjoy it that way.”

As for the business, Pomeroy said he had been worried about his workers, two of whom he had to lay off.

He is uncertain about how the company will fare after the lockdown, but he said the government’s wage subsidies had eased some pressure.

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NZ forest industry preparing for back to work

International Forest Industries - Tue, 14/04/2020 - 18:16

NZ forest industry organisations are planning how to get back to work when restrictions on non-essential work are lifted for the industry. Organisations, representing forest growers, transport, processing and contractors have set up a working group to develop risk assessment protocols in readiness for start-up of the industry sector.

The National Safety Director of the Forest Industry Safety Council, Fiona Ewing says the aim is to assure government that the sector will be able to comply with the epidemic management conditions of COVID-19. “The priority and starting point is health and wellbeing.

“There is the complex technical side of start-ups that will be a ‘whole of industry’ scan of the value chain. That starts in the forest and moves through transport, processing and export through to the work at the ports. The group will be working with our stakeholders to get the start-up protocol proposal right.”

Fiona Ewing says the forest industry had accepted the government decision two weeks ago that forestry was a non-essential service provider. “However, we now have clear guidelines on MPI approved safe practices from other parts of the primary sector that we are working to adapt.”

These protocols will provide the guidelines and will still require companies and individuals to adopt safe practices specific to their sector groups says Fiona Ewing. “Our intention is to take the start-up protocol proposal directly to decision makers in MPI and Forestry Minister Shane Jones, so that the government is fully aware of the industry led recovery plan to re-activate the industry.”

Already there is also a fast-growing call from New Zealand’s international customers to provide wood-based products that are deemed essential in their own countries. “We need to act on this now. Even though the industry shut down in two days when lock down was announced, it will take much longer to get the forestry supply chain organised and moving again and advance planning will ensure a safe and successful restart.”

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DSE controls enable improved performance for forestry equipment and machinery

International Forest Industries - Tue, 14/04/2020 - 15:55

DSE M-Series encompass displays, controllers and slave products that can be used together or independently to provide a range of flexible control solutions, allowing OEMs to meet the varying demands of Forestry equipment.

The DSE M8xx Displays provide programmable display solutions for controlling off highway vehicles and equipment, through a robust, optically bonded, colour screen and button fascia.  A full range of displays with screen size options 3.5” ,4.3”, 7” are available with a 12” version available later this year.  Many of the standard switches and controls that are normally found within the cab or control panel can be incorporated into the on-screen functions, to enable full control through one device if required, leading to a simplified system design.

The newest display is an extremely powerful CAN display, compatible with latest Tier 4F and Stage V engine applications. Programmable using CODESYS, the DSE M835 provides clear information for forest equipment where space is a premium as the high resolution, 3.5” optically bonded, full colour TFT display provides excellent readability, even in the most extreme environmental conditions.

Within the displays multiple independent CAN interfaces are each configurable for different CAN protocols including CANOpen, J1939 and Raw CAN; each CAN protocol offering its own unique property making them favourable for different uses.  This approach to product design optimises the versatility of the controller and enables the design engineer to produce a very efficient system by minimising the amount of data on each bus.

The displays are highly robust and reliable throughout the harshest environmental conditions including humidity and extreme temperatures and are IP67/NEMA 6 rated.  Offering camera input options for improved operator viewing and a choice of fixing solutions for in-cab or panel mounting to suit multiple operator locations.

The fully programmable screen presents clear information in a combination of text, graphical, numerical and icon formats providing the user with quick and easy access to operational functions. Features include multiple configurable I/Os, which are programmed using industry standard CODESYS. PWM and PWMi digital signal logic maximises efficiency, response and signal integrity even under the pressures of the harshest environmental conditions, continuing to operate at full load in widely varying climatic conditions from -40oC to + 85oC.

Photo: The M870 can used in landscape and portrait views ideal for a variety of different cab layouts.

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Forest Industry Commends Government for Dues Deferral

International Forest Industries - Tue, 14/04/2020 - 12:25

Edmonton, April 7, 2020, the Alberta Forest Products Association (AFPA) expressed its appreciation for the Government of Alberta’s decision to defer timber dues payments for up to six months.

The decision comes in light of the intense hardship that COVID-19 has placed on forestry companies. Those who produce building products like lumber, plywood, oriented strand board (OSB), laminated veneer lumber (LVL), and medium density fibreboard (MDF) have experienced rapidly deteriorating markets. Producers of newsprint and certain grades of pulp are also negatively impacted.

“We applaud Minister Dreeshen for taking the initiative to make Alberta the first jurisdiction in Canada to defer timber dues,” said AFPA President and CEO Paul Whittaker. “Like many segments of Alberta’s economy, the forest industry is experiencing an acute liquidity crisis from COVID-19. This decision will help forest companies have the resources on hand to pay bills and retain employees during the crisis.”

Whittaker also emphasized that the deferral is temporary and that forest companies fully intend to make payment. “This is not free money for the forest sector. It is temporary help during a time of crisis. We do expect markets to recover and companies will pay their dues.”

Forest companies pay approximately $125 million annually in timber dues to the Government of Alberta. Additionally, Alberta’s forest companies pay $500 million per year in taxes to federal, provincial, and municipal governments and $1.6 billion in wages and other compensation to employees.   

The AFPA is the voice of Alberta’s forest industry. Learn more about the Association on our website, or TwitterFacebook, and Instagram pages.

Brock Mulligan
Director of Communications
p) 780.239.6890
e) bmulligan@albertaforestproducts.ca

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Wood & Technology will be implemented as planned on September 8-11, 2020.

International Forest Industries - Thu, 09/04/2020 - 16:16

First and foremost, we at Trä & Teknik want to send out our warmest thoughts to everyone who in different ways is affected and affected by the current situation in Sweden and the world as a result of covid-19.

The corona virus has affected us all in some way and many of us are currently facing their greatest trials ever, in both private and working life. In times of crisis, you need to change your mind and attitude, which also gives birth to creativity and innovation. Digitalisation is currently taking place with full force, not least in terms of our core product – to meet – and new digital concepts are being developed at a rapid pace to meet today’s needs.

But it is also now that the value of the physical meeting becomes extra clear. It is in personal meetings that partnerships and relationships are strengthened, which contributes to new insights and better business. Right now, we are working intensively to be ready when the situation is under control again. We collaborate with industry organizations, partners and other contributors to be able to carry out scheduled and advanced trade fairs this fall.

Wood & Technology will be implemented as planned on September 8-11, 2020.

We would like to emphasize that the health and safety of our visitors and employees is our highest priority and we naturally follow the recommendations and rules of our authorities due to covid-19.

Take care of you at Easter and try to be confident that there is an end to this and, after that, the beginning of something new!

Warm regards, The
team behind Wood & Technology

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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

Per JonssonCEO Mobile 070-651 38 33
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.


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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